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By Kelsie Hoitomt
With the start of school less than a month away, the overwhelming feeling of scrambling for new supplies and clothes for children sets in.
A few helpful tips for parents before running out and hitting the stores is to first sit down and make a checklist of what is needed and second, plan a budget with your child so they themselves know what they can and can’t have.
In terms of making a check list, it doesn’t hurt to do a little fashion show with your child to make certain whether or not the clothes are in good enough condition to last another school year or if they are getting too small.
Once the shopping begins, one crucial tip is to make sure there is compromise between the parent and child. Parents can be a guide in the process, but let the child have a say in their own clothes and supplies as they will be the ones using them each day.
According to the Scholastic website, items to include on the checklist for clothes are ten pairs each of socks and underwear, six to ten t-shirts, two to three sweater/sweatshirts, roughly five pairs of pants for younger children like preschoolers and three pairs for older children, two pairs of shoes, one pair of boots, one fall/winter coat.
Several stores in the area are starting to send out their back-to-school ads in the mail with deals at places like Walmart, Shopko and even online at Amazon.