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Monday, August 2, 2010

Back to School Time

My little boy is growing up. I hate it. Tomorrow I will take him to his first day of preschool. Several weeks ago, I started preparing for the big day. His teacher provided a list of supplies he needed for the school year, so I took the list and purchased everything. Then I went through his closet to figure out what he would need in the way of clothing. After that, I called my mom. I wanted to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything. Turns out I was on the right track, except for number 1.

1. Check the school's dress code policy. This never occurred to me. But it is a good idea to do this first to avoid the return line or having a closet full of things that can only be worn on the weekends.

2. Take inventory. Go through last year's clothing and weed out items that are either too small or too worn. If you don't have a child to pass them down to, you can always donate them to Donate Goods Do Good to help fill The Salvation Army family stores. Donations can be made at any A Cleaner World.

3. Write it down and make a checklist. That way when you hit the stores, you are prepared. Hopefully this too will help your pocketbook.

4. Hit the sales! This is where my mom is an expert and here are her tips - Check the Sunday newspaper ads to see where the best deals are and be sure to clip any coupons. Try and hit the first day of the sale for the best selection. Always head for the clearance rack first, and then move to the other sales racks. Finally if possible and there are great deals, purchase a size larger for the following year.

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