Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Save on shopping for school clothes

With this little idea we saved not only $$$ but a lot of grief and frustration shopping.

The kids were told to look through some fliers from the Sunday paper. They were told about discovering their own look and as long as it was appropriate I had no issue with it . They were also told that I wanted for them to begin thinking about who they are , how they wanted to express their sense of self. You see many many a adolescent/teenager will struggle and grate against a parent simply because they must do this. So without the battle and offering the experience I pick my battles and they feel very confident by achieving a mission. This not only for the sense of self but also the mission ending in accomplishment. Mind you we did not purchase these images at these prices.
However we had a base line. The t shirt  of 14.99 was found for 6.99 by hitting the clearance racks first!
Now you must know that in this image she shared what she liked and I told her MY boundaries about and why I felt that way. I listened to her opinion and we opted for a compromise. We found a shirt and the 2nd stop (Burlington coat factory) a shirt  $9.99.
The boots NO WAY SAY I, why they are not age appropriate and they look hoochy. Not the image you wound want to display if you want to be respected. The leg warmer I have no issue with. Those pants limit NO WaY ON this earth will I pay for a new pair of jeans all torn up. Might as well use an old pair and do that however you will not ware them to school that way. Teachers deserve respect.

We hit a ROSS and did NOT look on the regular racks! We gleaned the clearance and found a t-shirt for $3.99 was was similar. We found some jeans that were on a clearance that were "cool" for 
$9.99. Now you know that she will not carry herself that way.
She was happy.
She felt powerful.

Shoes for Dash were hard he tried and tried ending with a pair of Vans slip on that were checkered. HE LIKED THE IMAGE. 
He felt confident.

We found high tops for Dove and I will tell you she did not let her emote rule her, either one of them did. They had a mission. The retailers had little chance against these two. YA that was my goal.

Budget, Happy kids who learned a skill of mission success= competence= a good feeling about who THEY chose to be.


Annette said...

I miss taking my children to shop for cloths, it was always so fun, but then like you had to put my foot down on some of them, and I got but so and so parents let her or him wear these!! that would burn me up and I'd say that's fine with so and so parents but your MINE and you will not wear that why? because YOU WILL RESPECT YOURSELF so others will too!! and you know to this day they are still cautious about what they wear!! your children have some GREAT parents. I'll be back to read more of your blogs in a bit.

Hugs to all~

Susie said...

What a GREAT idea!!

Anonymous said...

Donetta,I just found your blog and read through some of your recent posts. I swear you are one of the wisest women I've ever read! Take care, Catherine Mary

Denise said...

Awesome sis, love you.

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