Is it really neccessary to buy a new wardrobe for your kids for school?Last years clothes still fit

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Debbie - posted on 08/16/2009

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i am sorry but sending your kids to school w/o a brand new pair of shoes or new clothes , i think really hurts them inside. they look around them and 90% of the kids have new items on , its their pride and such ..

Julie - posted on 08/24/2009

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i never buy new wardrobe unless they have wrecked or outgrown their old on but what i do is take them shopping seperately (i have a girl and a boy) so they can pick out one new outfit for the first day. then they have that excitement to get them to the first day and they also get much needed one on one time with mommy :)

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I don't feel it is ness. BUT... the kids think they need it cause everyone else at school shows off there new clothes. I suggest going out one on one if you have more than one, and making a special day to buy that ONE new offit for the 1st day of school and for pictures. my kids have there pictures done a week or two into school so that is perfect. Good Luck

Jodi - posted on 08/11/2009

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Sounds like boys are easier, LOL. My son couldn't care less!! He goes to a private Catholic school, and they are quite strict on appearance of uniform. I never send him to school in things that are overly worn, and I have to buy new pants every six months or so because he wears holes in the knees, but other than that, I don't see the point in buying new uniform just for the sake of buying new uniform!! Whether you have the money or not! I would rather save the money - you never know when it might rain no matter how much you have now. I buy the $180 school blazer from the second hand clothing pool at half price - they are in good condition.



My honest opinion, if the KIDS are going to get fussy over and above what is reasonable, then they can pay for it themselves!! I am not their money tree, but I do pay them for doing extra chores.

Tracy - posted on 08/11/2009

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No it's not neccessary. What's neccessary is to save! Only buy what you need.

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Paula - posted on 09/08/2009

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I just make sure mine has enough to wear and new shoes because he usually wears his summer shoes out. I make sure he has enough jackets for when the weather gets cooler, and a new backpack..but I did not get the name brand backpack or 'cartoon' backpack. This year walmart had plain color backpacks that were cheaper then the others, and he's happy cause it was his favorite color lol. I did have to buy him some new jeans this year only because he grew an inch and a half over the summer so nothing fit lol. His shirts i tend to buy a little larger so they last longer. Garage sales right before school starts is also a great way to find good clothes for school. Ebay and freecycle are also great places to find cheap clothing.

Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2009

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I buy my daughter at least a couple new shirts and pants for the new school year. She is in a uniformed school so not much difference between kids. She grows like a weed though so she needs new pants every year. She will be 7 in Nov and her sizes are 8 for shirts and its hard to find pants to fit her long legs. Most of the time I have to buy the pants with the sizeable waist just so they fit. She comes up almost to my neck now and I'm only 5'3".

Gretchen - posted on 08/31/2009

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Trust me, I would not be buying my kids new clothes or used from a resale store, if my kids could wear what they wore last year or even their brother and sister hand me downs, but they have outgrown everything, and I have four, so I'm doing my best to go to a place where I know they are affordable and will last them. So I would say no, not unless they absolutely need something, they have outgrown!! Hope this helps you out.

Tara - posted on 08/30/2009

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With the way the economy is now a days, it isn't necessary to buy new clothes if last years clothes still look new and are not faded, torn or stained. We buy our kids new shoes every year because they are still growing, new socks, new underwear... and we only buy them new clothes if they have out grown their old.

Stephany - posted on 08/25/2009

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If the old clothes fit, I would have her wear them, but buy a couple new items. I have to buy all new clothes this year because they started a dress code and can't wear any of her old clothes.

TAMMY - posted on 08/25/2009

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I HAVE ALWAYS GOT THE KIDS NEW SHOES FOR SCHOOL AS WELL AS SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR. WE ALSO GO THROUGH AND TRY ON THE JEANS, CAPRI'S, SKIRTS AND TOPS TO SEE WHAT STILL FITS THEM. THEN WE GET SOME NEW SHIRTS OR WHATEVER IS NEEDED AND MIX AND MATCH WITH THE "OLD" STUFF. I ALSO BUY STUFF AS THE YEAR GOES ALONG, SAY IF A WHITE TOP IS NEEDED ETC. MOST OF THE TIME A NEW BOOKBAG/BACKPACK IS NEEDED TOO. I NEVER REALLY SPLURGE ON "SCHOOL CLOTHES" BUT SOME OF MY FRIENDS DO FOR THEIR KIDS. BELIEVE ME THEY GET ENOUGH BUT I DO NOT GO CRAZY !!!

Tiffiny - posted on 08/25/2009

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I only buy what my kids need and I only buy on sale. If I can't get it on sale then I try to wait unless it is a necessity.

Alicia - posted on 08/25/2009

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I follow tracy eason. My husband and I buy new clothes, for school, summer, spring, and fall. My parents did for me so its what I know. My husbands parents did but took him to a dollar store type place and let him pick some stuff out. We have a five year old little girl who has always been very well dressed. Wether or not its needed, we do. Im sure when she gets older and expects it we will think we've created a monster. we don't over extend ourselves and we have nice nest egg, stocks, 401 K, cars are paid for. If we needed the money for other things obviously I wouldn't shop for her so much.

Gina - posted on 08/24/2009

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We are waiting until it gets cooler. It is 100-103° all week here in San Antonio and will be hot into September/October, so we wait and buy cool weather clothes later and wear the summer clothes to school for now. If it fits, wear it. The fall stuff is out but you can't wear it yet so wait for sales.

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I have three children and done it both ways. Christmas was impacted because they need clothes by then. So I am here to say that they remember that I did that last year. This year we did an overhaul and talked about good choice and shopped clearance. It went well. They were really happy with what they had, and bought. They chose to reuse and re-create. It was a sweet way to handle it. It felt good to start off the year that way. They are 11, 13 and 6.

Amy - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son is starting preschool. I bought clothes for the first week, I think that was enough. It got him excited for school and he can not wait to wear his new tennis shoes. Maybe the first day will go better then I hope :)

Carrie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I have twins so we go thru clothes and what still fits we keep for them to wear. I usually will buy a couple of jeans and shirts depending on what fits and is not worn out.

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son is starting kindergarten next week, and my mom-in-law has offered to deck him out. She knows we can't afford it ourselves, and she recently came into some money. We'll just be picking up The Necessities, but I think my son will have fun going shopping for School Clothes. Okay, so the list (in order of priority) is socks, undies, sneakers, pants, shirts, and then whatever list I get from the school district later today for supplies. It doesn't help that he grows SO FREAKIN' FAST!

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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Each year is different for the kids. Depends on what they need.

Going crazy buying buying buying isn't an example I want to set for my kids. I provide the necessities for my children. They are always dressed in clothing in good shape that fits and fits their style wants with in reason, and are fed and have shelter. They get a few fancy sports. And then they need to earn and save for extras. We always buy the kids one new school outfit for the first day back just as a fun thing to look forward to. I think it helps with the first day jitters.

Just do what works for you and your family. I think even at young ages you deal with some kids paying attention to name brands and new things vs older things. I know my girls go to school with kids like that. But that hasn't bothered my children as of yet. We've never made material items very important for them. So far it hasn't bothered their self esteem or confidence. And hope that it stays that way.

Sabrina - posted on 08/17/2009

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of course not if they still fit...! we are a wasteful society this is an important life lesson for them, buy what you need when you need it.

Maybe get a small something special for their first day if they really care that much(depending on the age)

TRE - posted on 08/17/2009

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NO I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD BUY THEM NEW CLOTHES IF THEY HAVE CLOTHES THAT STILL FIT. I WOULD BUY JUST SOME NEW SHOES IF THEY NEED SOME. MY KIDS ALL HAVE NICE CLOTHES THAT STILL FIT BUT THIS YEAR THEY HAVE A DRESS CODE THAT I DISLIKE SO I'M JUST BUYING VERY LITTLE AND SOME SHOES AND SOCKS.

Kristin - posted on 08/17/2009

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My kids all get new sneakers in September which by then they do need. Then a new outfit for the first day. If they think they look good it will boost their self esteem and confidence on that first nerve wracking day. But I don't go nuts if they have enough clothes that still fit them. Just a few items to refresh their wardrobe.

Ennovy - posted on 08/17/2009

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I say no if the clothes still fit.. I think many of us are on tight budgets and only buy things if necessary. If you do have the extra money to blow , why not by like two new outfits that you can mix and match. Or buy sneakers and shoesv with the extra cash. My kids go through sneakers like crazy, you would think I had boys.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/16/2009

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Only buy what they need.. i'm sure that list is gona keep growing! Save the mney for when the clothes become wore out or no longer fit

Lajeanne - posted on 08/16/2009

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I buy them new socks, underwear, and shoes for sure. As for their uniforms, they both got hand me downs and have some left over from last year. They both got a few new things, but if they don't need it, don't buy it, is my motto!!

Kelly - posted on 08/16/2009

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Very good question. My oldest is a very slow grower....she gets to wear some of the same clothes for 2yrs or more...I do get a few new things for her, but not a whole wardrobe. All my kids birthdays are in October, so they usually get clothes than or for Christmas... My son is just starting Kindergarten, so he will need some school clothes.. Thankfully my youngest doesn't start school for 5 yrs, so I dont have 3 kids needing school clothes all at once yet....

Michelle - posted on 08/16/2009

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I only buy what is needed as it is needed. I may buy a couple of new shirts. But I only buy anything else if it is needed.

Samantha - posted on 08/16/2009

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no i wouldnt unless they are covered in paint , way too short or too tight around the chest. or perhaps if they could last the summer and then buy in more for the winter.

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2009

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I think you need to buy them what they need for school. But everyone is difference. I'm buying my son what he needs for school, Plus he's only going in to SK. not a big deal. Maybe the older the child is may be difference.

Cheryl - posted on 08/16/2009

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No. What they need, when they need it. Plus you get better buys if you wait a few weeks.

Morissa - posted on 08/16/2009

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My motto is- "if the shoe fits, let them wear it". I would not go to the extreme to purchase new clothes especially if the clothes still fits. I know these days, trends are always changing and is often geared towards school age children. So if you have the extras cash, why not?

Stephanie - posted on 08/15/2009

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nope. My girls will get some new jeans at Christmas, because their old ones are getting short, but the next size up are way too long. :)
But no. Everything still fits. so why buy anything new. I did go through and make them try everything on. We threw some things out, but nothing critical.

I did buy them some new undies and socks.... They lose these frequently. I wanted them to have enough for the week. I have two 6yo daughters. so I need twice as many for them. :)

Denise - posted on 08/15/2009

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all kids want to start the year off with something new. If they can still fit them through the summer (mine can"t) means there's less to buy. sweet

Lynda - posted on 08/15/2009

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my kids are bigger kids, so i usually end up buying new stuff a few times a year. luckily someone gave me 2 big bags of stuff for my 7 year old, so im pretty good in that department. my son is needing new clothes anyway since summer wont be around forever, and my oldest has to buy her own clothes since money is tight and she has a job. but every year they get new underwear, socks, and shoes. i also shop thrift stores and yard sales. its a shame how much kids clothes that are in good shape people just throw away when theres always another kid who can use them. i give my kids clothes to others who need them as they grow out of them. its a good way to recycle. also in most areas you can go online through yahoo groups and find a group called freecycle in your area where you can trade off all sorts of things instead of seeing it go to a landfill.

Erika - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have both a 5yr old and a 2yr old. I get hand me downs from my bff for my 5yr old and handme downs fromanother bff for my 2yr old. I havent really had to buy new clothes for either of them in years! So, if u dont need to by new clothes, I wouldn't. Especially if old ones still fit. You're not a bad mother just saving $ for where its needed most! :-D

Rhonda - posted on 08/14/2009

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God knows I wish I were kidding...thats why I say they have plenty and no need to buy new clothes. My mother helped ALOT if not all, in providing what they have, she cant resist clothes and loves to shop.

Shellina - posted on 08/14/2009

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Well yeah, cause every year or every few months you need to buy some new clothes. Just before my daughter go back to school. I have to buy some new pants,shirts, tops and shoes and oh yes socks. I buy her new clothes every few months cause she grows fast.

Belle - posted on 08/14/2009

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If their clothes still fit, then have them use them. That's what i'm doing with mine, i have 3 kids. The only things i did get were a couple pair of pants, shoes and their school supplies.

Maria - posted on 08/14/2009

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Oh my goodness, NO! I only buy what they NEED. I've really stressed to my kids the difference between WANT and NEED.

Lesley - posted on 08/14/2009

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Aren't you the lucky ones my kids have school uniform from the time they start school. My youngest just 4.5 and starting school next week so not got choice other than to kit him out. Luckily his older brother is 6 so some things were able to be handed down but pretty much had to buy the lot from trousers, polo-shirts, shoes, gymshoes, sweatshirts, fleeces - nightmare!

Susan - posted on 08/14/2009

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If last year's clothes fit and adhere to the dress code, there is no reason to buy a whole new wardrobe. Throughout the year I watch clearance racks and sales for my daughter's current and next size.

Leigh - posted on 08/14/2009

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If the clothes still fit and are in good condition, save the money! You are not a bad mom for not going shopping!

Dawn - posted on 08/14/2009

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If the clothes still fit and we have a little extra money we will buy our girls each 1 new outfit to wear on the first day. It's a little back to school gift to them.

Jamie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I don't think it's neccessary to buy a whole new wardrobe, but maybe a couple of outfits just in case some of last years are a little dingy. That's what I usually do with my boys. They are in 2nd & 3rd grade. My oldest's bday is tomorrow and he usually gets some clothes for that so I mostly have to worry about my other one and now my daughter because she is starting preschool.

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ok ladies, I feel very guilty right about now, I do buy entire new clothes and shoes each school year.....I spent quite a bit of money....yes I do have the extra due to bonuses at work but I am sure I could have saved that just the same....I'm sorry, it's just something I have always done. I did not get very much clothing when I was growing up when school started and I guess I really just splurge on them. I know I could have saved all that money but I never do. I will tell myself not to spend but so much...I go overboard anyway. I am blessed that I am able to do for them. Nothing wrong with those that do not. During these hard economic times, we should be saving money....


same here..been buying new stuff for my kindergartner (new pairs of shoes, undies, shirts, dresses, etc) there was even one time i wondered why  i cant buy as much clothes for myself;D  i just feel that it adds to the excitement of starting school..i dont think i'd go overboard though if budget was an issue...but as most moms here say, saving the extra money is prolly way better ;D

SHEALAH - posted on 08/14/2009

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well for me i have clothes that still fit my 6 yr old daughter cause shes been in a size 7/8 for almost a year now... but at the end of last school year (kindergarten) the superintendent for the local schools had passed a new dress code ~UNIFORMS~ i am a single mother with one income and no help from anyone and i have to go out and buy uniforms for her... oh yeah btw she goes to a public school... i think its horrible i have had to pay $140.00 already on the clothes (skirts, jumpers, pants, and sweaters (no hoods or pockets allowed on sweathers or sweatshirts)) i still have to go and buy new tights in white and navy blue and new shoes which will be probably another $50.00... and the dress code for the 2009/2010 school year is from preschool to 5th grade and then 6th to 8th grade dont have to wear uniforms til fall of 2010. i just kinda want to know how people would feel about this if it happened in your town...

Shawn - posted on 08/13/2009

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Of course not ....unless they really need something and you are financially able.
My daughter only needed pants/jeans due to her growth spurt. I had that in mind when I went into the GOODWILL and wow...I found 3-4 pair of great jeans that could not have fit her more perfect and she liked them too!

MICHELLE - posted on 08/13/2009

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Shoes and undergarments is about it, unless they absolutely need something else. I figure if it still fits them let them wear it. In the past I have bought like one new outfit but I just don't have the budget for it this year.

Kim - posted on 08/13/2009

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I don't buy new clothes unless they are absolutely needed. They have clothes that still fit and still in good shape.

Karen - posted on 08/13/2009

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We buy just a few new things as needed, but not a new wardrobe. This way, they get new things throughout the year, not a lot that won't fit later.

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My son has uniforms, so I have to buy those and new shoes. my daughter gets one new outfit, this year was a "Miley Cyrus" from WalMart, new shoes, and we fill in with things from Goodwill as needed. Target's unsold clearance goes to Goodwill and can be bought for $0.99 to 6.99. My daughter found a brand new, tags still on, designer skirt for $2.49 last week, and a Mossimo cropped jean jacket for $1.99. Another good thing about Goodwill is, she gets to create her own style, instead of having it dictated by trends. I also tell her my savings is her college fund!!!!!!

Billie Jo - posted on 08/13/2009

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depending on the ages of your school goers... if they are in a new school with different people... then go with last years.. if they are going to be having the same friends as last year then i suggest finding a nice second hand store to get a few odds and ends that they can mix up with last years stuff.. kids are sooo mean this day and age.. heck they were mean when i was growing up and my mom didnt have much money so she shopped at kmart.. i was always teased and i refuse to allow my kids to go through that if i can help it... i hope this helps a bit..good luck! ps.. we have s second hand store here called once upon a child that has all name brands of gently worn items that my girls love... u can buy a abercrobie shirt for $2... it is wonderful!!! look for one near u.. they are a chain store!!!

Kristy - posted on 08/13/2009

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I don't buy a whole wardrobe. I just buy a couple of new pieces to compliment what they have that still fits.

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