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BACK TO SCHOOL $25 SHOPPING CHALLENGE

BACK TO SCHOOL $25 SHOPPING CHALLENGE

It was 90+ degrees today and although school is the last thing on the mind of my kiddos, this momma knows that back-to-school shopping starts now.

With three children heading to school this fall, I’m faced with the challenge of investing in new wardrobes for three different sizes (and personalities). It’s tough and it’s expensive.

Today, I challenged myself to only spend $25 during our visit to the Goodwill Industries store in Jackson Township. This haul was for my youngest daughter, Evie.

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Here’s the low-down on Evie. She is three years old and headed into her second year of preschool. Her favorite color is pink and she loves her stuffed animal ‘Foxy.’  Evie, like most three-year-olds, is rough on her clothes, so we are oftentimes looking for cute clothes but high volume. Goodwill shopping for back to school is the perfect solution for us. We can find great clothes and LOTS of them for only a fraction of what we might pay at a traditional retailer.

Evie loves to shop with me at Goodwill. Who wouldn’t? So much selection. So many deals. And, all purchases support outreach programs right here in our community.

GETTING STARTED

For the kiddos, I always start with the ‘tops’ section. Why? Tops typically have the graphics or ‘personality’ that my kids are looking for. Goodwill mixes tank tops, long sleeve, short sleeve and sweaters together in the ‘tops’ section. Even though different seasons of clothing are mixed together, everything is separated by girls and boys and by size.

Once we know what tops we will be purchasing, it’s much easier to find the bottoms that will match. When we shop Goodwill we typically pick up anything and everything that we think might work and then begin to edit those selections down before we check out.

SHOPPING TIP: I hang all of our finds on the front of my cart. This makes it easier to see everything and match with bottoms in the next aisle.

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NO LIST WHEN WE THRIFT

I never approach a visit to Goodwill with a pre-determined list. Of course, we need school clothes, but knowing that the inventory constantly changes and we never quite know what we will find on the racks, I make sure to keep our options wide open.

During this visit to Goodwill, we found sweaters perfect for cooler weather and short sleeve tops that Evie can wear when school first starts at the end of summer.  

I SPY SAVINGS

Goodwill has amazing savings everyday. But, Sunday and Mondays offer shoppers even deeper discounts! Each week, one color tag is 50% off, but on Sunday and Mondays another color is only $1! Before you begin shopping, look for signs dotted throughout the store or ask an associate what the color of the week sales are.

I don’t limit ourselves to just those colors, but we do try to seek out those special color tags during our visit. Evie loves a good game of ‘I spy.’

During today’s visit, blue tags were marked down to $1 and pink tags were 50% off. Cha-ching! Our haul included a pair of leggings and a top for only $1 each!

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WHAT DID WE GET FOR $25?

Our cart was overflowing during our visit, but we eventually edited down our selection and left with our most favorite (and needed) Goodwill finds. Today’s trip was a $25 challenge, so what all did we get? Oodles! We found three complete outfits (and a few extras) for Evie to wear back to school this fall.

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Our most expensive item for this haul was on an amazing pair of pink suede boots (brand new with tags) for $5.99. Is it really a splurge to spend less than $6 on a pair of shoes? No!

The boots will look adorable with this NWT floral dress we found!

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This ‘Happy to Be Me’ top couldn’t be passed up! I think that is Evie’s mantra! The top and matching leggings were not on sale, but the entire outfit was in great condition and only cost $6 total.  

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Evie’s favorite find today? This sweet fox sweater that reminded Miss Evie of her favorite stuffed animal ‘Foxy.’ We matched it with a pair of stretchy jeans that were in perfect condition.

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We rounded out our haul with a three pack of brand new socks. Remember, Goodwill not only carries donated items, but a great selection of new products. Our entire bill was less $25! What’s more priceless? A happy three year old (and momma) headed into a new school year.

 

Dorm Room Essentials

School is right around the corner and for those heading to college for the first time it can be stressful and exciting to get everything you need for your dorm. From necessities to personal touches Goodwill can help find everything you’re looking for at a great price. Here are just a few Goodwill finds every college dorm must have.

1. Desk Lamp

Your roommate shuts off the lights to go to bed, but you still need to study for that big exam tomorrow. Desk lamps from department stores go for anywhere in between 20-60 dollars. This desk light spotted at Goodwill’s Foxboro location is perfect for those late night study sessions.

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2. Sound Systems

Found at Goodwill’s Tuscarawas location, these speakers are perfect for a dorm room. Not too big, but not too small so music can be played while kicking back on the weekends or doing homework. Plus, they add a vintage element that no one else will be able to copy.

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3. Book Holders

Books can accumulate over the course of the year. With these book holders found at Goodwill’s Tuscarawas store, from Harry Potter books to your Intro to Calculus book, storing and organizing your books has never been easier.

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4. Waste Bin

A college dorm room can get messy very quickly. There is no reason to spend a lot of money on a trash bin when you can go to your local thrift store and buy it for a fraction of the price. This bin was found at the Goodwill on Tuscarawas.

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5. Kitchenware

You can’t cook gourmet meals in a dorm room, but sometimes it is nice to have some plates in case you are having a quick little snack. Also, this Ohio State thermos is perfect for coffee lovers and getting you ready for those 8 a.m. classes. These dinning essentials were found at Goodwill’s Foxboro location.

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6. Decorative Pieces

No dorm room is complete without adding your own personal touch. These ancient Egyptian and American history pieces, found at the Goodwill at Foxboro, will give your dorm room the spice-up it needs. Visit the art section to decorate with unique designs or inspirational signs. And of course you should grab a couple new frames to take all your family and friends from home with you.

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Making your dorm room feel like home while staying on budget is easy with Goodwill. We’ve only touched on a few dorm room ideas, but the possibilities of great Goodwill finds are endless. Share your favorite dorm finds in the comments below or hashtag #GoodwillDormRoom on social media.