Back to School Teen Shopping Tips and Great @Kmart Deals #KmartBackToSchool #ad

Disclaimer: This discussion about teen shopping tips is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own

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Gone are the days when I could go out to the store and leave my kids home with dad while I shopped for their clothes.  Back to school shopping used to mean that my husband spent a couple hours playing with the kids and I headed to the mall for some peace and quiet.  Yes, when you have small children, malls are considered QUIET places!  If you are blessed with teens and tweens like I am you have probably learned that they are not as easy to shop for as smaller children. So, in an effort to keep the peace in my house I have come up with a few shopping tips for teens. I hope they come in handy during this chaotic back to school season!

Back to School Teen Shopping Tips

back to school shopping tips for teens

1. Figure out sizes ahead of time:  Nothing is worse than having to grab 12 different sizes of the same thing because your kid grew 4 inches since last winter.  Look at last year’s clothes and see if you can get an idea of how much bigger you need to go.

2. Check the school dress code:  My daughter started middle school this year and they have a very particular dress code.  No tank tops, mandatory length on shorts, certain types of gym clothes….any variations can get them in trouble with administrators so we are careful to stick to the rules.  Know the dress code when you head out so you don’t buy clothes your teen can’t wear to school.

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3. Set your own rules:  Discuss with your teen what you will and will not allow them to buy for school clothes.  I will not buy t-shirts with rude sayings on them or shirts that have a deep Vneck unless my daughter wears a tank top under it.  Make up the rule ahead of time so there are no arguments and hissy fits in the middle of the store!  Teen hissy fits can be just as loud and ugly as toddler ones!

4.  Make it fun!  Don’t just set out to get what you need and head home.  Take advantage of the time you have and spend the day together.  Go grab lunch in between stores or if your child is old enough, head to Starbucks for a coffee to keep you energized for the rest of your shopping adventure.  Sometimes a day together like this can be an opportunity to reconnect with your teen.  Take advantage of it.  Even if you have to listen to incredibly detailed discussions of what girl is dating that cute boy your daughter has her eye on!

5. Set a budget:  This is one of the most important back to school shopping tips I can suggest.  Not only do YOU need to set a budget but you need to inform your teen what that budget is.  Bring a calculator so you can show them exactly how far that budget it going.

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Back to School Shopping with Kmart

Doesn’t it seem like every year your kids get busier and busier? As the years go by, activities get piled on and so do the expenses. Soccer, ballet & music classes aren’t free. Unfortunately, neither are school supplies. With so much going on, your budget can get pulled in a lot of different directions. Fortunately, Kmart has savings on back to school so you can breathe easier. Pick up everything on their back to school shopping list from backpacks to gym shoes and the latest fall styles for less. The only question left is what will YOU do with the savings? I vote picking up something for yourself because it is a new year after all.

Kmart has some great deals going on and they are a one stop shop for so many of your back to school shopping needs.  No reason to run from store to store when Kmart has everything you need for heading back to school!

Disclaimer: This discussion about teen shopping tips is a sponsored post. I am a Kmart blogger, though all opinions are my own

Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician with two teens, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She has a BS in Microbiology but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging full time. She currently deals with emotional teens, suburban politics, and middle aged metabolism while sharing her opinions in an honest and down to earth fashion on her blog.

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  1. All the Kmarts around us shut down some time ago, but it looks like they offer some great bts stuff.
  2. I am lucky and happen to live right by one of the only Kmarts still left in my area. I don't go there often but I have noticed they have better clothes now than they did when I worked there 20 years ago!
  3. Great tips! Especially the set a budget! That's where my son gets me every time!
  4. These are some really great tips for back-to-school with teens! Setting a budget is a "must" with any age when it comes to back-to-school shopping. :) Thanks for sharing.
  5. Great tips. Not easy shopping for teens!

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