Back to school shopping is something I dread each year – so much so, that I don’t officially do it! With three kids – one very tall, skinny teenage boy and two very picky girls, not only does it cost a small fortune but it is also hard to find what everyone wants. I have learned the hard way that going out and doing back to school shopping all at once is a guaranteed fail – someone has a growth spurt, the kids at school are not wearing those fuzzy boots anymore, or someone changes their mind. So I pick up a few pieces here and there for the kids as I find a good deal and I don’t buy jeans until late September if I can help it.
When the Mom Central team invited me to be a part of the TJ Maxx/Marshall’s blog tour I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I know that TJ Maxx and Marshalls carry name brand and designer clothes for a fraction of the cost, but I needed a good way to convince my very picky, fashion conscious teenage daughter of that. See, now that she is in 8th grade she is all about the brands and if it is not designer, she will stick her nose up at it – yeah, teenage girls are like that!
Our challenge was to take a $50 gift card to TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and see what kind of good deals we could get on back to school clothes. Now if I would have spent this $50 on the 15 year old boy or the 9 year old girl, I probably would have easily been able to purchase 3 full outfits, but that would have been too easy. I decided to give the $50 gift card to my daughter who turned 13 today and see what she could come up with.
Here are the outfits:
Cute, huh? I thought so too. Three of the four pieces are from Marshalls. For $50 she got two tops from the designer brand Max Studio and a pair of basic black capri length leggings. The tops retail for $68 each – there is NO WAY I would spend that much for a top for a child, but at Marshalls the tops were $19.99 each and that was a price I was comfortable paying for shirts of that quality.
Even though she only got three items for her $50, all three items have washed up nicely and mix and match with other pieces in her current wardrobe so she will get a lot of wear from them.
The one thing she had really wanted to get while we were there was a pair of jeans, however, we struck out. She felt the jeans in the kids department were too kiddish and they did not have any size 00 in the junior jeans department. But, as she grows a little more, I think she will be able to find jeans there easily. We have since returned to Marshall’s and she found a few more tops by American Eagle and Hollister, and she has her eye on a super cute Juicy Couture bag that is a fraction of the retail price.
Now, if I could only find a few hours to head over there and shop for myself…
Disclosure – I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of T.J.Maxx and Marshalls and received a gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate, however all opinions are my own.