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How I Saved $182 on Back-to-School Shopping

Looking for ways to save money on your back-to-school shopping this year? Look no further and see how I saved $182.56 on my sons’ back-to-school wardrobe by shopping on

If you’re anything like me, saving a buck on your kids’ clothes typically is at the top of your list when shopping. I’ve got two boys, Jude, who is six and his brother, who is just shy of two. Needless to say, they are little monsters when it comes to their clothing. I think I’ve counted our youngest going through 7 shirts in a single day. If I had bought everything new, that little man would have gone through $84 – $140 worth of t-shirts in his yogurt dripping / pudding painting / mud slinging / watermelon smearing / dog wrestling / juice bathing day.

But I’m smart. Jude has taught me a few lessons in laundry, and our little Jonah has about 40 shirts that were either hand-me-downs from his brother, so he can do what he wants and stay fresh. Jude, on the other hand, burns through clothes even quicker, but has no one to grow into. For him, I rely on buying pre-owned clothes whenever possible. It’s better on the wallet and better on the environment.

Back-to-School this year is no different. Jude starts first grade in a couple of weeks and it’s easy to get caught up in all the hoopla that surrounds this time of year. However, I refuse to get caught up in the nonsense that is Back-to-School sales on new, already overpriced clothing, and instead bought everything this year on

How to Save Over $180 on Back-to-School Clothes

Shopping for Back-to-School doesn’t have to be stressful. The average family will spend over $670 on Back-to-School, with 33% of that spend going towards clothing. That’s a lot of wasted money. Instead, spend 15 – 30 minutes shopping on for your Back-to-School clothes before heading out to the department stores.

Below is how I fared on my Back-to-School shopping for Jude. I spent just about $120 for 16 items ( about $7.50 each ), all in excellent condition. Then what I did was found the same items at major department and retail stores ( Macy’s, Target, Nordstrom, Kohls and Amazon ) so that I can see if I really saved any money or not shopping on

Turns out, I saved almost 61%, and I was able to find 14 of the 16 items I purchased from directly on these sites. For the other two, I chose the nearest similar product for the comparison. Something else to point out is that all of the competitor prices are their Back-to-School sale prices and not their typical retail price, so the savings would have been even greater had it not been sale season.



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3 thoughts on “How I Saved $182 on Back-to-School Shopping

  1. I sent two very large boxs of expensive items, most with tags, never worn. Plus 1 large box of new stylish shoes, never worn. I have NEVER heard from you or received information on priceing. Is this just one big scam????
    Those items represent well over $1,000. in merchandise. I need to hear from you, or very soon I will go to social media and expose you.

    1. Hi Marty – Have you sent a message to our support team ( assistance@swap ) yet? A member of our team will be able to look up your account information to give you an idea of when your box will be processed.
      Best – Lauren

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