7 Ways to Make Cute Outfits for Back to School & Save Money

by Meghan

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This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

This year, for the first time, I have two eager kiddos to get ready for the first day of school. Double the school supplies, double the teacher gifts, double the cute outfits for back to school, and double the hit to our family finances. But when it comes to clothes shopping, there are great ways to save money while back to school shopping. Check out these 7 ways to stretch your dollar (including a $50 gift card giveaway!!!) while outfitting the whole family in great outfits for back to school.

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Build a Back to School Wardrobe for the Whole Family… and Save!

Last school year was so painful. My then 2 year old was OBSESSED with school. Three days a week, we would drop off her big sister, my 4 year old at preschool, and three days a week, I would have to chase down her little sister and physically drag her out of the classroom (while also carrying a baby carrier), kicking and screaming because she “want to go to school too!” So needless to say, she is over the moon at the prospect of finally getting to go to school too this year.

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The morning I told her we were going shopping for back to school, she leaped out of bed, grabbed her backpack (because cute outfits for back to school HAVE to match your backpack), and was ready to go before we had even had breakfast. We headed to OshKosh B’gosh because I love the combination of affordability, durability and door busters, while my girls love that their range of separates includes twirly dresses and tutus.

7 Ways to Save Money & Make Cute Outfits for Back to School

With two kids to outfit for back to school this year, it was more important than ever that I find ways to stretch my dollar. And with two girls, you can imagine I needed to do that without skimping on style. Believe me, even at just 3 years old, my daughter has strong opinions about her outfit, and hand picks what she wears EVERY DAY. OshKosh makes all of us happy!

Buy separates to create more outfits from fewer pieces of clothing

We do this as adults all the time.  Why not shop for your kids this way too?!? OshKosh’s front tables always carry an assortment of mix and match leggings and tops that you can use to create an array of outfits. They are often the door buster special too.

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I also love that the tops range from tanks to dresses to long sleeve tunics.  This allows me to pick options for the first days of school in August and September, and then swap out the top for warmer clothes as the days turn colder in the Fall.

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Add layers to make clothes work across seasons

That sleeveless twirly dress your 3 year old spots the second you enter the store? It’s adorable for the first day of school… but 2-3 weeks later, as the warm days of summer give way to the cool mornings of Fall, it will linger unworn in the closet.  Unless you pick up a sweater to go with it.  Now, she can wear it through Fall, and even again in the Spring!

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Similarly, my older daughter loved the eyelet skirt that matched her little sister’s dress. I found a white eyelet top for the first of 3 cute outfits for back to school, a precious plaid button down for the second and the first days of Fall, and an even cuter navy pullover sweater to take the outfit all the way through the first semester of school.

Shop and stock up during back to school specials

OshKosh B’gosh almost always has specials going on, especially now during the back to school season.  Visit OshKosh’s website to find the current special going on now, both online and in-stores. The day we shopped, the door buster featured great deals on coordinating leggings and tops, as well as buy one, get one free for shoes! What every mama shopping for two wants to hear.

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Join rewards programs

Gone are the days of signing up for credit cards for savings. Now, you don’t even have to carry a card to participate. The OshKosh rewards program is totally free, and they track it all for you.  All you have to do is give them your email address. They keep track of your spending, your progress to rewards, and email you about the latest specials and coupons for even more savings.

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The day we shopped, my dollars went even further because I already had $20 in rewards to spend… and I earned $20 more for next time!  And these aren’t save $20 when you spend $40 type rewards – it is money off whatever you spend.

Use coupons

You don’t have to sit and clip coupons for hours to use coupons today. And these coupons will save you a lot more than just a few dollars. If you join the rewards program, OshKosh will email them to you. And today, I’ve got one for you right here!


Shop OshKosh online and use code OKBG3136 or present the coupon below in-stores to save 25% on any purchase over $30. Use the OshKosh B’gosh store locator to find the store nearest you.

Pick durable brands that last

With two girls two years apart, we recycle clothes. And after doing it for 3 years now, I am a pro on which children’s clothing brands actually hold up and still look great, even when worn by the second child. OshKosh passes that test with flying colors. As I write, my 3 year old is wearing an OshKosh outfit my oldest wore first – it never shrunk, has withstood countless washings, and its colors are still as vibrant today as it was the day I bought it.

The fact that my 3 year old can re-wear her older sister’s hand me downs saves me a ton of money every season!

Win a $50 OshKosh gift card

There’s no easier way to save money than to win a gift card! Enter to win below. One (1) winner will receive a $50 OshKosh B’gosh gift card to help you make cute outfits for back to school for your little fashionistas! Pair the gift card with our coupon, and you can easily build 3+ outfits for your fashion-savvy family.

Giveaway ends August 28, 2016. Share with your friends for even more chances to win – come on, friends help friends save!

#BacktoBgosh Giveaway

Have you been to your local OshKosh yet???  Print the coupon above or save it to your phone, and save money while getting cute outfits for back to school today!

For more ways to help your family finances, follow our Family Financial Savvy series.  You can also find more Back to School ideas, from First Day of School Gifts your teacher actually needs to an easy back to school breakfast option, and more on our Back to School board on Pinterest.

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Going back to school shopping? Your kids need new clothes, new shoes, new first day of school outfits... and if you have more than one child headed to school, the school shopping budget just got doubled or tripled. Check out these 7 ways to get cute outfits for back to school, while still saving money #BacktoBgosh #OshKoshBgosh #OshKoshKids #BgoshKids #backtoschool #ad | Back to School | School Shopping | First Day of School | Kids Clothes | Kids Fashion | OOTD

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Alyssa @ Arts and Crackers August 12, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Adorable! We love OshKosh B’gosh.

Meghan August 14, 2016 - 1:27 pm

Thanks! We do too… great quality for great prices.


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