I know it’s a cliché, but I don’t know how else to say it. My kids are growing like weeds! I know everyone who has young kids is going through the same thing, but this back-to-school season makes it all too real -- and way too expensive!

I’m not kidding, I can barely afford to keep my kids clothed. And once you add a fashionable tween to the mix, you’re adding a whole new element!

This season I started buying the kids’ clothes at Target. Of course I didn’t just discover Target. I’ve been shopping at Target forever, but not for clothing. I don’t know why. I mean, I buy everything at Target, cleaning supplies, kitchenware, snacks, school supplies, you name it. I can zip through the store like a pro. I know where everything is and can make the run in record time. But one day I passed through the kids’ clothing section and realized they had some really cute stuff.

I lingered a bit and started looking at price tags. I couldn’t believe how reasonable these clothes were! This was definitely the way to go for kids who were outgrowing their outfits faster than I could buy them.

There are always great deals at Target, so I can really load up. I learned that if my son finally finds a pair of jeans that don’t rub/itch/look stupid and aren’t too big in the waist/short in the leg, I should buy multiple pairs on the spot. My daughter, on the other hand, needs options. If she had it her way, she’d have a different top for every day of the school year. But she wants the comfort of buttonless, zipperless T-shirts.

Bingo!

When my daughter saw the variety of T-shirts that Target offered, she went crazy! And I let her. I was so happy to find clothes that both the kids loved at prices I loved. At Target I’m not just saving on style, I’m saving tons of time. And when you have kids, you know the only thing more precious than them is your time!


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