#2 - When to Buy
It's hard to deny kids new outfits for the first day of school, but when it comes to additional clothes, you can try to convince them it's ok to hold off for a few weeks. After the big back-to-school season starts to simmer down, lots of stores feature great sales -- and kids might find there are some hot new fashions they would have missed out on if they hadn't seen what all the kids at school were wearing before they made their own choices.
Hit the circuit around mid to late September to get these sweet deals, but also considering changing your overall game plan. Instead of buying clothes for the new school year all in one go, consider spreading out your shopping throughout the year. Lots of stores have great clearance racks that can dive into deep discounts, so pick up items here and there and then present them all in August to an excited child.