Shop Beyond the Mall
While it's convenient to shop at a mall because of its sheer number of stores in one location, it's easy to end up looking like everyone else. Hitting up consignment and vintage stores for back-to-school looks doesn't mean you'll end up with mothballed 1980s clothes that your parents wore in middle school (although the '80s are, like, totally back these days). It might take a little bit of digging, but you'll probably be able to find practically new -- and cool -- stuff for a fraction of the price you'd pay at the mall. And you can kill two birds with one stone if you sell some of your old stuff to a consignment store: You'll clean out that cluttered closet plus get credit to buy new-to-you clothes at the store!