How To Find The Best Back-To-School Shopping Deals

That dreaded annual ritual known as back-to-school clothes shopping is about to begin— a time when balancing the family’s budget with the kids’ fashion requirements is overwhelming for most moms.

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But help is at hand—at least on the saving money front—thanks to some digging that reveals the best days to find discounts on must-have youth fashions.   Here at Shop It To Me, we’ve prepared the following analysis based on sale data from the past 12 months*.

  • For the biggest markdowns (41% off) on the most categories of boys’ clothing, Moms should shop on Wednesday.

  • Discounts on girls’ clothing items online average 36% off most days of the week, but shop on Saturday for bigger sales on casual pants (63% off) and skirts (47% off).

  • The best day to save on boys’ shoes is Friday for discounts on average of 54% off.  For girls’ shoes and jeans, however, shop on Tuesday for the best price cuts (49% and 38%).


We looked at over 102,000 children’s items that went on sale at over 100 online retailers from the time period June 2009-June 2010.

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And when it comes to some of the top back-to-school shopping destinations—here’s some additional food for thought for **where **to save big:

  • The Children’s Place offers $5 shipping, no matter the order size. It’s a minimal fee that makes skipping the store worthwhile.

  • J. Crew’s Crewcuts is offering various free shipping promotions throughout the Back to School season, including free shipping on CrewCuts items (the discount is automatically applied at checkout).

  • Old Navy and Gap, which are both owned by Gap Inc. allow you to shop across sites and pay one shipping fee/go through one checkout process.  They are currently offering 20% off your order of kids’ items by using code KIDS20 at checkout (ends 8/11).

  • Piperlime and Endless, which are both great destinations for Kids’ shoes, always offer free shipping and free returns.

  • American Eagle is currently offering free shipping with any jeans purchase.

  • Other retailers to check out for unique kids’ clothing include,,, (with brand Little Ella).