Does anyone else feel like this summer just flew by? Maybe it was the mediocre weather, or being constantly on the go, but I feel like there is so much that we didn't get to scratch off of our Summer Bucket List.
The bad (and good) news is, school is starting whether we are ready for it or not! Which means it's time for back-to-school shopping.
Last week, after returning from 10 days cottaging off the grid, we had one day to hammer out back-to-school shopping before my stepchildren went back to their Moms.
For us, there is always a tight timeline for back-to-school shopping because both us, and the kid's mom, take vacation during the last weeks of August. Which means that we have to be quick and efficient when it comes to getting the kids their new gear.
This is why we're all about the one-stop-shops!
One of my favourite things in this whole motherhood gig is clothing shopping for the kids. If we're being honest, I get more excited about their new clothing than they do. I just LOVE to dress them in the latest stylish and sporty trends!
It's not JUST about fashion for me though. I'm very strategic about the brands that I choose.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but back-to-school shopping for four kids isn't cheap. Heck, back-to-school shopping for one kid isn't cheap. It adds up so quickly!
One thing that I have learned, is that purchasing high quality brands for the kids actually saves us money in the long run.
When I say that, people always raise one eyebrow, but it's true.
With high quality brands, I don't have to worry about the clothes getting ruined after just a few wears. I don't have to worry about the boys busting the knees out of their new track pants when they get down on the ground to play mini sticks at recess.
The clothes are high quality and last all year long. When the kids do grow (ugh don't you hate when that happens) they still looks as good as new. This means I can pass it down to the next kiddo, or sell it to another family on our local online buy & sell, and THEN use the new funds for more gear!
For these reasons, Sport Chek is always our first stop when do our back-to-school shopping - it meets all of our back to school needs.
a. They carry the kid's favourite brands, which leaves everyone happy!
b. The clothing is high in quality, which means it lasts - I don't have to run and replace ruined pieces just months after our big shop.
c. We get our shoes, backpacks and clothes in one haul - it's quick and easy!!
This year our oldest wanted to hang out with her boyfriend instead of shopping with us (Yes, we're at that stage) - but this was no problem at all. She and the boys were also able to pick out some gear online! With free shipping (on orders over $99) and such a great selection, we were still able get everything done in our time crunch!
Now my only issue for back-to-school is breaking the news to our little one that she has to wait one more year to go. Somewhere along the line she got the idea that all this new stuff is for her!
Seriously though? How am I going to break the news to her. She's just so dang excited!