When they were toddlers, you got away with the off brands; the no names and the hand me down shoes, shirts, and jeans. After all, they were little, and all they really cared about was getting to their next cookie and avoiding the dreaded nap monster at all costs. But, as your children get older, they start developing their own identity and with it, their own sense of style.
For some kids, it hits in the preteen years while others are full-fledged teenagers when it hits, but eventually the majority of them get hit with brand name fever, when only a certain name or label is good enough for them, and there is no level of whining too low for them to stoop to get them.
Saving Money, Even on Brand Name Items
Most parents are torn between giving their child what they want and staying within the family budget. Even those who have more cash to spend are usually reluctant to just give in to every single whim, especially when those whims are very expensive, brand name items that will be either out of style or outgrown before they are worn out. There are ways to come to a compromise.
Each child can be allotted a set amount for each item of clothing, if they want to spend more, they have to make up the difference. This not only encourages budgeting and smart money management skills but may also help your child learn the fine art of bargain hunting as well.
You can help your child by showing them where the bargains are found, sitting even on name brand items. Let your name brand fashionista find name brand merchandise like cheap Jordans on PriceGrabber and other sites so that they can save money but still have the shoes they want. They may even find other items at discount prices while they are shopping, set goals for their next purchases in the process. A really smart shopper might be able to get an entire back to school wardrobe at a very small percentage of what they would have been spending.
Jordan’s are only one of the name brand that kids are interested in, of course. There are a number of others that you can find on discount web sites, saving you the cost of paying full price. However, before you buy any name brand from a discount site make sure that you are getting the real deal and not a knock off.
That is why well established sites are always a safer bet for your brand names at discount prices. There are other sites, some claiming that they have all of the latest fashions and styles at bargain basement prices but you may find yourself with a pair of shoes that are obviously not well made or even worse a complete rip off of the original.
It is never too early to teach your child great shopping skills, including how to spot a good deal from a bad one and how to look the coolest at the lowest price.