In case you missed it, over the weekend we went on a family shopping trip at The Florida Mall. We had the chance to make slime, play games, and even watch a kids fashion show at their back to school shopping event. We’ll be sharing everything from haul but in the meantime, here’s 5 back to school shopping tips that we used to prep for our trip.
1.Make a plan in advance.
Before you dive in to back to school shopping, make a plan. Sit down before you head to the mall and make a note of all of the stores you want to visit during your shopping trip. Old Navy, GAP Kids, Kids Footlocker, Zara, H&M, and Macy’s are some of the stores that are always on our list. Those are the stores that we start with when shopping because we get the bulk of our items from there and want to make sure we get everything that we want from there before heading to other stores.
2. Wear comfy clothes.
This tip is probably the most important, especially for the younger kids. When shopping for back to school, you want to be sure that both you and the kids are comfy. Choose sneakers or flats instead of high heels. I wore jeans and a white ruffle top and had a pair of pink ballet flats in my bag as a backup. Tatiana loves wearing dresses so that’s always her choice when we’re shopping. Dresses are great because they can be easily slipped on and off to try on clothes.
3. Shop during tax free weekend.
I know you’re probably rolling your eyes just thinking about the crowds of people that will be out during tax free weekend but I promise it’s worth it. Not only will you skip paying taxes on most of your purchases but you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the sales that stores are offering during that weekend. There were tons of sales when we were shopping at The Florida Mall. We were able to rack up on staple items like jeans for $8 at The Children’s Place and tees for $3 at Old Navy. In addition to the sales, most stores were offering coupons for a percentage or dollar amount of off our purchase.
4. Try on everything.
The last thing that anyone wants to deal with after back to school shopping is returns. Try on everything to be sure that everything fits. If you don’t make your kids try things on while you’re shopping you’ll end up returning something because your kids grew way more than you realized during the summer and fits vary from store to store.
5. Take advantage of mall amenities.
Let’s be honest, back to school shopping is exhausting. It seems like kids need everything when it’s time to start school again. Tatiana is going into second grade and I don’t know what she ate during the summer but somehow I must’ve slipped some growth spurt seeds into something because she’s now into a size 8/10 and she’s only 7. I’ll have to admit though, shopping was fun. I’m not sure if it was the back to school event at The Florida Mall that made it so fun or if it was the fact that we were shopping together as a family which is something we haven’t been able to do in a long time.
Anyways, we had tons of fun but the bags got so heavy. Thankfully The Florida Mall has a complimentary package drop at guest services that we were able to use during our shopping trip.
6. Make sure your car has lots of trunk space.
If you’re anything like me, that trunk of yours probably isn’t spotless. Having lots of trunk space is essential to back to school shopping because of course you need a place to put all the goods. Luckily we had no shortage of trunk space in the Mazda3. We were able to pack all of our back to school finds and even a few groceries into the trunk with no problem.
Once all of your back to school essentials are packed in the car, you’re all set for the school year. You can crank up the Mazda3, turn on your favorite Sirius XM Radio channel, and jam out all the way home.
This post was written in partnership with The Florida Mall and Mazda. All thoughts and opinions are my own.