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I’m totally there with her this year! Our new little guy was born on the last day of school and the summer has been spent navigating new everything. I think our whole house is ready for a little more routine.
That said, our wallet wasn’t really ready for back-to-school. I lost my editing job when Baby Boy was only two weeks old and between a new baby and a new adoption and a backyard that we are trying to make more yard-like and less mud-like, we just aren’t rolling in the Benjamins right now. Were we ever?
Le sigh. Adulting is hard.
I went back to school shopping for my whole crew at Deseret Industries–a thrift store out here in the west. Well, it’s more than just a thrift store. I hope you’ll click over and see how DI (or the Princess DI, as we called it in college) helps with job training and career opportunities. And if you’re ever here in Utah, I hope you’ll take a tour of the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City to see the program in action. It was my favorite tour to give as a Temple Square missionary back in 2001.
Last week, I got a babysitter, took myself out for a peanut butter milkshake (self care!), and walked into my local DI ready to hunt for treasure by myself. Racks are restocked everyday so you never really know what you’re going to get and I was ready to get my find on…again, by myself. My kids would rather slide down a mountain of razorblades into a vat of lemon juice than go shopping and I needed a little alone time, so the arrangement worked out perfectly.
Here’s the thing: My kids are…quirky. One will not wear any buttons on his shirts at all. Another will only wear super soft fabrics that don’t make noise when he moves and aren’t too stiff. (This is why you usually see a lot of basketball shorts happening at my house.) They all need the adjustable waistband on the inside. It can be a struggle and I usually end up going to several different stores to get a First Day of School Outfit for them.
This year, however, I was in DI for an hour and walked out with:
^ Not pictured are the First Day of School outfits since those outfits are actually being worn at school right now.
- 7 Under Armor shirts to go under football pads and soccer jerseys because that is my life now.
- 4 shirts for my 4th grader–2 from H&M, 1 Shaun White brand, and one random one that I like the pattern on.
- 1 pair of Shaun White shorts for the same 4th grader.
- 1 shirt for my 2nd grader. No buttons. In his favorite color: BRIGHT ORANGE.
- 2 shirts for my pre-schooler including a neon yellow vintage looking Avengers t-shirt with his role model The Incredible Hulk. (He loved it so much it was the only thing he would agree to wear to his Back-to-School Night.)
- 1 pair of Hurley shorts for the pre-schooler.
- 1 pair of woven jogging pants for the pre-schooler who is still riding that potty train, Old Navy brand.
- 1 jacket for Norah who is not going back to school but clothing for girls is ALWAYS catching my eye. It’s adorable and Gap brand.
- 2 pairs of pants for Norah–1 from Baby Gap, 1 from Children’s Place.
- 1 tunic for Norah from Children’s Place.
- 2 pairs of jammies for Norah–one set from Old Navy, the other a Carter’s brand (my favorite) footie sleeper.
Total Spent: $62
^^^ These are my cuties heading off to school this morning.
I spent $10 on BOTH of their First Day of School outfits. The clothes are like new, name brand, totally their style, and fit all their quirky requirements. And I only went to one store.
On the flip side, if your cuties have clothing they have outgrown, DONATE IT! Donations are tax deductible.
I did an extensive Insta Story series about my finds last week and one of the most common questions was which location I went to. Here’s the address: 2994 S Glen Eagle Dr, West Valley City, UT 84128 but you can check out one of their 45 locations here. Happy hunting!