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Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?

Walmart sent me a $50 gift card to see if I could buy a week’s worth of back-to-school outfits for under $50.  I accepted the challenge and also received two gift cards to mail out to two readers.  Last weekend, we drove over to our local Walmart in search of inexpensive back-to-school outfits for my preschooler.

Here’s some possible ideas from the people at Walmart:

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Truthfully, I have not bought much at Walmart since I moved back to New York state.  However, when my husband was Active Duty Army and we lived in Central Texas, Walmart was a close, convenient, one-stop option. And with a deployed husband and a colicky infant, I really appreciated how shopping Walmart saved me multiple stops. The Walmart near me in New York is not as large and does not have a full grocery, so we are less likely to shop there.  However, I was intrigued by the challenge because I like thrifty options, especially for kids.

While I like to support local and independent artisans and businesses by buying their work, I usually shop for the basics for my kids at places like Old Navy. Children outgrow their clothing so quickly and even the neatest, most well-behaved have a tendency to destroy their outfits.  And frankly, a kid should be able to play without worrying about dirtying an expensive ensemble. So, I have no problem buying some cheap basics at Walmart for my daughter and then adding some more unique pieces for special occasions.

At Walmart, we checked-out three departments: Junior’s, Girls, and Toddlers.  In all three departments, we saw a lot of 80s-style black and vivid color checked plaid, adorable for back-to-school.

In the Junior’s section, the Miley / Max Azria line was in full effect with a prominent display.  Most of the Junior section will run you $20-30 an outfit but you could still pull off five combinations under $50 with some mix-and-matching.

The girls’ section had plenty of cute, appropriate options for under $10 an outfit, mostly by the private Walmart label, Faded Glory. There were Hannah Montana and Tinkerbell licensed products sprinkled throughout a sea of pink, purple, and cerulean blue.  Most pieces were $5 each, so it was easy to come up with a $10 outfit, before tax.  If you “splurge” on a $7 or $10 item, there were also a few shirts for $3.50 to balance it out.  You find real value with matched outfits–sweet sets for just $6. Adding a hooded top to extend the clothing through late fall, though, may send you over budget.

Here is what we found:

If you stick to the Faded Glory label, you can easily find five outfits for under $50 (before tax)  in the boys’ and girls’ departments and dress your child for the school week.

WIN IT – REQUIRED ENTRY: I have two gift cards from Walmart for $50 each to give away to two winners. Check out the Walmart Apparel and leave a comment with two outfits for children or juniors you spotted for under $20, total.

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Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

Filed under: Back to School, Budget Buys, Contests, Fashion, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

330 Responses to "Back-to-School Shopping Under $50?"

  1. katie says:

    I like the red pintuck tank with the frayed denim shirt, and the red chiffon ruffle blouse with the distressed kidney jeans.

  2. Linz says:

    Short-Sleeve Stripe Sweater dress-15.00
    Dakota Plaid Button dress-14.00

  3. BRIAN E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…

    Two kids outfits for under $20:

    -Starter – Boys’ Short-Sleeve Jersey and Shorts (green bean) $7.50

    -Starter – Boys’ Shooter, Tee and Pants 3-Piece Sets (Barn Door Red) $10.00

  4. Happi Shopr says:

    Starter – Boys’ Shooter, Tee and Pants 3-Piece Sets $10 would be perfect for my nephew and Little Girls’ Graphic Tee and Skirt Set for $5.00 for my niece. They’d be too, too cute.

  5. Sonya says:

    I could get the L.e.i. – Girls’ Hooded Plaid-Trim Elbow-Sleeve Dress for $10 and the Starter – Boys’ Shooter, Tee and Pants 3-Piece Sets for $10!

    Awesome finds!

  6. Janet Carpenter says:

    Faded Glory – Girls’ Plaid Tunic and Leggings $10.00
    Faded Glory – Girls’ 3-in-1 Hooded Dress $10.00

    Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. Walmart rocks!

  7. Janet Carpenter says:

    I’m following you and tweeted here http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/3677970998

  8. lace says:

    Faded Glory – Girls’ Tiered Dress ($7) and Faded Glory – Girls’ Cap-Sleeve Tee ($3.50)

    Faded Glory – Girls’ Sequin Tunic and Leggings ($10)

    Went over by $.50 but I was amazed to see the great deals they have available. You could get several pieces to create a great wardrobe.

  9. tina reynolds says:

    i found Faded Glory – Girls’ Hooded Tunic and Leggings for 12 would be so cute on my daughter and Faded Glory – Little Girls’ Graphic Tee and Skirt Set for 5 that would leave three dollars thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  10. lea says:

    The Boys’ Faded Glory – Little Boys’ Graphic Tee and Knit Pants Set is $7 and the Boys’ Starter – Shooter, Tee and Pants 3-Piece Set is $10. So actually that’s two outfits for only $17!!

  11. Gabriel J. says:

    This would be great for my son!

  12. kathy pease says:

    Juniors Tiered Jersey Dress with Patent Belt $13.00

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11065363

    No Boundaries – Juniors Stripe Henley Dress $6.00

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10902235

  13. Annette D says:

    I have two boys, so I looked for boys clothes. I found these two items that total under $20!

    Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. – Boys’ Slim Straight-Fit Jeans
    $14.73
    Faded Glory – Boys’ Short-Sleeve Graphic Tee

    5 out of 5 Stars
    $5.00

  14. Heidi says:

    L.e.i. – Juniors Margarita Tiered Skirt with Crochet Sash Belt ($6) with No Boundaries – Juniors Stripe Tunic Tank ($5). And No Boundaries – Juniors Plaid Cinched Bermuda Shorts ($4) with No Boundaries – Juniors Banded Scoop Jersey Tee
    ($5). I must admit at firts I didn’t think this would be possible, but Walmart has great prices! Great giveaway! Thanks!

    thebraggingmommy(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://www.thebraggingmommy.com

  15. Faded Glory – Little Girls’ Yoke Tee and Stripe Skirt Set $5.00

    Faded Glory – Girls’ 3-in-1 Dress $14.00

  16. Kate says:

    Here you go:

    Faded Glory – Little Girls’ Yoke Tee and Stripe Skirt Set ($5)
    No Boundaries – Juniors Studded Bermuda Shorts ($12)

  17. Sarah Z says:

    My junior would want the Miley Cyrus & Max Azria – Juniors Pleated Plaid Skirt in blue for $12 paired with the Rock On Miley Cyrus & Max Azria – Juniors Graphic Tee for $7 and 2nd – Miley Cyrus & Max Azria – Juniors Liquid Leggings in black for $10 with Miley Cyrus & Max Azria – Juniors Trompe L’Oeil Vest Tee $10.

  18. Charity says:

    Faded Glory – Boys’ Flat-Front Plaid Shorts-$5.00
    Faded Glory – Boys’ Short-Sleeve Graphic Tee-$5.00
    &
    Faded Glory – Boys’ Elastic-Waist Twill Cargo Shorts-$5.00
    Faded Glory – Boys’ Short-Sleeve Graphic Tee-$4.00

    Thanks

  19. Kayce says:

    L.e.i. – Juniors Short Ashley Jeans and No Boundaries – Juniors Banded Scoop Jersey Tee. Total $15.

  20. Chrissy McPherson says:

    I found 3.00 printed screen tees for my sz 5 daughter and 3.00 matching shorts which are wayyy tooo cuttte. She could use these so bad for school and could mix and match for alot more options!

    Chrissy McPherson
    from1mom2another@msn.com

  21. Roxann says:

    Starter – Boys’ Shooter, Tee and Pants 3-Piece Set for $10 and the Faded Glory – Little Boys’ Graphic Tee and Knit Cargo Pants Set for $7.00.

  22. Roxann says:

    I follow you on Twitter! ladyt64

    http://twitter.com/ladyt64/status/3680602252

  23. Gloria says:

    Op – Juniors Multi Stitch Cuffed Shorts $12

    Faded Glory – Women’s Cap-Sleeve Scoop Tee
    Clearance!
    $3.00
    AND ANOTHER OUTFIT BELOW:

    No Boundaries – Juniors V-Neck Cap-Sleeve Tee
    $5.00

    L.e.i. – Juniors Destructed Denim Mini Skirt
    $14.00

  24. Auriette says:

    Faded Glory – Girls’ Sequin Tunic and Leggings is on sale for $10. The tunics are available in a variety of colors. The Faded Glory – Little Girls’ Graphic Tee and Skirt Set is just $5. Unbelievable!

  25. Jeremy Burkeen says:

    1,Faded Glory – Boys’ Tee, Shorts & Flip Flops Beach Set
    2. Faded Glory – Little Boys’ Graphic Tee and Knit Cargo Pants Set: total-$11

  26. dawn says:

    Faded Glory – Little Girls’ Tunic and Leggings; for only $9

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