September is back-to-school season and whether the kids are connecting virtually or in the classroom, they need to start the school year off right. It always feels great to have a new outfit, and if you have a smaller budget—or you are just a smart shopper—thrifting at a Salvation Army thrift store is a great option.*

Know Your Size. Measure your kids before shopping, including their feet. Save the numbers as a note in your phone.

Brand New? When you find a brand you don’t know, look up their size guide online and compare with the measurements.

Mix and Match. Try to find complete outfits; don’t simply purchase what fits. Pants, shirts, jackets and shoes will ensure you have multiple outfit options.

Set a Budget. If your kids go with you, let them know the budget. They’ll be surprised how many pieces they can get at a Salvation Army thrift store!

Wishing Well. Ask your kids what they would love to find. Having a wish list is always a great idea.

Back-to-school shopping at a Salvation Army thrift store can allow your kids to get higher-end items for less. Quality clothing will last longer and stand up to all of the school fun!

*All items pictured have been thrifted from a Salvation Army thrift store.

Tijana McAllister is the frugalista behind A Plentiful Life, a lifestyle blog that shows readers how to live their best lives on a budget. She is also a creative expert for The Salvation Army’s thrift stores. Find a thrift store near you at

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