So a few years ago I participated in a Marshalls Back to School shopping challenge and failed miserably. I didn’t buy a single thing for my kids because I was too busy shopping for myself. I’m happy to report that I’ve matured in a few years and this season I rocked the back to school blogger challenge and scored lots of great deals for my kids at both Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.
While visiting family in Columbus I hit both the local Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. My first stop was Marshalls where I focused on finding some cute school clothes for Max. Yes, my little Max will be attending a Mom’s Day Out – and clearly I feel it’s necessary that he look like the little superstar that he is. At least on the first day. Or until they start toddler arts and crafts.
When it comes to buying clothes my m.o. is always quantity over quality so I admit that I’m picky about the brands I purchase. Marshalls had more than a few familiar brand names to pick from. I picked up a coordinating tee and button down shirt from a well-known collection. The basic tee will go with lots of things and look adorable under the button down – perfect for first day of school or picture day. My family also checked out the shoe selection where we found many popular brand names. Max’s fat feet fit perfectly into a stylish pair of velcro shoes from a sporty brand.
Our next stop was a T.J. Maxx and Home Goods combo store that could have easily derailed my back to school mission. But, I was focused and stuck to the children’s clothing section to find more school clothes for all three kids.
I know I said I focus on quantity over quality, but can we just admire the fact that I got all of the above for $50. Three quality tees perfect for school from a popular sports brand, an embellished tee from a children’s favorite brand, classic cargo shorts and a pair of perfect board shorts for Max to wear in the spring. Okay, so the board shorts aren’t exactly back to school shopping, but at $3.50 (!), I couldn’t resist.
Now, before we go celebrating my budgeting skills, you should know that I went $30 over budget to buy this fleece.
How could I resist? It’s absolutely perfect for fall weather and easy-on-easy-off for waiting at the bus stop and recess on the playground.
Whether you’re shopping for clothes, every day basics, school supplies or dorm decor, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods have great options – for less.
T.J. Maxx Supports Save The Children
For more than 20 years, T.J. Maxx has partnered with Save the Children U.S. Programs to raise money and awareness about the charity which aims to make a lasting, positive change in the lives of children. Starting this August and continuing throughout the back-to-school season, there are three ways for shoppers to give back, too:
1. Purchase a quilt ($49.99) featuring bright, colorful designs with 25% going back to the foundation
2. Buy a reusable Save the Children shopping bag at the register for 99 cents to tote around town.
3. Give a dollar at the register – each effort goes a long way!
Win! $25 Gift Card to Shop Back to School at Marshalls or T.J. Maxx!
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I was provided gift cards to facilitate the back to school shopping trip.