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Back to school is the second largest shopping season of the year, and with summer break ending soon, it might be time to start developing a game plan. Here are three tips from Legends Outlets to help you save money—and stay sane—as you prepare for back-to-school shopping.

Take Inventory First

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Start your back-to-school shopping season at home. Don’t buy anything until kids have tried on clothing from last year—keep items in good condition that fit, and pass down or donate the rest. Sort through last year’s supplies, too. There is a great chance you will find items hiding at the bottom of a backpack that can be reused, like pencils and markers. Scratching a couple of items off your back-to-school shopping list can save money and time upfront.

Shop with a Plan

Next, make a list of what you need to buy—ask your kids to be part of the planning process, too. This will help them understand the importance of prioritizing, budgeting and making smart decisions. A discussion about the list beforehand can also eliminate the urge for impulse buying. Then, determine which stores you should visit—as home to Kansas City’s only designer outlet stores and top brands, you’ll find styles for students of all ages in one convenient trip at Legends Outlets. For kids and tweens, include retailers like Crazy 8, OshKosh B’gosh, Gymboree Outlet, Justice, Claire’s and Old Navy Outlet. Pair basic needs with investment pieces that can be used for years to come, like a sturdy backpack. For hard-to-please high schoolers, look to Gap Outlet, American Eagle Outfitters, F21 Red (Forever 21), Charming Charlie, Nike Factory, Under Armour Factory House and Vans Outlet. It’s also okay to splurge on items that students get a lot of use from, like shoes—support and comfort is crucial! For college students, don’t miss favorites like Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Express Factory Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store and J.Crew Factory, where there’s plenty of polos, pastels and plaid to go around.

Take Advantage of Sales and Rewards

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To maximize your back-to-school shopping trip, make it a habit to check LegendsShopping.com for a complete list of stores and daily deals. You should also register for Legends Outlets’ VIP Club—in doing so, you’ll receive a FREE coupon book with more than $500 in additional savings to use during your trip. And lastly, mark your calendar for Legends Outlets’ Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 5, featuring games and activities, prize giveaways, entertainment, special savings and more. You could also WIN a $500 Legends Outlets gift card by purchasing a new clothing item for the United Way Clothing Drive—a great way to kick off your back-to-school shopping season and help support the local community.

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