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.