10:42 pm July 28, 2011, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
I feel like a Grinch but I really don’t want to go and buy new clothes for school.
Here’s the reason: When we were little and school started after Labor Day your mom would buy you fall clothes and so that was different from what you wore all summer.
But with school starting in August they are pretty much wearing the same things they have been wearing all summer and from the spring. In our case, Rose had a growth spurt and got a bunch of new outfits last spring.
Walsh also got new shorts and shirts in the spring so I don’t really feel like he needs much.
But I feel bad not getting them anything new to mark the beginning of a new school year. My compromise may be to get one special outfit for the first day so they can have maximum confidence.
I would rather wait and take them in October and get them new stuff for cooler weather and then again in April for spring stuff.
Do you feel with school starting in hot August less compelled to buy new things for the start of school? Is there an expectation of new outfits to start school? In warmer climates does the October, April shopping trips make more sense?
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