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Katrina Dick: Reasonably priced stores are great for growing kids

October 11, 2018

Hello all. I hope your week has been well.

Mine has been OK, but I have to tell ya, I am sick to death of the heat. I am more than ready for cooler temperatures. It’s October, and I want to wear my cardigans and jackets. It just doesn’t feel right to still be wearing shorts at this point in the year, especially with the leaves changing. Oh, well. I guess we will get there when we get there.

Just because it’s not cool enough to wear a jacket or coat doesn’t mean it’s too early to be shopping for one. Last weekend we took my stepson coat and shoe shopping. He had outgrown every winter coat in his closet and, unfortunately, almost every pair of shoes he owns at our house.

We had planned on having to go to a few different stores, but we ended up getting everything we needed at one.

Our first stop was Gabriel Brothers and let me tell ya, they have coats galore. We found one that was big and thick, perfect for a snowy day, for only $17.99. The next one was a bit thinner, more for late fall, with some camouflage detailing. It, too, was right around $18. Then he found the one he couldn’t live without. It was leather, with zippered pockets. I was more than surprised that it was only around $20. It was his favorite purchase of the day.

Once the coat situation was handled, it was time for shoes. He found a pair of white Adidas (think of the kind we had as kids) that were only $29. Those were his favorite, and pairing them with his new leather coat made for the perfect outfit.

Our whole trip may have cost $100, and he ended up getting three new coats and three new pairs of shoes.

Gabriel Brothers has always been one of my favorite places to shop, but honestly, they can’t be beat when it comes to kids clothes.

Walmart also knocks it out of the park not only with price, but selection. They have lots of choices for fall and winter, including these great little button up shirts that have contrasting patterns on the inside of the sleeves, for around $10.

Wrangler jeans are around $12-$13, but they also have a brand called Wonder Nation that runs around $9. They aren’t as sturdy as Wrangler, but for play they are perfect.

Another great place for kids clothes is Target. (Who doesn’t love Target???) Their Cat & Jack brand is great and, better yet, reasonably priced. They are just a little bit higher priced than Walmart, but the clothes are good quality and a tad trendier, so to me, it’s worth it. Jeans typically run in the $12-$15 range, while some shirts are around $10-$15. The Cat & Jack brand also has shoes and they are priced right for rapidly growing feet. They are well made so they won’t get damaged easily, and for $15-$20, you can’t beat it.

Kids grow fast; I just can’t wrap my head around shelling out hundreds of dollars for clothes and shoes that may only get worn for a few months. It just doesn’t make good sense to me, especially when they can look as trendy as other kids with expensive wardrobes. Even name brands, such as Adidas, don’t have to break the bank.

Once again, it comes down to realizing that your kids’ will not die some horrible, fiery death just because you didn’t buy their clothes at the mall.

Have a great week and happy shopping!

Katrina Dick is a lifelong Wayne County resident who is looking to inspire others in Wayne how to not only be frugal when shopping, but be stylish while saving.

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