Mother’s Survival Guide to Shopping for a Teen

Shopping for a TeenAre you a mother that has the important task of shopping for your teenager? Shopping for a teen can end up disastrous, regardless of if your intentions were good. Luckily, there are some tips to help you make your shopping trip a success, and this task may not have to be such an ordeal. Teenagers are not all the same, some love shopping and can’t wait to be in with the newest trends, and others that would wear their pajama’s to school if it were allowed so that they don’t have to deal with the hassle of having to pick out an outfit. Whichever the case, here are some tips to help you shop for your teen.

Make a List


It may seem like common sense, but in many cases mothers just jump in the car to take their teen shopping, without even knowing what they realistically need to buy. For families that are on a tight budget, this is not a smart method because they end up spending money on items that are not needed. Before you go off shopping in stores, it is important to find out what clothes your teen needs. Have your teenager try on the clothes they currently have and discard or donate the clothing that no longer fits them. Luckily, some teen’s growth will slow between grades which allows them to fit into clothing from the previous year which allows for less spending. Take note of the discarded clothing because these are the items that will need to be purchased in order to supply them with enough clothing to meet their needs.

Establish and Communicate your Budget


You need to figure out home much money you can afford to spend of your teen’s new wardrobe before you head out to the stores to go shopping. If you teen has money that they intend to contribute towards their new clothes make sure that is discussed before you hit the stores. Have them make a list of items that they intend to purchase, and then review it with them to show the total amount of money that you have to spend and how it should be divided up in order for your teen to be satisfied with what is purchased.

Develop a Plan


You need to discuss your shopping trip with your teenager prior to going shopping. This is because you need to set the expectations so that you are both on the same page. The best way to go about this would be to make a list of stores that you intend to visit first. If you have a teenager that loves shopping, then make sure that you keep them aware of the amount spent at each store and their remaining balance that has been set aside to be spent.  If you have a teenager that despises shopping, encourage them to try on the basics when it comes to clothes to ensure that they get the clothing that hey require.

You can always go shopping later in the school year to buy clothes for the next season. It’s important to at least meet the basic necessities when it comes to teenagers that are opposed to shopping, sometimes it is best to get what you need and spend the rest of what you have set aside to go shopping a few weeks later when you have a better idea of the clothing, accessories and supplies that your teen is actually going to use.

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