Build a #BacktoSchool Closet for Less at #Walmart9:18 AM
Back to school shopping can be fun for kids (and frustrating on the budget). If you need to know exactly what your allotted shopping amount can buy, however, there is a new tool at Walmart.com that can help you plan for the new year!
This virtual closet lets you pick out items that fit into your price range, and mix and match them to see just how many outfits your purchases will make! I was able, for example, to buy 9 items and combine them for a total of 14 outfits. (The tool told me that I could make 15 possible outfits, but one was very redundant.) There was a wide assortment of brands we shop everyday, including Hanes, Starter, Wrangler, and Angry Birds.
To use the tool, simply click to add items for your child based on their age and gender. (If you have a child that's big for their age or small for their age, however, you may need to switch the category before you start your closet. Some kids 13+, for example, may be small enough to shop from the 12 and under category.)
Here is an example of how a complete outfit will look within the tool:
If you feel like your outfit isn't quite finished, you need ideas for expanding, or you have a few extra dollars at the end of your budget that you need to fill in, you can use the "Show me Suggestions" button at the bottom to help get accessories that fit your style. Socks, underwear, shoes, and more will show up!
When you are done, you can save your closet, print out a shopping list to take into your local Walmart, or buy items that are available online (although you will have to do this for each individual item.) By logging in through Facebook, it makes it easy to save and share your items for later! There is also the option to start a closet for each child in your family by pressing the easy "+tab button".
My kids enjoyed being able to stand next to me and show me what kinds of styles they like, and I could easily see at a glance just how far our shopping dollar would go. For less than $75, for example, I was able to put together over a dozen outfits for my 8-year-old son that he would actually wear!
The Walmart Closet Tool a handy way to start your back-to-school wardrobe planning. You can see what other parents are doing via their closets (which are open for public viewing); maybe, you'll get inspired!