How I do back to school clothes shopping as a mom of 4

Helloooo AUGUST – I see you right around the corner! I can’t believe it’s almost that time of year to get back into the routine of early morning carpools, school lunches, and the kids' favorite… homework! It’s exciting but also a little stressful, because it also means back to school clothes shopping for EVERYONE at once. Even my older girls who wear uniforms to school need new after-school clothes to play in.

So, how do I as a mom of 4 (+ one on the way!) make sure all my kids get the clothes they need without absolutely breaking the bank? I shop at Walmart! Walmart's committed to low prices that'll meet allll of your kids' needs for the upcoming school year. Here are some of the best deals for kids clothes (that they actually like and will let me dress them in), and backpacks, too!

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In a hurry? Shop our picks below!

Back to school clothes shopping – boy edit


For your little guy who's growing wayyy too quick, Walmart's the perfect place to shop because they have a ton of clothing packs that you can mix n’ match. This Modern Moments set of terry shorts for boys is only $16.98 and comes with 3 different colored pieces!

Made of high-quality cotton, these shorts are comfortable and DURABLE to last all school year long. They’re perfect for the little boy who's always busy staying active and giving you a run for your money!

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To go with the shorts, get this T-shirt pack with 3 matching shirts for $16.98! These basic tees are so nice because they’re high quality but not expensive, so you don’t have to worry about your little dude ruining them. The 3 different colors match perfectly with the shorts for a matching set (or mix them)!

For those cooler fall and winter days, there's a similar set of 3 LONG SLEEVE tops for under $20 that are warm but still lightweight enough to play all day in. The blue patterns on each shirt are different but simple enough to go with lots of things!

With these 3 clothing packs alone, you have 18 different outfit combinations for UNDER $55! (At most places, you can probably get maybe 2 outfits for that price!)

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Slip on shoes

Pair any of these 18 (!) outfits with these black Wonder Nation slip on shoes that are a wardrobe STAPLE for your boy. They look like vans but are only $9.97! Super easy to slide on and off and can go with almost ANY outfit, these shoes are a steal.

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Back to school clothes shopping – little girl edit


Since it’s still super warm here in August, dresses are so nice for the girls to wear to school. This blue-striped, flutter sleeve dress is so cute and the perfect length and coverage to ensure lots of play without getting too hot at recess! And for ONLY $12 from Walmart!


School clothes that double as SLEEPWEAR?! Umm yes please. These coral and dark green ruffle shorts are both stylish AND functional and come in a set for $14.50! The stretchy elastic makes them so EASY to pull right on and would look so cute paired with a simple tee. Absolutely LOVE that your girls can wear these to bed too because they’re THAT comfortable!

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Graphic Sweatshirt

Have you been loving allll the graphic crewnecks lately?! Nothing better than a cozy sweatshirt with a fun, positive message – like this girl’s one that's only $12.98. A great deal you’ll love AND a sweatshirt she’ll love? Really does sound like you’ll “have the best day ever!” Also comes in 3 other colors/messages that are so darn cute.

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Since school shoes get ruined SO quickly, no one wants to spend a fortune on a pair that your kids will just grow out of and wear out within a year. Walmart has so many affordable pairs like these STAR sneakers that are under $20! But you’d never know right?! They’re so cute and come in 2 adorable colors. PLUS they’re velcro (AKA, easy to put on)!

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Back to school clothes shopping bonus: backpack

Millie's so excited about this pink camo backpack that's only $24 AND comes with a lunch bag and headphones! This is definitely the perfect backpack set for the girly girl. With padded shoulder straps, lots of pockets, and a water-resistant bottom, this is perfect for my Millie girl to pack her school stuff and a water-bottle in on the side pocket. Also, can we talk about how the matching lunch bag totally gives me Stoney Clover vibes?! The patches are adorable.

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Back to school clothes shopping – big girl edit

Tee and Dress set

Another set to make school outfits SO much easier – but make it a dress version! For $14.98, this set comes with a cream ribbed t-shirt and sleeveless dress to make an easy, effortless outfit in minutes. The dress is the perfect length (not too short) and will be so nice to grab and throw on when the girls are running late and have to rush out the door! PLUS the shirt and dress aren't connected, so they can be worn separate, too.

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But not just any sneakers, these are Beverly Hills Polo Club Court sneakers! Oh, and for only $18.99! But seriously, these classy white sneakers are TIMELESS and so versatile. With easy to put on VELCRO straps and a girly rose gold stripe, these are definitely going to be a favorite!

(BTW: Just absolutely LOVING all the preppy, tennis vibes going on in the fashion world right now!)

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Lyla's so excited about this purple iridescent Mandalorian backpack inspired by Star Wars. For UNDER $15, this backpack is made of sturdy, durable fabric and is full size to fit all the essentials! Going back to school just got a LOT more fun with this backpack.

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Back to school clothes shopping – tween girl edit


Okay, these graphic T-shirts are SO fun. And SUCH a good deal. Choose from 4 different sets and get 2 cute graphic tees for only $12! They’re embellished (WITH the option to flip the sequins to a new color!) AND they have a side-tie which is an added PLUS. These shirts are definitely going to be a new favorite in Ani's closet!

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These jeans are SO. DANG. CUTE. And on-trend! This bootcut jean is so fun and perfect to pair with the graphic tees or a sweater in the cooler months. And they’re made of ultra-soft fabric that'll be comfy to wear all school-day long. Back to school shopping doesn’t get better than finding a QUALITY pair of jeans for only $12.98!

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These star sneakers are SO in right now. But instead of hundreds of dollars, these girls’ sneakers are only $24.98 from Walmart! They come in 4 different colors with some neutral basics and fun patterns, to go with all back-to-school outfits!

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Getting a cute, new backpack definitely makes going back to school easier! Ani picked out this light pink checker backpack that looks JUST like a Herschel’s backpack but instead of paying $40-$60, it’s $24.88. The pattern's fun but also subtle enough to go with lots of outfits and it fits all the essentials a tween girl needs!

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Back to school clothes shopping – DONE

Whatever age you're buying for, Walmart has something for EVERYONE to make getting ready to go back to school easier (and cheaper)! Make sure to shop at Walmart now so you don’t miss out on these amazing deals! I’m getting so excited about the upcoming school year for my kiddos, and I hope you are, too. And I hope this post has helped in finding some new school clothes for the year. Happy, happy back to school shopping!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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