With six kids we have a lot of clothes and things to buy for back to school. I don't like to buy things
things we don't need or already have. So I inventory what each child has so I know what our needs are. I've had a few requests for my inventory sheet, so I thought I would share my system with you. I print out one sheet for each child. I write their name at the top and go through all their clothes and such. After going through their clothes I check what I have in storage. I keep good clothing and box it up by size and gender to pass on to younger siblings. I include backpacks and and eye ware on my inventory sheet.
The first column I record what they have in each category. The second column is what I deem they need. Then I calculate the third column which is what is still needed. Now I have a list to take shopping for each kid.
I also have a spot in the corner to record their sizes and measurements. This helps when shopping. After we are all done I cut out this corner for each kid and put it in my planner or calendar that I keep in my purse. For the next few months if I find great deals while the kids are in school I can easily look up to see if that great deal will fit someone!
When we are shopping I always allow the kids to pay the cost of cool. This means if I'm willing to pay $8 for a T-shirt but they want a $15 shirt. They need to pay the extra $7 for that shirt. 'The Cost of Cool". (Of course this only works on items they need. If they want 10 shirts and I think they need 6-8 they would need to pay for the extra two shirts.)
Anywhoo, that's how we do are back to school shopping!! Now go get ready for school!