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What Are the Best Stores for Cheap Kids Clothes?

Posted on 8/24/2011 6:01 EST

Frugal parents seeking a one-stop shop for back-to-school will find it at Sears, which carries a wide selection of cheap kids clothes. On the other hand, those looking for cheap school uniforms will have better luck at JC Penney.

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And those who simply want the cheapest choice? Well, that's Walmart (no surprise there).

Those are some of the findings of a survey by Cheapism.com, the only review site dedicated exclusively to finding quality, low-cost products. Cheapism's team visited seven stores and checked the prices on hundreds of items to find the best cheap back-to-school clothes.

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Cheapism's shopping cart test compared the cost of outfitting a boy and a girl between 7 and 10 years old at Target, Kmart, Walmart, Sears, Old Navy, JC Penney, and Kohl's. The list at each store included shirts and hoodies, jeans, dress pants and dresses, uniforms, shoes, pajamas, and underwear. All that and more came to $218.36 at Walmart, compared with $705.13 at Kohl's, the most expensive store. Cheapism's kids clothes comparison chart details the prices of all the items at each store.

The comparison takes into account not just price but also factors such as the stores' selection, clothing quality, coupons, and return policies. Higher prices at Kohl's are tempered by frequent sales and a unique, hassle-free return policy. Old Navy delivers high quality across the board and proved the best bet for cheap kids shirts, while Target is Cheapism's pick for cheap kids shoes. The online buying guide includes a "winners chart" that breaks down the best kids clothes stores in each category.

Check out or post on more ways to save money on school supplies and other necessities.

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