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Cheap Kids Shoes
In our in-store research, we found Walmart to have the lowest prices, with boys dress shoes for $10.87, girls dress shoes (flats) for $5, boys sneakers for $7.87, and girls sneakers for $10.87. That being said, Target has a much bigger selection of all types of cheap kids shoes and the prices are only slightly higher, with boys dress shoes costing $14.99, girls dress shoes (flats and low heels) for $9.99, and boys and girls sneakers for $12.99. Old Navy falls in the middle on price but has a very limited selection of cheap kids shoes.
Cheap Kids Coats.Outwear definitely factors into back-to-school budgets, as kids are going to need items such as a winter coat, a lightweight coat, and possibly a raincoat, as well as hats, gloves, and scarves over the course of the year. However, at the time we did our research, most stores did not have cheap kids coats on their racks yet. In fact, the only stores that had any cheap kids coats were Sears (Protective Systems boys and girls lightweight coats starting at $45), Old Navy (boys lightweight coat starting at $19.94 and girls jean jacket starting at $19.50), and Target (Champion boys and girls lightweight coats starting at $21.99). Old Navy comes out on top so far with the lowest cost and most stylish options.
Return Policies.Kohl's outshines the others on our list with a hassle-free return policy. You can return anything to Kohl's at any time for a full refund or even exchange with a receipt, even if - gasp -- the tags are missing. If you paid with a credit or debit card, customer service can look up the transaction in the computer system and issue a full refund or exchange even without a receipt. If a transaction record can't be found in the system, Kohl's will issue store credit or an even exchange for the current retail price of the item as long as the tags are still on.
All the other stores we reviewed have a 90-day limit for a full refund or even exchange with a receipt. After the 90 days, Target, Sears, JC Penney, and Old Navy offer store credit for the lowest in-store price of the returned item. Kmart and Walmart will not allow any type of return after 90 days. If you don't have a receipt, many stores are willing to look up your transaction if it occurred within the past 90 days and if you paid with a credit or debit card. However, Sears can look up only recent transactions (just how recent depends on the transaction list) and Walmart can look up a transaction only if the customer knows the exact purchase date. All the stores require that you present the card that was used in order to access the transaction information. Kmart is very strict even within the 90 days: If you don't have a receipt and the transaction cannot be traced, the return will not be allowed. Finally, while most stores will issue a merchandise credit on the spot, Old Navy mails a store credit that arrives within 10 to 14 business days after the return.
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