Budget Back to School Shopping at H&M

August 1, 2018


I have been wanting to share this secret for 2 years already but never got around to posting about it because it is a seasonal topic. Today on the blog I am going to share how I “Back to School” shop on a budget without compromising style.

2 years ago I was shopping at an outdoor mall and noticed a sign in the window of H&M a sign that said something about donating a bag of old clothes (any brand) and receive 15% off. I thought to myself cool I love discounts and from that day on I collected my old clothes and clothes the kids grew out of. H&M recycles your old clothes and you get 15% off. (more info)  The best part is you can combine this with whatever promotion they have! So if you like to double dip you are welcome to!

During the summer they will have additional promotions. Last year it was spend $75 get $20 off. This year they had spend $60 get 20% off. I know that I will always spend more than $60 so it worked out great. And this year Adan is off to Pre K so I have double the kids to shop for.

My last hack to shopping at H&M is that they have a Conscious line. Anytime you buy 2 items from this line you get 1 free. They are mostly basics but basics go with EVERYTHING. It is basically minimalist fashion. Some of the basics do have prints which is awesome! This Conscious line also comes in packs so for example they have 2 packs of shirts for $12.99. 1 pack = 1 item from the Conscious line. for example today I purchased 2 packs of the shirts (4 shirts) and got a pair of shorts for free. I get my kids as much stuff as I can from this line so I can get the most for my dollar.

I was able to complete school shopping for Adan. with 4 shirts, 3 pairs of shorts and a pack of socks. Adam got 2 pairs of shorts. It is really hard to find stuff at his size and age and he has so many clothes already. Alix of course wanted to get something so she got a dress. Here is a breakdown of my purchases today:



Conscious Black sweat shorts  $9.99

Conscious Mint sweat short $9.99

Conscious Tiger 2 pack T shirts $12.99 (Free with buy 2 get 1 free)

Conscious Shark 2 pack T shirts $12.99

Light denim shorts $3 (link is a 2 pack online not offered in stores)

7 pack socks $9.99



Conscious Grey sweat shorts $12.99 (similar)

Light denim shorts $3 (link is a 2 pack online not offered in stores)



Conscious pink jersey dress $7.99 (Free with buy 2 get 1 free)

SUBTOTAL (before discounts) $82.93

-free items                                   $61.95

-20% promo                                  $49.56

-15% clothes donation promo   $42.12

+ TAXES                                          $45.61


I saved a total of $40.81 ($54.78 with clearance reductions) with no coupons just promotions. I am not an affiliate and this is not a sponsored post I just wanted to share my mom hacks for school shopping. Head over to H&M now before the promotion ends.

  • Reply
    August 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Love the outfits you got and for that price! Will be hitting up H&M for fall clothing for my girls, thank you for the tips!

  • Reply
    Life Lately
    September 25, 2018 at 1:29 am

    […] to begin hahaha… So let’s start with a quick recap of August… My last blog about back to school shopping is pretty much the last time I was able to breath. We now have 2 kids in school so school shopping […]

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