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I read somewhere that it costs somewhere around $240,000 to raise one child from birth to age 18. Multiply that by three and my husband and I are in the hole almost a million dollars. That $200,000 doesn’t include the cost of college either. That’s the cost of food, clothes, and extracurriculars, and whatever else your little offspring may need.

As I made the transition from mom of two to mom of three, the work wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. However, with groceries, preschool tuition for my middle son - Isaac, uniforms for my oldest - Caleb, school supplies for two kids, backpacks, lunch boxes, diapers, wipes, and other life expenses, the money isn’t as free flowing as it was before.

So! We take advantage of back to school deals! Carter’s is the perfect place for us since we have to clothe three kids that have a pretty significant size spread even though they’re sort of close in age. If you’ve ever gone shopping with kid’s you understand the importance of one store carrying Newborn Clothes all the way to Boy Clothes. Now, I’m not one to participate in Black Friday, but I can understand the rush of adrenaline from shopping doorbusters. I love shopping Carter’s doorbusters since we can get SO MANY cute, quality, clothes without paying an arm and a leg.

Starting on July 25th and running until August 3rd, Carter’s has some pretty sweet deals like Buy One Get one Free Doorbusters. If you are a Rewarding Moments Member (I know my Mom is! Hi Mom!) you earn double the points for shopping from July 25th until August 7th. Now is the time to stock up and save on fall clothes for your kids with $6 and up Girls Tees and Leggings and Boys Tees and Joggers. The best part? You can even shop these deals ONLINE, yessssss!

Now that I’m living in Virginia, we’re totally going to take advantage of tax free weekends (Maryland is only a 15 minute drive away!) to stock up on even more back to school gear for the kids. This means we get sweet deals ON TOP of in-store sales and doorbusters. Hey D.C., MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA FAMILIES, tax free weekend is Friday, August 4th, 2017 until Sunday, August 6th, 2017 for Virginia and Sunday, August 13th to Saturday, August 19th, 2017 for Maryland! Click here to find a Carter's by you!

Since we’re a military family and we’re blessed with family and friends all over the country, here is when your participating state’s tax free weekend is:

Mississippi: Friday, July 28th to Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Tennessee: Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Iowa and Louisiana: Friday, August 4th to Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia: Friday, August 4th to Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Arkansas: Saturday, August 5th to Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Texas: Friday, August 11th to Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Maryland: Sunday, August 13th to Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Connecticut: Sunday, August 20th to Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Poor Lucas is Baby #3 and he’s basically wears all of his older brother’s hand-me-downs since they're still good. But we got him this adorable Long-Sleeve Camo Henley for $7.50 (MSRP $12) for and some comfy French terry shorts for $8 (MSRP $16), because he needs his own things, too!

Isaac is starting part time preschool this fall so we got him some pants with Reinforced Knees for $12 (MSRP $26), this graphic tee that totally sums him up for $7 (MSRP $14), and a Camo Colorblock Windbreaker, perfect for the east coast fall weather, for $22.50 (MSRP $30).

Caleb will be starting Kindergarten this year and is attending a school where they have “standardized student attire” (a fancy word for uniform) but we still want him to have comfy play clothes on the weekends and for after school. He’s truly stepped up to his role as a big bro (Kuya if you’re Filipino) by helping his brother get dressed, getting things for me if I need them, and sharing… even though he REALLLLY doesn’t want to. We scored this tee for $7 (MSRP $14)

And completely by accident, I bought coordinating outfits which is totally adorable.

whatever it was up there... it was super amusing.

*all the heart eyes*

Because I love you and because I love saving money... here is a coupon for you to use for you to take advantage of ALLLL of the back to school deals that Carter’s has to offer. <3 enjoy!

In the comments below, tell me what your favorite part of back to school shopping (either as a parent or reminiscing your school days) was!

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I'm Justine. I'm married to the military and a mother to brothers. Welcome to my little space on the web!

It's Always Sunny in June is a lifestyle blog. I write about family travel, low-waste living, ethical and sustainable fashion, non toxic alternatives, and clean beauty. I share hilarious stories of life as a mother, wife, and millennial.

I'm just trying to see the world, eat everything without breaking out into a rash, and leave the world a little better than how we found it.


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