Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ross Back To School Giveaway

We are clothes shopping for back to school!

The higher-ups at Ross Dress for Less emailed me a bit ago and asked if I was interested in hosting a giveaway for their new store in my hometown and neighboring town.

Gift card for clothes shopping? Yes, please. Tell my honest opinion of their stores? Easy. 

Ty and Za are prepping for school. Za is entering her last year of preschool, and Ty is a seasoned elementary student. They know the drill for school supplies and new clothes. They had never been to a Ross store before, and I had not either.

I knew where the new one was in East Peoria - in our new Levee District. It is sparkling new with a distinct atmosphere.

The kids and I spent about thirty minutes inside the store. It was easy to navigate and checkout (three open registers for four paying customers!). It was also clean and organized. The kids wanted luggage, jewelry (Za), and new bedding. I skirted them away from the extras, promising them another time, and steered over to the clothes and shoes.

Ty wanted shorts, and Ross did have a nice selection, but I wanted him to think longterm into the school year. I spotted jeans, sweats, and matching two-piece jogging suits. One (with a favorite character) caught Ty's eye and he was sold.

Za wanted everything - skirts, dresses, shirts, pants, shorts, socks, and a frog necklace. She left with a pair of comfortable pants and a matching shirt, and a denim dress. The dress has a special place in her closet, she is planning to wear it for school picture day, and she wore it to church today. Showing it off:

I washed the clothes and they washed well, and they are name brand - I recognize the tags from Ty's selection. A quick calculation shows that I saved about 30% on his outfit.

I wanted to get my kids shoes, but could not find any that were kid- acceptable and the right size at the store. I honestly felt the shoe selection was the only drawback. I know that inventory changes, and hope that will not always be the case.

Overall, my kids can wear these clothes for a long time, if not all winter. Za got two outfits and Ty got one two-piece outfit. Ross gave me $25 to spend, and I spent just a bit more over that gift card. So...

I would love for one of my readers to get a $25 gift card to Ross to help with back to school shopping!

Entering is easy. Comment below about what back to school clothes item you will need. The link is also on my Facebook page, under "Ross Giveaway." Good luck!

I did receive compensation in the form of a gift card from Ross Dress for Less in exchange for sponsoring this giveaway on Switching Classrooms. Opinions stated in this blog post and any subsequent blog posts, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, or other social media are my own. 

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