Summer is winding down and it is time to start planning for the upcoming school year with new supplies and styles. Whether your favorite student is starting kindergarten or heading to college, back to school can be an expensive proposition. Adding these businesses to your plans will get you ready for school without subtracting too much from your wallet.

School Supplies

University Art
2610 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA95821
(916) 484-1640

Get the kids excited about returning to school by shopping at University Art. This huge store is bright, colorful and clean. Expect reasonable prices on back-to-school supplies and cheerful and knowledgeable staff to make each visit perfect. In addition to traditional classroom items, it carries supplies you won’t come across elsewhere, including fun chalk pens and an array of children’s art supplies.


Thrift Town
410 El Camino
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 922-9942

Children grow so quickly that the expensive clothes you bought last month may be way too small by next month. A reputable used clothing store can be the best way to outfit your student without breaking the bank. ThriftTown is an excellent source for good pre-owned clothes and shoes. More than 4,000 items are added to each store daily, and you can often find high-quality, designer attire for cutthroat prices. ThriftTown purchases 100 percent of its items from nonprofit organizations, so your purchases help the community long after your kids have outgrown the clothes. Since opening in 1972 ThriftTown has generated more than $80 million dollars in total profit for nonprofit groups.


Folsom Premium Outlets
13000 Folsom Blvd.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 985-0312

For those who prefer brand new clothes and shoes but dislike paying high prices, shopping at the Folsom Premium Outlets is the way to go. The wide array of stores available offer discounts on back-to-school fashions for all of your favorite students, no matter what their age or personal styles are. OshKosh B’gosh, The Children’s Place and Gymboree are sure to please with fun, classic styles for younger children, and Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger have special stores for kids as well. Older children may enjoy the outlets for Gap, Pac Sun, Izod, Levi’s, Guess and Aeropostale, and parents will appreciate the lower numbers on the price tags. Famous Footwear has an outlet store here as well, offering great shoes at Converse, Sketchers, Vans and the Nike Factory stores.

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Haircuts and Styles

Hair by Debra
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 723-7786

It is a timeless math problem; kids want to look cool and stylish to the power of 10 while their parents must factor cost and reliability into the equation. Hair by Debra is the perfect answer. Reasonable prices combine with an up-to-date stylist who knows how to work with kids of all ages. Owner Debbie Driggs is the adult every child wants to have fun with and the friend every parent wants to have.


Barber Blues
625 14th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 258-2583

Getting a hair cut is nothing unusual for adults, but younger children may not see it that way. You tell them never to trust strangers and little ones watch mom and dad go first. Feeling safe also means less wiggling around in the barber chair, which helps insure a quality cut and style. Barber Blues offers personalized services to all ages and at better prices that you might expect. Barber Blues offers short haircuts to girls and women, but specializes in styles for men and boys.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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