50 Back-to-School Outfits for $20 or Less

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SMART BUYS

Households plan to spend around $284 for each child on back-to-school clothes and accessories this year, according to a survey by Deloitte. Families can make those hard-earned dollars count with these on-trend kids' outfits for $20 or less. Prices and inventory may change from when this was written in early August, so get 'em while you can.
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SHARKBITE DRESS

$3.50 | Buy it at Walmart
The Sharkbite Hem Dress in coral freeze is perfect for accessorizing.

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DRY-EX SHORTS

$6 | Buy at Uniqlo
These elastic-waisted shorts dry fast even in super sweaty situations.

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T-SHIRT PACK

$7 | Buy it at H&M
Get two trendy tees in a pack, perfect for building a back-to-school wardrobe and pairing with slim jeans ($7).

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PAJAMA SET

$7 | Buy it at Kohl's
This smart set is cute for the night before the first day of school.

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SEQUIN ROMPER

$7.50 | Buy it at Walmart
This "Perfect in Paris" sequin-front short-sleeve knit romper in black is just the way to stand out in the crowd.

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TEE AND JOGGER PANTS

$8 | Buy at Walmart
Get ready for sports practice (or just Xbox time) in these printed fleece jogger pants ($3) and Athletic Works short-sleeve wicking tee ($5).

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CROCHET LACE DRESS

$9 | Buy it at Old Navy
This number (especially in hot pink) will spice up a wardrobe for cheap.

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HI-LO SCOOP-NECK TEE AND JERSEY LEGGINGS

$9 to $10 | Buy at Old Navy
A relaxed tee ($4 to $5) and printed leggings ($5) combo is perfect everyday attire.

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LONG-SLEEVED COTTON JERSEY DRESS

$10 | Buy it at H&M
A rabbit adorns this whimsical flounced-hem dress.

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KNIT LEGGINGS AND GRAPHIC T-SHIRT

$11 | Buy at Sears
Stock up on multiple colors of basic girls' leggings ($5) and top them off with a cute graphic T-shirt ($6).

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T-REX OUTFIT

$11 | Buy it at Target
He'll love tossing on this easy outfit consisting of a cool T-Rex T-Shirt ($4) and Pull-on Shorts ($7).

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TEE AND SPARKLE LEGGINGS

$12 | Buy at Target
She'll shine in this Solar Graphic Tee ($6) and Sparkle Leggings ($6).

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POLO DRESS

$12 | Buy it at Old Navy
This uniform polo dress is affordable enough that it's worth getting a couple.

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WOVEN DRESS

$12 | Buy it at Kohl's
The perfect back-to-class dress.

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RUFFLE T-SHIRT AND SHORTS

$12 | Buy at Uniqlo
This lightweight ruffled short-sleeve T-Shirt ($6) and flared shorts ($8) are good for those first warm days back at class.

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SKATER DRESS

$12 | Buy it at Kohl's
This print skater dress is available in two patterns.

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JEANS AND HOODED TOP

$12.50 to $13 | Buy at Walmart
Ease into the first day back to class in Faded Glory boys' relaxed jeans ($7.50 to $8) and an American Hawk short-sleeve hooded top ($5).

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V-NECK TEE AND STRAIGHT-LEG JEANS

$13 | Buy at Old Navy
Add these basics to his back-to-school wardrobe for instant style: straight-leg jeans ($10) and softest V-neck tees ($3).

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CARGOS AND T-SHIRT

$13 | Buy at Sears
These camouflage cargo pants are right on trend ($7) and pair well with a simple space-dyed V-neck T-shirt ($6).

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UNIFORM ESSENTIALS

$14 | Buy at H&M
A polo shirt ($7) and chino shorts ($7) are ideal warm-weather uniform basics.

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SHORTS AND TEE

$14 to $17 | Buy at Old Navy
Get ready for gym class with Go-Dry shorts ($5 to $8) and Go-Dry graphic tees ($9).

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TEE AND LEGGINGS

$14 to $18 | Buy at Kohl's
Grab up a rolled-cuff graphic tee in a variety of designs and sizes ($8 to $10) and colorful leggings to match ($6 to $8).

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T-SHIRT AND SKINNY JEANS

$14 to $18.50 | Buy at Walmart
These sweet separates -- girls' printed short-sleeve ruffle shirttail T-shirt ($4 to $8) and Jordache girl's skinny denim jeans ($10 to $10.50) go great together.

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SWEATSHIRT AND LEGGINGS

$15 | Buy at H&M
A basic look for her features a hoodie in a fun print ($7) and comfy leggings ($8).

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BELTED SAFARI DRESS

$15 | Buy it at Target
Brave the back-to-school jungle in this Woven Belted Safari Dress.

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PIQUE POLO AND CHINOS

$15 | Buy at Target
School basics are right on budget with a pique polo shirt ($5) and boot-cut chino pants ($10).

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SKINNY JEANS AND RELAXED SCOOP-NECK TEE

$15 to $16 | Buy at Old Navy
She'll be comfy and casual in a scoop-neck tee ($5 to $6, size and color combinations vary) and skinny jeans outfit ($10).

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POLO AND FLAT FRONT PANTS

$15 to $17 | Buy at Target
Building a school uniform was never easier than with reinforced-knee flat-front pants ($10) and interlock-knit polo shirt ($5 to $7).

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DRESS PANTS AND POLO SHIRT

$15 to $18 | Buy at Walmart
Take care of uniform basics with George boys suit dress pants ($11 to $14) and short-sleeve pique polo shirt ($4).

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TEE AND JEANS

$16 | Buy at Target
This classic combo of a USA T-shirt ($6) and dark-wash straight-fit jeans ($10) is All-American cool.

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COTTON PANTS AND TEE

$16 | Buy at H&M
He'll be cool and comfy in this printed tee ($6) and cotton pull-on pants ($10).

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MESH SHORTS AND TEE

$16 | Buy at Kohl's
Just what he'll need for after-school sports: mesh shorts ($9) and a space-dyed tee ($7).

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SWEATSHIRT AND SWEATPANTS

$16 to $18 | Buy at Walmart
Just right for lounging -- Hanes boys EcoSmart fleece sweatshirt ($5 to $8) and Clique youth basics fleece pants ($11).

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POLO SHIRT AND SKIRT/LEGGINGS SET

$16.50 | Buy at Walmart
Stock up on these uniform essentials: George girls short-sleeve polo shirts ($4.50) and skirt and legging two-piece set ($12).

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SWEATSHIRT AND SKINNY FIT JEANS

$17 | Buy at H&M
Basics he needs for his wardrobe: a hooded sweatshirt ($7) and skinny jeans ($10).

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DRESS AND LEGGINGS COMBO

$17 | Buy at Walmart
Get multiple outfits in one in the One Step Up big girls' "Denim Cutie" lightweight mixed-fabric dress with printed leggings.

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TEE AND SKINNY JEANS

$17 | Buy at Old Navy
He'll be ready to play or study in a go-anywhere graphic tee ($7) and skinny jeans ($10).

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SLOGAN TEE AND MOTO LEGGINGS

$18 | Buy at Kohl's
She'll look put-together from the first day in this unicorn-slogan tee ($8) and cool leggings ($10).

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2-PACK JERSEY DRESS

$18 | Buy at H&M
Get two great dresses for one good price.

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TWILL PANTS AND JERSEY PRINTED TOP

$18 | Buy at H&M
Wardrobe essentials to throw on on a busy morning include a fun printed top ($5) and easy twill pants ($13).

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REVERSE SEQUENCE DRESS

$18 | Buy it at Target
The message on the megaphone of this comfy dress is cool and cute.

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PRINTED TEE AND SLIM PANTS

$18 | Buy at Uniqlo
He'll love these easy-yet-cool separates: a Discovery Channel short-sleeve graphic T-shirt ($6) and slim-fit pants in denim ($10).

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TEES AND GYM SHORTS

$18 | Buy at Kohl's
More must-have options for gym class: a raglan tee ($8), and mesh shorts ($10).

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JUMPER

$19 | Buy at Uniqlo
She can wear this sporty dry sweat jumper ($15) with a T-shirt underneath ($4) or other type of blouse or shirt.

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POLO AND SKINNY PANT

$19 | Buy at Walmart
More uniform must-haves: George short-sleeve ruffled polo shirt ($7) and George school uniforms skinny pants ($12).

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LONG-SLEEVE TEE AND CARGO SHORTS

$19 | Buy at Sears
When it's getting colder out and he still is begging to dress like it's summer, go for this heathered long-sleeve T-shirt ($10) and cargo shorts ($9).

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PUFF-PRINT SLUB-KNIT ROMPER

$20 | Buy it at Old Navy
A one-piece outfit makes dressing easy.

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COLD SHOULDER DRESS & PENDANT NECKLACE

$20 | Buy it at Sears
She'll love getting a special accessory -- a pendant necklace -- with the Amy's Closet cold-shoulder dress.

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TWILL DRESS

$20 | Buy it at H&M
This classic dress works for uniforms or dressier fall events.

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TODDLER BOY FLANNEL AND JEANS

$20 | Buy at Kohl's
He'll look super cute on the first day of preschool in this flannel shirt ($10) and pull-on jeans ($10).