More Economical School Shopping

75,000 children in West Virginia may be getting some much needed help to pay for school clothes.

The state's clothing voucher program has already starting mailing out the voucher, which is worth $200.

Missy Effingham will tell you her daughter's 8 going on 30, so you can only imagine the back-to-school shopping experience.

Abigail's one of roughly 75,000 school children in West Virginia getting $200 worth of free clothes. $1.5 million in grant money is being spent on clothing vouchers for families in need.

That's money, Missy says, makes a huge difference in their budget.

"What I do, is I try to do outfits. When we come shopping, I try to make sure she's got underwear, socks and at least five outfits out it," Missy said.

"Almost all department stores accept them. It’s to buy clothes or piece goods if you want to sew, for your children for school. Just go the department store and spend it like money." John Law of the WDHHR said.

Any parent will tell you, a real battle ground is in the shoe department, when it comes to back to school. Here’s a question-- do your kids even need shoes? Are sneakers ok? And is the $5 pair just as good as the pair that's $60?

Doctor Seth Stinhour's a podiatrist who says “yes" there is a difference and that difference is $55.

Dr. Stinhour said back to school parents can make a big mistake when it comes to your children's feet.

Should you buy shoes your kid will grow into?
“No, that's a myth. You want the shoe to fit now, if you have a shoe too big, your going to put them at risk of falling and tripping because the shoe is too loose,” Dr. Stinhour said.

Missy buys other clothes her daughter can grow into she does her best to stretch that $200.

"I would suggest sitting down and make a list before you go,” Missy said, “Also make sure it's something you can switch and next five days you've got new outfits again

If you think your family qualifies for clothing voucher and you haven't applied before, do it quickly. Contact your local office of the WDHHR.

You need to have the application filled out and sent back in by July 31.That’s the deadline and you only have until October 31 to spend it.

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