Back-to-School with JCPenney {win a $100 JCP gift card}

So.  A couple of things to start this post.  First, this is a sponsored post, but the opinions and experience are all mine.  I only choose sponsored posts that I really feel will be worth sharing with you and that I can relate to.  With that said, JCPenney recently gave me a little spending money to use on back-to-school supplies in my local store.

With that in hand, my husband and I set off (sans kids) to see what we could do with it.  We treated it like it was money we had earned, and therefore tried to get the best value for it.  In addition to our allowance, we also brought along the recent JCPenney coupons that I received in the mail and some I printed online, and we were prepared to shop the good deals.  Boys grow fast so having cash to spend on clothes is a big deal here.

Additionally, I will admit that prior to this experience, we weren't huge JCPenney shoppers.  We would go in there looking for specific items we needed but never really just went in to browse when we were back-to-school shopping or anything like that.  With that said, I think that will change going forward. We had a great experience and came out feeling like we had gotten a great deal for our money and left the store with a $20 coupon {JCPenney Cash}.

We have two boys with vastly different tastes.  One likes to be simple and sporty and the other likes cat shirts.  They both wear jeans in the cooler months, almost exclusively.  Virginia weather is such that we get a lot more value out of hoodies than coats and they both go through socks like water.  These were all the bases we were trying to cover as we went back-to-school shopping for our two. We want them to express themselves in clothes that will last them the school year.  We were able to do that well in JCPenney without breaking the bank.  We came away with brands that we trust for quality (like Nike and Arizona) and items that they love (like a Nike hoodie for Moses and a couple of silly cat shirts for Aaron).  Both boys were really excited about what we brought home for them and we were excited that we could get them things they loved and reasonable prices!  We were able to encourage them in doing their own thing with their individual styles without having to run all over the place to assemble their outfits!
Overall, our shopping experience was a great one! We were able to choose from many great sales on jeans and t-shirts and socks.  I can't think of anything we needed that wasn't on sale or available.    

And JCPenney is starting something that I find pretty amazing... National #ShoutOut Day was 8/12! They believe that good begets good and the more compliments we give (aka Shout Outs) the more will flow forward... creating a wave of good along the way!

On National #ShoutOutDay, they’ll took to social media to fuel shout-outs as they pertain to style. They encouraged anyone and everyone to join in on the conversation and hand out shout-outs to their friends, family and followers. Simply use #ShoutOutDay to jump in on the conversation. The hope is that their efforts will create a snowball effect in culture, with complimentary behavior stretching beyond the world of style in months to come.

I hope you'll join in in starting some encouragement in your corner of the world!

Want to try out JCPenny on your own?  You can enter to win a $100 gift card by answering the following question in the comments: “What top trends are on your Back-to-School shopping list this fall?”
I hope you'll join in by starting some encouragement in your corner of the world!
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Want to try out JCPenney on your own?  You can enter for a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card by answering the following question in the comments: “What top trends are on your Back-to-School shopping list this fall?”
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This sweepstakes runs from 8/20/2015 – 9/10/2015
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