The calendar has turned to August, which means we have moved on from summer vacations and now planning back to school shopping.

The cost of getting your kids back to school can sometimes be outrageous. When you add up the money you spend on clothing, their school supplies, and the dues you need to pay on the first day of school, your paycheck can be used up pretty quick.

But there are great options throughout Fort Collins so you can try to keep the back to school costs at a minimum while still be able to give everything your kids need to start out a brand new year.

Here are four stores located in the city of Fort Collins that we think you need to check out to maximize your dollar for back heading back to school.

Have any other suggestions that can be added to the list? Let us and everyone else in Northern Colorado know about them!

1.) Once Upon A Child

2.) Clothes Pony and Dandelion Toys

3.) Crazy 8

4.) The Childrens Place