It’s almost that time again! The new school year is just around the corner and for many that means digging deep into your pockets to get your kids kitted out to return to school. However, this doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. We’ve come up with some handy tips on how to keep the cost down this year.
Check what you have in the house
You don’t always have to get everything brand new. You’ll probably have things in the house from last year which you can use again. It’s always tempting to buy everything again but it is an unnecessary extra cost. Pencil cases, rulers and most stationary can be used for years. Equally school bags and uniforms don’t always need replacing. If it still fits and is in a decent condition, use it again!
Check supplies list
Not every piece of stationary out there is necessary. Often the basics are enough, highlighters and huge sets of colouring pencils and felt tips will hardly be used and are unnecessary extra costs. Schools will often provide these anyway. The same goes for uniform and P.E kits, check what items actually need a school emblem, some schools will allow plain items which are much cheaper.
Before you hit the shops, it’s always worth asking around. Some schools offer second hand systems which will save you a fortune, not to mention the stress of dragging your kids round the shops trying on new uniforms! Kids will often outgrow their uniforms before they’re actually worn out, if you have friends or family with similar aged children at the same school why not swap clothes?
Make a list
The best way to keep costs down when shopping is to make a list of what you actually need. This will remove the tendency to impulse buy and keep costs to a minimum.
Buy in Bulk
It’s always better value for money when you buy in bulk. Speak to parents in your kid’s class and split the cost. Some shops will offer ‘Back to School’ deals, so keep an eye out. It’s also worth considering that many shops will give further discounts on items when school has actually started.
Compare and Coupon
Due to the high demand this time of year, many shops will be competing for your custom. Compare prices and look for coupons for the best deals in town. You shouldn’t have to pay full price for everything.
Name your child’s equipment
It can be a pain but it’s worth the effort of naming your child’s uniform and equipment. It’ll be more of a pain when you have to fork out for a new jumper or school bag when they come home complaining they’ve lost theirs!