Here are some of the ways I save money when sending my kids back to school.
Heading back to school can be overwhelming for so many reasons, particularly this year for me with my youngest starting school. Now all three of my children will be in school – and that means I have three lists and three sets of uniforms, lunchboxes, stationery and school snacks to buy.
Nobody said freedom was cheap! Just kidding. I am in no way looking forward to ‘freedom’. My baby is starting school…are tissues on special? I’m going to need a few boxes of those.
The first couple of years I went shopping for school supplies I spent a fortune buying the best of everything, but eventually I realised that a glue stick is just a glue stick. Now I know lots of ways to save.
And here they are. My gift to you ahead of the school year beginning:
1. Second-hand uniforms.
School uniforms can cost a fortune. This year at the uniform shop I saw a lot of parents trying to figure out how to save some money by purchasing less items than they wanted to. They will have to do the laundry a few extra times a week, but there’s no way you can afford a uniform for every day.
Instead, ask about the school second-hand shop. Most schools have one and it will save you money to buy some of the more expensive items there such as blazers and tunics and pants. Also, if you know families with older children in the school, ask if they have any uniform items their kids have outgrown. They are normally happy to see them go to a good home.
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2. Bulk buy stationery.
When it comes to buying stationery, don’t feel like you have to buy the best and most expensive on the market. Have you seen how kids treat their stationery? They are so focused on colouring and cutting and gluing and creating and they lose items all the time.
So, two things. Buy affordable stationery from a discount shop or a store known for its good prices. And buy extra during the back to school sales for later in the year – because they will need a top up.