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New school uniform, branded backpacks, snazzy stationary – Brand new school supplies can soon add up! To give parents a helping hand, we’ve put together some top tips for saving money when shopping for those school essentials…
Before you start shopping it is important to make a list for the items you actually need. Have a look around the house and see what school supplies you may already have. You can often find stationery items tucked away in drawers and cupboards, so it may be possible to make use of these old items without buying new.
Same goes for school uniform, do you have older children that could pass down their uniform to their younger siblings? Or perhaps you could ask your family, friends and neighbours for any old school supplies that they are no longer using?
Children often like to update school bags or pencil cases with new designs that reflect their current interests. This could include their favourite movie characters or pop stars. Instead of buying new, you could instead update their current equipment with stickers or badges.
If you are going to take your children shopping, set a limit on the amount they can spend on their new school supplies. Do your research online to find the cheapest deals and try to make the most of the seasonal sales by putting things away for next term.
Pound shops are great for cheap stationary bundles and you may also get lucky in local charity shops, finding preloved school bags and uniform at bargain prices.
Although we all love a bargain, it is important to buy good quality items. This is particularly crucial when it comes to school uniform. Well-made uniform should last your child the entire school year and can often be passed on to younger siblings, which will save you money in the long run.
Finally, don’t forget to label EVERYTHING so that their belongings have a chance of getting back to them, should they get lost or picked up by mistake. Sew in labels or use a Sharpie to save costly replacements later on.