Its that time of year again when we are all thinking of getting the kids back to school.
Uniforms have been bought and are ready for the first day. Sitting freshly ironed and waiting. Not to mention the small fortune that has been spent on new shoes, books and school bags.
This time of year can be hard to budget for. What with growing children and changing trends it makes it impossible to purchase ahead. I have a few tips that can help you to save a few pounds.
Start your shopping in June
Yes, I know that the previous school year is just finishing and the last thing you want to think about is September. But this can be when department stores start to market their uniforms with heavy discounts. Marks and Spencer is one such store who usually have discounts on uniform purchased in June.
School bags, stationery and other classroom essentials can also be purchased now.
Save all year round
It can be hard to save monthly for things when they seem so far away. However, depending on the number of children you have it can work out quite easy. I tend to clear out my purse (wallet) every couple of weeks and dump the change into a jar. This has led me to save a few hundred pounds without noticing.
Many online vendors have heavily reduced discounts as they do not have the overheads of a store. Amazon would be the most popular I suppose.
Buy second hand
Many schools realise that it can be hard on family finances to spend hundreds each August. A lot of schools now have second-hand sales available where parents donate uniforms which no longer fit and purchase bigger sizes at a reduced price.
EBay is also a great place to search for a second-hand uniform.
Some uniform stores also have a ‘seconds’ section where you can pick up slightly imperfect uniform at a reduced price.
If the uniform requirements call for say black trousers then instead of purchasing the official school uniform, you can pick up cheaper variations on the high street such as ones from Tesco, Asda or even Primark. This can save you quite a bit of money in the long run.
I am lucky that by homeschooling Owen I do not have the expense of buying uniforms and such. Although before you think that I am lucky please remember that I have to buy all my own books and supplies for learning!
What are your top tips for keeping back to school costs low?
Until next time,