Thursday, 18 August 2016

Back To School Without Breaking The Bank*

With the return to school looming, many parents will be shopping to get their kids ready for the start of the new term. This can be expensive as all the necessary items – clothing and stationary, for instance – mount up in cost. If your child is going to a boarding school like Rossall, where they will be away from home, there may be more to keep in mind that a public school, for example. However, regardless of where your child is going there are a few simple tips you can follow, which can help you get your kids ready to go back to school, without breaking the bank.

Spread the cost

Firstly, try not to buy everything in one go. Consider spreading the cost by buying things piece by piece. Doing this, while doing the weekly grocery shop, for instance, means you can include the cost of different items, such as stationary, pencil cases and lunchboxes, as part of your weekly budget.

Also, consider buying in bulk. Purchasing large packs of biros, pens, erasers and notebooks, for instance, means you will have spares available if others get run out or get broken. This saves you needing to buy more further down the line. You could also use whatever is left over come next September. The other benefit of spreading the cost over a few weeks means you can gradually get the back to school shopping out of the way, without really needing to think about it. This can take some of the stress out of getting ready to going back to school and having to make time to get everything you need in one go.

Only what they need

It can be really easy to get carried away buying all the protractors, compasses, stencils, felt tip pens and other stationary your children might be adamant they need for school. This is also the fastest way to increase the amount you spend. Instead, stick to the essentials; the specific items that the school dictates you need. The school should provide a list of these essentials. Some schools may also provide things like stationary, but it’s always best to check.  

The same goes for uniform – resist the urge to buy loads of shirts and jumpers and, instead, just buy a few. The same goes for shoes, backpacks and coats (unless they get damaged and need replacing); making these items last can save you money in the long run.

Last minute offers

Many supermarkets, bookshops and stationers will often run back to school offers towards the end of the summer holidays. These could include multipack deals on stationary, two-for-one offers on essential books, discounts on uniform, and half-price shoes. It’s worth keeping an eye out for such deals when it comes to picking up any last minute bits you may be missing to help save on the pounds further.

Getting ready to go back to school shouldn’t be stressful. With a little planning and spreading the cost over a few weeks, you should be able to relax and enjoy the summer break knowing your kids will be ready for September, without worrying about the cost involved.

Are you ready for back to school?

Chelsea x

*This content was provided by Rossall School*

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