The summer has flown by in a wonderful and surprisingly warm flash. Now it’s time to hang up the bucket and spade and begin getting ready for a new school year. Luckily, we’ve been keeping our ear close to the ground, finding all the info you need to make sure that going back to school doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are some great tips to help you save money on everything back to school:
Buying stationary in large quantities can save huge amounts. You are always going to need pens and pencils in the house so it makes sense to get a bunch cheaply and keep them for when the time comes. On Amazon you can get 10 pens for as little as 30p each and pencils are even less. An easy way to save on school supplies!
Labelling things that can easily go missing such as jumpers, ties and even stationary is a great way to avoid splashing out on a lost item. At Woven Labels UK you can get loads of different name labels, starting at £2.50 for 36. Well worth investing in.
Always compare prices on general pieces of uniform if possible, for example white shirts can be bought from ASDA for as little as £3.00 for 2. Money off Mum advises that parents should be wary of buying too much before the term begins; all kids need is the basics to get them through the first few weeks, after this uniform will get cheaper and you can make some more savings.
If children are looking to start a new hobby or join a new club try not to splash out on equipment, instead look for second hand options first on Gumtree or Ebay. You could also check out your local free cycle or go to a carboot sale and hunt out any hidden gems.
Winter may seem a long way away and that’s definitely a good thing! However, if there’s a good time to buy a winter jacket it’s now, with shops trying to shift last season’s stock at knock down prices.
Text books can be expensive to buy new, especially for older children, if you know they are going to need a certain book check out prices online and look for second hand offers. Abe Books, Amazon and Ebay are both great for this.
Although school supplies are essential for kids, they can help out with buying bits and bobs with their pocket money, especially if they have their eye on the latest pencil case. Roosterbank is designed so kids can save their pocket money up for the things they really want, helping them understand the value of things and become savvy consumers. For more information on how Roosterbank achieves this check out our pocket money resources.
If you know any other great ways to save on school supplies and the like, please do add them to the comments. We will be eternally thankful.