How To Save Money On Back-to-School Shopping!

By estherbangura | Budgeting

Aug 17

How To Save Money On
Back-to-School  Shopping

It’s that time of the year again when parents are running around, preparing for the kids to go back to school! Where has this summer gone? It was only yesterday when the school year ended! Although this summer holiday has dragged for the kids, Mum’s and Dad’s often don’t have much time left to get everything crossed off their list.

Back-to-school can be stress free with change left over!

We speak to the experts!

This week Boss Of My Money caught up with 50 Mums and Dads to hear about what tips they have, how they overcome back to school challenges and top stores for purchasing uniforms and stationery. From this, we were able to collate 14 tips on how to save money on back to school shopping.

We also speak with Sally, a working mum of 4, who shares with us how to organise and have a stress-free school year. 

14 tips on how to save money on back to school shopping!

  1. Always buy good quality items, so your child understands the value.
  2. Cheaper isn’t always better - check for quality! Buying cheap sometimes means buying more!
  3. Only buy  compulsory uniform from the school. Buy the essential "logo" branded items from the school uniform shop; blazers, jumpers and P.E kit (if branded).
  4. One recommended place for uniforms is M&S, where the quality is unparalleled. They are very easy to iron and uniforms remain in great condition (e.g no bobbles or shrinkage) throughout the year.
  5. As soon as the supermarkets start displaying uniforms around May/June, start shopping. And if you start shopping around May/June, stores will give you up to 20% off which is a huge saving. 
  6. The off-season is also a great time to make purchases. So for trousers get them in the summer and shorts in the winter. Buy bulk and go for the next size up. Children are always growing, you don’t always know what sizes they will grow into. 
  7. When it comes to stationery, the key thing is to buy in bulk and when on sale. For kids you’ll always need paper, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers... so get them when there is a massive sale and stock up!
  8. However, if your child has a tendency to lose stationery, buying it cheaper might be a better option. Helix brand for stationery (find it on Amazon) is fairly reasonable and good quality.
  9. If you have a more expensive taste, Staedtler brand is also excellent quality.
  10. Have a uniform fund say £10-£20 a month, so by the time you need to buy uniform, the money is available.
  11. Footwear is the biggest expense. Purchase this during the sale and buy ½ a size up, so they can grow into them.
  12. If you’re going away on holiday, consider shopping abroad for a cheaper and good quality uniform. 
  1. Kids will lose things, tear their clothing and outgrow it. So be prepared for that unexpected extra uniform spend. 
  2. Shop around so that you get the best deal and save save save!

Suggested Stores for saving money and purchasing good quality!

  • Lidl and Aldi do great offers and sales.

  • Clarks outlet is great for shoes. 

  • Matalan outlet is brilliant for socks, hats, raincoats, gloves etc.

  • H&M, Primark and TK Maxx also do good quality and reasonably priced vests, underwear and socks.

  • Asda and Tesco have quality and reasonably priced uniforms.

  • Wilko, Tesco, Asda and The Works are best known for good quality stationery

  • Pound Land also does cheap stationery in bulk, perfect if your child who has a tendency to lose it.

Super Mum Sally has back to school on lock down!!!

Now it’s one thing preparing for the back-to-school season, but it’s another challenge to stay organised and keep to your budget throughout the year. When it comes to this, my good friend Sally, whom I call ‘super-mum Sally’ is a pro at this and was happy to share some tips with us.

As you will find out, Sally has back to school on lock down:
“I usually buy 10 bottoms and 10 tops and two pairs of shoes for each child.

I usually wash uniforms bi-weekly to preserve colour and air dry to cut down on shrinkage. Once I know the uniform colours, I buy in bulk and plan ahead, keeping my eye out for sales. This ensures I have each child covered and able to stick to my budget.”
As well as this, Sally uses a drawer system to keep her household organised; “It allows me to prepare their clothes for the week. It opens the door for independence and keeps everything organized for the week. Weekends are wash and iron days.”

Now each household will not be the same- But what I think we can learn from sally is that when it comes to shopping for back to school and staying on on top of the school year- being intentional and having a system that works for you and kids will take the stress away! 

Thank you!

A big thank you to all the Mums and dads who helped me put this list of tips together. 

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