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.
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.
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.
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!