The back to school feeling is here! For some readers you might be thinking ‘where has the time gone?’ and for others you may be thinking ‘thank goodness for that’!
Either way, from researching the costs involved with sending your little ones back to school it sounds like it could be a painful experience on your pocket!
With Little O not being at school yet (I have this all to come next year!) I had to ask around first hand to find out what are the true costs involved from friends and other little pickles followers. It seems that a new school uniform for Infant/Primary school can cost anywhere between £90-£180 with new shoes being the biggest expenses and we all know that Clarks shoes aren’t cheap!
Then cost in the factor of possibly buying a Summer uniform later in the year, school trips and maybe even school lunches the cost just gets bigger and bigger.
Our much loved supermarkets are there to help a little if you need to stick to a tight budget. Tesco’s and Sainsburys popped up when asking where you buy your school uniforms from and Tesco’s even have an embroidery service so you can order your little ones school jumper with the correct logo – providing your school is registered!
So our blog isn’t all doom and gloom we have a few tips on trying to manage to cost!
- · Do your home work and get organised. As soon as you receive the dreaded list from school start researching where you can buy your uniform at the best price. A status to your friends on Facebook is a great start!
- Keep your eyes peeled for nearly new uniforms at our markets! Many schools also hold small second hand sales from their lost property box or from uniforms that have been donated to them when the kids have grown out of it.
- Make sure you label EVERYTHING, you don’t want your items ending up in the lost property box, doesn’t matter what it is, if they take it to school they can lose it. You’ll get brownie points from the teachers too!
- ·If your school isn’t registered with an online embroidery service (like Tesco’s) then be the one to get them registered and you’ll have lots of new best friends to thank you!
- ·Speaking of online, check to see if Quidco are offering any cash back before ordering off any online sites.
- ·Try and include the bulk of school expenses in your monthly budget and put aside a little each to prepare you for the ‘Back to School Season’. Of course this is easier said than done, as sometimes there is just nothing left in the bank account TO put away. Which leads me on to the last tip!
- ·Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t afford it all! We all want the best of our little ones, the best shoes, the branded PE kits and all the things your little ones say ‘they must have’ but be realistic and if you really are struggling then speak to your school as there are grants out there.
Good luck and here’s to great school year! If you have any tips on surviving the school expenses then we’d love to hear from you. Just pop a comment below!
Written by Selina Shrimpton, Little Pickles Markets and Baby Show Organiser