Friday 17 August 2012

How to save money on back to school essentials

It’s that time of year again, when we get the kids ready for yet another year of school, and we all know that between the uniform, stationery and other studying supplies, everything can quickly add up. But through a combination of savvy shopping and forward planning, you can save yourself some cash on these essential items quite easily. Here are some top tips to try when stocking up on your school supplies this year.

Car Boot Sales

Although they start early, taking the time to sift through someone else’s stuff can really save you money. Never underestimate the hidden treasures you can find at a car boot sales. Not only is it economical, but it’s a good way to get the kids involved too, as they’ll enjoy helping in the hunt for a bargain. From vintage lunchboxes to secondhand bikes in perfect working order, there are plenty of hidden gems to grab. Although it can be difficult to resist hitting the snooze button (especially in the rain), if you’re going to bother going, it’s important to make it there on time. Early risers will reap the rewards by having the pick of the litter.

Online Shopping 

Take some time to surf the web for back-to-school bargains. From the likes of Ebay and FreeSurf to the summer sales on high street brands, there are loads of outlets to browse through. With a little patience and research, you should be able to find reduced rates on school supplies and other staples. For lower prices, try using this site for a range of voucher and discount codes to use on your purchases.

Jumble Sales

Going to your local church jumble sale is a great way of snagging a steal, particularly on school uniforms. There should be plenty of suitable pieces to choose from like ties, blazers and trousers, and you might even find a backpack or two in the mix. Even if there’s nothing available in the right size or colour you’re looking for, it’s worth going for the cheap cake and coffee along with a good old natter! If your community’s short of jumble sales, try looking out for some mother and baby groups in the area, which are also well-known for uniform exchanges and usually have a wide variety of hand-me-downs at low prices. It’s also a good way to meet other parents, and let your little ones socialise with other children who live nearby. 

Supermarkets/Discount shops

If you don’t have much time to plan ahead, or have just missed your local jumble sale, don’t worry --there are also a range of discount stores that are packed with back-to-school offers like pound shops and Primark. Supermarkets like Asda and Tesco also stock stacks of school supplies and come August, their aisles are always filled with everything from pencil cases and stationery to uniforms and water bottles. If you want to save even more cash, visit the MyVoucherCodes website for a range of discount codes to use on loads of school-related essentials.

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  1. Nice ideas here Liz. I have another top tip, I notice that at the end of term my school sell off any unclaimed lost property (uniform items included) for a nominal fee that goes into the school coffers (two birds, one stone and all that). x