Save money on the back to school shop.
John Lewis revealed that children starting secondary school, were expected on average to cost their parents £6,800 throughout the year. Any costs that can be cut to save money can prove very valuable. So we’ve come up with a few ideas to help limit your school supply spendings.
- Search the house for any leftover supplies. There’s no point splashing out to replace something, if you still have it hidden in the depths of the cupboard at home.
- Similarly, delve into the children’s wardrobes and establish what still fits and is deemed worthy for the classroom catwalk. If the school blazer has got a years life left in it, hold fire until next summer.
- Once you know what you’ve still got, make a list of everything you think you need. If you’re diligent and stick to the list, it will prevent any unnecessary spending on nonessential items.
- Set yourself a spending limit. If you stick to the budget you have set yourself, you know that you won’t be in danger of breaking the bank.
- Spending cash, rather than card, will help you to keep track of how much you have already blown. Avoiding extra costs.
- Shop elsewhere. Car boots, charity shops and frugal websites often have a wide selection of back to school items, which can help to ease the pressures of spending.
- Large amounts of stationary and other useful classroom items can be bought in discount stores like Poundland or Poundstretcher.
- For high school, sixth form, college and university students, second hand textbooks can save a small fortune. Why buy brand new, if you can purchase a copy at half the price, still in superb condition?
- Coupon collecting is a worthwhile hobby. Supermarkets offer a diverse assortment of coupons for their stores. There’s a likely chance you can snap up a cheeky discount on back to school goods.
- Timing is key. Holding fire and waiting for the peak rush to die down allows to you to benefit from the late sales, whilst retailers attempt to sell the rest of their stock before it’s too late.
- If you know the kids get through their clothes quickly, or are prone to losing their pens. It’s advisable to stock up for the year whilst you can, whilst the reduced prices are on offer.
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