Taking the stress out of back to school shopping


Taking the stress out of back to school shopping

As parents with children at school will already know, getting set for the September return can be an expensive time of the year.

From pencil cases, stationary and lunch boxes, to uniforms, learning materials and book bags, there’s a long list of items you might need to work your way through before sending your offspring back to school.

And let’s not forget, that’s just to send them back to school. Week in, week out, there’s lunch and transport costs to consider too, not to mention the odd school trip.


If your head’s falling into your hands at the very notion of forking out for school supplies, we’ve gathered some handy money-saving hints for you.

Stationary – if you need more than one item of stationary, take a look at Ryman. They have three for two mix-and-match offers on a lot of their school supplies, so you could save a fair amount if you’re buying in bulk.

Uniform – for staple uniform items – without the school emblem, such as trousers, t-shirts and jumpers - Aldi have some cracking deals. In-store, you can pick up trousers for £1.25; sweaters for 94p; polo shirts for £1.25; and skirts for £1.25*.

Lunch boxTesco have a vast range of lunchboxes starting from just £2.00. From solid colour and fictional characters to footballs and animals, their collection covers almost everything.

Pencil case – you know what it’s like in the classroom; all the kids comparing pencil cases and competing for the best. Well, thanks to TheWorks.co.uk, you can put your child in contention without breaking the bank. Their more basic range starts from just £1, but for a few quid more your child could be strutting round with their stationary stuffed inside a Disney pencil case.

School bag – starting from as little as £5.99, Argos cover all bases with their backpack selection. For style, colour, brand, capacity and age-range, we’re certain there’ll be something to catch your eye.

A helping hand

Here at Ocean credit cards, we’ve given 15 parenting bloggers £50 to spend on back to school bits to help them get set for September – without fretting about their finances.  

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*Prices correct at time of writing: 15/08/2016