By: Rachael Miller.
Not only do the summer holidays mean that parents have to work over time to come up with ideas to keep the kids entertained, but they’ve also got to come up with the funds to buy the next lot of school uniforms. School uniforms can be very expensive- and having a big family can mean that your finances could be severely dented. Each child will need these items (some may differ depending on school policy):
• 4 shirts/polo shirts
• 2 jumpers (one with logo if required)
• Shoes, socks
• Trousers for boys, skirts for girls
• A school bag/lunch box
If you have a few children all of school age, this can be a daunting task. Moneysupermarket.com has come up with a few tips to make the school uniform shopping trip as easy as possible for parents.
This is probably one of the most important tips. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to purchase uniforms, as towards the end of the summer break there will be an abundance of panicking moms and dads scooping up anything they can so their daughter won’t go back to school without a uniform. If you leave it too late in August you may find yourself not being able to find the right sizes, colors or styles, much to the dismay of your daughter, who will not want to go back to school in the wrong uniform. By going early (3-4 weeks before the new term starts) you will give yourself the choice and availability that is needed when buying your cherubs their uniform.
Shop in off-season sales:
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for sales which may include discounted uniform garments. You may find that school uniforms may go on sale in shops shortly after the new school year begins, and you could be set to make some big savings. Look to buy bigger sizes so that you can save them until the year after, or later on in the year in case your child has a growing spurt.
Trade with other parents:
If you get to the end of the school year and your daughter has some garments left over that are in good condition, see if you can swap items with another parent who may have older or younger children. This is a free way to get new uniform for the kids, and is especially useful if you think the kids may outgrow their uniform before the new school year begins.
Now more than ever, girls need internet access for their homework. If you’re thinking of buying your daughter a laptop or PC, then make sure you compare the best prices online first. This will give you an idea of what is on the market and give a clear indication of how much a decent computer will cost. Also be sure to check for vouchers/coupons for the brand of equipment, or for the store you’re buying them from. This could see you getting a decent amount of money off your purchase.
Your daughter will need to take a pencil case to school with her, and she’ll love nothing better than getting new pens and pencils for the upcoming new school year. Before you go out looking for stationary do a quick search for stationary and moneysupermarket.com.
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