Back To School - The Directory Group

Back To School!

With September just around the corner, its time for parents to start the dreaded ‘back to school’ shopping routine. But fear not, we have compiled a few top tips to ensure you shop wisely when preparing for the start of your children’s new school year.

Be organised. To avoid stress shopping the day before school starts, do some price comparisons to find the cheapest uniform, shoes and groceries for lunch boxes before it’s too late. Investing time into planning will save you lots of money.

If school shoes and uniforms still fit from last year and are in working condition, continue to wear them this year to save splashing out unnecessarily. Even waiting a few weeks before buying new things could save you money through discounts. However, if you are buying discounted products make sure to still buy quality, especially in relation to school shoes and trainers, so you don’t have to buy another pair later this year.

Fix what can be fixed! If there are some missing buttons on school shirts, sew a new one on – it only takes 2 minutes.  Or buy used when you can, especially in relation to sports equipment and uniform such as blazers, these are generally more expensive items but can last for years.

Make lunches at home rather than buying than out everyday. This will save you having to regularly give your children cash and you can also control what your children are eating to ensure they eat healthily. You can even try out the store brand of the items you always buy to make your grocery bill far smaller.

Use the library. Buying books for school or university can be expensive. Look at getting a long time loan from your local library – it’s free! If you are buying books, find a buy and sell forum so you can sell or swap the books when you no longer need them.

Team up with friends to lift-share if you live close by – this will save your time, money and wear and tear on your vehicles.

We wish all of our young readers a happy and successful start to the new school year!

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