Top tips from parents for Back To School
"We do a supply sweep of the house, gathering all the stationary from the office, closets, old school bags, kitchen drawers etc and then mark off the list what we have at home and can reuse. Then we also do supply swaps with other families- we often have lots of one thing and nothing of the other and so can do exchanges to save money!"
"Price checking online and not just going with the company that your school recommend"
"Shop as soon as you can after New Year, and enjoy the rest of January without getting caught up in the “back-to-school” rush!!"
"I get everything organised in December so it's all done, from putting money away throughout the year prior so the money is available and there is no financial stress over it all as I know they money has gradually been put away to cover it all."
"Have an account that you pay into regularly during the year just for school supplies, uniforms, fees etc so you're not taken aback when all the bills start rolling in."
"Buy extra books, pens, pencils, glue sticks, erasers etc that will run out during the year. They are cheaper at this time of the year."
"We make a list of everything we need then do a check of what we have around the house & put away some money each week"
"Order online! If you go to the Warehouse Stationery website, find your school then class, you'll find all the stationery your child needs! You can then click on the bits you need and voila! it arrives in the post! No queues, no need to worry about lost lists and no stress :)"
"I keep stationery that was sent back with my daughter that wasn't used to use for when school starts back, I also wash and dry her uniform and then put it in her school bag ready so then that way we aren't looking for it, I freeze about two weeks worth of sandwiches to help in the mornings with getting ready"
"Buy a good quality bag so you're not replacing them every year and buy an extra lunch box when they go on sale. Always handy to have when a lunchbox breaks. Also get your stationery delivered. Much less stressful"
"Using my label maker to ensure everything is neatly named!"
"Use the late night shopping at warehouse stationery"
"Write a list stick to it and budget well in advance and don't let the kids buy new stuff if there is left over new items from previous year"
"Make sure you have enough rolls of book cover, running out night before school starts is not a good start!"
"Shop at Warehouse Stationery because it's...... #AONESTOPSHOP"