So we’re mid summer holidays and some of you are probably starting to think about all that back to school stuff you need to buy. I’ve already started buying, so here are a few tips to help you save cash.
My shopping list is for 3 boys, Dylan Yr 3 and Josh Yr 1 and Jack preschool. Yeah all 3 boys needing some school stuff!!
- Polo shirts for Dylan & Josh
- Trousers & Shorts for Dylan & Josh
- School emblem jumpers.
- Plimsols for Dylan, Josh, Jack
- School shoes for Dylan & Josh
- Football boots for Dylan & Josh
- Stick on name lables for all 3.
How I’m doing…..
I will purchase blue (not white, gets too dirty) polo shirts from Tesco. I even have a £5 off voucher ;-). Much cheaper than the school emblem ones at a bargain of £2.50/£3.50/£5 for 2 (depending on size) polo shirts. They are cheaper than last year! These tops get covered in dirt/mud/felt tips, but you can wash them on 60 degrees and they come out clean(ish) again. I buy 5 packs (10 shirts) each so I don’t have to stress about washing them. Total spend of £25 on 20 blue polo tops. Luckily Knebworth school don’t enforce you to buy certain uniform = expensive. Let me know if that is you, how do you save money?
So shorts and trousers is an interesting one, and I’m sure other mums of boys will get this but both boys only want to wear shorts, even when its snowing. So I’ll invest in just shorts I think and maybe one pair of trousers for Dylan. Josh can have the hand-me-downs. I think I’ll just buy a pair from the local facebook selling page. The supermarkets are a good idea for trousers, pretty cheap and they claim to be long lasting.
I don’t need any jumpers as I got a few last year and they are large sizes. These are meant to have the school emblem on them, if you need them see if you’re friends are selling any for much cheaper? Maybe on your local facebook items for sale page?
Winter coats are not really needed yet, but the boys were bought in the next sale back in March/April. Jack gets 2nd and 3rd hand-me downs!
School shoes I won’t scrimp on, and they are pretty pricey. The shoes need to be tough for both boys as they play football every day and the shoes get trashed. The best shoes last year were Startrite, the Clarks one just didn’t seem tough enough or looked cheap (and they wern’t at £40ish!). I will go check again probably at John Lewis where they have a mixture of brands available. Also worth a look is Hatfield galleria where there is a Clarks discount shop. Last year Dylan got Startrite ‘lift off’ and Josh got Clarks ‘stomp roar’. £72 for two pairs:-( Both Clarks and Startrite can be bought online, and Startrite are offering 30% off plimsols when bought with shoes and there is free P&P
Plimsols..dont mind getting the cheap ones, Tescos or Asda will be fine.
Football boots, Dylan and Josh are taking football very seriously at the moment and have already been bought some astro boots and moulded football boots. I think I may also have to get stud boots for the muddy/wet weather. The boys have gone for the same boot, JR Magista Nike Boots from Pro direct soccer. This website has a great sale on at the moment. The boots here are often cheaper than sportsdirect retail shops. Returns are easy, ordering is easy. These cost around £25 each.
Also shop from your local facebook items for sale or Ebay. I have 6 pairs of boots for sale at the moment, boots that the boys have grown out of only £4/£5 each.
Stick on labels from Easy2name Different prices and packages depending what you want. There is a pack of 60 stick on stickers for clothes £8.95. I think I’m going to use the name Dylan-Josh-Jack James so I can just order one set 😉 These come recommended by many mummies.
Back to school will cost me around £300 all together. The biggest expense being football boots at around £25 per pair (BOYS ARE EXPENSIVE!). That is a lot of money when you add it all up, even when I’ve tried to save where I can!! Please comment if you have other ideas for saving money.
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