It’s that time of the year again. Your little darlings have to go back to school. You are at your wits’ end because they have lost last year’s stationery and you have to fork out money for new textbooks. To make matters worse, the December holidays made heavy inroads into your bank account.
According to Fin24, parents have to budget for the next school year. “At the end of the year anything to do with school is set aside until next year. Most parents start worrying about the costs a day or two before school starts; it is then that the cost of school items increases and parents have little money,” says Kirsten Reynolds of MyBucks.
Apart from high school fees, Reynolds is of the opinion that the cost of text books, stationery and transport is regularly underestimated by households.
Reynolds has compiled four tips for parents before the new school year kicks off:
Look at your child’s list of books and stationery and determine if there are items from the previous year that could be used again. If you have older children, see if you can use their stationery or books for your younger children – the same goes for school uniforms.
2. Buy the necessities as soon as possible
It’s always a good idea to buy goods before panic descends on the shops. So go before the weekend starts.
3. Be creative
Most kids like the latest animation films. There is a large variety of stationery inspired by the latest film or animation character.
4. Buy online
Most merchants have online shops. In this way you can compare costs in the comfort of your own home. Also be on the lookout for two-for-the-price-of-one sales. Some merchants also offer discount to certain schools – see if your child’s school qualifies for this.