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Back to School on a Budget

Back to school buying can be damaging to the bank account. School uniforms (UK) can be incredibly costly, and that’s not to mention the extras such as lunchboxes, sports bags, pencil cases etc.

I have a few tips to keep costs down, and at the end of this post you can find affiliate links to some great back to school buys on Amazon.

Buy Second Hand

Charity shops and car-boot sales are a great place to pick up articles of school uniform. Most schools only require logos on jumpers, but the trousers and dresses etc are pretty much the same across the board, so finding second hand uniform is common.

In my local area there are Facebook selling pages for second hand school uniforms and book day costumes etc. This is great for buying jumpers etc for a specific school.

Swap with Friends

If you have children of differing ages, it is a great idea to swap uniforms with friends. You could organise a uniform swap party with a group of parents, or do a large uniform sale for the public is you felt so inclined.

Lost and Found

At the end of the previous school year, any items that are not claimed are sold at a discount price by my daughter’s school. Check to see if your school has any similar sales.

Top Tip:

My top tip is to keep your eyes peeled throughout the year for sales or second hand buys on school supplies and uniform in the next sizes up.

Amazon Bargain Buys:

Lunch Bag: Clearance!!! Jersh ☆ Lunch Bag for Women Kids Men Insulated Canvas Box Tote Bag Thermal Cooler Food Lunch Bags Thermal Insulated Lunch Box Tote Cooler Bag Bento Pouch Lunch Container (B-Black)

Flamingo Lunch Bag: VWH Flamingo Lunch Bag Insulated Lunch Box Storage Bag Outdoor Picnic Handbag Pouch Waterproof (grey)

Unicorn Gym Bag: Unicorn Drawstring Bag for Girls Travel Storage Package Cartoon School Backpacks Children Birthday Party

Plain Colour Gym bag: BagTrek Gym Sack – Black

Rucksack Blue: BagBase Unisex’s B125JSBGP Fashion Backpack, Surf Blue/Graphite Grey, Medium

Star Wars Rucksack : Childrens Star Wars Stormtrooper Boys Bag Junior Black Backpack

Sequin Pencil Case: Gluckliy Cosmetic Bag Mermaid Sequin Pencil Pouch Reversible Sequin Handbag Double Color Makeup Bags Students Pencil Case Glitter Makeup Pouch for Women Kids (Color D)

Transparent Pencil Case: Kingko® Large Transparent Solid Color Zipper Cosmetic Jelly Pencil Case Office School Stationery (White)

Iron On Name Labels: 50 IRON-ON NAME TAGS WITH PEN school uniform labels


I hope some of these tips and bargains are useful to you and help you save money on back to school items.


*Disclaimer: I am a member of the Amazon Associates program. This post contains affiliate links to products. At no extra cost to you, I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.


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