How To Cut The Cost Of Going Back To School

As the School holidays draw to an end, minds turn to returning to school. This can be expensive so we take a look at how to cut the cost of going back to school.

Back to SchoolSchool Uniform

The cost of school uniform can mount up but be aware that there is a lot of competition amongst the main supermarkets for key parts of the uniform.

Of course for some schools, particularly private ones, school uniform is expected to be bought from a designated school uniform shop, however, even if this the case it is sometimes viable to purchase some items more cheaply from the supermarkets.

Also, often school shops will have a secondhand section – often almost new quality at a fraction of the price!

Tesco Clothing have a dedicated Back to School section on their website with some great offers, including Free standard delivery until 29 August 2010. See the Tesco Clothing website for more details.

Sainsbury’s currently have 25% off 25% off school uniform. Ends 30 August 2011.

The Tu School uniform range offers stylish, quality schoolwear for kids of all ages and prices start from just £2. See the Sainsbury’s website for more details.

Asda have their George department and you can currently get Free delivery on schoolwear on a £20 minimum spend. See the Asda website for more details,

Marks and Spencer have quality school uniforms and are also currently offering free standard UK delivery on their schoolwear. See the M&S website for more details.

Packed Lunches

If you send your children to school with packed lunches, think carefully about what you put in them. If you have the time, consider making sandwiches rather than buying prepacked ones.

Check out the supermarkets for their latest lunchbox ideas and offers.

Use a site like to check out what’s healthy, delicious and fun and compare prices and nutrition – whether it’s Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Asda summer savings.

Course Books and Stationary

If you need to buy course books or stationary items make sure you shop around.

Amazon invariably have some great discounts but check out such as Waterstones too.

There’s eBay too you might like to check out as there can be some great bargains to be had.


If you’re looking for a new computer or laptop to start the new academic year there are some great deals to be had – do some checking and you really could save.

For example

At Tesco Direct there are currently some great deals on Compaq, Acer and HP laptops.

At Laptops there are great deals too, for example on Toshiba, Sony and Samsung laptops. See the website for more details and other great laptop offers.

Student Discounts

As a student you can frequently benefit from discounts. It may mean you need to get a special card and pay a small fee but the discounts you then have access to should outweigh the cost of the card.

For example there’s the NUS Extra Card – it costs £11 – and is the official UK student lifestyle card with exclusive discounts from over 70 brands, including such as, McDonalds, GAME, JJB Sports, Superdrug, Comet and Virgin Media.

Get more info on the NUS website.

To help with rail travel if you’re aged between 16-25 or a full time student a Railcard saves you 1/3 off rail fares across Britain for a year – it costs just £28 per year. See for more info.

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