Back to School: 6 things you need to know

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With the kids returning to school in a couple of weeks, it’s the time of year when every parent has to buy new school uniforms. It can be an expensive thing to do, especially when your kids are growing all the time. Sometimes it feels as though they barely get any wear out of their new uniform before they need something to fit better. Luckily, there are lots of great value items out there. Here is our pick of the best ways to make your money (and uniform) last longer.
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School shoes


Debenhams have launched a great range of shoes that are scuff resistant, meaning you’ll have the peace of mind of them being hard wearing. Let’s face it; we know how much kids like to get into trouble so these shoes will be ideal for the classroom or the playground.



Look for items that will last


It may be tempting to buy cheaper uniform items, but shops such as M&S have shirts and blouses that use Stainaway technology. The material resists and releases stains, so there is no need to worry about washing away those everyday spills. It might cost more initially, but if they last longer then you’ll get enough wear out of them. You can look out for offers on sites such as Plusvouchercode and save money on the new uniform.



Don’t rule out the supermarkets


There are some fabulous options available in the supermarkets. Tesco’s school uniform trousers have been designed with reinforced knees, as well as stain-resistant Dupont Teflon fabric protector. This gives you peace of mind that the fabric will get them through playtime. Tesco even offers a great plus fit uniform so every child can be comfortable at school. Asda also offers a 100-day guarantee on their uniform, so you can buy with the knowledge they will last.



Pack your bags


There is certainly a wide range of bags to choose from in the shops. Whether it be a plain rucksack for older kids or a character one for the little ones, you won’t be short of choice. You can get some fabulous Disney character bags or even Marvel superhero ones. Just make sure you get your child’s approval. Otherwise, they may end up with a bag they hate (and they’ll certainly let you know about it!).



Don’t forget the sports kit


Just when you think you’ve got everything, you remember you haven’t got the sports kit. Find out the accepted colours and items for the school, and shop around for some great polo shirts. Places like TU at Sainsbury’s have a good range of colours, with everything from leotards to polo shirts.



Get deals on stationery


Now is a very good time to get some stationery deals. A lot of shops have half price or multibuy offers on, so you can stock up on all the pens and pencils your children will need. Make sure your kids haven’t forgotten to mention anything that they need for school, such as a calculator or maths set.

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