Saturday, 3 August 2013

Why the yearly panic?

As a home educator, the annual trip to buy school uniform is not something I have to worry about. But it's amazing how many parents are last-minute Charlies to whom it comes as a yearly shock that a uniform needs to be bought and the money found to pay for it.  I overheard one mother moaning to another earlier today that she couldn't afford it, yet earlier in the conversation she'd been talking about the twenty quid it had just cost her to get her nails done!  Do them yourself love, and put the money towards little Johnny's uniform instead.  He needs the uniform; you do not need garish green polkadot nails.

Your children go to school, so they need a uniform.  Your children grow, so they grow out of last year's uniform and need a new one.  Why is it then that there seems to be an annual panic about the process?  You know this happens every year, just like Christmas and birthdays.  And just like Christmas and birthdays, school stuff is something that needs to be factored into the annual budget and saved for.

With supermarkets like Asda and Tesco providing very reasonably priced uniform clothes, it's not all that difficult to set aside a couple of pounds a week towards the uniform.  And even if your child has awkward sized feet which means supermarket shoes just won't fit him, there are often very reasonably priced second hand hardly worn Clarks or Start-rite shoes on offer on eBay which cost far less than buying new.

Both Aldi and Lidl recently had "school week" with very cheap stuff on offer, and you could have bought 3 sets of 'uniform' from Aldi for less than £20 - that's 3 pairs of trousers, two twin-packs of polo shirts and two sweaters/cardigans plus pants and socks.  So if you saved £2 a week, you'd have £84 to put towards shoes, trainers, PE kit and other things school kids need.

Budgeting for these items is not rocket science, and no-one needs to get into debt to pay for them.

Until next time. x


  1. Oh Oh you are talking about common sense, and that is as rare as Rocking Horse manure.

  2. Ah, yes, I confess to waiting til the last minute with uniforms (we're in the US so I don't think they are as common here as there) but I take full advantage of the uniform exchange at school. Have only bought a handful of things for the children in the past four years. And went so far as to chair it this year to get first grabs.


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