It might only be the second week of the school holidays but with Miss A leaving first school and getting ready for her new school adventures in September, I have already started thinking about going back to school. We have a whole new set of uniform to buy, and the uniform list is a lot longer than it was for first school, although thankfully the required logo items aren’t any more extensive than before, and this time around she gets to wear a plain white blouse rather than having to source a checked red blouse which has proven very difficult to find over the years unless you want the standard unisex shirt from the school shop.
I have decided to break down the six weeks into chunks which will help keep my purse a little fuller rather than buying it all in one go. So far, we have been stationery shopping, a shopping trip where Miss A was in her element as we all know how much she loves her stationery. I think I may have bought this a little early though as she wants to use it all and I won’t let her. Having to take a pencil case to school is a great novelty that I doubt will wear off for her any time soon. She has picked out a nice school bag, another novelty that she has never had to worry about before, and that’s already packed ready for September!
I tend to wait to buy school shoes until the last couple of weeks of the holiday as I always worry that her feet will grow during the six weeks, and then hopefully I get more wear for the money. This time around we have to buy trainers and studded boots for sports, which I know is going to cost more money, but I’m glad she’s coming away from having to wear plimsoles for sports now as I’m sure they’re no good for feet when running. If you’re feeling lucky when buying your school shoes, pop into Brantano who have a competition running until Sept 4th to win after school adventures up to £500 by guessing the number of shoes laces in a jar at the till.
All of the required logo uniform items were bought this week because I know the school shop (the only place to buy the uniform) will just get busier and busier as the weeks go past.
I am quite pleased with how my list is being ticked off slowly, and am hoping that by doing it this way we won’t be going out on a mad and stressful shopping trip in the last week of term, ruining the time we have left to do fun things.
How do you shop for going back to school?
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