Are you ready for the New School Year?
I may be annoyingly organised (sorry) however I fear many of you may not be!
Going back to school (or even to school for the first timers among you) can be an exciting, daunting and hectic-super-crazy time (and that’s just for the mums!!!). The good news is you really don’t have to stress too much or spend too much. Although some times however (insert swanky private school here) the latter is inevitable. We are trying to help you take it easy, be a bit more organised and save some cash where you can.
Make a list – check it twice!!
- Does everyone have shoes that fit? uniforms, sports stuff? Depending on your school and their rules you may need to buy new items that fit the school guidelines even though you have a perfectly good item at home that may well do the job (i.e “must have mainly white sports shoes” – so yes – those neon orange ones are a no no!);
- Your local variety or discount store are great resources for plain coloured items like shirts and shorts/skirts etc. A rule I live by is to purchase as much standard stuff as you can like this and only pay exorbitant school prices for items that include an emblem;
- Learn to love your second hand uniform shop. You have NO IDEA how expensive school stuff can be until you need to purchase the whole damn lot brand new. Find out if your school has a second hand uniform shop and pay them a visit. Some items may be obviously well worn, others will be just like new and on sale for a fraction of the cost. Don’t tell the kids – they will never know. If you need any alterations and cannot sew yourself – enlist the help of someone who can for a nice trade off or take it to an alterations shop. Even considering the price of the alterations, it can still mean a perfectly good uniform for much less than brand new;
- Purchase several hats. On second thoughts – maybe 10…. I presently have about 5. We loose hats in this place like we change underwear;
- Spend Good Money on Pencils and Textas. Trust me on this. I have a grade 3!!
- Is the Schoolbag clean? Is it the right size? Can your child recognise it easily? Hippo Blue have a great range of bags in different sizes which are customisable (totally groovy) and if you buy a school-branded bag – spend a little time and money into identifiable tags for your child so they can spot their own bag amongst the crowd quickly and easily. Think Letter Swing Chains from Smiggle, or cute luggage tags, or any weird and wonderful keyring your child chooses from your nearest discount store to make them feel a little special;
- Do we have a good lunchbox/cooler bag/mini ice packs and drink bottles? Our good friends at SMASH have a fabulous range and can be found easily at many supermarkets and variety stores. The Ezi-Lunch Boxes are favourites of ours and you can find those at Little Bento World;
- Is your fridge and freezer packed with yummy stuff? Check Out The Lunchbox Ideas Tab here at Honey, You Baked! for a gazillion great ideas!
- Are you packing enough lunch? Or are you packing too much? The biggest tip I have here is that if you have a Kindergarten/Prep Child….pack half as much food as you think they will need for an average day. Yes, I mean it. New school kids are far too busy playing and learning school routines to be bothered about eating. Most are never prepared to scoff down food in the short time school gives them – they would much rather be with their new friends or on the monkey bars! Fatigue plays a big part too. Miss N’s lunches came home mainly uneaten or the good part of a year. She quoted the fact she was just too tired to eat for months. If you see things are being eaten – add more. It’s better than a lunchbox gone to waste!!
Hooray for back to school!!!