Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Soaring Cost of Kitting a out Your Kids for Class; Sending Your Child Back to School for the Upcoming New Term Could Cost More Than You Expect, but Vicky Shaw Says Some Simple Sums Will Help Save You Money

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Soaring Cost of Kitting a out Your Kids for Class; Sending Your Child Back to School for the Upcoming New Term Could Cost More Than You Expect, but Vicky Shaw Says Some Simple Sums Will Help Save You Money

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Byline: Vicky Shaw

JUST when you''ve finished paying for all the kids' ' summer holiday trips and treats comes a new financial headache - the cost of sending them back to school.

At a time when we''re all still feeling the pinch of high inflation, a new report from John Lewis has found that the cost of today''s school uniform, schoolbag and its contents have doubled in real terms since the 1980s. The study into the most popular items that children carry around said that parents will be looking at forking out the grand sum of PS550.80 to send their child back to school. This includes around PS100 on a school uniform, PS7.60 on lunch, drinks and snacks, PS19.70 on a new schoolbag and PS46.10 on text books and stationary.

...the days when a The big increase comes from the fact that the days when a shatter-proof ruler was the snazziest kit in a pupil's schoolbag are long gone.

in a pupil's schoolbag are long gone Almost half (45 per cent) of children were found to take a smartphone with them to school, and over one third (35 per cent) said they carried headphones. The 2013 school bag results show that almost one fifth (18 per cent) of secondary school age children are taking an MP3 player with them to school, one in 20 (5 per cent) are opting for a tablet or laptop and one in 50 (2 per cent) are carrying an eReader.

One glimmer of hope for hard-pressed parents is that the real costs of good old-fashioned staples like lunchboxes and uniforms, were found to have edged down in recent decades.

So how can you get the best value when sending your child back to school? Paying online for school trips and meals might be something to consider. Many schools now allow parents to pay in this way, meaning parents no longer have to send their children to school with cash in hand.

Some parents put off shopping for a school uniform until the last minute to avoid the problem of summer holiday growth spurts, but buying early will give you more time to shop around for the best deal - and you can always take the advice from a store''s schoolwear department on going up a size. …

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