Back to school time 3


Those words “Back to school” fill me with dread. Whilst I definitely think the holidays need to end, as D desperately misses his strict school’s routine, I hate all the shopping!
It’s not just the shopping though, it’s the washing, ironing, name labels and cupboard clearouts of old stuff.

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So much pressure is put on parents using those three innocent seeming words back to school. Buy buy buy! Well do you know what, I can’t just buy everything the big companies suggest.

This term D is going back in last years shoes, because he says they still fit. I am not buying new lunch bags or boxes, the old ones still work. We are also reusing much of last years uniform. If it still fits its a keeper, the rest went to charity shops. They can’t make a fortune but 50p a shirt would help out another family, and reduces waste. I recycled the excessive packaging some of the new uniform comes with, and shoe boxes will become chew toys for the rabbits – just hide some fruit or veg peelings in there and Bart and Mo will destroy the box for the treats.

Why should we struggle to buy all new? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am doing back to school as cheap or frugal as I can.


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