How to avoid overspending on back to school buys

The summer holidays are nearly over, the ‘Back to School’ season is fast approaching and soon, children will be back in school. 

These days, the list of things kids need for the forthcoming school year is getting increasingly longer and it can be easy to spend more than you need to on back to school buys.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to provide some helpful family money saving tips, to help you save on costs this school season!

Whether you want to keep within the family budget or cut back on overspending, this guide will help you cut back on your end-of-summer expenditure.


If you’ve got children in same school but in different years, it’s always a good idea to save the uniform that the older kids have grown out of, ready for the younger ones.

School uniforms rarely change significantly and items such as personalised blazers with the school logo can sometimes set you back £100+ if bought from new, so it’s well worth keeping them around for a few years to see if they’re a good fit.

Buy and sell used school textbooks

School textbooks are some of the biggest expenses parents may have to fork out for during the back to school period.  

Fortunately, there are now many different websites, such as We Buy Books, that allow you to buy and sell your used textbooks. This can help you earn a bit of extra cash to put towards new back to school buys and help you stay within the family budget.

Identify what you already have

The end of summer is the perfect time to declutter and see what school supplies you already have around the house.

School supplies such as pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers and notepads, are just a few of the things that you may already have in your home, saving you running out to the shops at the last minute to buy new supplies.

Go through your chest of drawers, cupboards or even garage to see what you can find, that could help your children prepare for the forthcoming school year.

Use vouchers and coupons

These days there are a multitude of discount code sites set up to save you money when shopping with your favourite retailers, and the back to school season is one of the best times to take advantage of these offers.

The internet is a great place to look for current offers, however keep an eye out when reading magazines, newspapers and even old receipts, as they can provide opportunities to save money on shopping.

Icount’s “i-draft” – an alternative to a bank overdraft

If you’re finding it difficult to stretch the family budget this season, with the icount card you can utilise the i-draft facility to give you a safety net that can help you take back control of your monthly finances.

Take a look at some of the many advantages of the icount card here!

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