The ‘Back to School’ rush is the ultimate nightmare for parents across the country. From pencil cases to a completely new school uniform, it can definitely add up very quickly - especially if you’re not keeping an eye on your purse.

Fortunately, the money saving experts at PIWoP - founders of revolutionary a price drop alert tool, have put together this guide of money saving advice for buying back to school supplies.

1. Start At Home

Before you head out to the shops, try looking around the home - especially in your child’s wardrobe and drawers. Pull out all of the school clothing they already have and get them to try it on. You may find that there are a few stainless shirts and trousers that aren’t too short yet in there, so these won’t need repurchasing. However, their school shoes may be completely worn out and you need to buy them again.

As you clear out their wardrobe, make a clothing list of what you need, including the sizes, so you know what to buy when you shop. There is nothing worse than picking up a skirt or trousers and then you find out it’s the wrong size the morning of your kid’s first day back!

2. Clothes Swap

In an effort to save your money, why not organise a clothes swap with a group of your friends? Our money-saving experts recommend organising a meetup with parents from the school and ask each person to bring school uniform that no longer fits their children.

You will inevitably find what doesn’t fit your friend’s child now going into year 5 will fit yours in year 3. Swapping clothes not only helps you get rid of the clothing that doesn’t fit your kids but you can go home with a school uniform that does.

3. Look Out for The Sales

When it comes to buying brand new school uniforms, children’s shoes can be a huge expense. We recommend looking for discounted shoes in the sales. As we’re heading into the autumn season, there will be plenty of sales in shoe stores like Clarks and Schuh. You can also find discount shoes online where you can sign up to mailing lists to receive offers and codes for extra money off.

For more money saving tips and advice, take a look at our blogs. Or if you haven’t already, try our price drop alert tool. You will be able to enter the price you are willing to pay for an item into our tool and find the lowest price on all the back to school supplies you need as our price tracker app notifies you as soon as that item reaches your desired price points or below!