Its that time of the year again,Summer is flying by and a new school term is right around the corner.
Here’s a breakdown of what I have done to try slightly save a bit of money this year, it can be so expensive getting the kids back to school.
I got EllaMays books from schoolbooks.ie with the code wallstickersforkids giving you 17% off. Deliver to your door for €3.95 too. Very efficient.
This year I have decided to buy EllaMays uniform from a high street store instead of the reccomended uniform shops.
I bought her pinafore, cardigan, polo shirts & socks from Marks & Spencer. In my opinion their clothes are defo the best wearing for little ones. EllaMay destroys her uniform every year, buttons missing, holes, hem falling down. So im intrigued to see how this one is this year instead of the generic one. Also with M&S online you get €10 off your first order.
I get her shirts from Dunnes Stores. They have a velcro closing at the top button so no choking haha. I think most kids really dislike the top button being closed. I found these are alot more comfortable for them to wear. EllaMay has a very sensitive throat and cannot wear anything even remotely tight near her neck or she chokes and these work perfect for us.
The tracksuit will be bought from the uniform shop as it has a crest on it.
We havnt actually bought this years school shoes yet but EllaMay has her eye on these Lelli Kelly ones from Littlewoods.
Last year she had these Dr. Marten ones and they were so gorgeous. Really durable aswell. Her ones are still immaculate.
She doesnt wear shoes alot in school as they do a good bit of activites so she wears trainers 3/5 times a week.
For trainers, we got two pairs because she FLIES through them.
First up we got these Adidas Superstars reduced down to €35 in Jd sports in Liffey Valley, the minute she seen them she wanted them.
The second pair are these simple white Nike Air Force Ones, they were €50 and she will get tons of wear out of these both inside and outside of school. She has gone up a shoe size so I need to start getting around to buying her new shoes so this was a great excuse.
I did spot a great deal in Skechers. They have buy one pair get 30% off and they sell both trainers and school shoes ranging from €30-€55
The beloved Smiggle bag is no more. When we were in Liffey Valley the other day she set her eyes on this Harry Potter school bag in Claires Accessories and that was it.
Its also 30% off online so works out much cheaper.
This years must haves are Silly Scents. They are made by Crayola and they are markers that smell of various foods. Gross, but the kids love them. We got ours in Smyths and they were €17.99 for the set.
You can get them here.
Pencils, rubbers etc. were all purchased in Easons and we got her a Harry Potter pencil case from Penneys for €5.
I ordered these labels for EllaMays belongings for school too. Theyre super handy and prevent anything from getting lost.
EllaMay of course wears our bows to school every year. Hers are always the last ones I make as Im so busy in the run up to school with orders I nearly always forget hers lol.
That’s it. Hope this helps a little bit to anyone struggling.