Back-to-school in 2021 may look different from previous years due to COVID-19 negatively affecting the economy. Many South Africans have had to deal with salary cuts and losing their jobs, which may result in parents being more “cash-strapped” than usual. Below are a few tips of how parents can deal with the cost of sending their children back to school.
Every year parents are provided with a list of stationery and uniform requirements for school, which can be quite expensive. However there is no reason to buy everything at the beginning of the school year.
It would be best to buy what is needed for the beginning of the school year and to buy the rest once they are need, especially the winter school uniform.
Create a budget before going shopping. And allow your child to get in on the experience by allowing them to help you look for the best bargains while shopping. This will help your child see the fun in shopping and they may realise that brands are not that essential.
However it is essential to buy quality items so that you do not end up having to replace them frequently.
Before going to buy these essentials, do your research and find the best prices for your quality items.
It is also wise to buy items, like blazers, from second-hand clothing stores as they will cost less and most of them would be in good condition.
Region meals and snacks in advance to avoid impulse purchases.
When it comes to school fees, they are essential and need to be paid. However if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t pay, contact the school to arrange an alternative fee paying arrangement or to possibly reduce the fees.
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