Back to school equipment costs revealedParents expect to spend around £100 on school kit

26 August 2010

Make September stress-free with our back to school guide

Make September stress-free with our back to school guide

Parents are preparing to shell out around £100 or more on back to school goods for their children as the new school term approaches, according to a new study.

The back to school bill totals an average of £96 per primary school child, or £139 for those at secondary school. 

School uniform, sportswear, stationery and books, a school bag, a lunch box, a coat and even a new haircut make up a typical back to school kit.

Take a look at our back to school guide to help you get your children prepared for the new school term.

Back to school costs

Around 48% of the parents surveyed by Liverpool Victoria said they felt under financial strain as a result of buying uniforms and other goods for their children.

That's despite a separate report suggesting school uniform prices are actually cheaper than ever. Our snapshot research into supermarket school uniform costs found staple uniform items from the likes of Asda and Tesco for as little as £2.

More than half of parents surveyed said they would buy from discount shops or supermarkets to keep costs down, while a quarter were considering giving their children second-hand or hand-me-down items.

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