SEPTEMBER is almost upon us which means you finally get rid of your little angels for another term, but it comes at a price – literally. Take out a second mortgage for this lot.
Winter unform, summer uniform, outdoor shoes, indoor shoes, outdoor PE kit, indoor PE kit, book bags and school bag means you will have to sell a kidney to afford everything.
It’s one of the mysteries of the universe why something so small costs so much money. A tiny pair of black leather uppers aren’t far off the price you would pay for adult sized shoes. This is especially annoying as your kid will grow out of them in six months.
On its own, a single tie certainly isn’t the most expensive item on the back to school list but it’s never a single tie. After you have replaced a lost tie every few weeks for the entire school year you will have probably spent enough to afford your own football club (or three pairs of school shoes).
Forking out for a term’s worth of crap your kids definitely won’t eat may seem like a stupid thing to do but it is better than the alternative – making them a packed lunch every single day.
After school clubs
No sooner have your children walked through the school gates than they are inundated with offers of after school clubs they just can’t miss, mostly because their best mates are doing them. And because you convince yourself this will be the one club they definitely won’t quit after two weeks you fork out for Fantastic Gymnastics or Science Soldiers anyway.