Tips on How to Spend Less on School Stuff

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Here’s how to cut down on costs without depriving your child of a good education.

Sending a child to school can be a costly proposition. After paying for your preschooler’s tuition fee, you still have to get him uniforms, books, and school supplies; not to mention pay for transportation, baon, and a myriad of other things that pop up throughout the year. While these expenses are unavoidable, there are ways to cut costs without depriving your child. Here are smart tips from parents and school officials.

Transportation:  All other things equal, can your child enroll in the neighbourhood preschool instead of one that’s two villages away? A school that’s farther away means longer travel time and earlier preparation time.

Organize a carpool – With other parents, take turns bringing and picking up the kids from school.  If you don’t know anyone in your area, ask the school if they can hook you up. We introduce parents from the same area, and try to see if they can come up with a carpooling arrangement.

Look into a school bus service – It costs just a little bit more than riding a tricycle. Scout around; prices vary based on quality of vehicle, number of children , and distance.

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Uniforms: Buy uniforms a size or two larger. That way, he can still wear it for the next school year. Some schools have generic uniforms with school patches sewn on them. If you can afford buy five sets of uniforms to minimize wear and tear.  Teach kids to care for their uniforms; they can be passed on to younger siblings.

Go for Quality – Buy high-quality shoes and bags, as they last longer. But if your child is still growing rapidly, you may be better off buying cheaper shoes.

Going Civilian – On non-uniform days, let them wear clothes they can play and run around in.

School Supplies:  Teach them to respect their books. Tell your kids not to tear, write, or color on them. Unless, they are activity books. You can also photocopy worksheets to prolong the life of the workbook. Let your kids use scratch paper for practice writing and drawing. Teach them to use both sides of the paper. Go to secondhand bookstores. They have lots of children’s books at reasonable prices.

Food: This is the best option. It’s not just cheaper, you’re also assured that your child is eating something good and healthy. Buy snacks at the grocery in bulk. Prepare the same baon for everyone. This way, you don’t waste time and energy preparing different meals.

After school activities: Provide home activities your kids can work on after school, such as worksheets, books and art projects.

Vance Madrid

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