You’ve got the new shirt, blazer and shoes but have you remembered all the essential back to school supplies for your child?
From lunch boxes to water bottles and stationery, here we look at where to pick up some of the best value essentials in time for the new school year.
Essential school supplies and where to find them
The costs of sending your child back to school after the summer holidays soon add up, especially if you have more than one.
Luckily, there’s plenty of bargains to be had on back to school supplies, with many supermarkets and high street stores offering good value for money for parents on a budget.
With these new essentials, your child will be fully prepared for a new school year.
# 1 Stationery school supplies
For many children, a fresh set of stationery is one of the joys of a new school year.
Many supermarkets and stationery stores like Paperchase are offering deals across new stationery including pens, pencils, binders and notebooks.
Paperchase stationery deals
Paperchase is offering three for two across it’s back to school range, which includes fun stationery, calculators and geometry sets, perfect for style-loving older kids.
Mainly offering branded stationery, pick up a pack of ten black Bic ballpoints for £3.50 and a set of six STABILO flash highlighters for £6.50.
Tesco stationery deals
Tesco is offering some great discounts across its range of stationery online and in-store.
Grab a pack of 10 Tesco retractable ball pens with grip, perfect for scribbling lots of notes, down from £1.50 to £1.25.
Ideal for popping in a pencil case, the Staedtler Noris Stationery Set contains three pencils, two pens, a highlighter, sharpener and eraser, down to £2.50 from £5.00.
A Tesco A4 refill pad with 300 pages is also great value at £1.50 down from £2.00.
#2 lunch box essentials
Another back to school essential, a new lunch box is always useful and there’s plenty of deals to be had right now for kids of all ages.
Good value lunchbox deals at Asda
Asda is offering some great deals on lunch boxes, with quality brand names like Siestema down from £2.50 to £2.00.
For younger children, it’s also offering a great range of designs guaranteed to bring some fun to lunchtime, such as a unicorn, Batman or dinosaur theme lunch bag at £6.00 each.
Lunchbox discounts at Argos
Argos are offering clearance prices across a lot of lunch boxes, including the Trunki Bernard Bee Lunch Bag for £10.04 down from £12.99.
The My Little Lunch Koala Lunchpack and Bottle, with 20% off at £15.99 is also down from £19.99.
#3 Water bottles for back to school
Fill your kid’s water bottle up with water or milk in the morning and they can stay quenched by refilling it at school throughout the day.
Money saving and practical, it pays to choose wisely when investing in a water bottle for the new school year.
Good value water bottles at Amazon
Camelbak bottles are known as being one of the best as they’re BPA free and well designed to prevent leakages in school bags.
Pick up the Camelback Chute water bottle from Amazon, for £12.60 down from £16.99.
If you fancy something a little cheaper but still highly rated then the HoneyHolly Sports Water Bottle, also on Amazon, benefits from good reviews and is priced from £7.99 for the smallest size.
#4 School bag bargains
A new school bag is one of the most important back to school purchases as far as image-conscious kids are concerned.
From branded bags perfect for older kids to cheaper bargains that will keep younger children happy, there’s plenty of choices available at various prices.
Stylish school bags from Next
With fun designs such as silver and floral, there are also branded Nike and Starwars bags – something to suit everyone.
School bag deals at Asda
Asda meanwhile, has a huge range of school bags with prices from as little as £8.00 for school bags and just £4.00 for handy swim bags, also perfect for PE kit.