Cut the cost of back-to-school buys with our cash-saving tips


LAST year we spent a dizzying £1.7billion on back-to-school buys.

But today I show how you can quickly cut costs with online swaps and other easy-option moves.

How to get school uniform for less with online swaps and easy-option moves

Facebook could save funds: The site has loads of groups for parents, many of whom love flogging outgrown or unloved clothing on Facebook Marketplace.

If you can’t find what you are looking for in the listings, it is worth doing a shoutout on one of the groups.

There is bound to be a mother or father with a child in an older year who will be keen to offload their old uniforms.

Worth a second thought: If you are seriously strapped for cash — or your little ones keep shooting up sizes — ask their school if there is anywhere you can buy second-hand uniform at knockdown prices.

Some schooles even sell off stuff from the lost-property collection. Many items will have plenty of wear left in them. Give them a quick wash and you are good to go.

Sort out the kids uniform just in time for the start of term

Help yourself and others: Many charity shops will have built up a rail of uniform items throughout the year and will now have it out on sale. My local shop has a uniform rail at just 50p an item.

Also, do check out Oxfam’s online store. It currently has Marks & Spencer trousers starting from as little as £2.99

Take it for granted: Applications for the school uniform grant are still open in some places. If your application is successful, you could get up to £150 to help cover the cost of the kids’ uniforms.

Children who are eligible for free school meals will often be eligible for uniform help too but this depends on your local council’s offerings.

Find out if the grant is available in your area and if you are eligible at

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Deal of the day

Grab this barbecue and make the most of the sunshine

GET 20 per cent off barbecues at in time for the Bank Holiday. I like this Charles Bentley gas-burner BBQ for £240, down from £300.

SAVE: £60

Cheap treat

Treat yourself to orange Toblerone which is only £4 at Tesco

TREAT yourself to a zesty, orange- flavoured Toblerone, now on offer for £4 at Tesco, down from £4.50.

SAVE: 50p

Top swap

This oak salad bowl is a whopping £45

THIS large oak salad bowl, above, is £45 at John Lewis. Save on your salad with this similar one, below, just £10 at

SAVE: £35

Why not opt for this cheaper alternative from Dunelm

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Shop & save

This microvwave is just £49.99 at The Range

THE 800w Breville microwave is on sale at Now £49.99, down from £79.99.

SAVE: £30

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