Back to school – how to save on the cost parenting website tots up the REAL cost of returning to school…..

At we speak with Mammies all the time who are stressed and panicked about the school expense, so we have come up with some ways to shop smart and reduce costs

1. Label it, so they don’t lose it! Personalised uniform & schoolbag labels in stick or iron on.
2.    O’Neills Sportswear Earn reward points online to use against discounts on future orders. See:
3.    Apollo Mobile Apollo Mobile in Bettystown has a great selection of nearly new technology for back to school and college
4.    Regatta Half price on kids rain/wind proof coats at Regatta atm
5.    Smiggle Excellent range of school bags, bundles & colouring goodies
6.    Flying Tiger/Dealz Low cost school stationery and essentials
7.    Bestwear In Drogheda, great value on crested uniforms. Cheaper than many of the school recommended suppliers
8.    Competitions Enter at to be in to win prizes and for discounts on items too
9.    BSCFA Apply for the Clothing & Footwear allowance at


This year – despite Covid19 causing financial distress for many parents – some schools have INCREASED fees and added new costs to the start of the school year. Many are still insisting on expensive crested uniforms. Sadly, the Government or Minister for Education are not intervening. Here is a real breakdown of the expenses to start secondary school this year *(note, varies from school to school*)

Ipad €545

School admin fee €100

Maths Pack €30

School Jacket €50

School skirt €30

School crested jumper €40

PE Kit, crested, €110

Schoolbag with specific ipad protection compartment, €50

Art costs €20

Bus €350

Stationery €60

Runners €40

€1,385 for just one child!

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