Parents Look Online For Back to School Bargains

The summer is coming to an end, the new school year beckons, and the cost of school uniform and equipment is starting to add up. Whilst many parents are frantically shopping around for the better deals, many people are turning to online deals sites such as VoucherSeeker ( for voucher codes for money off items.

Online PR News – 25-August-2009 – – The high street battle has begun, with Asda offering school wear from £2, a Tesco uniform costing £3.75, Sainsburys charging £5 to £5.50, and Marks and Spencer pricing their three piece uniform at £6.50. So why are parents turning to discount vouchers sites such as VoucherSeeker for help in getting the essentials?

Ensuring your child is ready for school can be expensive. Despite the current supermarket price war with school uniforms, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has found that schools tend to insist on more expensive items of clothing available from exclusive stockists, rather than enabling parents to buy competitively priced generic items from the high street.

It’s not just the pricing of uniforms that add up quickly. Pencil cases, lunch boxes and school bags all add to the expense. The CAB also found that families face many additional costs including specialist equipment and school trips. 65% of families on the lowest incomes are struggling to meet school costs.
According to a study by Save the Children and Family Action, 56% of Scottish households with an income of under £15,000 will not be able to buy everything their children need for school and 24% expect to go into debt to pay for items.

The problems regarding expenses are then passed onto schools. As parents struggle to pay for the cost of uniforms and equipment, they neglect, or simply cannot afford to pay for breakfast and after school clubs, not to mention school trips and treats. This then affects the school, as trips and treats have to be cancelled in order to meet the deficit, whilst others are proposing more extreme measures including resorting to legal action to recover the costs.

Discount code sites such as VoucherSeeker can help parents get the best deals for school equipment and items needed, saving users money. Categories on VoucherSeeker are specifically designed to help with searches, as users can find vouchers and promotional codes for high street shops including WHSmith for stationary, as well as Borders and Waterstones for books.

“Parents are having to really shop around for the essentials.” States Ed Hall, VoucherSeeker Director. “The recession, along with uniform and equipment costs push parents to search online, the more savvy are turning to VoucherSeeker for discount vouchers.”

Educational costs do not ease once students leave for university. If anything, these costs increase further. A graduate starting university this September will owe £23,000 by the time they graduate, a recent survey by Push Student Debt found. The study looked at 2,024 students and found debts averaged more than £5,000 a year and noted that this figure was rising.

However, research by the National Union of Students has suggested that some degrees have higher hidden costs such as equipment and books. For example, an English literature student may study a book a week for the term. The student would have to buy the books needed in order to study them successfully and refer to them later in the year. This is not to mention laptops in order to complete assignments. As students look to parents for their financial support, searching online for discounts can again help bring the cost of university down.

“VoucherSeeker can really help parents keep their budgets under control.” States Ed. “Users can find Currys discount codes for money off bigger electronic items such as laptops, whilst Vodafone promotional codes can ensure students spend less on mobile phone bills and costs. Students moving away for the first time would benefit from Littlewoods discount codes ( which will get them their bedding, cutlery, pots and pans for less.”

Ensuring your child is ready for September is a stressful and expensive time. Parents can save money simply by searching online for items and getting discounts from discount code sites like VoucherSeeker (

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