Back to School
Money Saving Tips
Most of us know that Save child benefit
If you were able to save your monthly child benefit from the time your child is born you
putting our children
will have a nice nest egg built up – very beneficial to have if college fees get reintroduced.
through school and
university can be
Diverting crèche fees
expensive. Here are You could consider diverting crèche fees to an education fund once your child starts
some tips to help you primary school. With crèche fees running as high as €1,000 a month per child this could
save money with back contribute significantly to your child’s education.
to school costs.
Keep an eye out for shops doing promotions. Try to shop around for generic items of
clothing like navy skirts or trousers. If your school requires you to buy an item of clothing
with a school crest, ask them if you can purchase the crest and uniform separately to save
Consider buying second hand books. Before you do, you’ll need to check whether your
school specifies a particular edition of a given textbook. You can buy or sell school books
online through schooldays.ie “second-hand books” section. Some schools operate book-
lending schemes so it’s worth checking if your school is one of them.
If prepared at home packed lunches are not only cheaper than shop-bought lunches, they
are often more nutritious.
Your children may be able to contribute themselves to cost of education by working part-
time or during the summer.