Back to school expenses cost parents nearly £300

Equifax survey reveals the cost of keeping kids equipped for the start of term

The cost of new uniforms, sports gear, equipment and school trips mounted up for parents sending their kids back to school this September. According to the latest survey* from credit information expert, Equifax, parents pay on average £296.82 to kit their child out for the new academic year at school. Planning ahead and budgeting for the start of school is the best way to reduce the financial strain, urges Equifax.

Equifax asked parents of children between the age of 8 and 16 years old how much money they spent on school uniform, sports equipment, school bags, stationery, books, including technology, such as tablets and phones.

The new research found that parents of junior school children spend more to kit them out for the new term than those of secondary school children, before taking into account money spent on technology. Junior school children cost on average £160.25 compared to £154.72 for secondary school children. Parents spend slightly more on uniforms for girls (£178.05) aged 8-11, than they do on boys (£145.49) of the same age, but this evens out as they get older. London parents spend the most on school uniform £175.11 compared to Wales spending the least £118.15

When it comes to technology, such as tablets and laptops, parents spend on average an additional £142.14 on top of other back to school costs. In London, parents also spend the most on gadgets, £178 compared to just £123.44 in the Midlands. Once again, girls aged 8-11 years old have the most spent on them at £180, compared to just £115 for boys of the same age or £142.13 for teenagers.

“It’s clear from our survey that sending the kids back to school can be an expensive endeavour,” explains Lisa Hardstaff, Equifax credit information expert. “On top of school uniforms, parents are also investing in technology, such as tablets, which can be a strain on household finances.

“It’s always a good idea to set aside savings over the year to take the sting out of the back to school expenses. Parents should also factor in additional costs, such as school trips and make it part of their budgeting plan to ensure their kids get the most out of their year ahead.”

*1,588 respondents (including: 585 parents of children aged 8-11, 697 parents of children aged 12-16 and 585 children aged 8-11)

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