Welcome to the third post in a little series I’m going to refer to as
All the Mummas Say Hell Yes! The Best Nest Goes Back to School 2016! Whoop whoop! Shopping, lunchboxes, uniforms, shoes, pencil sharpeners, stationery, protractors, hold on, PROTRACTORS!!!!!
I don’t really get on my soapbox too often these days (in the public forum that is lol). But one thing that really pisses me off, and it happens this same time every year to varying degrees or another, is being told where I must shop for the kids Back to School stationery. That’s not how New Zealand works actually, especially if you attend a state run school. We live in a democratic society where the only current business monopoly is held by Sky TV – to whom we don’t subscribe lol, so I certainly don’t appreciate tactics by public schools to make money by hamstringing parents at the exact time of year when money is particularly tight.
The stationery list from E’s new school was full cloak and dagger style, no specifics listed at all, we were simply to buy the required PACK from a specific provider. This school year has so far cost us 1k+ (not including the $329 per term bus fare!) and we haven’t even considered the camps and sports camps that E will be busting his ass to attend. I don’t begrudge this expenditure at all, this is simply part and parcel of having kids these days. What I don’t appreciate is removing any choice I have to save a little bit of money where possible.
Needless to say, I received a copy of the stationery list in full and shopped for it myself!
Did I save money?
My Shopping at Warehouse Stationery plus a specific item that will need to be purchased from the school came in $20 cheaper than the same order from the preferred vendor including shipping! The price differences were staggering; .05 / .51c, 1.09 / 2.60, .19 / 1.12! I realise that I didn’t save myself a mortgage payment or anything but $20 is $20 right?!
The team at Warehouse Stationery have extended opening hours throughout the Back to School season so I popped in this morning (Sunday) at 9am and was done and dusted in 10 minutes. Loved it. As well as the standard stationery supplies you’d expect, they also stock the biggest range of BYOD tech and furniture under one roof – totally a one stop shop to get the kids ready for a new school year.
If you’re still not sure of the savings benefits in doing your own stationery shopping here’s one last tip guarantee that you will save money; The Parents Price Pledge at Warehouse Stationery promises that they will beat the price of any identical item on a quoted stationery list by 20%!
- This post was sponsored by Warehouse Stationery.