Oh back to school, Oh back to school.
Who else is sending their child into kindergarten this year?
I feel as though because Ayden is going into year 6 I’m way more emotional about that. Knowing this is his last year of primary school means he’s growing up. Time really goes way too quick!
Speaking of time going quickly I thought I’d do a few tips on things that I found helpful when Ayden started kindergarten that I’ll be using for Ivie who starts this year (again insert sad faces as I realise they just won’t stop growing!) you may find some of these helpful too.
ALDI knows how expensive back to school time can be. That’s why I’m giving you the heads up on their back to school Special Buys that are available from 10th January 2018, until sold out. We all know that schooling can break the bank– uniforms, shoes, bags, pencil cases you name it, they most likely need it and it comes with a hefty price tag. I’ve been given the awesome chance to pick out a few of my favourite things from the ALDI’s back to school Special Buys.
Firstly school bags.
Ivie will be using her school bag this year that I brought from the school. Only because the school likes them to have those bags for the first couple of years. Ayden however refuses to use one. Pre-teens boys I tell you! So I brought him a bag last year that cost me quite a bit, as you do. I received this bag which looks exactly the same as the one I brought him with a quarter of the price tag ($14.99).
When buying your child a bag make sure they can carry it and it’s easy for them to access parts they need. Especially for kinder kids, fancy zips and buckles can make it hard for them to get into their bags. Also buy a small zip bag that you could put spare underwear in and socks, because let’s face it they get way to excited in kinder and leave it until the last minute.
There are so many around, it can be overwhelming!
My tips on buying a lunch box are:
- Easy to open and close.
- Ice pack to keep things cool in summer. You can buy ice bricks from ALDI by Smash ($1.99).
- Insulated lunch box. These help keep the food cool as well. If you buy one of these instead of a lunch box itself buy smaller containers to put food in.
- Less packages equals less litter. I have found that if I put things in containers they’re usually healthier food options and they don’t require packages and fiddley things to open.
- Easy to open drink bottle for water. If you find out its going to be a hot day the following day freeze half a bottle of water and top it up in the morning. This way it’ll stay cooler for longer!
- Make sure everything you pack can be opened by your child. This is important as I remember Ayden came home with food in his lunch box when he was in kindergarten because he couldn’t open it and didn’t want to ask for help. Things like unscrewing yoghurt lids in the morning.
Comfort and practical. ALDI has you covered with leather school shoes for only $14.99. Last year a few people on my social media accounts brought their children school shoes from ALDI and all I heard was raves.
When buying your children their shoes have a read of a couple of tips that may help you.
- Make sure they’re comfortable for them. When you get them home let them wear them around the house just so they can get use to the feeling.
- Can your child tie their laces? Great if they can – get lace ups. If not, maybe look for something they can do themselves, or by all means start teaching them. Nothing worse than running around with their friends and their laces come undone and they can’t do them up so they run around and trip. Luckily ALDI has you covered with lace up, Mary Jane and Velcro styles available.
Okay, just a couple more.
- Don’t put their name on the front of their bag. This allows strangers to call them by their name which will give them the sense they know this person. Label inside the bag with iron on labels and allow your children to pick one or two keyrings to attach to their bag so it can be easily identified.
- Label everything! The strangest things can go missing. Using iron on labels can make it easier for its return. ALDI has write and iron on labels that are long lasting and easy to apply!
- Homemade snacks are the best and they don’t have to be time consuming to make or difficult. Depending on the school policy nuts can be banned from schools. If not homemade nut bars could be made using ALDI’s delicious honey! If nuts are an issue you could make.
- Date balls.
- Homemade hummus – it’s actually pretty easy!
- Vegetable sticks.
- Fruit cups.
- Cheese and biscuits.
- Muesli clusters from ALDI with yoghurt.
There are so many great buys and I hope these tips helped you a little. Make sure you head down to your local ALDI on January 10th and see what back to school Special Buys you could buy to help save you some money. For a sneak peak of the special buys click here.
** Stock images supplied from ALDI Australia.
** This is a paid partnership with ALDI Australia.