Budgeting for Education Costs

Instead of waiting until August, now is the time to start planning your back to school spending. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme runs from June 1st until September 30th. If you believe you may be eligible, visit your local welfare office or log onto www.welfare.ie

Is the School Books Grant Scheme available in your area? Contact www.citizensinformation.ie or call 0761074000.

Does your school run a book rental scheme? Can your older kids pass their books onto their younger siblings? Do any of your neighbours own the required books?

For uniforms, keep an eye out for special promotions. Find out if your school runs a second hand uniform sale. As with books, uniforms can be passed down from your older children.

Be aware that expenses can crop up throughout the school year. Speak to the principal early to try and find out what you may need to pay for between now and next summer.

Once you’re aware of your expenses, sit down and make a budget.