How to save money on your back to school shopping

Back to school bargains

September is rapidly approaching which means the kids are heading back to school soon and it’s time to start the big back to school shop. Kitting the kids out for a new school year can be costly, but thankfully we’ve got some unmissable deals and cashback offers that are going to ease the cost of your shopping spree.

Back to school money saving tips

Whether you’re sending your (not so) little ones off to high school this year, your eldest is getting ready to fly the nest and head to university, or you’ve got wee ones who are going to be learning how to read and write, preparing for back to school can be expensive and stressful. Get sorted early this year and bag some of the best bargains that we’ve found on back to school supplies. And, you can earn cashback on everything when you shop through Quidco, so if you aren’t already a member – sign up now!

The best school uniform offers

The biggest expense parents face when shopping for back to school supplies is usually uniform and footwear. Somehow the little ones seem to have grown several inches over summer, leaving their trousers hanging around their shins and shoes that they can no longer squeeze their feet into. Thankfully there are plenty of purse-friendly options out there for you so you can get your kids kitted out in time for the new school year.

We’ve hunted down some of the best school uniform offers and deals we can find that are all available with cashback when you shop through Quidco.


If you’re all about making life that little bit easier (I mean, who isn’t?!) then Matalan is one to watch, as they’ve designed their uniform to make life easier for parents and kids.

Stock up on gorgeous gingham school dresses for less when you shop at Matalan, that are perfect for summer days at school. You can pick one up from £6 and they come with a matching scrunchie that will really finish off the look!

Gingham scrunchie

A two pack of embroidered school polo shirts start from a very purse-friendly £3 so you can stock up for less. The scallop edge collar looks lovely, and they are a comfortable fit with an easy three-button fastening.

Over in the boys’ department, you’ll find more incredible savings on school uniform. Two packs of polo shirts start from just £3 and come in blue, white, yellow and red so you can find the colours that match their school.

Blue polo shirt
Red polo shirts

Another deal we spotted are their pull on school trousers (we weren’t joking when we said Matalan will make your life easier) starting from only £5, which are perfect for little fingers that can’t handle buttons and zips just yet.

Quidco members can earn cashback on their school uniform purchases with Matalan.


George’s school shop is packed with affordable school wear that comes with a 100 day satisfaction guarantee so you can shop safe in the knowledge that George’s school uniform will stand the test of time. Their jumpers and sweatshirts have been made to last longer and George’s polo shirts have been designed to stay whiter and brighter for longer.

Some of the best bargains we found at George include boys’ two pack short sleeve school shirts starting from £3 and long sleeve shirts from £3.50. Their bumper five pack of long sleeve school shirts for just £8.50 gives you real value for money and means you’ll have a clean shirt every day of the week! And adjustable waist school trousers are perfect for growing lads and they’re a bargain at just £3.50 too.

White school shirt

There are similar offers in the girls department, with two pack scallop polo shirts available for just £2.50 and bumper packs of five starting at £6.

Pick up super affordable school skirts and trousers at George, with prices starting from just £3. George’s black pleated school skirt, priced at £3.50, has been designed with permanent pleats and has a Teflon® finish to keep stains at bay. And girls’ black bow detail school trousers are priced between £3 and £5, giving you real value for money.

Girls' white polo shirt
Girls' black bow detail school trousers

Sign up to become a Quidco member today and earn cashback on your school uniform purchases from George.

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer can help you tick off everything that’s on your back to school list this year and Quidco members can earn 1% cashback on school uniform purchases.

Some of the top deals we’ve spotted in the girl’s department are Marks and Spencer’s packs of Non-Iron blouses priced between £8 and £14. They’ve been designed using Marks and Spencer’s Stain Resistant and Non-Iron technology to help them stay looking smart all day long. And with a high-quality cotton blend, they’re comfortable and cool no matter what the season is.

You can pick up school skirts at Marks and Spencer for as little as £9 – their skirt with permanent pleats and an adjustable waist is perfect for any playground adventure. If trousers are on your to buy list this year Marks and Spencer’s come out on top thanks to the Stain and Crease Resistance technology that they’re made with. Their slim leg school trousers start from just £10, and come in black and grey colours.

White school blouse
Pleated school skirt

Bargains can be found in the boys’ section too. Snap up a two pack of polo shirts from £8 that are part of the Non-Iron range and are made with a cotton mix so they’re really comfortable to wear.

We all know how mucky boys can be so you’ll be pleased to know that their trousers have been developed with Stain Resistant technology, helping to keep those grass and ink stains at bay. They’re also really good value, starting from £9 for a pair of trousers and are available in black, grey, navy and charcoal.

White school shirts
Boys black school trousers

To round off your shopping, take a look at Marks and Spencer’s cotton jumpers made with their StayNEW™ technology that helps reduce that annoying bobbling and will stay vibrant week after week. Jumpers come in a range colours so you can find your school’s colours and they start from just £8.

Unmissable stationery deals

Set your kids up for a new year at school with a new set of stationery. Quidco members can save even more with cashback offers on a range of top brands. We’ve picked out some of the best stationery offers out there, and you can earn cashback on every single item.


You’ll find all of your essential back to school supplies from Wilko and since their range of stationery starts from as little as £1, you’ll be able to stock up without breaking the bank. Throw in some Quidco cashback and you’ve got even more reason to shop.

Wilko has fantastic offers on packs of pens and pencils so your kids can be prepared for returning to school. From Bic ballpoint pens starting from £1.50 to packs of Staedtler pencils starting from £2, you can make sure they’ll never be short of a pen for class. Shop for highlighters too, which can help them remember the important bits of work when revision and exam time rolls around, with a four pack of Stabilo highlighters priced at £1.75.

Help them stay organised and keep their pens and pencils in one place with a pencil case. Wilko’s pencil cases start from £2.00 and you can pick up a clear pencil case that’s perfect for taking into the exam hall, from as little as £0.50.

Quidco members can earn cashback on school stationery purchases


If your kids are facing exams this school year then you’ll know how costly it can be to buy revision books and exercise books on top of everything else. Thankfully, WHSmith cashback is available to Quidco members, so you can ease the cost of new school year supplies.

WHSmith stocks books suitable from ages 1 all the way up to 18 years old, so whether they’re learning how to write or preparing for their AS Level exams, you can pick up essentials books to help them along. They stock everything covering core study subjects and more, so take a look at their site to see what you can find.

Once they’re in high school, a scientific calculator will be required to help them along with subjects such as trigonometry. WHSmith is on hand with a range of scientific calculators from top brand such as CASIO and Aurora, starting from £9.99.

Quidco members can earn up to cashback shopping at WHSmith.

Top tech deals

Get them prepped for university with a laptop and take advantage of Quidco’s cashback offers on top retailers such as Currys PC World, and Dell.

Currys PC World

A laptop is necessary for modern students nowadays – course work will be online, they will need to take it to the library to write essays and revise. Laptops can be expensive but we’ve found some of the best laptops out there that won’t break the bank.

You can pick up a DELL Inspiron 15 5000 15.6” Intel® Core™ i5 Laptop for just £599.00 at Currys PC World, saving £150.99. A HP Pavillion 14-bk052sa 14” Laptop in silver can be snapped up for £429.00 right now on Currys PC World, saving you £70.99.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic offers from Currys PC World. Sign up to Quidco today and you’ll earn cashback when you shop for these items through the cashback links on Currys PC World. has more great deals on laptops that are perfect for students. A HP 15-da0038na 15.6” Laptop in silver is available for £499. The 13-hour battery life will last through even the most hard-core library sessions and the 1TB hard drive will ensure that you’ll never run out of space to save all of your work. And save a whopping £100 on a Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15.6” Laptop in grey which you can pick up for only £279 at

Shop for laptops at Lenovo and earn cashback when you shop through Quidco.

More cashback offers on back to school supplies

Looking for more bargains? Check out our back to school hub to view more cashback offers and discounts on everything from school uniform, school shoes, bags and more.

Even though we do our best to keep the information on this page up-to-date, it may be out of date from time to time.

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