Back-to-school bills: What school spending does to your wallet

Parents shell out an average £52 a week on items like school trips, lunches and activities (Source: Getty)
As parents breathe a sigh of relief at the approach of back-to-school week, their wallets may be feeling a little less strained than last year.

Spending to kit kids out for the new school year is down, with the average outlay per pupil falling to £236 from £240 in 2014, according to a survey by the credit card unit of Santander UK, the bank that sponsors Transport for London’s bike-hire scheme.

The school uniform accounts for the biggest single item, with an average outlay of £40, up from £39 last year, while spending on smaller items including lunch boxes and sports equipment has fallen, according to the survey of just over 2,000 people.

The total back-to-school bill still comes to an estimated £2.9bn, Santander says.

But that’s a drop in the ocean compared with the weekly cost of keeping your child in school. Parents shell out an average £52 a week on items like school trips, packed lunches and extra-curricular activities, up from £50 last year.

That adds up to £628m per school year, or about £2,028 per child. But don’t worry - we’re sure Santander can ease that burden with its cashback credit card....

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