I’m not excessively thrifty, but I believe that any time you need to spend money you should look for the best deal. This time of year can be expensive for parents. The run up to the start of school usually means replacing all of the clothes your child has outgrown.
For some parents, the expense is higher if it’s the first year for their child to attend. For us, this is the first year my daughter hasn’t completely annihilated her lunch box. At least that is one expense spared!
With money saving in mind, I set out to find the best deals for kitting out my daughter this September. She has outgrown every item of clothing from last year. The only thing I salvaged was that lunch box! Still, I’ll take a victory, however small.
This year, the kind people at Sports Direct sent us some clothes to help keep the costs down. I was given some back-to-school ranges to browse before I made my final decision and I can honestly say I was super impressed with the prices! Do you want to see what we chose?
Back to School Bargains with Sports Direct
My daughter is an incredibly tough mix of girly-girl and tomboy , which can be difficult to cater for. We need ites look feminine but are sturdy enough to withstand her rigorous play. That’s why the clothes from Sports Direct really stood out for us.
There’s been a lot on social media about another popular shoe retailer not catering for adventurous girls, but I admit, I have no fear of that with these beauties.
These gorgeous Kickers girls’ Chelsea boots are so cool. They have a heavy sole that cope with running around a playground, through puddles and across the climbing wall the school has too. The patent coated leather, with brogue detail and leather insert give the ‘latest trend’ requirement a big tick.
Trainers are usually another big expensive. Anyone who has (or has ever been) a child knows the importance of having the right trainers for PE. Emma is a very active girl, so again, we wanted something hard wearing but stylish.
These trainers are fab for my active little squirrel. The sole has great grip, the insole is cushioned and the top has breathable mesh (meaning no smelly shoes, hooray!). The bright colours make they super attractive and really appealed to my daughter the moment she saw them.
The rest of the PE kit is really cool too. She wanted something a little bit more girly for her top half, since tracksuit bottoms are pretty unisex. The flash of pink and the more streamlined shape of the top are exactly what she wanted!
The top is breathable meaning she won’t overheat when she’d giving it her all in PE. The tracksuit bottoms are also adjustable at the waist with a drawstring tie. This is really important to use because Emma is tall for her age but very skinny. We have to size up for length then struggle with the waist being too big. These have been fantastic!
She was also sent this fabulous drinks bottle which will be great for school. It’s got an easy to use sports cap and holds plenty of water to keep her hydrated all day.
A new school bag each September is a rite of passage. I am never able to salvage the previous year’s bag and every year she gets older, she has more things to take to school with her. I expect by year 6 she’ll have a bag bigger than she is!
We chose this bag because, again, it’s girly and pretty but very practical. There’s loads of compartments to help keep some order with all the thing she needs to bring. She’s a member of lunchtime clubs and after school clubs, meaning she has to pack more than just what her lessons require!
It feels really strong and hard wearing. I love that something so practical looks so fabulous!
My last essential is a winter coat. You have to buy one as soon they are in the shops at the end of August otherwise, come October when it starts to get nippy, you have almost zero choice! Emma loves her winter coat of choice.
Doesn’t it look super toasty? I’m a big fan of a fur collar and they’re very ‘on trend’ at the moment. I think she looks gorgeous. I had no idea Sports Direct has such a fantastic selection of items for girls. Not only do they all look super cool, they’re actually practical which is impressive these days.
I love Emma’s new school clothes and I think she’s going to be the envy of her classmates when she returns. I’d like to thank Sports Direct for their generosity and say how happy they have made my little lioness. Parents of any gender need to check out Sports Direct before anywhere else, I challenge them to find anything that competes on price and quality!
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