Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Back to school with Tesco

It's back to school time and things are changing around here. Tall Daughter starts Year 9 tomorrow and The Teenager starts sixth form college on Friday. I know I'm being sentimental, but seeing them both looking so grown up (and both as tall as me) I can't help remembering their first days at school and marvelling at how fast time flies. It really, really does.

Anyway, enough of me reminiscing, it's a busy time for parents everywhere what with the school uniform shopping, getting bags ready, making sure name labels are secured, and that very special torture reserved for this time of year: school shoe shopping. Arrghhh!  Is it just me, or is that usually one of the most stressful experiences for parents?

So, we've been very happy to have taken part in the Tesco Back to School campaign for the last few years, which takes away the problem of finding good quality uniform at affordable prices.

For the last few years Tesco has sent us a parcel of school uniform for the girls, but this year they've done things differently. Instead of our usual parcel they've sent us vouchers to use online, which has been very handy as both girls have been able to choose exactly what they want.

Tall Daughter has shot up in height since the end of last term, so she needed pretty much everything - shirts, skirts and socks. This year she has also graduated from wearing the school blazer to a school cardigan although I had to buy this directly from the school. She chose:

Pack of two non-iron short-sleeved shirts = £8.00
Permanent pleat school skirt x 2 = £12.00
Pack of knee length socks = £4.00

These prices are for the size 14-15 age range, so smaller sizes are lower prices.

The Teenager doesn't have to wear school uniform at college, so she chose some basics from the Florence & Fred women's range.

She chose a swallow print t-shirt for £5.00, a lovely green pintuck blouse for £14.00 and two basic crew neck t-shirts at £2.00 each. They're all excellent quality so she'll get plenty of wear out of these pieces.

Tesco also sent me a voucher to buy a 'School Run outfit' for myself. I usually drop the girls off at school on the way to work, so I chose a casual outfit for chilly autumn days.

I love this fringed poncho (£16.00) - great for when there's a nip in the air but you don't want to wear a bulky coat - and this abstract striped top for £14.00. The straight leg trousers are £14.00. All very easy to wear pieces that will be part of my autumn wardrobe.

Thanks once again to Tesco, we're very happy with our outfits!

We were sent vouchers for review purposes, but all word and opinions are my own. We're big fans of Tesco, so it wasn't difficult to say nice things :)