Beat the back-to-school blues with Postie

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Just when you’re over the Christmas mayhem and finally enjoying the summer holidays, it’s time to get the kids organised to go back to school!

Postie asked Kiwi parents how they felt about getting the kids ready to go back to school and the results* made them wonder … how can they make life just a little bit easier for parents?

  • 50% felt worried, exhausted or overwhelmed at the thought of getting the kids organised to go back to school
  • 78% felt unsure, worried or confused about the money they needed to save for school uniforms
  • Stress over adding new school uniforms into the household budget was a reality for 70% of parents
  • 64% said they had made sacrifices to be able to afford school uniform items

So, Postie have partnered up with two family experts to share tips and tricks to make the new school year one to remember – for all the right reasons! Read on for their handy tips below.

(*independent survey conducted by Big Picture Marketing Strategy and Research in November 2019 with 1377 Postie customers.)

Postie’s School+ range

When it comes to making sure you get the best value and quality for school uniform essentials, look no further than School+ from Postie. From $3 cotton polos in an array of school-approved colours, to $7 skorts, shorts and shirts, each piece is covered by Postie’s 100 Day Quality Guarantee.

Postie’s School+ range makes back-to-school easy for parents, easing the stress of the new school year with affordable uniform pieces for your little ones. Shop online now at or at any of the 65 Postie stores nationwide.

Click the green tabs to shop these affordable school uniform essentials from Postie’s School+ range. ⬇️

  • Polo Shirt: Classic school polo shirt, made from 100% cotton.
  • Short Sleeve Shirt: Short sleeve button-up school shirt.
  • Walk Short: Knee length walk shorts with elasticated waist and side pockets.
  • Skort: Classic school skort with perfect pleats at front and zip pockets.

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. Please click the “view online” button on your preferred item to see any updated price details.

Lunchbox tips and tricks from VJ Cooks

Kiwi mum, Vanya, from VJ Cooks shared these handy tips to make preparing those school lunches easier.

  • Make a large batch of muffin mix and split it into three, add different fillings for each quantity like blueberries or chocolate chips. Bake then freeze as needed.
  • Buy a large tub of yoghurt and serve it in mini containers with a few frozen berries.
  • Leftover wraps make great bases for mini bacon and egg pies or chicken and corn quiches, simply bake in muffin trays. Freeze extras for later.
  • Make fruit, veggies and cheese fun – use mini cookie cutters to cut them into shapes.
  • Freeze yoghurt pouches overnight and pop in the lunch box for a cool treat.

Visit VJ Cooks for more inspiration and follow her on Instagram @vj_cooks.

5 top back to school money tips

Hannah McQueen, enableMe founder and financial personal trainer, offers tips to help keep you on top of back to school expenses.

1. Marie Kondo before back to school: Start the year by collecting up anything unwanted/unused and on-selling it. You’d be surprised what there’s a market for on Trade Me! With a bit of effort, you can make some extra cash that can help offset those big expenses.

2. Spread the cost of digital: While paying off something that loses value quickly wouldn’t normally be my advice, for some, the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) means lease-to-buy schemes are the best of a lot of bad options. Make sure you find out whether there are any special deals available through your child’s school.

3. Avoid, avoid, avoid: Avoid using high-interest debt wherever possible – because it will only cost you more later. Interest rates reach the 100s at payday lenders and finance companies, leaving you in a worse position.

4. Use it as a lesson: If the kids want flasher gear than is strictly necessary, take the opportunity to teach them about the value of a dollar by getting them to work for it by mowing the neighbours’ lawns or walking their dog. You’ll quickly find out how much they really ‘neeeeed’ that particular item!

5. Plan, plan, plan: This might be one for next year: planning what you need to spend and how much you’ve actually got to spend gives you an opportunity to spend purposefully and gives you time to work out how to bridge any gap.

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  1. SarahBlair 08/03/2020 at 5:04 pm

    Affording everything is huge, and things keep getting piled on, now we need a device for my 8 year old?!?! I try to spead the expence through the year but things usually come up so it is difficult! I like the lunch ideas and I am really happy that Postie has those statistics to share with us, at least I know that I am not the only one stressing and struggling!

  2. Alezandra 07/03/2020 at 11:32 pm

    Reading that 70% do worry about the cost of uniforms. This is us at the moment. We have started thinking that we will do a uniform fund, and set aside for uniforms. Have to be realistic as kids grow up fast so the following year, most likely another size is required. Postie is definitely our go to for essentials and it doesn’t break the bank.

  3. Mands1980 02/03/2020 at 8:35 pm

    These are some great tips from postie. There school items are a great price range for school clothing. The school food ideas are great too it’s always a struggle to think of new things to put in there lunchboxes.

  4. MuddledUpMolly 26/02/2020 at 10:14 pm

    There are some fabulous tips here, I for one am super organised so it is easy to spread the cost of things across the year when you know what to anticipate next. I love the postie range, they are cost effective and great for clothing all three of our children for their basics.

  5. Shorrty4life1 25/02/2020 at 11:41 am

    I Love love love postie+ such an amazing shop full of everything with really reasonable prices. I got my daughter’s skort from there for only $7 so so cheap. Love the idea for lunches on this article too of freezing yoghurt pouches. As sometimes by the time they get to eat it it’s warm and tastes absolutely horrible. Least then on a hot day it’ll be cool and refreshing and taste the way its meant too lol not warm

  6. Bevik1971 21/02/2020 at 9:55 am

    At the moment it’s not too stressful getting our 7 year old back to school. She doesn’t have a uniform yet so don’t need to worry about that cost (I buy a lot of my daughter’s clothing second hand also which is a saving). Shoes is the bigger cost for us as she needs decent school shoes – sneakers and leather shoes for winter, so we buy her Dr Martens, well worth paying extra for as they are waterproof and last the distance! 🙂

    • Jen_Wiig 27/02/2020 at 2:02 pm

      Some wonderful ideas and tips here. I wish all schools would allow the ability to purchase uniforms from places like postie and warehouse but for a vast majority it’s not an option :-/ I’d have to agree bigtime with on selling last year’s items to help fund this years school things I manged to get 3 school shirts for $50 in pretty much new cond where as 1 for $50 at the school… They’re slightly big on my boy but that’s a good thing as will get this year and next out of them before he grows and they’d still be able to be used on my 2nd boy as long as he doesn’t grow too much as he’s already bigger than older one.

    • Micht 28/02/2020 at 12:20 am

      Great tips…love postie for all my essentials as well as their prices in general for most things…they make clothing and accessories accessible to all.. the ideas for lunches are pretty handy cos i quickly run out of inspiration early in the year…and the earning their own money is amazing… gives a sense of independence and teaches responsibility.

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