Back To School Costs 2017

  • One in four parents will have to deny their children some basic school items this year as they continue to struggle to fund the back to school spend.
  • The average return to school spend continues to increase and has now reached €1,209 per child – up from €1,185 last year (2% rise).
  • More than a quarter say the costs will negatively impact household bills.
  • Almost three quarters of parents continue to see the back to school spend as a financial burden, despite a 9% drop in the numbers getting into debt.
  • A substantial two thirds say they will buy foreign goods over Irish produced goods if it means cutting costs.
  • Tesco has overtaken Dunnes Stores as the preferred shop for back to school supplies and uniforms.
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