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NOW CLOSED MORE PRIZES ADDED! Take part in a survey about back to school costs and win 1 of 4 House of Fraser vouchers

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NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Aug-11 10:30:15

We've just quadrupled your chances of winning a House of Fraser voucher - now 3 x £50 and 1 x £250 voucher up for grabs if you take part in the survey below...

eBay has asked us to find out what Mumsnetters think about the back to school period in terms of the cost of buying everything your child needs for the new term.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. It is open to all UK Mumsnetters with at least one child of school age. Everyone who takes part and enters their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw to win one of four vouchers for House of Fraser (one for £250 and 3 for £50 up for grabs - all can be spent in store or online).

If you have more than one child at school, please just choose one and answer about them.

Please click here to take part in the survey.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

lubeybooby Thu 25-Aug-11 10:43:04

Done smile

CoffeeIsMyFriend Thu 25-Aug-11 11:44:32

completed survey. Wonder if ebay is going to start spamming me with more emails now. wink

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Aug-11 11:49:19

Coffee - we keep your details confidential, only the email address of the prize winner is passed on to eBay, and this is only so they can send out the voucher, it won't be used for marketing purposes. Any emails you get from eBay won't be anything to do with this survey, promise!

faverolles Thu 25-Aug-11 11:51:43

Done. (wonder if my answer on how I dress might make them take pity on me and choose me to have the vouchers <<hopeful>>)

I think they'll bin my entry on the grounds of 'Lost Cause'.

ElectricSoftParade Thu 25-Aug-11 12:16:05


killercat Thu 25-Aug-11 12:59:01

Done - and as I keep saving up for clothes for me and then spending it on the children's uniform, school shoes and other essentials, I hope I win!

Tech (MNHQ) Thu 25-Aug-11 12:59:56

Test sadwinkangryenvy

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LawrieMarlow Thu 25-Aug-11 13:14:50

What are you testing Tech?

Greensleeves Thu 25-Aug-11 13:18:01


ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Thu 25-Aug-11 13:25:07

She is testing how to choose me grin

lovelybertha Thu 25-Aug-11 13:39:00


midnightexpress Thu 25-Aug-11 13:47:26


poppyknot Thu 25-Aug-11 14:19:04


We've already gone back!

MrsKitty Thu 25-Aug-11 14:54:04


And now that I've added up how much all the school uniform cost I'm feeling like a need a sit down and a brew. shock.

Sofabitch Thu 25-Aug-11 16:01:56

Done. But wow what a shock it was how much I've had to pay out !

Hulababy Thu 25-Aug-11 17:17:20


GreatGooglyMoogly Thu 25-Aug-11 18:32:54

Done, but have typed an amount in wrong. School dinners are in fact £81.90 per term - if you wouldn't mind changing it please MN blush.

Doobydoo Thu 25-Aug-11 18:36:08


Lilyloo Thu 25-Aug-11 18:49:38


magicmummy1 Thu 25-Aug-11 19:07:23

Done! smile

AtYourCervix Thu 25-Aug-11 20:16:51

question 4 has confused me - what does it mean?

CointreauVersial Fri 26-Aug-11 00:50:05

Odd survey, questions were a bit random.


NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 26-Aug-11 09:24:32

atyourcervix - it means things you hadn't accounted for/anticipated having to pay for at the start of term

greatgooglymoogly - thanks, will change that for you

AtYourCervix Fri 26-Aug-11 11:55:17

am I extra organised (HA!) to have accounted for everything then? Haven't had any unexpected bills but have paid out ££££££££££££££££ in expected ones.

SilveryMoon Fri 26-Aug-11 12:11:23


elphabadefiesgravity Fri 26-Aug-11 13:14:02

What a strange survey

cat64 Fri 26-Aug-11 13:42:29

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WhoWhoWhoWho Fri 26-Aug-11 15:30:36


I have noticed this summer holiday loads of back to school advertising link to netbooks/ laptops. shock Laptops? Really? hmm

I'm very no nonsense about it, DS gets basic school uniform gear

His bag and lunchbox gets replaced when it fall apart, not when it's September term. He gets a plain black pair of shoes which are not clarks prices, and a new winter coat which is not expensive. I see a lot of parents getting really carried away buying allsorts that isn't really needed.

ilovesprouts Fri 26-Aug-11 17:46:58

i buy my sons school trousers from asda . jumpers & polo sirts from school and pe kit too they have schools name on bit costly for 4 years old but hey .dont need to buy pens etc yet .and shoes he gets piedros so just get nice coat socks & underpants

aseriouslyblondemoment Fri 26-Aug-11 18:06:53


neverontime Fri 26-Aug-11 18:26:19


Done- my kids don't really grow so are quite cheap in terms of school uniform!
DS has got 3 years out of his shirts and DD 2 years out of skirts.

cat64 Fri 26-Aug-11 19:23:54

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toomuchmonthatendofthemoney Fri 26-Aug-11 19:29:34

done. ds has just started school and its scary how much it cost to kit him out, even tho all done in supermarkets!

Done, and I agree- very random questions!

fruitshootsandheaves Fri 26-Aug-11 23:05:46

Re: dropping off at school gates I looked for the option of
'I go in my pyjama's, nightie and slippers as I am a slattern and don't care I don't need to get out of the car' but it wasn't there so i had to go for the casual answer! grin

Mermaidspam Sat 27-Aug-11 00:04:42


Tortoise Sat 27-Aug-11 08:05:58

DS2 starts secondary school in September so has cost more than normal.

gorionine Sat 27-Aug-11 09:21:25

Done, Question 4 very diffucult to answer as unclear if school trips or meals a counted or just the back to scholl stuff is.

Meglet Sat 27-Aug-11 12:18:21


SDTGisAnEvilGenius Sat 27-Aug-11 23:17:40

Ooops - I have done the survey, but put my nickname down as SDTGIsAnEvilGenius, instead of SDTGisAnEvilGenius (I capitalised Is, and shouldn't have).

If this is a problem, please will you change it for me, MNHQ? Pretty please.

FlyMeToTheMooncup Sun 28-Aug-11 06:50:25

Done smile

Whox4 - I was a bit hmm about all the laptop ads too. Having said that we just bought 2nd hand laptops for my twin DSDs, but that'll be their main Xmas gift. They've no idea yet, they'll be over the moon smile they're going into yr9 and start some GCSEs this year, and they currently share 1 PC with their 19yo brother and their mum, so getting coursework done would be a nightmare!

incidentally the laptops were off ebay <hint hint, choose meeee grin>

moonbells Sun 28-Aug-11 07:49:01

I am unsure as to if I can do it - DS is starting a nursery school which requires uniform - which is a hefty price! But not technically school... can I do the survey?

gillybean2 Sun 28-Aug-11 10:47:50

Done - very weird survey, but being a short survey is always a bonus!

JulesJules Sun 28-Aug-11 12:42:35

Agree, odd survey (suddenly leaps to school run dresses grin).

DD1 is about to start middle school, and I have spent a fortune on stuff for her. She needed a new uniform obviously - the games tops and jumpers were only available from the school, even with the rest coming from Asda/ M&S 20% off offer it adds up. Then there's a bag for school and a games kit bag etc.

One of the irritating things was the uniform list from school had a lot of stuff on like football boots and socks, tracksuit etc which I dutifully bought, then on the open evening the HT looked v vague about it and said Oh they won't need to have all those things. SO DON'T PUT THEM ON THE LIST THEN. Grrrrrrr

The thing which worries me most is the cost of trips - I don't want her to miss out, but some of the trips will be unaffordable.

And laptop HAHAHAHAH

gillybean2 Sun 28-Aug-11 17:03:13

JulesJules- Trips generally ask for a voluntary donation towards the cost, but also say if not enough people donate they may have to cancel. Even if you can't afford the whole amount for all/some trips speak to the school and see if you can make a smaller donation or if they can help you find funding for it.

Ds has only been on a couple of trips which involved £5 for the coach, and a theatre thing which came to school, which needed £6 i think. So it may not be as bad as you think!
Oh he also had to pay a donation for other stuff at various points last year - ingredients for a couple of subjects (£6 & £4), french workbooks (£3) and DT materials (£10 and £6). It all adds up though.

And of course there's the 'friends of ....' who want a direct debit donation preferably, and sponsor day, red nose day etc....

JulesJules Sun 28-Aug-11 18:47:50

Oh I know - so far (at First School) the trips have only been in the £5 - £10 range, with some cheaper than that, and they do always say that the cost is voluntary. But the main trips at Middle School are residential, running into the £100s.

Yes, I'd forgotten the £5 per half term "craft and baking" money, the charity donations, the wear your own clothes for a day donations etc etc.

3littlefrogs Mon 29-Aug-11 07:55:57

WhoWhoWhoWho -just wait until you find that once at secondary school ALL homework has to be done on a computer, using all the most up-to date software packages (every available variety), has to be printed on good quality paper, in colour. And stored on memory sticks. The facilities provided at school will be totally inadequate and your child will only be able to use them if they get to school at the crack of dawn, or stay late. They will have to fight with the older and bigger children to get access to the school computers, and by the end of the first term in year seven both you and your child will have had endless hysterics over the homework, and you will have shelled out for all of the above technology.

As you can probably tell, I am somewhat irritated by this. It is a nightmare. And don't even get me started on the "voluntary" contributions for educational visits.

(It is a somewhat peculiar and not very well designed survey).

Xenia Mon 29-Aug-11 08:20:49

Nothing compares to5 lots of school fees c £50k school fees of course. The cost of rulers etc and school uniform which is private schoos parents tend to buy second hand at special school sales is neither here nor there.

What mothers wear at the school gate? eek suggests women collect children and men work which is sexist. Plenty of us choose to work and with huge enthusiasm avoid the boring daily school collection.

3littlefrogs Mon 29-Aug-11 08:41:13

Xenia - it is lovely for you that you are rich enough to pay lots of private school fees. I think most people who make that choice accept the costs involved.

I do think that the costs incurred in sending a child to a state secondary school are a big shock to most people.

I have worked both full and part time for 35 years, am highly qualified but work in the NHS, on a reasonable, but not excessive, salary, so could not consider paying lots of school fees. (Just wanted to get that in before you tell me that I should study and work so that I can afford private education etc. smile).

I have older children -one finished university, one half way through. This is also eye-wateringly expensive.

CointreauVersial Mon 29-Aug-11 10:30:30

Yes, that school gate question was particularly odd. I always look smart at the school gate, but that's because I come straight from work.

gillybean2 Mon 29-Aug-11 11:11:11

3littlefrogs- I have not had that experience re homework at secondary.

Yes ds sometimes goes and does his online maths homework (which he gets a couple of times a term and takes 10 mins) at a lunchtime computer club. He's never had a problem getting on a computer. It involves connecting to an online site so as long as he can get online he can do it.

He did print out his end of year geography project, but it wasn't on expensive paper and many of his class didn't print theirs. I have no working printer at home so I had to go elsewhere to get it printed out.

He also once did his History homework (a newspaper article) on the computer as I said it would be easier re putting a picture on and columns etc. As I couldn't print it at home he emailed it to his teacher to show he had completed it and then I printed it out a couple of days later when I could get to a printer. His teacher was fine with that. It wasn't required to do it on the computer either but many of the dc did choose that option.

The only time when we've actually needed a computer of any description was when school was shut due to snow. The school posted work to be done at home on their website. One of his friends didn't have a computer so his mum would phone and ask me what it had been posted today. Again it didn't involve the most up to date software, simpy being able to get online to the school website.

MollieO Mon 29-Aug-11 11:19:36

Obviously the most important thing to me is ensuring that my dc have enough stationery hmm! Very odd survey.

BoiledEggandToastSoldiers Mon 29-Aug-11 21:23:39



NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Aug-11 09:52:20

SDTGisAnEvilGenius - no it's fine don't worry!

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Aug-11 09:52:49

moonbells - yes that's fine - please go ahead!

ouryve Tue 30-Aug-11 12:18:19

Definitely an odd survey.

And my kids' uniform is pretty basic and probably costs less than their everyday clothes, to be honest.

As for style at the school gates? I should have selected "other" - I'm clean and nothing's hanging out that shouldn't be!

elphabadefiesgravity Tue 30-Aug-11 12:51:15

The school gate style thing doesn't take account of where you are going afterwards. I selected I am mostly smart as most days I am on my way to work, but on non work days I wear whatever is vaugely clean.

Done. smile

jgbmum Thu 01-Sep-11 14:04:34


Fo0ffyShmoofer Fri 02-Sep-11 08:52:58


Done smile

falasportugues Fri 02-Sep-11 20:57:27

this survey is closed, mumsnet, please take it off your mumsnet latest feed!

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Sep-11 17:32:08

Thank you to everyone who took part in this survey - the winners are:

Jobhuntersrus - £250 House of Fraser voucher
TheDailyWail - £50 House of Fraser voucher
belgianbun - £50 House of Fraser voucher
frogs - £50 House of Fraser voucher

Congratulations! I'll email you to get your addresses so eBay can send you the vouchers.

corblimeymadam Sun 02-Oct-11 19:16:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Oct-11 18:36:23

belgianbun....Helen is on hols at the mo - I will chase it up with her on Monday.

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