Best back to school buys that won't break the bank

The new school year will soon begin and it’s time to start getting your kids back to school-ready.

Whether you’ve got toddlers, teens or anything in between, a thorough stocktake of their schoolwear, stationery and items such as lunch boxes and water bottles will help you identify the gaps you need to fill.

This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Below are back to school offerings from a variety of brands and retailers, most of which won’t break the bank.


ALDI’s Back to School Special Buys is its biggest back to school range yet. It’s a one-stop-shop for affordable school supplies with stationery from 99c, lunch boxes from $1.99, notebooks from 95c, and school shoes from $14.99. All available in-store now.

Aldi Premium Backpack $19.99.


The Swedish stationery brand’s stylish Back to School and Everyday Essentials collections will get your child excited school. There are diaries, planners, notebooks, journals, desk accessories and more. Plus, many items can be monogrammed for extra fun.

All the precious.


Best&Less has your kids covered for all of their ‘back to’ needs: back to school; back to daycare; back to dance; back to sport and back to leisure. The kid-proof clothes ranges start from $6 for polo shirts and shorts, $8 for bucket hats and leotards, and $10 for netball skirts and leggings. A select range of products is also available in a 2 for $10 offer for a limited time. 

Sky blue kids Teflon protected cotton polo.


Spotlight has teachers as well as students covered with their back to school Get Classroom-Ready ranges. There are glues and stationery, teacher supplies, classroom storage, lunch boxes and drink bottles, arts and crafts, and fabrics and accessories.

Art supplies for teachers and students.

Rebel Sport

For all things sportswear, you obviously can’t go past Rebel. Their back to school School's In offering includes backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, trainers, soccer shoes, socks and swimwear for kids of all ages. Brands available include Nike, Adidas, PUMA, Speedo, Converse and New Balance.

Get your kids sports-ready at Rebel Sport.


The supermarket chain’s wide range of back to school products includes stationery and school supplies such as drink bottles, lunch box staples such as bread and chips, and healthy snacks like fruit, veggies and nori strips. Woolworths’ website also features healthy and fun recipes for meals, lunch boxes and sports snacks.

Nutritious lunch box fillers for kids of all ages.


The stationery mega-store has back to school products for preschoolers through to year 12 students. With everything from pens and pencils to iPhones and laptops, you can get everything your kids need to start the school year off right. Plus, you can help a child in need get back-to-school ready with a donation to The Smith Family when you purchase items.

iPad 6th Gen for $739.

Big W

Big W is so determined to keep your back to school costs down that they're offering a Back to School 10% Price Beat Guarantee. And it does what it says on the label - if you find a lower price on any school supplies, they’ll beat it by 10%. The retailer has everything from school shoes to printers, notebooks to lunch boxes.

Find everything your kids need to start the school year right.

Marmalade Lion

Kids clothing and accessories brand Marmalade Lion is offering a fun back to school summer combo. Choose a hat and a backpack from each range and save $15 when you purchase them together. Backpacks are waterproof, insulated and contain an inbuilt lunch box and water cooler. Hats are UPF50+ and machine washable with extra-wide brims for maximum sun protection.

Save $15 when you buy a backpack and hat together.

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