Lesson for parents on balancing the books

WITH the back to school shopping expeditions well under way, parent Tamara Dunn has started to feel the weight lift from her wallet.

The mother of four was among a number of residents who headed out to the Bundaberg Central Business District yesterday, on the hunt for the best back to school bargains.

She said since starting her back to school shopping this week, the cost had already reached $80.

"I only just bought a few things and I still have to get the uniforms," Ms Dunn said.

"There is a lot to get and they aren't always cheap."

The resident said instead of going in the deep end she was sticking to a budget.

"I won't be spending too much, I will buy everything they need, but I won't go over board," she said.

Grandmother Yvonne Ciocca said she was getting in early to prepare her grandchildren with the essentials.

Ms Ciocca said the annual shopping trip was not her first time and it did not have to be expensive.

"This is the second year I have done the shopping for my grandchildren's school things, and there is always a lot to choose from," Ms Ciocca said.

"The children and I went through their old school books and we compromised."

"If there were only a few pages used we just ripped them out and they were as good as new."

The Bundaberg resident said with the help of shop assistants and a good eye, the shopping trip was a success.

"Usually it takes about an hour, but if I was to go to a lot of different shops instead of just one it would take a lot longer," she said.

Ms Ciocca's granddaughter Christie Ciocca was armed with a basket of stationary in preparation for her Year 11 exams this year.

"I am looking forward to going back to school, so I am getting a few colourful things," the Bundaberg State High School student said.

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