Back-to-school Costs 2012
1 August 2012
The National Consumer Agency has published research about back-to-school costs in Ireland.
The survey, carried out by Amárach Research, found that parents estimate back-to-school costs of €487 for each child attending primary school and €620 for a secondary school child.
The research also found that this year, 78% of parents are more concerned about back-to-school costs than last year.
The research was conducted by means of face-to-face interviews with 1,002 people aged 15-74 in June 2012.
Of 1,002 participants in the survey, 251 had children who will attend primary or secondary school during 2012/2013 school year.
School costs breakdown
|Primary school costs||Average spend per child|
|School uniform (including shoes)||€190.60|
|School books and stationery||€154.00|
|School accessories (lunch boxes/school bags etc)||€70.70|
|Secondary school costs||Average spend per child|
|School uniform (including shoes)||€206.90|
|School books and stationery||€250.50|
|School accessories (lunch boxes/school bags etc)||€76.59|
Breakdown: how will back-to-school costs be met?
|How will back-to-school costs be met?||% of survey participants with school-going children|
|Will use regular income||59%|
|Will put money aside||27%|
|Apply for back-to-school allowance||20 %|
|Dip into existing savings||15%|
|Use credit card/overdraft||5%|
|Will borrow from friends/family||4%|
|Take out a personal loan||2%|
|Borrow from a money lender||1%|
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