#SoCS August 3/19 – Astronomical

Linda’s #SoCS prompt this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “astronomical.” Use it any way you like. Have fun!

Well this totally suits my mood right now, as I have just been preparing Lil Princess for her start to secondary school.

Uniform buying is not cheap!

She doesn’t need to buy specific trousers/skirts etc, but the blouses have to be specific, from one shop in our area (Red and white stripes. Not attractive, but not as bad as my burgundy and pink ensemble from my school days!) We visited the shop today, having already ordered the basic stuff from a cheaper source. £23 pounds for two shirts.

£23!!!!

And I need to get another set yet too as two shirts won’t be enough.

Blazer bought too.

So far I think we have spent around £180 on her uniform, a bit of his and stationery.

Then it is shoe and school bag shopping time… Oh Jeez, let the fun begin!

It inspired an acrostic poem!

Astronomical
Secondary school uniform prices
Truly test a parents wallet
Ridiculous price tags
On everything from shoes to shirts
Nothing less than a tenner
Only the tie
Most has to be bought from specific shops
Impossible to save
Can't cheat and go to Asda
And she's only going to grow
Lordy! Let the spending begin!

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Aug 04, 2019 @ 16:46:17

    I never had worn a school uniform. ;-( But i think its a great way showing the pupils they are one community. You met the prompt fantastic, but 23 Pounds are really expensive for two blouses. This is the UK, the financial metropole of Europe. 😉 Michael

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  2. syl65
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 22:22:16

    Wallets get a lot of exercise when back to school shopping Sister 😀

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  3. J-Dub
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 16:44:09

    Your post brings back memories. Our school set up a resale shop. I remember begging to buy new instead. My skirts were usually homemade. Good thing my mom could sew. Five shirts but I only had two skirts that I rotated through. We changed out for gym so the skirts really were gently worn. And the rule was to change from uniform the minute we got home. The big spend was the new pair of shoes each August with prayers I’d not outgrow them before end of the school year.

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  4. Erika Kind
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 16:34:43

    I am glad, over here we don’t need school uniforms. I can imagine it can become expensive.

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  5. John W. Howell
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 14:51:22

    I want to come back as a uniform retailer. Sounds like a soft gig.

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  6. John Holton
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 14:43:36

    My Mom was great at saving money on school uniforms. She never shopped where they told us to shop and still managed to get the stuff we needed. My brothers got lots of hand-me-downs from me…

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  7. Jennie
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 13:57:41

    Oh, no! $$$. And yes, she’s only going to grow. I loved how you wrote this, Ritu. 🙂

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  8. Dan Antion
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 12:32:00

    I remember going uniform shopping when our daughter was in elementary school. I’m sorry for you.

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  9. The Febrile Imaginings Of A Cluttered Mind
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 10:44:46

    I’d forget the tie (if I could). G:)

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  10. The Febrile Imaginings Of A Cluttered Mind
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 10:37:31

    One line missing?
    H!

    G:)

    Apart from that a fun read and an Acrstic! G:)

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  11. Carol Anne
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 10:08:11

    Wow! Putting kids through school Is not cheap is it? 🙂

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  12. robbiesinspiration
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 06:53:45

    School uniforms are a fortune here too, Ritu. We also have to go to a special shop for them.

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  13. willowdot21
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 06:02:31

    I agree totally with children wearing uniforms but the prices of official uniforms is scandalous. 💜💜

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