Put school costs in spend­ing plan

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID KNEE­BONE

The kids are back-to-school and along with new friends, teach­ers and ex­pe­ri­ences comes back-toschool bills.

In­clud­ing school costs in your an­nual spend­ing plan will en­sure your child can make the most of avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties while keep­ing your spend­ing on track.

The new school year of­ten brings the cost of kit­ting out your chil­dren with sta­tionery and uni­forms. But it is im­por­tant to take into ac­count ex­penses that may crop up dur­ing the year, like camps, field trips and do­na­tions.

If you are un­sure ex­actly what costs to plan for, call your school and find out.

Con­sider putting a set amount aside each pay day to­wards these costs.

The bud­get cal­cu­la­tor on sorted.org.nz al­lows you to in­clude school-re­lated costs so you can plan and un­der­stand how these costs fit within your fi­nances through­out the year.

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