#3. Get Your School Books Covered
Mum Jill says “if there is one piece of advice I would give on buying school books, it would be to get them covered”. This is especially relevant is you have several children in school who will need the same books.
“I have been that parent battling with sticky back plastic at 1am the night before school starts and it is no fun!”
Many school book suppliers offer covering as part of their service. And often, in June or early July, they have discounts on covering.
#4. Check with Retailers for Book Lists
Mum Emily recommends “checking online and in-store retailers to see if they have your book list”. It saves you trying to find it in the bottom of your child’s school bag and also means you will get exactly the books you need.
The other benefit of using the stores book list facility is that you can easily check availability and be notified when your school books are in stock.
Email your school booklist to [email protected] and The Book Haven will upload your booklist and advise you of the Quick code and this will retrieve the full list.
#5. Leave it to the Experts!
Mum Fionnuala says “shop online and leave it to the experts! There is nothing more frustrating than setting aside time to buy your school books only to find some are out of stock and you have to go back several times. Or that you have inadvertently picked up the wrong edition of the school book you need and have to return to the store to exchange it”.
By shopping online for your school books you can avoid multiple trips to the book store. Their experts will select the correct editions of your school books and you can collect the order when all the books are in stock.
Online ordering has the added benefit of enabling you to order school stationery, school bags and other back to school essentials from the comfort of your home.
“If they have a delivery service, go for it” is Fionnuala’s final piece of advice!