Mum happy to pay extra with loyalty schemes

By Lynley Bilby

Claire Huddart, with her daughter Zoe Harris, does not have the time to track down school stationery bargains. Photo / Chris Loufte
Claire Huddart, with her daughter Zoe Harris, does not have the time to track down school stationery bargains. Photo / Chris Loufte

North shore mum Claire Huddart is sold on school stationery loyalty schemes.

For the past three years the busy mother-of-four has bought all her children's stationery at stores which have reward schemes with her children's state schools.

This year is no different as she spent about $500 on books at three stockists for two primary-school children, one intermediate and one high-school child.

"Wherever the schools recommend, it's easiest for me," she said.

"I don't have the time to go around The Warehouse picking up everything, going through the list, losing track halfway through then starting again.

"And the school gets some points."

In previous years she had used the direct-delivery service offered by Takapuna Paper Plus to send her eldest son's stationery directly to Belmont Intermediate.

She said she did not bother chasing the lowest prices as all the stationery stores were offering similar deals at the start of the school year.

She said she did not know how much each school was rewarded through the loyalty programmes, but she was happy that at least part of her spending went back to her children's schools.

- Herald on Sunday

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