The fourth series of BBC’s hit series Shop Well For Less? kicks off on Wednesday, July 24th with Steph McGovern and Alex Jones back to sort out the nation’s spending habits.

The first episode introduces viewers to brand loyalists and spend-a-holics John and Caroline Barnett from Evesham. Plus their eight children aged between 20 months to 20 years old!

One of their main issues with spending for the family was in regard to the older children. Particularly when they were sent off to university.

So here is Steph and Alex’s solution to savvy student spending: The Shop Well For Less? university starter pack.

Screenshot: Shop Well For Less S4 E1 – BBC iPlayer

What was the university pack?

As eldest daughter Eleanor headed off to Cardiff University, her parents kitted her out with kitchen utensils and bedding, costing them a fortune.

But Steph and Alex’s university pack they presented in the Shop Well For Less? episode could’ve saved the Barnetts £186.

They are taking this new pack for their next seven children as they head off to university, which could save them over £1000 and was a definite swap for the future!

Inside the kitchen pack

The kitchen pack within the university starter pack was filled with everything you would need for your first kitchen.

It included one full set of cutlery and crockery (dinner plate, side, plate, cereal bowl) with one mug and one glass tumbler. It also included everything you would need for prep, such as a chopping board, vegetable peeler, wooden spoon, potato masher and tin opener.

But the kitchen pack also had two saucepans with lids, a frying pan, oven tray and two kitchen knives. Other practical items for the kitchen to be stocked with included oven gloves, a set of Tupperware and tea towels.

You can see the full list of items included in the kitchen pack below – it’s a real bargain!

Screenshot: Shop Well For Less S4 E1 – BBC iPlayer

What else was in the university pack?

The university pack also sorted out everything you would need for a new bedroom.

The kit includes a duvet and sheets, two pillows, towels and a mattress topper. They also include hangers for all your back-to-school wear.

And while the Barnetts originally spent between £300 – 400 on Eleanor’s university equipment, this university pack cost just £164 including delivery.

The university pack comes from UniKitOut, where you can customise your packs to fit your needs!



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