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As the summer holidays draw to a close, it's time to gear up for a new school year—new friends, new teachers, and often lots of shiny, new 'stuff'. Even though school means needed supplies, there are ways to avoid the excess and make things a little easier on your post-holiday budget.

Don't forget you may be eligible for the help with education-related costs of primary and secondary school studies such as school fees, uniforms, books and sport, music or other lessons. Check with your state or territory education department.