Back to School 2015 Made Affordable and Perhaps FREE

by Claire Minnaar


With the laid-back festive season something of the past, the scramble to get ready for the 2015 school year can feel daunting. But, not only has the country’s largest supermarket group, Shoprite Checkers, committed itself to being the ultimate destination when it comes to Back to School preparation, Shoprite also offers a chance for hundreds of learners to win their school fees with “Class of 2015”.

Shoprite believes that education is the foundation for further development and entrepreneurship; which allows our youth to unlock their immense potential. In line with this vision, Shoprite sponsors school fees for hundreds of learners across South Africa with their annual “Class of 2015” competition. All entrants have to do is write a short essay or draw a picture of what they want to be when they grow up and they stand a chance to win their school fees for a year. Each Shoprite store in the country will choose a winner.

As part of its commitment to passing the lowest prices and best value directly to consumers, Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets provide a large range of back to school items at competitive prices. Except for the teacher’s list, some of the top stationery items that parents should look out for are A4 College exercise books and hardcover counter books, Pritt, Staedtler HB pencils and retractable wax crayons, Jiffy heavy duty plastic rolls, A4 exam pads and 1plus A4 photocopy paper.

An extensive range of school shoes and school bags are also available from all Shoprite and Checkers stores and provide a wide range of great value school bags and shoes to customers, with the best value pair of shoes being sold at under R60. This year Shoprite and Checkers also have a wide range of character branded school and pencil bags that include Barbie, Avengers, Spiderman and Hello Kitty. Although school uniforms don’t form part of the group’s standard merchandise it is available at selected stores.

Shoprite and Checkers stores have also ordered up on bread, spreads, healthy snacks and lunchbox fillers with promotional prices across the range to help with January savings. The bakeries will be very busy in the days before schools open and will step up on the baking schedules to help assist so that every child has a packed lunchbox for that special first day of school.

For 2015 Shoprite and Checkers have gone the extra mile to ensure parents can afford all the items needed to enhance their children’s education and make Back to School a simple exercise with all the essentials under one roof. Entry forms and further details regarding “Class of 2015” are available in Shoprite stores, for the Back to School catalogue at Shoprite visit and for Checkers


Giveaway Time!

Stand in line to win an AWESOME SCHOOL BAG FILLED WITH BACK TO SCHOOL GOODIES plus a WEEKEND BAG (Photo above is the hamper I received) below. Thanks to this, I don’t have to spend any money for my back to school needs! Follow the easy instructions below to get your entry to win a hamper JUST like mine!

Step 1:

Make sure to like Checkers Facebook page (do not click the Like button if the button is light blue as you are already a fan):

Step 2:

Make sure to like Momtrepreneur Facebook page (do not click the Like button if the button is light blue as you are already a fan):

Step 3:

Follow steps below so I have your details and entries in!

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Tertia Burns January 12, 2015 - 10:01 am

What an amazing prize!!

Talitha January 12, 2015 - 10:02 am

I would like to win this and give this prize to a less fortunate child.

Claire Minnaar January 12, 2015 - 10:04 am

LOVE that, Talitha! x

ansie botes January 12, 2015 - 10:03 am

love to shop @CHECKERS always good prices and quality done all the steps for competition

anna thesen January 12, 2015 - 10:04 am


dina dos santos January 12, 2015 - 10:04 am

Awesome starter for my Daughter first day at new school – Brilliant idea from Checkers, saving us time and money

Anita Steenkamp January 12, 2015 - 10:05 am

Good value, best prices, largest selection of back 2 school goodies, chance to win school fees for a year (Awesome) and promotional prices on snacks and lunchbox fillers!

Christelle January 12, 2015 - 10:06 am

Great prize to start off the new year.

Megs Hartwig January 12, 2015 - 10:15 am

I just love that Checkers has the lowest prices and widest range of stationery to suit our pockets and needs! I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs). Fingers crossed!

Tracy Thompson January 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

Convenient shopping hours in the bigger malls
One stop shop for everything stationery
Best value on similar goods at other retailers
Everything on the school’s stationery list is literally in one aisle at Checkers
I can stop by the cheese and wine section afterwards because after book wrapping and stationery labelling one needs wine…and cheese

Aletta Walsh January 12, 2015 - 10:26 am

That is one amazing hamper 🙂

Linda Laing January 12, 2015 - 10:27 am

I still need pens, pencils, glue, colouring pencils and a bag!!

Shantal January 12, 2015 - 10:30 am

I would love to win this for my boy !!

Carryn January 12, 2015 - 10:31 am

#Back2School is better at @CheckersSA because they have a great range of school necessities, affordable, durable stationery, value for money and there’s always a Checkers just up the street so it’s so convenient to go there! I still need to buy a durable pencil case and stationery for my child 🙂

Annelize Jansen van Rensburg January 12, 2015 - 10:33 am

#Back2School is better at @CheckersSA because they have great quality, they have a wide variety, they are super cheap, they always have stock and they are always close by to make it easy to do my shopping!

Yvette Hamilton January 12, 2015 - 10:59 am

#Back2School is better @Checkers = convenience under one roof…no simpler way of saying it 😀

Sumi January 12, 2015 - 11:18 am

Best prices, wide range, quality products, all under one roof and best of all is that I get to treat myself afterwards in the chocolate aisle 🙂

Denise van der Merwe January 12, 2015 - 11:19 am

Wow! Its 2015! Happy New Year 🙂
#Back2School is better at @CheckersSA because:
They are affordable (let’s face it, it is January ;))
Their #Back2School goodies are durable and usually found all in one aisle (#lessStress)
They have a wide range of school necessities
They are accessible (there is usually a Checkers close by) &
They have a variety of healthy school lunch items.

amanda mortimer January 12, 2015 - 11:25 am

#Back2School @Checkers is a must as:
1. They house the widest range of school necessities, from stationery requirements to school shoes
2. They have a wide selection of character lunch boxes
3. They have a great variety of lunch box snack items
4. They offer their stock at reasonable and greatly affordable rates
5. They have a promotion to win school fees.
I still need to buy an art apron and glitter.

Lee-Anne Bello January 12, 2015 - 11:26 am

#Back2School is better @ Checkers, as its conveniently all under one roof and they have a great selection at great prices!!

Lisa Randall January 12, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Got all my stuff at Checkers in one easy shopping trip!

Rushdiyah January 12, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Perfect starter pack for the new year!

Priscilla January 12, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Checkers has s variety of back to school items
They are literally just up my street
Convenient trading hours
Checkers have quality
Competitive prices

Bongiwe January 12, 2015 - 12:59 pm

What a great giveaway, would love to win it for my daughter.

Roxanne Chutthergoon January 12, 2015 - 1:00 pm

#Back2School is better at Checkers because:

There is a large variety of stationery to choose from, i.e. all essentials available
They are priced perfectly, with low prices
The stationery offering is of the best quality ensuring value for money
The customer service is impeccable offering friendly and helpful service
They always have sufficient stock / inventory levels so that all their customers can enjoy their savings

Bernadine January 12, 2015 - 1:22 pm

#Back2School is beter @Checkers because they have a variety of stationery, competitive prices, affordable, convenient under one roof. Beter and beter!

Susann January 12, 2015 - 1:40 pm

I would love to win this for my youngest niece who will be starting grade 1 this year.

Susann January 12, 2015 - 1:44 pm

At Checkers you are never disappointed in price, selection or quality. You can find a Checkers in almost every mall. Checkers staff are so helpful and even their online customer service is great! My niece still needs to buy a pencil case, books and wrapping paper.

Megan Kelly Botha January 12, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Checkers is my go-to for savings! I love that I can get everything under one roof from school diaries, to cheese and snacks for lunch, to dinner and let’s not forget that bottle of wine for mom and dad! Besides having an awesome range of products, they suit every budget too! Plus, Checkers are situated in convenient places and their operating hours go from bright and early to right past dinner time, being sure to help mom out whenever she forgot those last minute items (like the box of tissues) Lastly, all their staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful! My sister is still in need of Pritt, books and several other items, EC schools only start next week! 🙂

Lizette January 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm

#Back2School is beter @Checkers because they have a variety of stationery, competitive prices, affordable, convenient under one roof. Beter and beter!

Salochana Naidoo January 12, 2015 - 4:39 pm

#Back2School is better at @CheckersSA, as they carry an extensive range, their prices are competitive, they’re both professional and friendly, their quality is great, and their service is excellent! Still need to purchase a school diary and book covers! 😀

Suri Grobler January 12, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Awesome gift

olivia williams January 12, 2015 - 6:37 pm

#amazeballs prize holding thumbs

Avril du Preez January 12, 2015 - 7:15 pm

My princess is a collector of stationery. She simply adores it and goes through so much of it with arts and crafts and drawing. Winning this prize will really make her day.

Yolande Murphy January 12, 2015 - 7:46 pm

1. Wide variety
2. Excellent prices
3. Convenience – there’s always a Checkers close by
4. Good quality products
5. After stocking up on back to school goodies, you can get everything else you need as well 🙂

I still need glue, pencils, flip files and lots more 🙂

rehana seedat January 12, 2015 - 7:57 pm

#Back2School @Checkers is a must because of:

Shameez Liederman January 12, 2015 - 8:21 pm

This would be a great help towards the stationary needs of my 4 boys ♡

Yashmitha Padayachee January 13, 2015 - 6:58 am

Beautiful prize, i actually have done a bit of stationery shopping at a shoprite, and the prices are very affordable. fingers crossed 🙂

Lizelle Van Rooyen January 13, 2015 - 7:21 am

#Back2School is better at @CheckersSA
1 – Its SOOOOO Convenient to shop for everything there, Food, Stationary , wine =)
2 – Longer hours, makes it easy popping in after work
3 – Best value for money – loads of specials
4 – Locations of Checkers is between my house and work – making it easy
5 – Friendly staff at my Checkers who helps me find products in the store room

<3 #Back2School with @CheckersSA

nasika baijnath January 13, 2015 - 7:26 am

awesome giveway
shopping at checkers is always affordable, great stock and quality too

Rene Claassen January 13, 2015 - 8:19 am

1. Great value for money
2. Wide range
3. Convenient Location
4. Good quality
5. Wonderful customer service

Jackie Katzen January 13, 2015 - 10:07 am

#Back2School @Checkers is better 🙂
1. Checkers has a huge range of school goodies, so much stationery to choose from
2. Checkers prices are competitive
3. Checkers prices on Pritt glue are the best
4. My nephews love all the Disney character cups, lunch boxes, bottles and plates
5. Checkers have an promotion where you win school fees, bonus

Carolyn Augustus January 13, 2015 - 1:01 pm

1. Widest range of school necessities
2. They have a wide selection of character lunch boxes
3. Value for money
4. Reasonable and greatly affordable rates
5. Convenient to buy food and school goodies @ one shop @ the same time

Angelique Venter January 13, 2015 - 1:08 pm

1. Prices at Checkers are very good, we do all our shopping there
2. They have a wide range of school products so you don’t have to go to different shops to buy what you looking for
3. The best value for money by far.
4. The have a lot more specials on their back to school stationary then any other shop we have been too.
5. Friendly staff make it a pleasure to go back everytime.

Would REALLY love to win this hamper!

Laura January 13, 2015 - 3:43 pm

1. Everything is in one spot
2. Great specials
3. Conveniently located
4. Prices are often cheaper
5. I saw great character juice bottles today

Coralee Vice January 13, 2015 - 6:09 pm

Value for money
Wide range of products
Close to home
Good quality or products
Tons of specials
#Back2School @CheckersSA

cat@jugglingact January 14, 2015 - 9:48 am

Would totally love to win this!
1. Checkers is always great value for money
2. Everything is in one place.
3. We have one right around the corner from us so its convenient
4. They have a wide range of everything you may need.
5. Great customer service

Elisabeth Dreyer January 14, 2015 - 10:44 am

1. Good prices
2. Can do all the shopping in once place
3. Conveniently located stores
4. Lots of specials
5. Long opening hours

Claire Pienaar January 14, 2015 - 10:45 am

You had me at “laid back planning of festive season” – there’s nothing laid back about November to February! Bring on the easter holidays! hehe! A bag full of school goodies is exactly what is needed to keep THIS MOMMY relaxed 🙂

tanya January 14, 2015 - 11:22 am

What steps?

Claire Minnaar January 14, 2015 - 12:42 pm

HI Tanya, Below “Giveaway Time, you should see a Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3 – simply follow those instructions to get your entries in!

Anita Dingwayo January 14, 2015 - 12:30 pm

this would be a big prize for my daughter.

Amalia January 15, 2015 - 9:03 am

#Back2School with CheckersSA has been a breeze this year, not only is Checkers the closest store to our house, which makes going to the shops quick and easy, they also have everything we need, from A to B. Their prices are always low and so more so when it comes to the back to school goodies. They have everything my son likes, from juices, fruit and mini cheddar cookies, to pritt, pencils, colourful pensil bags and more. I still need to buy pensils for him and they have an amazing value pack of 10 for a VERY low of just R24.99. We also need to invest in a new bag as his is now way too small this year, even only being in Grade 2 now, with all the new reading books and starting on English as well.

They really do live up to their name of being better and better. For mom’s and our boys.

Ashishta Gokhul January 15, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Great savings
Value for money
Convenience shopping


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