How to Save Money on School Uniforms
Many schools are now requiring uniforms and this can be a burden on parents, especially if you don’t have the extra money in your budget for it. Here are some tips for saving money on school uniforms.
First, clarify with your school to find out what qualifies for your child’s uniform. Many times, parents think they must purchase from certain stores when really, the requirements are very loose.
Get together with other parents and do a uniform swap. This way, you can exchange uniform pieces that are too small for ones that might be a better fit and everyone walks away with something. This can be done over the summer or just as soon as school starts. Your PTA at the school might even organize one every year, so be sure to ask. Also, check with the school to see if they know of anywhere to purchase their uniforms used.
Find a sale? Stock up!
Keep in mind how long you intend on keeping your child in the school and buy for the future when sales happen. In other words, if you school requires basic black slacks, buy at the end of a season such as in the summer, for the next year. Typically, buying 1-2 sizes larger is the best way to go. If you have older siblings in the same school, plan on using “hand me downs” for younger ones.
Make them last
Purchase the darker colors for younger children. Most school uniforms allow for deep reds, dark blues or even black. These are the best colors to go for if you can since they will hide stains better than, say, white or tan will.
Take inventory at the beginning of each school year. You may be surprised to know some things still fit. If so, that is less you will need to buy for the new school year.
Hit up the thrift store. You can often find uniform pieces such as khakis, dark slacks, plain knee length skirts and polos for very low prices at thrift stores. You may even get lucky and find some school logo pieces that would cost you a lot as many people donate these after their child leaves the school.
Be on the lookout for coupons. Many times, stores like Target offer coupons for dollars off when you spend X amount of money on clothing by certain brands. Use these coupons to buy some basics for your school uniform wardrobe.
Check out consignment shops. These stores usually only take in good, quality very gently used clothing and sell them at a fraction of the cost. The items in store are often name brands like Gap, and they are far less that shopping even the sales racks there.
Go to stores that sell basic separates such as Old Navy or American Apparel. There, you will find many of the plain colored basic separates that you would find in other stores much easier and often on sale.
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