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Back to School: Top Tips for School Uniform Savings

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Back to School

How to save money (and stress) when buying school uniforms 

The kids are finally heading back to school. But you’re now lumped with the school uniform costs. We’ve got some top tips for school uniform shopping the smart way.

Shop the Supermarkets

Supermarkets are a great place to start when shopping for school uniform in the UK. The superstores stock uniform all year round, so it’s easier to spread the cost over a few months. Buying one or two items a week instead of the whole lot in one go can help.

Check Last Year’s Stuff

Instead of buying everything new, check out what’s still usable from last year. This is especially helpful if you have younger siblings who can benefit from their older siblings' outgrown uniform. And don’t discount the summer uniform. It’s usually still sunny enough in September to carry on wearing it for a few more weeks.

Check if your children’s school has a second-hand uniform shop. You can donate your child's outgrown uniform. And maybe even pick up some for your child as well.

Think Ahead

If you’re buying socks, buy all the same kind or colour. This works especially well if you have more than one child. So, one child gets all white underwear, one child gets all black. All need to wear white socks? Get different patterns for each child. This means you don’t end up with lots of odd socks. Sorting everybody’s laundry will be loads easier too.


Children lose lots of uniform during the school year. So, make sure everything is labelled with your child’s name. And not just the usual polo shirts and jumpers, we recommend labelling everything from lunchboxes to shoes.

There're loads of options for labelling. If you can’t sew you can use a permanent marker or iron on labels. Having everything labelled means you have more chance of getting it back. And that’ll save money as you won’t need to replace as often.

All these savings are sure to come in handy as you start to think about your Christmas budget. If you’re already thinking about Halloween, then why not check out our blog about cheap and scary food ideas

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