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Top 3 ways to save money on school uniforms

By: Jessica Urgiles-- 2015-05-01 4:08 pm --

Back-to-school shopping can be pricey. Between school supplies, clothes and shoes, expenses add up quickly. Uniforms are commonly believed to lower the costs associated with school shopping. Some schools have even implemented uniform policies with the intention of bridging the socioeconomic gaps between students. However, the cost-effectiveness of uniforms is debatable when you consider that the average annual cost to parents for school uniforms is $250.

Most children change out of their uniforms as soon as they get home – meaning the expense of regular clothes still needs to be worked into the back-to-school budget. For parents of children going through constant growth spurts, having to purchase new uniforms and after-school clothes on a consistent basis can be more of a financial obstacle than the budget-friendly solution it’s intended to be.

If you want to save money on school uniforms, consider these options before purchasing the next set for the upcoming school year:

Consignment

Consignment stores take in previously-worn uniforms that parents are trying to sell. The limited sizes and quantities can make it a challenge to find what you’re looking for, but the uniforms that are available are usually deeply discounted. You can also consign clothes that your child has outgrown to make extra cash or put toward your uniform purchase.

Exchange

Some schools host uniform exchange programs where parents can trade their children’s used uniforms for different sizes. If your school doesn’t currently have a uniform exchange program, consider creating one. All parents are eager to save money! Passing on used uniforms that no longer fit and swapping them for new sizes is a win-win for everyone. And unlike consignment stores, this broadens your pool of used uniforms to ones that you know are approved by the school.

Wholesale

If the idea of putting your child in used clothing doesn’t appeal to you, then you can purchase new uniforms from wholesalers and closeout companies. To maximize your savings, arrange to purchase wholesale uniforms with other parents at your child’s school since discounts tend to increase by the quantity of your order. This way, your entire group will get new and high quality school uniforms without the high price tag. At DollarDays, our uniform selection consists of pants, polos and the essentials at a nominal cost for each piece.

Don’t make uniform shopping more expensive than it has to be! Using one of these alternatives (or a combination of all three) will make back-to-school shopping more affordable.