It’s a bit like the Final Countdown – just a few weeks left until the kids go back to school and for many parents, thoughts turn to what is needed for the school year ahead. For most, the biggest problem will be school uniforms. Kids have an inconvenient habit of growing and this often means new uniforms are needed each year, making for a costly shopping trip. But are there bargains to be had and sneaky savings to be made? Here are a selection of the best school uniform deals.
As with many things in life today, the first place to try for bargains has to be the supermarkets. No longer just the domain of the weekly food shop, most of them now stock an impressive range of school clothing and at some astounding prices. For example, ALDI have a ‘while stocks last’ range at the moment in some of their shops that includes two polo shirts, a round neck sweater and either a skirt or pair of trousers for the astounding price of £3.50. The clothing is made in Bangladesh so may not be the very highest quality but if your kids are the type to have scuffled holes in their trousers within a week, then quality is a secondary concern!
ASDA George is another big name that have jumped into the school wear department in a big way. All of their shops have a selection of items available and there are some good prices to be had. Now, special offers include a two pack of polo shirts starting from just £2.50 and plimsolls for the PE kits starting at the same price.
Tesco have a range of offers in place for the Back to School period including uniform and other essentials. As most people will have just had their Clubcard vouchers through, there is the Clubcard exchange that allows £5 to become £10 to spend on school uniforms and this is running until 13th September. There are also offers in addition to this such as two gingham summer dresses for early in the term for just £7 and also a range of stationary essentials on half price. Tesco have a click and collect service as well so if your local shop doesn’t have the items, it can be sent from another and picked up a day or two later.
Big name offers
Many of the big name department stores are also producing their own school wear ranges and putting together some good offers on them. typically Marks & Spencer’s is all about quality and style, not such a big concern when it comes to school wear, but their offer at the moment allows M&S shoppers to add school wear to their order for a bargain. When you spend £40 or more, you can add full priced school wear items to your basket for just £5 using a special online code SAVE5ONLINE.
BHS was a traditional stop for school wear when many of us adults were in school and today they are still good for those uniform essentials. They have ranges such as school blouses and shirts for just £4 and good school shoes starting from just £10. There are various codes available as well so check out their website for more information.
Debenhams has an up to 60% off sale in place at the moment and there are school wear items in the mix. From skirts and shirts to trousers and dresses are all in the offer section so it is worth checking out as some items are available for as little as just £3.
Similarly, House of Fraser has a summer sale and have included uniform essentials into their discounted ranges. There are jackets for the cooler weather and smart new lunchbags as well as schoolwear basics and the discounted ranges start from just £4.
Argos are traditionally thought about for items such as stationary, computers and toys but now have a comprehensive schoolwear range. With prices starting from just £2.49 they have everything for the back to school and also are offering half price on items such as jackets, school trousers and school dresses.
Shoes are an essential part of the schoolwear wardrobe and also for the PE kit but are often the piece of clothing that fails first. There are a few retailers who have special offers on their school shoes at the moment.
Amazon is one such company that are currently offer 20% of many school staples and this includes both shoes for day wear and for the PE kit as well as full gym kits. Add in with other items that are bound to catch you eye and delivery is free once you spend £20 from them.
Online retailer Very tend to advertise their ladies range primarily but currently have a 40% off selected school uniform items sale taking place. If you are a fan of Kickers shoes for your kids, they also have an offer in place where you get a free school bag with every purchase of a pair of their shoes.
When it comes to sorting out the uniform that no longer fits, why not donate to a pre-loved site or a Freecycle website? There are plenty of these on Facebook and as standalone websites, while many schools offer a uniform recycling service that allows parents to donate uniform items that are wearable but no longer any use for their kids. That way you clear out space in the wardrobe for the new items and lend a hand to others who need it.
Facebook is also handy for finding groups that produce iron-on badges to add to bargain clothing and thus saving money on expensive, school logo clothing. Sew on options can also be found and will work out less costly than buying the new version ready-made from the school.
Finally, check out websites that collect coupons and codes for money off deals, as many of them will be running back to school sections at this time of the year. These can ideal for finding those special bargains that aren’t well advertised but that can save you a lot of money. One example is a cashback site that currently offers 11.4% cashback on any Clarks shoes bought, so this helps offset the initial cost a little.