Save Money on School Uniforms
School uniforms don't have to be a major investment. Use these tips to save big.
Skip the Uniform Store
If your school doesn't require you to buy from a specific uniform store, shop around for the best deal. With so many public schools shifting to uniforms, you can now find uniforms at most major retailers:
Hit the Thrift Stores
Thrift stores are a great source for solid-colored polos, dress shirts, khakis and more. To increase your chance of finding everything on your back-to-school list, shop the thrift stores that are closest to your children's school. They're bound to have a bigger inventory of school uniforms than most.
More Second-Hand Sources to Try:
You'll find plenty of sales on school uniforms in July, August, and September, but the real deals won't come until after the kids are back in school. Buy enough to get them through the first couple months. Then, buy the rest in October when everything goes on clearance.
Shop Off Season
For absolute rock-bottom prices on school uniforms, shop this year's end-of-season sales for everything you're going to need next year. It's an easy way to get everything from socks to blazers at 75% off or more.
One problem with uniforms: everyone's stuff looks the same. Stick your children's names on everything, so their stuff has a chance of getting back to them if it gets lost or picked up by mistake. A few minutes spent with a Sharpie now could save you several costly replacements later.