I can’t believe that Alice has been at school for almost a whole year. The time has flown by but I can’t wait to have six weeks together with my girls at home this summer.
One thing I learned in the run up to her beginning school is the need to be prepared and buy uniform early. I found that the high street is definitely the place to go. We had to buy Alice’s cardigan and PE kit from a specialised shop to have the school emblem on, but everything else we could buy anywhere. The back to school period can be a financially stressful time for parents so, I’ve put together this list of five essentials that can be bought on a budget.
Skirts and Dresses
Your local supermarket is a brilliant place to start your budget school uniform shopping, with many of them offering a wide selection of school skirts instore and online. These classic school skirts from Tu start at just £2.70 for a two pack and come in both jersey, and pleated styles. With prices like that you won’t have to worry about doing laundry every night, either.
Shirts, Blouses and Polo Shirts
Alice’s school has an embellished polo shirt which needs to be bought from the school shop. This isn’t a strict requirement and it’s worth checking if it is for your school too. Plain polo shirts, long and short sleeved shirts and crisp white blouses can all be picked up on the high street. Many of these come with easy-iron fabric and are stain resistant, perfect for busy mums and mucky little ones.
While I have little experience of little boys’ trousers, word on the playground is that they need to be particularly hard-wearing. From elasticated and adjustable waistbands to pleat-fronted and tailored, you’ll find plenty of water repellent and Teflon coated designs at a bargain price on the high street. If your going for an adjustable waistband, consider buying a size up to get maximum wear out of them.
The PE kit is an additional outfit that parents have to worry about, bringing with it the potential to make your back to school bill really add up. Most schools require your child to wear plimsols and this is really all they need. We don’t have to worry about them needing a pair of state-of-the-art Nike trainers to run around the school hall in just yet. Shorts, leggings, trousers and packs of plain t-shirts are also all readily available at bargain prices.
There’s one thing I won’t ever scrimp on and that is good footwear. It’s so important that children are wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes as their feet grow. Over recent years, supermarkets and high street stores have begun developing their footwear ranges and now offer plenty of affordable and durable options, from scuff resistant patent numbers with non-slip soles to technology designed to combat bacteria and odours.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful and if you have a top tip for saving some money as the new school year approaches please do let me know below, I would love to hear them…
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.