Back to school can be an expensive time of year but there are things you can do to help with the costs and budget for the new school year. Here’s a few tips to get the most out of your money for the school uniform shop…
Spend and save
There’s a saying of ‘buy cheap buy twice’, but if you’re struggling to afford everything, it’s worth spending a little more on those items you know are going to be worn the most, and then saving elsewhere other items which might not get as much use. Our Stay Smart garment technology makes sure your child’s uniform will look smarter for longer, wear after wear and wash after wash.
As part of the Schoolwear Association’s survey, the purchase history of what was actually sold each year for schools was analysed, and showed that on average the spend per pupil of compulsory items was only £36.24, demonstrating the benefits of buying better quality, longer lasting garments that don’t need to be replaced every year.
It’s also a good idea to think carefully about what your children will actually need for the new school year; one to wear, one to wash and one to store is a good rule of thumb.
Choosing the right size
Kids can grow a lot in a year. Buying school uniform to find your child has a massive growth spurt can feel more than a little frustrating. It’s always worth buying clothes and shoes with growth room in mind, so you don’t have to buy twice. Our size guides and sizer app can help you choose the perfect fit so your purchases won’t go to waste.
Klarna is a payment-spreading tool to which can help manage the cost of buying new school uniform and a service we offer online at trutex.com. Klarna gives you the option to buy now and pay later, so not only can you spread the cost over three instalments, but your kids can try on the uniform to make sure it fits before you pay for it.
Hand-me-downs and swap shops
If you’ve invested in quality uniform and have more than one child, it’s worth reusing for the next child down. Or get your friends together and do a swap shop. If you want to help out other school parents, why not organise something at your school to swap items of uniform no longer needed? Most people would prefer items still with life in the to go to people who can use them rather than into landfill.