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We asked our Postie customers who need to buy uniforms how they felt about getting their kids ready for the school year, and with 70% of you saying that buying new school uniforms added stress on your household budget, the results* made us wonder – how can we make life just a little bit easier?
As well as making sure you get the best value and quality when buying your kids’ new school uniforms from our School+ uniform range, we’ve partnered up with financial trainer Hannah Mcqueen to give you all the best tips and tricks to make the new school year one to remember – for all the right reasons!
USE IT AS A LESSON
If the kids want smarter gear than is strictly necessary, take the opportunity to teach them about the value of money by getting them to work for it by mowing the neighbours’ lawns or walking their dog. You’ll quickly find out how much they really ‘need’ that particular item.
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
Set yourself up for the year by planning what you need to spend and how much you’ve actually got to spend. This gives you an opportunity to spend purposefully and allows time to work out how to bridge any gap.
GET THE RIGHT QUALITY
A school uniform takes some pretty tough punishment, so buying well-made items in quality fabric with added benefits such as Teflon coating to repel stains means that you’ll be less likely to need to replace throughout the year. Also if your kids have younger siblings to pass clothes on to, quality school clothes have a much better chance of lasting the distance.
AVOID THE UNIFORM STORE
You can often find a bargain if you don’t need to shop in a specific uniform store. Saving on cost, doesn’t mean sacrificing on quality, with great affordable options that are 100% cotton, stain-proof and machine washable.
You might find that you can easily mix and match your kids’ uniforms, with branded options from the uniform store combined with more affordable plain pants, skorts and polos, or maybe you could get a school logo embroidered on a more affordable polo option.
We all know how much kids can grow in a surprisingly short amount of time. Plan for growth by buying a slightly larger size that your kids can grow into, as well as looking out for money-saving features like adjustable waistbands in pants and skirts.
BE SENSIBLE ABOUT WASHING
If you’ve got a limited budget, be realistic about how many school uniform items you really need to buy. If you do more than one wash during the week, you won’t need a different uniform for every day of the week.
Remember pants and skorts can happily be worn more than once before washing, so buy fewer of these items and stock up on shirts and polos instead.
*Independent survey conducted by One Picture Marketing Strategy and Research in November 2019 with 1377 Postie customers.