5 School Uniform Essentials That Can Be Brought On A Budget…

5 School Uniform Essentials That Can Be Brought On A Budget…

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.

PE Kit

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.

School Shoes

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.



  1. 20/06/2017 / 15:41

    Great post, I really need to start thinking about buying Libby’s uniform for next year. Eek! How has this past year gone by already??

  2. 20/06/2017 / 20:52

    Ahh! My girls have to have logos on their jumpers and blazer but the rest I get from Asda or Tesco. I have found the shoes from Asda to be OK too.

  3. 21/06/2017 / 20:41

    Some really great tips here! School uniform is so expensive on Jersey and we don’t have supermarkets where we can buy uniform over here. However, I love the quality of TU so much that I always stock up when we are back in the UK or I ask my mum to bring some over with her. Which reminds me I need to get my next order in 😉

  4. 21/06/2017 / 21:35

    We struggle because we have to have logo’d jumpers, polo shirts, PE kit, hat, book bag. The only things we can have generic are PE shorts (royal blue football style shorts), and trousers/shorts/dress/skirts. I also found with trousers after trying all the supermarkets and cheaper shops that they were all really hard feeling and bulky round the hips and legs. N isn’t a slim child, he’s just average build, but we had to go for slim fit, so I buy more expensive high street ones which have the extra fits. We do now have a cheaper uniform supplier option as well as the old one though, so I might try them although I don’t know the quality of theirs. We’re still working through a few handmedowns though. The luck of having 6 older cousins who’ve been through the school.

  5. 22/06/2017 / 00:18

    I always buy my uniform early and that tends to mean I am able to cash in on good discounts. I seriously need that as my girls are getting so big now and of course the items increase in price with size. Mich x

  6. 22/06/2017 / 22:25

    Great post lovely – I have 2 in school from September eek! I am the same as you, I don’t scrimp on footwear and it always lasts us the full year. I bought Meme’s jumpers from TU last year and they have stayed in great condition (unlike the year before from a different store) so I will be buying mine from there again.

  7. 22/06/2017 / 23:08

    Great tips!! I’m dreading September when I have to buy three school uniforms, the shoe bill is going to be through the roof! I buy most of mine from the supermarkets, they are so reasonable and I can afford to buy more so I don’t have to wash and iron as often!!

  8. 23/06/2017 / 23:19

    Oh I’m all about the teflon! When Monkey first started school his skin was so bad he had to have pure cotton trousers. Which did not wear well, faded and creased so badly. Thankfully his skin has got better. We also have embroidered polos but they weren’t 100% cotton so we ended up with plain ones and the stay whites are amazing!! Can’t believe they’ve been there a whole year!! Xx

  9. 10/07/2017 / 22:06

    This is so helpful
    I’ve noticed the school prices are SO SO over inflated its unreal.
    Well done for helping out other parents & guardians with your tips x

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