Yeah, equipping your 5 or 9-year-old child with a brand new set of clothes and shoes (and accessories such as mittens or glasses etc) can become a pretty costly affair. Considering just how quick these kids grow nowadays, it takes quite some budget to deal with that problem.
The rule goes like this: the earlier you are getting yourself into this process, the fewer parents you’ll have to compete for a blouse in the store and the more options you’ll have available for consideration. And never forget about the second biggest problem, that’s poised to surface after the winter holidays or closer to the end of the year – which is all about the sizes. The sizes which kids are known to outgrow at a very, extraordinary quick pace. This means that when buying a blouse, pants, jacket or basically any other clothing (and even footwear) school item, leaving some allowance for this further growing is essential. Also, among other things which are necessary to look into while being on a shopping spree for your child is the issue of knowing which items does your kid needs the most. Here we’re talking about both the size of the supply for the most basic items (like pants, blouses, skirts, jackets, polos etc) and the issue with all other clothing and accessory items that your kid claims he or she wants and will wear, but never actually does. This can be very true when we talk about my daughter – who always tries to get me to buy her more hair accessories, blouses and skirts then she will be actually wearing come the school season. So, taking the previous school year into account and not buying way too much is a great rule for school uniforms shopping.
This way, let’s see what your options are in choosing the uniform that is right for the price that is right as well. Let’s start with our first tip – which is a recommendation to all parents for double-checking if their school has a so-called uniform-exchange program or not. The matter of the fact is that if it does, then the overall code strictness for your school may not be so uptight. Also, the “uniform exchange” option will allow you to save a pretty penny or two while equipping your child for a new school semester. So, first thing’s first – check with your fellow classmate parents and if the answer is yes, then congrats – your issue is settled now.
“Some schools (especially the boarding schools) may require you buy the uniform directly.”
However, if there’s no “uniform exchange” program to rely upon, then your options can be either very good or very limiting, money-wise. This means that if your school will require all students to purchase the uniform directly from their in-house store, your budget and your style choices will be of no difference. Still, if the school either doesn’t have that specific type of store or doesn’t make harsh requirements to buy there only, then basically any other online or offline store that sells school uniforms can become your shopping retreat.