The run-up to getting the kids back to school is expensive but what if you could kit your child out with a whole uniform for £4.50? Well, now you can with thanks to Aldi!
Back to school is always seen as an expensive time of year. And while I know there are still a few more weeks of this school year, to get on top and to keep costs under control, it’s best to start early.
To help keep more pennies in your pocket, Aldi has once again launched their back to school uniform range.
It’s no different in the Skint household.
My eldest will be embarking to college this year and, although her education is still free, she needs a special kit and uniform for her course (plus a new wardrobe if she could) – kerching!
Then comes the middle daughter; she moves into secondary school next academic year, which means a whole new uniform (all branded) and sports kit to boot!
Finally, the baby of the family is at “big school” so there will be a mini-sized uniform for her as well.
Now while my wallet is quietly screaming, we’ve already been on the lookout to pick up bargains, making sure we’ve getting stationary in the early sales months before and watching for special discount days and nearly new sales in the schools.
There is no way we can buy everything in the sales as it all sells out too quickly and some stuff does need to be purchased new, so my eye is firmly turning to the retailers to find out how much money I’ll need to part with this year. *sobs*
However, what if you could get a full uniform mega cheap? What if you could get a uniform for less than £5?!
Aldi Back to School
Discount supermarket Aldi has launched a back to school uniform package for less than a fiver.
You get two polo shirts, one jumper and either a skirt or trousers for just £4.50. A whole set is less than one skirt from another retailer!
Here’s how the Aldi school uniform stacks up against the other supermarkets
|Round Neck Sweater||£1||From £3.00||From £4.00||From £4.80||From £2.00|
|Plain Polo 2 Pack||£1.75||From £2.50||From £3.50||From £4.00||From £2.50|
|Trousers /Skirt||£1.75||From £3.00||From £5.00||From £6.40||From £3.00|
|% saved by shopping with Aldi||SAVE|
Aldi’s school uniform is available for children of primary school ages (from 4 to 11 years old) and is the same price no matter what the size.
The uniform can be bought online from 7th July 2019 and in-store from Thursday 11th July. (It sells out fast online though, so don’t get your hopes up!)
The thing is, the uniform isn’t shoddy or cheap either.
You think a whole set for less than a fiver, and first thoughts turn to believe it’ll be poor material or poorly made, but that’s just not the case.
Testing out the Aldi uniform
Chloe, my youngest, was invited to try out the new school range from Aldi and star in their advert (see below). It was a fantastic day and both Skint Mum and I had a cameo at the end.
To say she had a brilliant time is an understatement. From trying to eat a jar of Nutella (after smudging a lot of it down her jumper while baking) to covering her polo shirt in paint to running around playing chase, basketball and football, she loved her day at school.
What she didn’t realise as she was playing was that she was giving the uniform a good test drive. Could it withstand a no-holds-barred kid who didn’t care what they were wearing but still wanted to have fun? Yes.
And how did it get on?
Her shoes were a great fit, but the shiny cover did start to come off after a few months from her scraping the fronts on the floor.
The t-shirts and skirts were faultless though, and we couldn’t tell the difference between Aldi and M&S t-shirts – apart from the huge difference in price tag!
We got to take home all the uniform from the day – which also meant taking home the t-shirt she painted. Unfortunately, by the time it had all dried that amount of paint couldn’t get washed off 🙂
In 2016, the Aldi uniform cost £4 for a set, so while it’s gone up a little, it is still good value. However, in 2018, it was selling for £5.
Really, if you’re looking for a total bargain, then Aldi’s cheap school uniform is one that you don’t want to miss.
The uniform is available while stocks last so if you want to grab a deal, you need to move quickly.
You don’t just have to wait until they’re in store on 11 July as you can pre-order the Aldi Back to School uniform online from 7 July, giving you peace of mind of nabbing the deal, and getting uniforms sorted well in advance of September.
On top of the £4.50 uniform package, Aldi is selling other essentials for the back to school wardrobe including scuff-resistant shoes, socks and tights, PE kits, backpacks and other accessories.
Other ways to get cheap school uniform
While you may think it’s nice to have things brand new, most school uniforms are so hard wearing nowadays that picking them up second hand is a no-brainer.
They wash well and are usually made with special fabrics that keep their colour and stay a decent quality.
If you need to find cheap school uniform, there are a few options:
The best bet is to reach out to your school. They get donated clothing that no longer fits, or they put up for sale unclaimed lost property. We managed to get new school dresses this year for just £1 each, and they were like new.
From time to time there are nearly new sales organised to sell on unwanted kids clothes and baby accessories. These days are super busy, so go early to make sure to find the bargains.
While it doesn’t happen that often, keep a look out in your local charity shops as people do donate their old school uniforms on.
They’ll usually be added not long after kids have broken up from school.
You could even put a request out, rather than sitting waiting for the right ad to come along.
eBay will also have lots of uniforms, but if you’ve got a school with branded jumpers or ties, then keeping it local is a winner.
School uniform grant
You may be able to get a £150 school uniform grant from the government, depending on your circumstances.
This grant will help with the cost of school uniform and PE kits.
It’s all run differently, depending on where you live, so you will need to check with your local council.
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.