Uniforms make getting your kids ready for school easier, but they can be quite pricey. There are options out there that can ease the financial burden on parents when it comes to buying uniforms. This is a guide about saving money on school uniforms.
Here 'down under' we are in the middle of the school year so the tips will have to be kept for January. LOL
Just a point here - so many of these tips seem to refer to clothing. In Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and I know other countries the school children wear uniforms. This is so much easier for everyone - the mums when shopping, the dads when dressing the children (as per one hint today), and especially the children as they know what to wear each day and there is no peer pressure to wear a particular type of clothing. The big plus is that the children always look tidy (well mostly, LOL), and if they are misbehaving out of school then people know which school they go to because of the colour, etc. of the uniform. We find it amazing that your children don't wear uniforms. Is there a reason for that? This applies to infants, primary and high school. Of course, once they leave school and go to university, they do not wear uniforms.
Lorraine K. - Queensland. Australia
I wore uniforms for junior high and high school. Let me just say most schools in my state (Louisiana) opt for uniforms that are tasteless and rather than show unity, make other aspects noticeable. For example, if children would "crack" on your clothes, it would be your choice of polo shirt and khakis. Many of the "rich" kids wore ambecrombie and fitch polos and khakis, and although logos are not allowed, these kids got away with displaying the knitted in moose as a status symbol.
Shoes, belts and other accessories just became the objects of ridicule/acceptance. Uniforms don't work. I agree with the teachers wearing them though, if we have to. And if we're going to wear them, make the a lot nicer than a polo shirt and khakis. Like catholic school does. And give us free dress days that aren't so strict when we behave. I was a straight A, never disciplined student and all we could wear was our favorite shirt with the khakis on free dress!
For those of you who have relatives or kids who were ridiculed, I have this to say: it has nothing to do with their clothes, and all to do with projection. Kids ridicule each other because they want to seem cool and also because they remember being like the ones they ridicule. Being made fun of is just part of growing up. Instead, focus on helping your kid feel comfortable in their own style of clothes, uniforms or not. A failure to learn to express yourself in these early years builds the anal retentive straight-laced individuals we all know and pity. An individual cannot be built when you allow your kids' ideas to be strangled by the masses. Call me a liberal, but I strongly believe this. Uniforms, if anything, arouse problems normal clothes do not(have you ever tried to tuck in a shirt into fitted pants? It makes your pants really lumpy.
when i went to public school the girls wore black skirts and whit shirts with a blur and red bowtie
The boys wore black pants a whits long sleeve oxford shirt and a black tie on fridays we were allowed to wear any kind of tie and any color oxford same with the girls everone in my school was eigther a straight A or B child before there was always fights when we had to wear uniforms there were no fights and people that got F's and D's all the time shoit up to A's and B's i think public school children should wear the same because this might stop gang violence and discrimination because some parents might not have enough money o afford clothes every year also i think just like my school the childrens grades would go up. these are my regaurds toy wearing uniforms to public school.
Wearing uniforms is not that bad like buying two pairs of khakis and a collar shirt isn't that bad my sister rocks it. They solve a lot of problems like gang violence and they save a lot of money. They save a lot of time looking for clothes to wear the next day. Peoples grades shoot up from f, d, and c's to A's and B's YOU DO HAVE THE WEEKEND AND WHOLE SUMMER TO BUY AND WEAR WHAT YOU WANT!
Problems with uniforms:
1. Uniforms discourage fashion-related creativity and individuality.
2. Uniforms that are bought from schools or school-contracted tailors are expensive.
Answers to problems with uniforms:
1. Kids have evenings and weekends to wear anything they like. Individuality and creativity come from the mind, the words and ideas, and have MANY outlets other than fashion. Writing, singing, dancing, speaking, acting, drawing, sculpting, painting, designing their own clothing (for weekends and evenings), arranging furniture, decorating their rooms, cooking and baking, poetry, and finding creative solutions to problems -- let the kids focus on those pursuits.
2. Uniforms based on khaki trousers/skirts and white shirts (or school-colors shirts) are less expensive than uniforms bought from contracted tailors or directly from schools. To those who are used to buying clothing for a dollar or two at garage sales or Goodwill, hey, I'm right there with you. But if the older kids are wearing uniforms, they'll be passing those down to your younger and smaller kids, so eventually those, too, will be cheaper. I found a pair of boy's khaki trousers at Aldi for $3 the other day, and it wasn't even on sale. Voila, Chanukah present for my nephew.
Problems with non-uniform attire:
1. Too much time taken up in choosing outfits.
2. Too much money taken up in paying for outfits (if one can't find what one wants or needs at a garage sale or thrift/secondhand store).
3. The ease of wearing gang colors/signs.
4. Social exclusion/ridicule based on wearing the "wrong" thing (as opposed to merely not wearing the "right" thing).
5. A closet full of clothes and "nothing" to wear -- one preppy outfit, one rocker outfit, one surfer outfit, a dozen personalities and only one thing for each of them to wear, instead of ten items that can mix-and-match in several dozen ways.
6. Individual identity. I know that's supposed to be an asset, and it is, in a lot of ways. However, feeling like one is a part of a group is also a positive thing.
7. Immodesty and inappropriateness. How many times do people get write-ups or suspensions for violating the (notoriously lax) dress codes at non-uniform schools? Short skirts, baggy pants revealing equally baggy boxer shorts, low-cut shirts, bare bellies thanks to belly shirts and low-rise or zero-rise pants, piercings no one really needed to know about being visible, obscene language on shirts, immodest and blatant commercialism/spending for brand names just to make other people look cheap and poor by comparison, offensive slogans and symbols (I can't be the only one who went to school with people who actually wore Aryan Nation slogans on their shirts, can I?), people tarted up to look like pimps and whores as if school were a place to network for "job opportunities" instead of a place to learn in the hope of gaining a better profession later...
Answers for problems with non-uniform dress codes or no dress code:
1. School uniforms.
Our kids go to a private school. At least 3 times a year, the school hosts a used uniform sale. It can take some digging but we always find items that still have life in them. We buy the rest new, but do our best to find sales.
One thing you could do to get uniforms, jackets and such is to put a post up on Freecycle or a Yahoo group. We have one here in Jefferson Parish, which is like a county. Maybe you can check to see if you have one in your town or area.