Parents flocking to Aldi and Tesco for cheaper generic uniforms

By Esther Hayden

School uniforms are often seen as one of the biggest burdens as they prepare to send their children to school.

Growing kids coupled with the rough and tumble of school life not to mention frequent washing can often result in parents being forced to buy at least one school uniform per child each academic year although often they are forced to supplement this with various parts throughout the year.

For those who don't require specially branded uniforms there are plenty of cheaper options which can be picked up while doing your grocery shop depending on the colour of the uniform.

Aldi is advertising one of the cheapest school uniforms going at the moment where it is possible to pick up a school uniform comprising two polo shirts, a sweatshirt and a trousers or skirt for a mere fiver.

Boys and girls shoes start from €6.99 at the German retailer.

The cheapest uniform item at Aldi starts at €1 for a round neck sweatshirt while a two pack of short sleeve polo shirts costs €2.

A two pack of short sleeve shirts, girls or boys, start from €3.49 while a pair of trousers, girls or boys, starts from €2. A two pack of girls knitted cardigans starts from €6.99 while a pinafore two pack is €7.99.

A two pack of crew neck tee shirts costs €1.99 while a girls pleated skirt starts at €2 in a variety of colours.

A pair of jogging bottoms comes in a €3.49. Socks start at €2.49 while tights are €4.49. Backpacks are €8.99.

Uniform sizes start at 3-4 years and go up as far as 10-11 years. Aldi recommend parents buying a size up saying that children grow fast while the clothes are machine washable, colourfast, tumble dryer friendly and easy iron.

Tesco is also currently selling uniforms for very competitive prices with prices varying depending on size.

A two pack of polo shirts range from between €3.25 to €6.50 while a two pack of boys short sleeve shirts range from between € to €6.50. A two pack of long sleeve shirts range from between €4.50 to €7.

A two pack of trousers comes in at between €8.50 and €14 while a two pack of shorts is €5.50.

A boys jumper ranges in price from €3.25 to €6.

A two pack of girls polo shirts range in price from €3.25 to €7 while a two pack of short sleeve shirts range from €3.75 to . A two pack of long sleeve shirts costs between €4.50 to €7.

A pinafore costs between €7 to €9.50 while a shirt costs between €4.50 to €7. A cardigan is between €5 to €7.50 while a trousers costs between €7 to €9.50.

A tracksuit bottoms costs between €5.50 to €9 while a sweatshirt is between €3.75 to €6.

Shoes range between €15 to €28 while heavy winter coats cost between €25 to €30.

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