School Uniform Money Saving Tips


Second-hand uniform bag free of charge or under £ 5

Another way to save on the school uniform is to buy it second-hand. After all, a few poorly eaten breakfasts and overzealous art sessions, and that brand new school uniform isn’t going to stay pristine for long.

eBay and charity shops

If you have older children, deliveries are easy, but if not, you can check eBay or visit local charity stores (find the closest) near your child’s school. We’ve heard that a South London elementary school donates all unclaimed lost property to local charity shops at the end of each term – we don’t know how common this is, but we love it.


The online social platform is full of offers of used school items, both in individual groups such as Second Hand, Nearly New School Uniform For Sale or Free, and on its Marketplace. It might be worth checking Facebook to see if your school has a dedicated group or page.

Facebook Marketplace allows you to filter by distance, price and last post. On Thursday August 16th we found logo sweatshirts, official tie, generic pants and more for free, along with hundreds of other items for around £ 2-5. Be careful though, many items are listed as “free” but turn out to be a bunch of different items, all with an attached price.

Free cycle

Sign up for a free Freecycle account and you can search for free uniforms, or you can add a “wanted” message. In the past we’ve seen a school specific blazer, skirt and shirts offered in Bolton, a boy’s uniform set in Hackney and a university specific set in Cardiff.

Parent-teacher association

It’s common for a school’s parent-teacher association to organize second-hand clothing sales, so contact us to find out if your child has one. If not, submit it to ATP and, if you can, volunteer to help create one. You can also organize a “swap shop” event with other parents. These methods are especially useful if your school has an official uniform with a logo, which is difficult to find inexpensively when purchased new.


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