With inflation rising, purchasing school uniforms this September has left parents troubled.

To help settle the panic, the government has launched a new law to help struggling families.
It’s set to launch in September 2023 and forces schools to remove unneeded branded items.
Yet, this leaves parents stuck as the law isn’t relevant till next year.
A recent survey by The Schoolwear Association reveals the average cost of a school uniform came to £93 in 2021.
We recognise the stress that families and parents face, as the cost of living crisis worsens.
Here are Balfor’s top tips for saving money on uniforms this September:

1. Check if you’re eligible for any grants or extra support. 

School uniform grants are available across the country, differing in each region. You’re able to view what your local council is offering by entering your postcode here.

2. Size up or scout for second-hand clothes.

Many experts are advising parents to size up where possible e.g. blazers and trousers. As well as this, choosing to buy second-hand uniforms can save a considerable amount.

3. Learn how to handle and remove stains. 

A common headache for parents is binning uniforms due to stains.
Removing grass stains: White vinegar, baking soda, toothbrush 
  1. Place stained clothing in a bowl
  2. Coat and rub in the white vinegar, leaving it to soak for 30 minutes
  3. Remove and wring from the bowl
  4. Create a paste of baking soda and white vinegar – adding more vinegar until creating a thick consistency
  5. Take the toothbrush and rub the paste onto any stains
  6. Wash as normal
Removing biro pen stains: Hairspray, damp cloth 
  1. Spray stained clothing with a generous amount of hairspray
  2. Take a damp cloth and lightly blot the stain – don’t rub
  3. Repeat until the stain is lighter
  4. Spray with hairspray once more and wash as normal
Removing mud stains from trousers: Washing powder
  1. Let the mud dry and scrape off as much as possible
  2. Create a paste of washing powder and let it set for 10 minutes on the stain
  3. For heavier stains, let it sit an hour
  4. Wash the clothing in warm water

4. Search for school uniform deals around you. 

Supermarkets are hosting great deals, where a whole school uniform costs less than £10!
Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Matalan are all shops to look out for!
We hope that these tips will help you this September, as we’re aware of the stresses families currently face.

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