How School Uniforms Save Money
One of the benefits of having students wear school uniforms is that the families save money!
School uniforms help students save money because they limit the amount of clothing a student needs to purchase. By wearing a uniform, the student spends less money on everyday clothes thus lowering their overall clothing cost.
According to recent NY Post article, "most parents responded that they spent $48 on pants for their children and that $30 was a "reasonable" price for a T-shirt. Using those figures, the average American family is encountering a figure approaching, and in some cases surpassing, $300 per child for back-to-school clothing. Contrast that figure with the cost of a year's worth of school uniforms:one year (five tops and five bottoms) of school uniform or standardized dress code clothing is $150. Therefore families can save at least $150 per child on back-to-school clothes!If these savings are applied over a 12-year career, each child could save $1800! These savings are more than enough to help students prepare for college expenses, when money is tight due to rising tuition costs.
The evidence is clear. In these difficult economic times, school uniforms cost less than traditional back-to-school fashion items.
This statement should not be confused with saying that school uniforms are inexpensive. However, families can save money by not purchasing pricey "status symbol" fashions year after year. Uniforms are always in style and are usually more durable because they are reinforced at stress points. Also many uniform companies include features (generous hems, movable buttons, adjustable waists) in their clothing which allow them to be adapted as a child grows -- this equates to even more savings!
Article Authors: Caitlyn Crawford, James Lanni, and Andrew Hollander
Tips to save money from Catholic Supply School Uniforms:
- YOU ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR - Simply put, if you buy quality school uniforms, it will not only last for the entire school year, it will also last for years for hand-me-downs, which will further save you money. Catholic Supply carries only high quality school uniforms with features like double reinforced knees in pants, 'grow' waistbands, and more! Parents who think they're getting a deal by purchasing school uniforms at stores like Old Navy or Target will spend more money in the long run to replace the garments b/c more times than not, these garments aren't constructed for daily wear and don't hold up over the course of even one school year.
- SHOP EARLY IN THE SPRING - the best pricing is always going to be in the spring at your school's uniform fitting/online sale time. Why? Because our uniform mills get so swamped in the summer, they give extra incentives for orders placed before May 1st. Those extra incentives and discounts are passed onto our customers who shop early during this time. Parents can save $$$ on all garments purchased and receive FREE FEDEX home delivery as well!
- FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK OR JOIN OUR PRIVATE EMAIL LIST - From time to time we offer specials on select school uniforms. You'll be first to know if you follow us on Facebook orjoin our private email list!
- WATCH FOR THE BACK TO SCHOOL TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND - The first weekend of August is typically the state's tax free holiday. By shopping during this time, you can cash & carry uniforms directly from our racks and save the up to 10% in sales tax you'd usually pay!