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Who sells the cheapest school uniform?

SPENDING SEASON: School uniform can set families back hundreds of pounds each year

BACK-TO-school shopping can put a big dent in your household budget, especially if you have more than one child. Value Penguin analysed the UK market to find the costs of your child's junior school uniform, so you can get an idea of what to expect to pay.

The study included major retailers that supply entire selections of kit and have easy-to-navigate websites for both at-home and in-store browsing and shopping. Value Penguin calculated the prices for a set of new clothes and shoes for boys and girls in reception (4 years old), year 3 (7 years old) and year 7 (11 years old) at Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, M&S, John Lewis and Next.

CHEAPEST SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Across the board, three retailers stood out for offering the most economical school uniforms: Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco. Their prices averaged 30% less than the average cost of a school uniform, or at least 40% less than what you'd expect to pay at M&S, John Lewis or Next. The cheapest average all-in cost for a basket of new school uniform items was £92 at Asda; Next cost nearly twice as much with a price of £179.

Erin Yurday, who helped to conduct the study, commented:

"Sometimes, it is worthwhile buying a more expensive product. For instance, M&S offers non-iron shirts that cost more but can save time and angst when it comes to the laundry. A 2-pack of M&S non-iron, short sleeve shirts for a 7 year old costs £10 - for the same price you can buy a 5-pack of short sleeve shirts from Asda (labelled 'easy to iron'). John Lewis's cost £11, but you get taped seams for strength, re-enforced collars, minimal ironing and Teflon EcoElite to repel stains.

"Also, while the analysis shows M&S, John Lewis and Next are more expensive, you may find other benefits to shopping at these retailers. To some extent they offer a wider array of styles (for example, slim fit, plus fit, skinny leg) and, when we checked, tend to have ample stock in most products."

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