1. School uniform exchange
Check with your child's school to see if they have a uniform exchange program. This is my favorite way to score free uniforms each year. Many schools have an exchange program where you can bring any uniforms that no longer fit your child and exchange them for the desired size. Parents can also donate uniforms to help other students. If your child's school doesn't offer a uniform exchange program, consider starting one yourself or asking the PTA to create one.
2. Online swap
Use an online swap site like Just Between Friends. At Just Between Friends you can find swap events near you, which are typically held seasonally. I usually find school uniforms (as well as other clothing and items) for up to 90% off at these swap events! You can also sell your unwanted uniforms (and other items) at a Just Between Friends swap. Click here to find an event near you.
3. Think outside the uniform shop
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to buy your child's uniform in a uniform shop! Tons of retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart and Old Navy sell uniforms for a fraction of a uniform shop's price! For example, you can get a uniform dress for $8 at Walmart—the same dress would cost double that price at a uniform shop! And don't forget to check thrift stores, which often have gently used school uniforms that other children have outgrown.
4. Use Freecycle
Freecycle.org is a great website to score freebies—including school uniforms. You can place an ad stating that you’re looking for a school uniform or search through the posts to find uniform pieces. This is one of my favorite ways to shop for uniforms because I can pick up the uniform locally (for free!) instead of paying for any shipping and handling.
5. Check resale sites
Peruse uniform resale sites like School Uniform Resale. School Uniform Resale is similar to a classified ad site where you can search through online ads for school uniforms (or place an ad yourself if you’re looking to sell a uniform that your child has outgrown). To find the right uniform, head here and search for your school. School Uniform Resale doesn’t handle the payment portion of any sales—you'll have to organize that yourself with the party who is selling the uniform.