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Cheap and Discounted School Uniforms: Online Options in Brisbane

In this article we explain all the different places to get cheap and discounted school uniforms online in Brisbane area.

Finding cheap school uniforms are one of the hidden secrets of budget savvy parents and we’re here to spill the tea! When your child first starts school it is super tempting to buy into the hype from retail giants that new is best. We’ve all been there, but trust us when we say there is a better way to kitting your child out with Brisbane school uniforms and it doesn’t need to break the bank. Read on for our top tips with 6 options where you can get low cost and discounted school uniforms online for Brisbane schools.

How much does the average Australian school uniform cost?

This is going to hurt especially off the back of Christmas! Across the country. School supplies are expected to cost families a staggering $3.5 billion for the year ahead. School uniforms are the priciest back-to-school item, costing $245 for primary students and $469 for secondary students each year.

This is why Families Magazine wants to help you find cheap private school uniforms and affordable state school uniforms! That way you can pay at least half the retail price and experience half the financial stress too! Because truly, no one is going to know if your child’s uniform is new or secondhand but your bank account certainly will.

Find cheap and discounted school uniforms on Facebook

Locating cheap and discounted school uniform options can save you a fortune!
A group of students sitting on a wall in their school uniform

We have had great success tracking down uniforms from schools across Brisbane in the Brisbane QLD Second Hand School Uniforms Facebook group. The group boasts over 6,000 members with a huge range of items listed daily.

Be sure to do a search on your local community Facebook page as well as the ‘Buy Nothing’ Facebook pages too! Simply head to the group for your area, click on the magnifying glass at the top of the page, search uniforms and there you will see all the posts relating to uniform sales for your area.

Contact your school P&C Association

At our school, the Parents & Citizens Association (P&C) operate the uniform shop and they sell heavily discounted second hand school uniforms to help raise funds for school projects. They also run a Buy, Swap, Sell page for all things school related. Therefore, we highly recommend that you get in touch with your P&C to see if they offer a similar service.

Try The Uniform Exchange

The Uniform Exchange is Australia’s FREE community exchange for used and secondhand school uniforms. They sell secondhand uniforms, recycled school text books, nearly new musical instruments and more.

Shop at the major retailers

We get it, sometimes you just want to get the uniform shop out of the way without having to haggle on the price and quality of a secondhand item. We always head to Best & Less, Target, Big W, Kmart, Lowes and Aldi to purchase things like hair ties, socks, tights, lunch boxes, school shoes and other basic uniform items. Keep an eye out for back to school sales when products can drop to almost half price.

Families tip: I bought my son’s school shoes at Costco for the last 2 years. They were $60 and lasted all year! (And he is quite hard on his shoes and wears them to his part time job too!)

Shop local for cheap school uniforms

No one knows your local community better than you so have a think about where people may choose to sell or give away their secondhand uniforms in your area. We’ve seen ads posted on community noticeboards in shopping centres, listings in the local newspaper and uniforms for sale in charity shops.

Gumtree and other major classifieds

You may be surprised to know you can find cheap and discounted school uniforms on major classifieds like Quick SalesGumtree and The Trading Post. In the past, we have advertised for FREE that we were looking for specific secondhand uniform items and this helped us track down what we needed at a great price.

Why is sourcing cheap and discounted school uniforms important?

Not only are secondhand uniforms good on the hip pocket they also make the world a better place too! Buying secondhand school uniforms helps to reduce landfill, save resources and lower your carbon footprint. Research shows that every tonne of clothing reused can offset up to 7 tonnes of greenhouse gases. When you purchase pre-owned clothing, you are making a hugely positive impact on the environment. Go you!

Families tip: If you hate your kids’ school uniform, here are our tips on how to conduct a school uniform review to get one that is more ‘fit for purpose’.

Tell us where you found cheap and discounted school uniform options in Brisbane

We’re always on the hunt for cheap and discounted school uniform options in Brisbane so if you’ve found a great way to save big on school uniforms please share your top tips in the comments below.

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Natalie Turner

Natalie started her career in the media as a radio announcer for Triple M and B105 before crossing over to the not for profit space, including Cancer Council Queensland. She excels in marketing and communications roles and loves to find events and activities for our readers. As mum of two spirited young children, Nat's number one passion is enjoying new experiences with her family. This takes her out and about exploring and reporting back for Families Magazine readers. Natalie has a Bachelor of Communication from Griffith University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Business from University of Queensland.

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