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Friday 9 December 2016

Aldi’s €5.50 school uniforms a big boost for struggling parents

The uniforms from Aldi can cost just €5.50
The uniforms from Aldi can cost just €5.50

Low-cost supermarket Aldi has sparked a price war with its school uniform offer to kit children out for the school term for just €5.50.

The move can only be good for overstretched parents who, according to research, spend an average of €166 to dress their primary school kids.

They can now buy a pleated skirt for €1.99, a two-pack of plain polo shirts for the same price, and a round-neck sweater for €1.49.

The total comes in at just €5.47 for primary school girls.

A boy’s uniform of a pair of trousers, polo shirts and a jumper comes in at under €6.

“Each year families across the country are put under huge pressure with back-to-school expenses,” said Aldi’s Rob Farrell.

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“We had an extremely positive response to our uniform range last year so it was without hesitation that we wanted to offer the best value school uniform in Ireland again,” he added.

Mr Farrell said all the items are quality tested by an independent testing laboratory called Intertek to ensure they wear well and can withstand the rough and tumble of schoolwear and regular washing.

Aldi’s €5.50 school uniforms are machine washable, suitable for tumble drying and easy iron friendly, while the trousers and skirts are also coated in Teflon to help resist stains and water. 

The range will be available from Thursday, July 23, at Aldi’s 115 Irish stores.

There will be a selection of colours including grey, red, navy, white and blue.

The clothes range will fit  ages 4-11.

A study by the Irish League of Credit Unions last week put Dunnes Stores at the top when it came to school uniform value.

But buying similar items in Dunnes would cost between €13.50 and €24 for girls, and between €12 and €21.50 for boys, depending on their

size.

The survey put Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Penneys next in line when it comes to uniform value.

The Credit Union study showed a third of parents find themselves in debt trying to cover back-to-school costs.

It also found 16pc are not spending money on food in order to buy uniforms and books.

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