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DISCOUNT chain Aldi is bringing back its popular £5 uniform bundle deal this year.

The annual deal, which was first offered in 2022, sees the prices for school uniform essentials start at just £1.50 – the same as last year.

Discount chain Aldi is bringing back its popular £5 uniform bundle deal this week

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Discount chain Aldi is bringing back its popular £5 uniform bundle deal this weekCredit: Getty
Aldi’s essential bundle costs just £5

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Aldi’s essential bundle costs just £5Credit: Aldi

Aldi’s essential bundle costs just £5 and is made up of sweatshirts, cardigans, polo shirts, trousers, skirts and cargo shorts.

It’s available in stores only from July 4, families will need to act fast because as with all Specialbuys, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

It means parents will have to head to stores where stock isn’t always guaranteed – so they could be left disappointed.

The bundle has had a bit of an upgrade this year with the supermarket adding cargo shorts and a cardigan for the first time.

Each item is available in a choice of colours and sizes from 4-12 years.

Individually, a sweatshirt or cardigan costs £1.50, a girl’s or boy’s polo shirt costs £1.75 and a skirt or pair of trousers or shorts are also £1.75.

They also come with a one-year satisfaction guarantee, previously just six months, which means you can get a refund on any faulty items that cannot be repaired or replaced.

Last year Aldi was the cheapest school bundle available, along with rival discounter Lidl.

Freebies for parents worth £2,900

It comes as school uniform prices are continuing to hit families hard as the cost of living continues to squeeze household budgets.

Julie Ashfield, managing director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “With the cost of uniforms an annual, and often costly expense for families with growing children, at Aldi, we believe every child should have access to affordable, comfortable and great quality school uniforms.

“And, we want school children to be able to have flexibility when it comes to what they wear in the classroom all day so we’re proud to be expanding the options within our bundle.”

What other school uniform deals are available?

Asda

Asda’s George range offers the following key pieces:

Boys Uniform

  • 2-pack polo shirt – regular fit or 2pk short sleeves shirt – from £3
  • 2-pack slim leg adjustable waist trousers – from £8
  • 2-pack basic sweatshirt – from £5
  • Black double strap cupsole school shoes – from £10

Girls Uniform

  • 2-pack scallop polo shirt – regular fit or 2 pack short sleeve shirt – from £3
  • 2-pack pleated skirt – from £8
  • 2-pack basic cardigan – from £8
  • 2 pack short sleeve shirts – from £5
  • 2-pack white short sleeve school polo shirts – from £3

Peacocks

Discount fashion retailer Peacocks is offering its cheap uniform range in all stores with 20% off from July 28.

Its kids’ uniform goes from age 2-3 up to age 14-15 years, which is a new age range for this year.

Among its key items are:

  • Kids blouse – £5/£6/£7
  • Kids polo 2-pack – £6/£7/£8
  • Kids skinny trousers – £9/£10/£11
  • Kids bootcut trousers – £9/£10/£11
  • Kids bengaline super skinny trousers – £8/£9/£10

M&S

M&S has held prices on its school uniform since 2021 and has confirmed the return of its popular 20% off school uniform early bird offer from July 2.

You can get the discount by shopping online or in stores where uniform is stocked.

Some examples of its range include:

  • From £7 for a 3 pack of 100% responsibly sourced cotton unisex polo shirts, featuring stain-resistant technology
  • From £11 for 2pk Boys’ Slim Leg School Trousers
  • From £12 for 2pk Girls’ Pleated School Pinafores

How else can I save on school uniform?

If you are struggling to afford the cost of school uniform or PE kit, you may be able to apply for a grant from your local council – but the criteria vary from council to council.

This is usually in the form of a one-off payment paid directly into your bank account. Some councils will reimburse payments made to approved retailers.

You can ask your local council what help is available and when you need to apply.

If you can’t get targeted help from your council, there are other options to get cheap uniform.

Speak to your school to see if they can offer you some clothing.

Some charities offer help to families in need too. Charity Turn2Us has a free grants search tool on its website which you can use to find out what help is available to you.

Charity shops can also be a good place to find cheap school uniform.

CHEAP PLACES TO EAT THIS SUMMER

A HOST of restaurants and cafes have offers where kids can eat for free or for as little as £1 over the summer holidays – saving parents even more.

Whether it is a breakfast out or the promise of some lunch to break up the supermarket shop, there are several to choose from:

  • Asda: Kids across England and Wales can eat for £1 at any time of the day in Asda cafes. Asda hasn’t introduced a minimum adult spend, meaning you don’t have to spend a certain amount to get the offer. The Kids Eat for £1 deal is available all day, every day from July 25 until September.
  • Beefeater: Kids can eat breakfast for free at any Beefeater. Buying a £9.50 adult breakfast will allow you to get two free kids breakfasts.
  • Bella Italia: Italian restaurant Bella Italia is giving away kids meals for £1 during the summer holidays. To redeem the offer, diners will have to buy one adult main between 4pm and 6pm, Monday to Thursday. Children up to the age of 11 can tuck into three courses for £1.
  • Brewers Fayre: At Brewers Fayre 2 kids eat FREE with every adult purchasing a full breakfast. 
  • Dunelm: Kids eating at Pausa cafes at Dunelm can get a free mini-main, two snacks and a drink from June 27. Customers need to spend £4 in the cafe to get the deal.
  • Hungry Horse: Customers at a Hungry Horse pub can get a free kid’s breakfast when they buy an adult breakfast for at least £3.49. The good news is, two children can eat for free with each breakfast that is purchased. Hungry Horse’s deal is available from 8am to noon from July 22 to September 4.
  • Ikea: From July 11 to September 3, kids can get a meal from the children’s menu from between 95p and £1.50 at Ikea.
  • Morrisons: A child under 16 can eat for free at Morrisons cafés when you buy an adult meal worth at least £5. 
  • Yo Sushi: Kids under ten can get a free meal from the children’s menu on Monday to Thursday between 3pm and 5.30pm. A child can eat for free for every £10 spent on food by an accompanying adult.

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