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Cheap School Uniforms
Kmart has by far the cheapest school uniforms, but they are available only online. The brand is called French Toast and ranges in price from $6.39 to $7.99 for school uniform shirts; bottoms start at $8.79. Target also has low prices for its Cherokee brand uniform apparel, ranging from $7.99 to $12.99 for both boys and girls; there was limited selection in the store but a wider assortment of cheap school uniforms is available online. If you'd rather have your kids try things on, Old Navy is a good place to start. A good selection of uniform shirts for both boys and girls starts at $9.50 -- or $25 for a bundle of five boys shirts -- and bottoms start at $14.50.
Cheap Kids Pajamas.Kids 7 to 10 still seem to appreciate printed pajamas. Boys, we found, favor comic book characters, video game personalities, sport figures, and the like. Girls tend to like Disney characters; Hello Kitty is also huge for this age group, as are generally girly things such as flowers. The cheapest kids pajamas we saw were at Target, where cheap boys pajamas cost $8.99 and girls pajamas cost $8. Walmart has a slightly better selection of cheap kids pajamas and charges $5 for boys and $12 for girls. Kohl's and JC Penney also offer wide selections of cheap kids pajamas, with prices of $24 to $28 at Kohl's and $12.99 at JC Penney. Old Navy didn't offer any boys or girls pajamas in store, but cheap kids pajamas are available online.
Cheap Kids Underwear.Underwear is pretty straightforward for boys: boxers, briefs, and undershirts. Most stores on our list carry Hanes brand underwear and undershirts, and Walmart ended up being the cheapest, at $7.27 for five undershirts ($1.45 each) and $5.27 for three pairs of boxer briefs ($1.76 each). Kohl's, Sears, and JC Penney are at the high end, ranging from $2 apiece for boxers to $4 apiece for undershirts.
Girls undergarments get a little trickier at this age. Several parents of girls at the older end of our 7-to-10 age range report that their daughters need training bras in addition to underwear, leggings, and tights. Girls underwear is extremely cheap, ranging from the Joe Boxer brand at Sears for 60 cents each to Hanes at Target for $2.33 each. Tights and leggings are cheapest at Walmart, where they cost $10 for a two-pack of Faded Glory leggings ($5 each) and $4.97 for a three pack of George tights ($1.66 each). Training bras cost anywhere from $12.99 at Kohl's to $2.99 each at Walmart. Among the frugal shoppers we polled, one mother notes that Walmart is perfect for stocking up on these cheap items because, as she says, no one sees them, and she doesn't mind if they fall apart a little sooner than they should because the price is so low. On the other hand, a mother of a 10-year-old girl says Kohl's is the place to buy underwear because it has a wide selection -- especially in training bras -- of high-quality pieces at low prices.
As with underwear, the cheapest socks are at Walmart: $4.47 for a 10-pack of boys socks (45 cents each) and $6.27 for a 10-pack of girls socks (63 cents each).
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