Clark Howard answers questions about everything from school uniform bargains to college loan payments before the new school year begins.

Where to find the best deals on Atlanta school uniforms 

Along with new school supplies, some parents and guardians of public school students in metro Atlanta also have the added budget item of purchasing school uniforms before school starts. 

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For  AtlantaCobbFulton and Gwinnett schools, parents and guardians should check with their school to see if uniforms are required since they are not a requirement at all public schools. Those school officials also may offer suggestions on how to secure donated or cheaper clothing to those who are struggling with the costs.

There is some flexibility in wardrobe attire since children's sock colors do not have to match their uniform colors, but flip-flops are not allowed.
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Why uniforms?

Experts disagree on whether uniforms contribute to the learning environment. But parents, school officials and others most often contend that uniforms help to eliminate cost comparisons and bullying when every child is wearing similar clothing.

School uniform requirements

What your child can or can’t wear to school depends on the individual school. That’s why you have to check with an individual school’s website, teacher or principal. But, in general it’s solid colors, lots of navy and khaki. Shirts must have collars, with polo shirts showing up on lots of uniform lists. In general there’s an emphasis on modesty and not calling attention to any one student. For shoes, it’s usually closed toe only.

With tens of thousands thousands of metro Atlanta students heading to classes next week, it’s time to scour the web and local stores for the best deals on school uniforms.

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We’ve done some research to uncover the best deals on school uniforms for Atlanta parents:

Academy Sports + Outdoors, with no stores in Atlanta but two nearby in Snellville and Kennesaw along with a few others, has online prices from $4.99 for polo shirts, $8.99 and $9.99 for pants to $17.99 for jumpers.

All 4 Kids Consignment Sales will take place Aug. 9-11 at His Hands Church, 550 Molly Lane, Woodstock; Aug. 16-18 at Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta and Aug. 23-25 at Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta.

The Children's Place, with about eight stores in metro Atlanta depending on your location, has 60 percent off all online prices with seriously low prices for boys and girls.

eBay is also an option, but check to see if there are any shipping fees.

Gap, with eight metro stores, has online prices of $14.95 for polo shirts and $20-$35 for skirts, skorts, jumpers and pants.

Goodwill stores, with many locations in metro Atlanta, may have uniform clothes mixed in with their regular children's clothes for as little as $2.99.

JCPenney, with a half-dozen stores in metro Atlanta has online prices of $5 to $12 for polo shirts, $16 for skirts and $17 to $20 for pants.

Kohl's, with at least a dozen stores in metro Atlanta, has online prices of about $11 to $16 for polo shirts and around $17 to $34 for pants.

Lands' End at Sears, with five metro Atlanta stores, has online prices from $16 to $40 for polo shirts. 

Old Navy, with a number of metro Atlanta stores has a Sale into School from $5 Sale. There are excellent online deals up to about $25.

Walmart has online prices of under $10 for polo shirts, and under $20 for jumpers and pants.

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