PHOENIX - School uniforms are just one of the many items kids will need for the school year. But buying them doesn't have to empty your wallet.
I found uniforms at several stores all around the Valley and was really surprised at how much they can cost.
Some stores are double the cost of others.
We shopped for the uniform items kids are required to wear at many schools around the Valley, and we quickly learned that depending on where you shop will determine how many uniforms you can afford.
KNIT COLLARED SHIRTS
Walmart ranged in price, from $5.97 to $8.97.
Target charges $7.99.
Sears was more than double that price, between $19.99 to $21.99 for the same type of shirt.
Our best price was at Fallas Parades, between $3.99 and $5.99.
That's a great price since we found the same shirts at Goodwill, used, for $4.
Again Sears cost the most, charging $31.99 for one pair of uniform pants.
You can save more than half that at Target. Their price is $14.99, plus an extra $2 for plus sizes.
You'll pay between $9.97 to $13.97 at Walmart.
But again, Fallas Parades killed the competition charging between $7.99 and $9.99.
It's the same price for girls’ pants at Fallas Parades at just $9.99.
The next best price was at Walmart for $9.97 to $13.97.
Target is a close third charging $14.99. Again it's an extra $2 for plus sizes.
And Sears charges nearly double that price -- between $29.99 to $31.99 for the same type of uniform pants.
This time it's a closer race.
Fallas Parades charges $9.99.
Walmart is close, charging $9.97 to $10.97.
Target is the most at $16.99.
Sears didn’t carry girls uniform dresses when we checked in their store, but I found that their lowest price online was $19.
Overall, Fallas Parades hands down beat the competition.
Target had the most variety for girls' and boys' uniforms.
And Sears had the least variety of the stores we compared, and the highest cost.
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