Like many Philadelphia parents, Solmarilyn Rodriguez gets uniforms for her three daughters and two sons at Forman Mills.
"It's cheaper!" she says. "I can get a lot of uniforms for them instead of going to expensive stores."
Since Philadelphia began requiring uniforms, Forman Mills had worked to become the go-to store for budget-minded shoppers.
"We guarantee that we have the lowest price in all uniforms: tops, bottoms, all sizes," says Forman Mills spokesman Christopher Streahle.
"When you come down to Forman Mills, you'r definitely gonna be able to stretch those bills," he says.
Here, bottoms are -- skirts, pants, shorts and jumpers are $7.99, and tops start at $4.99.
They also have accessories -- like boys' ties for $2.99... Girls' bows for $1.99... and sweaters for $12.99.
And stores stock colors according to what's required by nearby schools.
Finally, a quick check of Craig's List also yields a number of new and used uniform items, many for a fraction of their original retail prices.
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