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Bank claims: Brits 'donning schoolchildren in second-hand clothes'

Parents, who could be particularly reluctant to incur credit card charges or make loan claims, are up-cycling or using hand-me-downs instead of spending money on new school equipment for their children.

This is according to data from Quidco, which revealed that six per cent of mums and dads said they would never have considered giving their children second-hand clothes before the economic downturn, but now one-eighth of all shoppers are doing so.

Furthermore, one-sixth of respondents suggested that they might use a sewing machine rather than buy new clothes, while more than one-third are using vouchers and discount codes regularly.

Quidco argued that the recession is changing the way Brits pay for sportswear, stationery and uniform when getting youngsters prepared for a new school year.

"Kitting out the kids can be an expensive process, but it's encouraging to see shoppers increasingly using the wide range of resources available to them to cut costs," the enterprise's managing director Andy Oldham said.

Jennifer Haines
Jennifer's speciality knowledge is credit card changes and balance transfers. 


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