With fall sports starting up, or already started, I’m rerunning a post about saving money on sports gear from my archives.
I also want to highlight the importance of wearing the proper equipment and making sure that any used equipment you receive or buy is in excellent condition. It can make a huge difference in protecting your children from injuries. My friend Sharon at Mom of 6 is sharing fabulous information for parents about kids and injuries, especially head injuries as part of the NFL and CDC campaign “Heads Up.”
Time to pull out the cleats, dust off the baseball gloves, and fill up the soccer balls. This year we have two boys in separate baseball leagues, and one boy and one girl in a soccer league. Fortunately, my oldest son can ride his bike to baseball practice, and my son and daughter who are playing soccer, play on the same field on the same afternoon.
To keep the insanity to a minimum, I organize the sports equipment for the younger kids, and give my oldest son responsibility for his own equipment and schedule. For the soccer players, I keep a bag with team shirts, socks, and shin guards hung on the back of a bedroom door. Whenever the shirts and socks are washed, they go right back in the bag. The shinguards go back when we get home from soccer. I found the bag at Ikea for a dollar.
My second son’s baseball uniform goes in a separate bag on the back of the bedroom door while I keep all the gloves in a fabric basket in the garage. It’s easy to pick up the basket and bring all the gloves along to entertain the younger kids during practice or a game. All the cleats needed for the spring season are stored in a milk crate on our back porch to prevent mud from being tracked through the house.
Keeping Sports Frugal from the archives
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