If your kids’ feet have stopped growing, there’s no reason to buy them new shoes for back-to-school if they have perfectly good shoes from last year. Even those that are a little dirty don’t justify spending on new.
Case in point: check out the photo below. These are my daughter’s Converse high tops that I bought for her in 2009. You’ll notice the shoe on the right is a bit scuffed and dirty, and the shoelaces a bit dingy. It looks kind of old and maybe in my pre-frugal days I might have said, “OK, let’s get you new shoes.” But not this time around.
Take a look at the shoe on the left. Looks brand new, right? All I did was invest in new shoe laces and clean the shoes use KIWI Fast-Acting Shoe Cleaner (which KIWI provided to me for free to try out, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the results). The cleaner retails for less than $6, which anyone can tell you is way cheaper than a new pair of Converse! (Look for me on “Good Day Philadelphia” tomorrow, Friday, August 13th, talking about frugal back-to-school strategies, including cleaning up old sneakers.)