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Saving Money: Recycling Baseball Spikes

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Buying spikes for growing kids can seem like a losing battle. Your son or daughter needs them for their baseball or softball season, you spend your hard-earned dollars on a good pair, and mere months later, they go in the basement till next season.

By then, they will inevitably be too small, and you start the whole process over again.

For a family with two, three or more sports-playing siblings, the dollars start to add up.

So many families simply recycle the spikes or cleats amongst one-another. Big brother's spikes may last through baseball season—and, if you're lucky, fall ball—and then they get handed down to little brother for next season. Perfect.

But what if you don't have multiple kids playing sports, or what if the timing isn't right? No problem. Go global. Take the spikes-recycling effort out of the house and into the league at large.

Let everyone involved in the league know that they don't need to buy spikes – they can exchange old ones (in reasonably good shape, of course) and swap them for a better-fitting pair. Simply bring a big box or two to the first practice, tryout, or sign-up day, slap a sign on it, and let parents help themselves to the exchange.

Grab a rag and wipe off your child's old pair, pick-up some shoe disinfectant spray (available at shoe stores, sporting goods stores or department stores for anywhere from $10 to $40 – or a trusty can of Lysol will also do the trick) and make the swap. You may want to repeat the disinfectant process after you pick up the new pair, just to be safe.

Many baseball and soccer leagues already do this, but if yours doesn't – mention it to the league officials, most of whom are also parents. It's easy to implement. All you need is a box – the extra spikes will take care of themselves!

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