Back to school can break the bank. Instead of heading to the megastore with your three-page list, try starting your own personal reuse revolution this September. Check out these back-to-school basics you should buy used every time, and start shrinking your footprint, not your wallet.
1. Clothes and shoes
Kids grow up fast, and that brand new Transformers shirt he just had to have will probably be getting snug by winter vacation. Wouldn’t a vintage tee be a lot cooler for him (and your checkbook)?
Since kids often only wear a given garment for a few months before outgrowing it, there are plenty of good-as-new kids’ clothes out there for a fraction of the cost. Thrift stores and yard sales are great spots to start. But the best place for kids’ clothing finds is swaps you set up with your family and friends. When the kids hit another growth spurt, there will be more than enough to go around.