My son has played baseball, football, and basketball since he was big enough to throw a ball, hah! He loves sports! Now he’s in high school and it seems like we’re constantly investing in new sports equipment of one type or another! If your kids are active in sports, you already know how expensive sports equipment can be. Because children are always growing and often outgrow their gear, the chances that you need to replace that sports gear often is also likely. If you want your family to stay active through sports but don’t enjoy the hefty price tag that comes with buying gear, take a look below at some helpful tips on how to save money on sports equipment. When you follow these tips, you will find that keeping your home stocked with the sports equipment you want can be a frugal endeavor. Here is how to get started!
1. Know the best time of year to buy.
You will be able to snag the sports equipment you need for less when you buy the items during the off season. This is the perfect time as retailers often put items on clearance once the prime season for that item is over.
For example, the best time to buy soccer equipment isn’t right before the season begins, but after it is well under way if not over. The trick here is learning to plan ahead. If you can anticipate what you will need for the next season, you can buy it on clearance the season before.
2. Learn more about second hand buying.
Not all sports equipment needs to be purchased brand new. In fact, if you are open to using gently used and second hand gear, you can find what you need for a fraction of the cost. There are several options you can choose from when you buy sporting gear second hand.
First, you can try shopping at a second hand sporting goods retailer such as Play It Again Sports. They carry gently used sports equipment for a fraction of the cost of new. Through a consigner such as this you can also sell the sporting goods you no longer use in order to get cash for what you can use.
A second option would be to browse social media sale sites such as Craigslist and Facebook. Check out garage sale or classified groups to see what sports equipment people may be getting rid of. This is a great way to find gently used items right in your area.
Finally, consider eBay, the online auction place for gently used an even new sporting gear. You can bid on items and if your bid is the highest, the item is yours. Some merchants will even ship for free.
3. Consider using coupons.
Coupons aren’t just for groceries anymore! To find out if the sporting goods shop of your choice offers coupons, just ask. You can also follow them on Facebook or their other social media sites to see if they offer coupons or specials. Sunday circulars are also a great source for coupons, as is the coupon code site retailmenot.com, which is ideal to check if you will be buying sporting goods online.
4. Develop a sports gear swapping system in your area.
To ensure that you and other parents will have access to gently used and reasonably priced sports equipment in the future, why not develop a swapping system in your area? Creating one is a cinch and only takes minutes. Creating a social media group on a site such as Facebook is ideal and quite easy. Simply start the group up and invite other parents who may be interested. Give members directions about posting, which will generally include a brief but thorough description of the item as well as a clear photograph. Interested parties just need to leave a message in the comments and then arrangements can be made for pick up.
5. Take care of the sports equipment you own.
Take care of the sports gear you own keeping them clean and well mended. Not only will they last you longer and prevent you from having to buy new, but when you do need to buy new your items will carry a nice resale value.
Sports equipment can be expensive, but when you give these tips for saving money on sporting goods a try, you will find that keeping a little extra cash in your pocket can be a cinch. Whether you wait for the right season to shop, buy secondhand, or organize a swap in your area, you will find that a little effort goes a long way, getting you the sporting goods you need for less. Give these tips a try!