Outfitting your kids for their various sports activities can be expensive. Sometimes it feels like you need to have a credit card dedicated solely to this type of purchase. Luckily, there are lots of things that you save money on your kids’ sports based extra curricular activities. Here are five of them.
Whether you are buying a baseball bat, a uniform, or other equipment, bargain shopping online is a great way to find great deals on the equipment you need. You can easily shop through a variety of different websites to make sure that you find the best possible prices. To save even more money, do a Google search for coupon codes for your chosen vendor.
While coupons for sports equipment aren’t usually in the Proctor and Gamble inserts that get delivered to your house every week, they do still exist. Comb through your local paper to find coupons for the sports stores in your area. Look through the magazines and periodicals that your kids read (or bring home from school) to find coupon codes that you can use online. These deals do exist; you just have to search them out.
Thrift shops are great places to find kids sports equipment for cheaper prices. Bats, balls, hoops, etc—with a little searching you can find great equipment that is in perfect shape (or very close to perfect—the equipment is going to get dinged up eventually anyway, do a couple of extra scratches really matter)? Spend some time combing through your local Goodwill and other thrift and secondhand stores. You’ll be amazed at how much you find.
PRO TIP: Garage sales are another great source of gently used and extremely affordable equipment.
Hand Me Downs
There are undoubtedly older kids in your family or in your neighborhood that have outgrown the exact sports stuff that you’re trying to find. If there aren’t any young kids growing into that stuff, these families are usually more than happy to hand it down to a kid who needs it. You can increase this likelihood by offering to pay them for it. The amount you pay to your family and neighbors will undoubtedly be less than you’d pay in a store.
Create an Equipment Pool
Unless you live a long way out-of-town, you undoubtedly have neighbors and friends whose kids are the same age and doing the same things as your kids. Join forces with these friends and neighbors and pool your money to get the equipment you need. The sharing will be easier than you think—you can get the kids together and have practice games and play time using the equipment you’ve all purchased together.
These are just five ways that you can save money on your kids’ sporting equipment. How many more can you think of? Get creative!