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A child who loves playing a sport is a wonderful thing to watch. Paying to equip that child with the proper clothing and gear is the hard part.
Here are a few ways to save on youth sports equipment:
Watch for end of season sales. This can be a bit tricky if your kid is still in that “grows out of a size overnight” stage. But if you have an older youth athlete, you should be able to watch for clearance sales at the end of the current season and stock up for the next year. The end of the season sales can be a good time to buy gym clothes for practices.
Borrow. Put the word out to friends and family that you’re looking to borrow sports equipment. Be sure to offer up any sports equipment you’re not using in exchange.
Buy Used. Many communities have sports gear consignment shops where you can pick up quality used sports gear. You should also check the classified ads and Craigslist for second hand items. Don’t forget to put the word out on Freeccyle, too. You may be pleasantly surprised to get some sports gear for free. Just be sure any safety equipment is still in excellent condition.
Talk to the coach. If the list of items your child needs to play on a team seems a bit excessive, talk to the coach. Perhaps some items aren’t as crucial and can be left off or substituted with less expensive items. Encourage the coach to have a minimalist attitude when it comes to sports clothing and gear. Focus on safety, rather than style and name brands.
Consider buying in bulk. Perhaps your child’s sports team can get a discount if everyone buys from the same store. Ask local stores if they offer discounts if more than one piece of equipment is bought at a time.
Now it’s your turn: How do you save money on youth sports gear?