Any person who knows a sports fanatic and player, whether a parent or not, will assert that sports equipment can get a bit pricey on certain occasions. Factoring in costs of playing sports such as transportation, registration fees, food and even private lessons for a young athlete can put a significant dent in your finances. With the rising cost of everything, it may be prudent to find ways of saving money spent on purchasing sports equipment. Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of money on equipment.
1. It is okay to purchase slightly used gear
Brand new sports gear can be quite expensive but there are stores where one can get gently used gear at about half the cost of a brand new pair. Youth athletes grow quite fast and the sports equipment that you purchase may have been used for only one season. Awareness is key to saving money on such gear. It is, however, imperative for you to know and trust the source of these used products. Look at thrifts stores and yard sales before you can purchase any used sports equipment.
2. Ignore brand names
Is it really necessary to purchase a product because of its brand while you may get similar quality products for a lesser price? Non-branded equipment is not bad and will not be of a lower quality in comparison to the branded products. While branded products are not of an inferior quality than other types, you may be paying a premium because of the brand name.
3. Make your own equipment where possible
This is a great tip for those with teams of younger players. You can choose to make your own uniforms instead of purchasing them from some expensive retailer. Creating your own uniforms can be a simple idea which only requires you to get some basic t-shirts and a way to print the designs that you need. Designing the team kits may also be a nice way to bond with team mates.
4. Purchase in bulk
Many teams may require parents to purchase some specific sports equipment for their children. Instead of purchasing such equipment individually, it may be cheaper to buy these products in bulk instead of each person purchasing a single item for their player. Some sports store sell items such as hockey sticks and soccer balls cheaply when bought in bulk. It is necessary for a team to purchase items and invest in equipment together so that everyone can share the goods as a team.
5. Buy at the end of a season
You should always wait to purchase sports equipment at the end of the season as they are always cheaper at this time. For example, if you plan to purchase football gear for a team then it is highly advisable to do it during the spring season. This equipment will often cost less when you decide to buy it off season. Many sports stores will also have an end of season sale where many equipments such as uniforms are sold on offer.