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3 Savvy Ways to Save on Kids’ Sports Gear

Going to your child’s baseball game may be a fun way to spend an evening. Watching your child get nothing but net may be super exciting. Seeing your child run the ball down the field to score a goal may get your adrenaline pumping. But while your child’s participation in sports may be fun for the whole family, it might not be so great for your pocketbook.

Sports equipment can get pricey. Making sure your child has everything he or she needs to excel at game time can drain your budget. If you want to set your child up for success, what else can you do?

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get appropriate sports gear for your child. These savvy methods can help you save money on kids’ sport gear.

Buy Secondhand Equipment

If your child is still relatively new to the sport, he or she probably doesn’t need new equipment just yet. Secondhand gear should work just fine and will give your child an opportunity to try the sport out before you invest a lot of money. You can find secondhand sports gear at thrift stores, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and sports resale shops, like Play It Again Sports. If you choose to purchase from a stranger through a medium like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, be sure to meet in a public place and take steps to ensure your safety.

Don’t Buy High-End Equipment

It can be tempting to go all out and get all the best products for your little athlete. However, the best products usually come at a high cost. Your child isn’t an elite athlete yet, so you don’t need to deck them out in top-level gear. Instead, focus on finding quality products intended for young athletes.

Teach Your Kids to Take Care of Their Gear

Kids can be rough on gear, throwing it around and leaving it lying on the floor. Encouraging your child to take care of his or her sports gear can prolong its life, thereby preventing you from having to purchase new. Plus, it can teach your child a valuable lesson about responsibility.  

How do you score savings on kids’ sports gear? Let us know in the comments section below!

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