Participating in sports is a fun way to stay in shape, socialize with friends and improve your physical skills. Just because you are on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you have to skip the activities you love.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or members of your family, here are a few budget-friendly ways to save on sports equipment.
Scout the neighborhood for garage sales
These can be a really good source for children’s equipment. Kids often outgrow items like baseball bats, gloves, cleats, smaller balls and bicycles quickly, so you can usually find them in good condition.
Check discount stores
National chain discount stores all carry basic sports equipment. You’ll find some for the most popular sports – baseball, football, soccer, swimming, bicycling, and basic fitness equipment. You won’t find the same high end items you would at a sporting goods store, but often the equipment is just fine for children, beginners and casual sports participants.
Online resale sites like eBay and local Facebook selling groups
These are often overlooked places to save on sports equipment. There’s both new and used equipment available, but you may have to check in often to find what you need since items usually sell quickly!
Find your local used sports equipment stores
Practically every major city has a store that carries used sports equipment. ] Plus, small stores that specialize in equipment for a particular sport usually take trade-ins and resell the used equipment at a reduced price.
Take advantage of end of season clearance sales
If you need a high end piece of equipment, try waiting until the end of the season to hit the sporting goods stores. Often times, the end of the sport’s season is when items are going on clearance, which can be extremely budget-friendly.
Borrow or find hand-me-downs
If you or your family participates in a group or school sponsored sport, other team members or families with older children may have equipment they don’t need and are willing to let you borrow. Using well cared for hand-me-downs is one of the most economical ways to get your hands on the kind of equipment you need.
Being an athlete doesn’t have to drain your wallet. There are plenty of ways to save on sports equipment, just look around!