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FrugalMoms Guide to Kid's Sports Equipment


by Angela Heidt

We all want our kids to be involved in sports activities, as we know that doing so will keep them healthy, happy, and out of trouble. The problem is that all this involvement costs money. Depending on the sport it can run you a few hundred dollars or more every year for the equipment for just one sport, let alone the two or three different activities that most kids want to get into. Even sports that are done through school usually require that you pay for the equipment.

The trick is finding a way to balance your child's sports and your budget. Luckily, there are many ways that you can save money buying sports equipment. If you really want new equipment then the best thing to do is to pick up next year's pads, helmets and footwear at the end of the season when they are on sale. Otherwise, there are many options for picking up second-hand gear:


When it's time to pick up new gear you can find a large variety of new and used sports equipment online. The downside is that due to the size of most sports equipment you may find the shipping costs negate any savings you get. However, if you can find sellers in your area you may be able to arrange to pick up the items instead of paying for shipping.


Many parents can get great deals on sports equipment by combing through local and online classified ads. Since sports seasons tend to be quite short, most equipment is in near new condition and can be picked up for half-price or less. You can even lessen the sting of buying equipment by putting your own items up for sale.

Sports Swaps

Many communities have embraced the concept of sports swaps, where you drop off your sports equipment for sale and pick up whatever you need, at great prices. If you don't live in a larger city that has sports swaps, see if there are any within a few hour drive. The savings will make it worth it.

Friends and Family

Odds are that somewhere within your circle of friends and family members there is a boy or girl who is a bit older than you kids and plays the same sports. See if they are willing to pass on their used sports equipment, for free or cheap.

Consignment Stores

There are many places that will take your used sports equipment and resell it on consignment, or even buy it outright. Likewise these shops are a great place to find bargains on any kind of sports equipment - from soccer to hockey and even a great set of golf clubs.

From sports equipment, bikes and even musical instruments there are many ways that you can get what you need without breaking the bank. With a little luck and some searching your kids can get into the sports and activities that they like, and you can relax knowing that they are staying active.

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