Is there anything better than watching your child enjoy sports? After all, it’s good for them physically and gives them a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and build their confidence.
But how do you manage the costs associated? Take a look at our four key tips for managing the costs of buying sporting equipment so that you don’t get caught paying more than you want to.
- Plan ahead
This gives you the chance to shop around, and to keep an eye out for good prices in the off-season when you’re more likely to get a good deal. Sometimes you can do this for uniforms too, but it depends of course on whether you can predict how much your child is going to grow before the new season starts.
Subscribing to emails and catalogs from your local sporting clubs and shops can be a good idea – they’ll keep you in the loop when it comes to sought-after equipment being discounted and can help you in planning. And also, the more familiar you are with their regular pricing, the more likely you are to recognize a good deal when you see it.
- Pre-loved is great!
Kids grow quickly, don’t they? Which is why there are often great quality equipment and uniform options available second hand – they often haven’t seen that much use and are still in good condition when their owner has outgrown them. Facebook groups (like a local buy/swap/sell, or Facebook sporting groups) give you access to great bargains on second-hand gear. (And don’t Gumtree and eBay too.) A lot of sports clubs advertise used equipment too, so make sure you ask them where they post their notifications – is it online, or in a newsletter? Or perhaps they have an old-school notice board you could check out now and then?
- Word of Mouth
Talk to people! It can be a successful way to find fantastic deals on kids sporting equipment. Find out where people have found great deals in the past. Chat with workmates or parents in the schoolyard about what you’re looking for. There’s often an unworn pair of soccer boots or an old hockey stick that needs a new home, but you won’t know unless you start chatting with people about what you’re looking for.
- Make The Most Of What You Already Have
It’s important to take care the equipment that you have. Keep it in good condition so that it lasts longer (and also so you can sell it when your child outgrows it too). When it comes to buying uniforms and gear, you can try in some cases to buy a little too big, to get some additional wear out of it before they outgrow it. This isn’t sensible for footwear as properly fitted shoes are important for playing sport, but might be worth thinking about for other gear. And if you have more than one child, you could opt for gender-neutral styling so that it can be passed easily from one sibling to the other when it suits.
Another thing to keep in mind is how long you expect your child to be playing. Is your child going to be doing this sport forever? Or are they just starting, and at risk of losing interest after you’ve spent a lot of money on gear? Sports Camps can be a good way to give your child the chance to play a sport without over-committing before you know their level of interest. We offer local sports camps in Sydney, but you’ll find a range of camps available in and around your local areas. Check with local sports clubs for upcoming camps in your area.
Playing sports is fun and exciting and provides a great way for children to stay active, build confidence and learn important social skills. It doesn’t have to break the bank though – try out these ideas to reduce the cost involved with your kids’ sports equipment, and you won’t regret it.