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5 Ways to Save Money on Sports Gear and Equipment


Any sports parent that has been involved with youth sports for even a single season knows that it can get very expensive very quickly. Before you factor in the costs of transportation, half-time snacks for the team, tournament registration fees, private lessons and so forth, just outfitting your youth athlete for the season can put a sizeable dent in your wallet. Here are five ways to help save money on sports gear and equipment:

1. Buy (or trade for) gently used equipment.

There are some great used sporting good stores out there where you can find gently used sporting equipment for easily half the cost of brand new gear. Since youth athletes grow so fast, some of this equipment might have only seen one season! A lot of used sporting good stores will also let you trade in your own used gear, giving you store credit (sometimes even cash!) so you can buy what you need.5 Ways to Save Money on Sports Gear and Equipment

2. Make your own uniforms.

This is a great idea for younger teams (think 5 and 6 year old soccer or baseball). Instead of purchasing more expensive uniforms from a retailer, make your own! All you need is a basic t-shirt and some iron on numbers. If you wanted to get a little more creative and have some team bonding time, tie-dying the t-shirts is also a fun way to make your own uniforms.

3. Create a league loaner program.

Every year kids leave sports programs. Maybe they go on to high-powered travel leagues or school teams, maybe they decide to try a new sport or maybe they decide they want to belong to a different extra-curricular activity like music. For whatever reasons that player graduates out of your sports league, chances are they have a ton of old sports gear and equipment they no longer need. Instead of selling it to a used sporting goods store, you could start a league loaner program. Kids can rent equipment each season instead of buying new gear. As long as the equipment is in good shape, this is a great way to fundraise for your sports organization.

4. Plan ahead and shop for end of season deals.

If you’re fairly confident that your athlete is going to play the same sport next season, you might luck out with some great end of season deals on sports gear and equipment. This is a great time to buy a new baseball glove or hockey stick or other pieces of equipment you don’t need to worry about your athlete outgrowing between seasons.

5. Buy in bulk with team parents.

Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy in bulk for the little things like tennis balls, hockey stick tape and so forth. Instead of having each sports parent buy their own set, get the whole team together and invest in team equipment that everyone will be able to share.

What are you doing to save money on sports gear and equipment? We'd love to hear your money saving tips!


Certainly. My kid joined this baseball team one time and I had fun shopping for gear with the other parents. It'll surely save some bucks purchasing in bulk.
Posted @ Monday, June 11, 2012 8:52 AM by Mikel Jones
As a golfer, one of the biggest things I see people do is go and buy themselves a big ol’ fancy set of golf clubs. If you can’t swing them properly, they won’t do you any good. Better to buy the cheaper set and work on your game. And used is also a very good place to start looking!
Posted @ Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:16 AM by Luke Sleaford
@Luke - that's a great tip! Thanks for sharing.
Posted @ Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:19 AM by Jodi Murphy
I have a foundation that is set up to help parents who cannot afford to keep their kids in sports because of the high costs. Please take a look and let me know if I can be of help. 
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 5:23 PM by John Ellsworth
Thanks for sharing an excellent tips to save money on buying sports equipments.For online sports accessories
Posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6:40 AM by aakash111
Best and fantastic money saving tips on sports equipment.Thanks for such an useful tips.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:36 AM by aakash111
I have been buying towels in bulk for our high school sports program, for the entire district. We have 3 high schools so we do buy what we can when it comes to getting good deals. There are certain things like towels, laundry bags and detergents that using 1 supplier lessens the cost. We've used Texon for over 15 years, and I find them very service orientated.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:58 PM by Buying Towels in Bulk
Really great post ,i like it very much. 
Thanks for sharing....
Posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 9:48 AM by Jabes rock
I like your idea of buying in bulk. The sellers provide excellent discounts on bulk purchases. I would suggest try searching online or otherwise try contacting company outlet or a wholesaler for bulk purchases. You can save huge.
Posted @ Friday, August 08, 2014 7:10 AM by Michael Coleman
I've never thought to trade equipment before! Planning ahead and buying in bulk has always been my go to resource for saving money. It might not be after trying this idea out. Thanks for sharing!
Posted @ Friday, March 20, 2015 10:26 AM by Caryl Anne
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