You know spring is here if your car trunk is full of lawn chairs, coolers and sports equipment! Or maybe you can relate to an evening of shuffling between practices and/or games with multiple kids. Whether you’re a young child or full grown adult, sports is a joy, but paying to play can be pricey. There’s equipment, uniforms and often fundraising. However, when the sports seasons roll around, there are ways to save.
First, inventory everything from last year. If it fits, don’t buy new just because your child wants it. Second, if you have multiple kids, pass down equipment just like you would clothes or shoes, and don’t forget about friends and relatives. We had a cousin hand over a brand new pair of cleats because they were the wrong size and never got used. They were too small for my oldest, but don’t think for a second that my middle son won’t use them once he reaches that size. Next, search for deals in store and online. It’s not uncommon to hear a parent say they paid $300 for a baseball bat. You can often find something comparable at sites like ebay, it may just be a previous model. Finally, don’t forget about store coupons. I often get coupons in the mail from retailers like Dick’s and Hibbett’s for a certain percentage, or even $10 or $20 off. Just make sure you check the expiration date. Also, check out retailmenot.com for online shipping codes and printable coupons.