For all the sports lovers out there it can get pretty costly to keep this hobby (or profession) going. Quality sports gear usually means breaking the bank which, in the long run, may pose as a pretty heavy hit for your account. However, loving a sport and being dedicated to it is a passion like no other so dropping the game altogether just because it costs much is not really an option. This is why we’ve come up with solutions on how to save money on sports equipment but still manage to get quality for your money’s worth.
Consignment stores are your friend
In a perfect world and a platinum card with no limit you have all the newest, branded sports gear. However, the reality is you’ll sometimes have to buy stuff that is not brand new but this doesn’t mean they lack in quality; consignment and secondhand stores that specialize in sporting goods are perfect places to find great deals! In case you didn’t know, stores like these usually allow you to trade in your own unneeded or outgrown gear to earn some extra cash.
Don’t shy away from asking
Asking your friends for the outgrown uniforms or equipment is perfectly okay. Look at it this way – you are helping out yourself (and your budget) while at the same time you are helping them clean out their closet. You may even trade your pieces they need for their, you need. It’s a win-win! Plus, in case they are selling – maybe they’d be willing to cut you a deal and give you a steep discount? You never know!
Look on eBay or Amazon
Either used or new sporting equipment is bound to find its way to eBay or Amazon! Make it your business to browse for stuff you need online – you’ll be surprised what all great stuff you can find there! Often, online retailers offer gifts for fitness lovers which is pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook!
Your friends’ posts may often contain an add for selling their in-perfect-shape sports gear, so keep an eye always. On top of that, Facebook users can easily join a “yard sale” group that covers their city, county or region.
There are plenty of groups discussing sporting equipment, allowing users to jam and share their experiences and trades.
Taking care of what you have
One of the best ways to hold on to your favorite sporting equipment for a long time is to take good care of it. Whether it’s your old gear or the one you’ve managed to buy on a discount, the mere act of buying is just the start of your responsibilities. Make it your business to take good care of every single item you own in order to prolong its life and get it through another season. If you are not sure what all you need, you can always consult with professionals working at your local sports store.
Being into sports is both costly and, in terms of taking care of your sports equipment – demanding. But, with just a little patience and smart thinking, you can go a long way.