How to Shop for Children Who Love Sports

List: Posted: 12/10/10

When you’re shopping for growing children, you may need to save money in some major 'non-essential' areas, such as on their sports equipment. No matter how old your little ones are or what sports they like best, sports equipment is expensive! Shopping wisely will help you save money while still getting your kids what they need to play their favorite games and sports.

 

Shopping garage sales and online classifieds is a good way to get started. You only want to shop at these places for equipment that wears well, though. Never buy your children used sports shoes, even if you’re shopping in some high-end areas of town. This is a terrible idea because used shoes that are molded to someone else’s feet can be harmful for your child’s growing feet.  You can use this shopping technique for big things like bats, backyard soccer nets, and similar items.

 

Shopping at traditional stores for sports equipment can be a good idea, too. Lots of times you can find outfits and equipment on sale if you go shopping at the right times. Check out these areas at the end of one sports season. For instance, look for soccer gear for your high school player near the end of the fall season. You can get the gear on sale and use it for the next soccer season. It’s a great way to practice smart shopping for a kid who loves sports!

 

When you’re sports equipment shopping for a younger kid, you can pretty much pick out what they need yourself. It might be better if you do, in fact! Young athletes haven’t developed preferences. The only exception is that for sports such as soccer, you can sometimes get fun colored uniforms that are enjoyable for younger children to pick out. Taking older athletes shopping with you is a good policy. They know how to go shopping for exactly the equipment they prefer, and may even have more technical knowledge on the game than you!

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