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How to Save Money on Sports Equipment

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 12:06 PM

If you are a sports fanatic or have children who love to play outdoor games, then you are aware that it costs a lot to buy sports equipment. Here are some ways in which you can save money on the sports equipment you plan to buy:

Buy used equipment: Don’t go for brand new gear. Get second-hand sports equipment that has not been used much.Used sports equipment will be cheaper.When you buy used sports equipment, make sure you trust the source. So, before buying, look around. Step into thrift or consignment stores, look at yard sales, or check with local schools or recreation centers to see if they are selling used sports equipment. Check with other sports enthusiasts in your neighborhood to find if they are selling used sports equipment. Awareness is one way to save money.

Buy at discount stores: You don't have to pay full price if you don't want to. Forget big sports stores. Go for ones that offer discounts. Your local Wal-Mart, Kmart, or Target can offer you basketballs, baseballs, and hockey pucks. You can save $5 to $10 per purchase.

Give up brands: Do you really have to have brand name products? It would be nice, but don’t you think you are unnecessarily paying for the brand name? The quality of nonbranded equipment isn’t going to be much different from the ones that are branded, and can cost up to 30% less than the brand name.

Wait for the season to end: If you are planning to buy football gear, shop for it during the spring. Sports equipment will usually cost less if you are buying it “off season." You can even take advantage of the end of season sales that many sporting goods stores offer. You may also find uniforms or other sports items on sale.

Buy online: Look for online sports stores, as they offer plenty of new and used sports equipment at much cheaper, discounted prices. Find stores in your area through Internet search engines or the phone book.

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