With Fall rapidly approaching, youth football signups are no doubt on the way. Many kids enjoy getting out there with their friends, playing a team sport that involves getting dirty and burning lots of energy. For parents, however, football can be an expensive hobby for their children. Fortunately, there are ways you can cut costs when it comes to equipping your kiddos for their games.
1. Consider purchasing equipment on eBay.
Used football equipment can be found in great condition if you take the time to look online. Some are only used one season, thanks to the quickly growing bodies of children, meaning they may not even be really broke in yet. Name brands sell on eBay as well as Craigslist for a fraction of the cost of buying brand new.
2. Borrow the necessary equipment.
Some parents find it more cost-effective to ask family and friends for football equipment. This is especially helpful when you aren’t sure if your child will enjoy playing football. Testing out the waters before investing in cleats, helmets, and more can often be a wise decision.
3. Check end of season sales.
If your child has been playing football for years, it’s likely they will want to do so the following season. Watch out for seasonal clearance that can save you a lot of cash. It can be difficult to determine sizing for the next season since kids grow at different rates, but keep in mind you could always resell new youth football equipment to fund purchasing the correct size if necessary.
4. Speak with the coach.
Some recreational football leagues provide at least some of the equipment necessary for kids to play football. Items the team may already have for the players include helmets, jerseys, and shoulder pads. Find out what is expected of the parents before you take a trip to the sporting goods store. No need spending money on things that your child already has access to!
5. Discuss bulk purchasing with other parents.
Gather the other team moms and dads to talk about the possibility of bulking buying the football equipment the players need. Sometimes, local stores can accommodate a whole team purchasing there at the same time by giving discounts. You may find online wholesalers that will do the same thing.
6. Hang on to old gear for future kids.
If you have younger children that may become interested in football, be sure to hold on to any equipment you purchase. Since most items can be reused by multiple children, this can save you money when it comes time for your little kids to play.
Football is a very fun sport for kids, but it can become costly when so much equipment is necessary. Following the above ideas will help you support your kid’s interests without breaking the bank!