Keeping Active This Winter

Staying active in the winter is no easy feat. Although shoveling a snowy sidewalk can get your heart rate up, there are lots of other (more fun) ways to keep fit that won’t break the bank.

From curling, skiing, snowboarding and skating, we all have our favourite winter outdoor activities. And when you look to the second-hand economy, using sites like Kijiji, to save a buck or two, there will definitely be more room in your budget to try a few new sports on for size.

If you’re like some, you may not love the crisp nip of a cold winter day or trudging through the snow to get to the rink or ski hill. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of indoor fun! Maybe grab some exercise equipment through the second-hand economy and build a home gym. Or you could even update your toolbox and start a build project!

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But if you’re a true Canadian hockey fan, winter is the season you’ve been preparing for all year. Yep, it’s time for hockey!

Say hello to the Simonetts.

They’re a family of five and every single one of them not only plays hockey but does it with unbridled passion. They may spend nearly 30 hours a week driving from one practice, rec game or tournament to the next, but they love every minute of it!

We sat down with the Simonetts to see what it’s like inside a true Canadian hockey family and learned one thing: the price tag of having your kid on a competitive hockey team can hit your finances like a defenseman nailing a forward with his head down.

We know spending up to $24,000 a year on hockey sounds daunting, but there are lots of ways to trim down that budget. Between the cost of ice time, fees, camps, snacks, transportation and of course equipment, you can easily spend $10,000 on a couple of young players each season. Although you can’t do much about fixed costs, you can cut the cost of gear.

In fact, if your kids have outgrown their gear but it’s still in pretty good condition, selling it through Kijiji could be a way to recoup some of that cash! There are lots of people buying and selling hockey equipment through the second-hand economy every day.