How to make kids’ summer sports affordable
As the mom of four, I’ve had many summer holidays with the kids. When that final school bell rings on the last day of school, I know that both my kids and I are ready to get the lazy, dog days of summer underway. Of course, work beckons, and being a working parent makes me even more conscious of making the best of the time that I have with my kids. It’s all about quality, not quantity.
And when I think of quality time with my kids, what better way to enjoy the summer than to spend it outdoors doing fun activities that create lasting memories?
My twin boys love sports, soccer and baseball in particular, and it’s always a good time when we get together to play a few games. While I’m definitely not in the pro leagues, I always tell them that a person should get an “A” for effort, so I guess I’m getting better than a passing grade.
Now, as any parent can tell you, outfitting one child with sports equipment can be expensive, let alone two. With twins, everything is doubled, including financial outlays for everything from clothing to catcher’s mitts.
When I was only shopping brand new, I found that sports equipment could rack up a sizable price tag – especially if you’ve got a big family like me. If I can get a deal, I’m all over it. I started shopping for second-hand sporting options and since then I’ve saved over $300 on gear alone in the past few summer seasons!
As a parent who is always looking for a good deal, checking out online bargains is one of the first things that I do. And I’m not alone. Kijiji has been a great resource for me and other parents who want to get the best value for their dollars. In the case of my twin boys, when you have to buy everything in two’s, the dollars really rack up and being able to realize savings on gently-used equipment has made a positive difference to our family’s bottom line.
According to Kijiji’s 2017 Second Hand Economy Index, Canadians save an average of $843 by buying second-hand items. Last year, the average spend on used sports equipment was $2,570. The report found that on average, Canadians think that they would have paid 293% more to buy sports items brand new instead of second-hand. Tallied up, that’s an average savings of nearly $7,500 through buying second-hand! Not bad when you are trying to outfit a kid – or two – in the latest sporting gear.
Over the years, I’ve been able to purchase much needed items that were almost new for my boys. Whether it was soccer gear, baseball-related items or general sports equipment, Kijiji is clearly the first stop in my quest to stretch my family’s dollar as far as I can.
When I hit the playground, soccer field, or baseball diamond with my boys, I often mingle with other moms and dads, united in our common desire to help our kids achieve their sporting goals. Like me, they want the best value for their money. My advice to them? Buy used for your family’s sporting needs and watch your money go further than you ever imagined.
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