7 ideas for all-star savings on sports equipment

September 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

Encouraging kids to play organized sports in school and community leagues is a great way to get them moving, plus help them learn new skills and the important lesson of sportsmanship. But with the high cost of outfitting your aspiring athletes, you may want to throw in the towel. With these all-star tips for saving on sports equipment, you can teach your kids the value of team spirit…and the value of a dollar.

  • Shop online. With Internet shopping it has never been easier to catch the best bargains on sports stuff. Visit Flyerland.ca to compare prices in the flyers from your favourite stores—SportCheck, National Sports, Zellers, Walmart and more.
  • Set a Price Watch Alert. A great feature on Flyerland.ca! If you find a product you like but the cost is out of your league, you can set a target price for the item that better suits your budget. When the price falls, you’ll be automatically notified by email. This service is especially great for high ticket items.
  • Check out the classified sites. Visit web sites that list classified ads in your local area. Search the roster for the sports equipment you need at championship prices.
  • Organize a sports swap. Kids grow so fast it’s likely their equipment from last year won’t fit this year. Get together with friends, neighbours and other teams and organize a sports swap. This idea works best with little athletes of different ages.
  • Buy used equipment. There are retailers like Play it Again Sports that specialize in selling gently used sports equipment at a fraction of the cost of buying new. With pricey sports like skiing and hockey you can score big savings.
  • Shop the end of season sales. Now is the ideal time to shop for equipment for summer sports such as softball, soccer, and tennis and win the end of season savings game. Be sure to mark it on your calendar for the spring to shop the winter sports sales too. 
  • Help kids get in the game. The Canadian Tire Jump Start program helps kids in financial need get involved in organized sports and recreation. You can help by making a donation or purchasing your sports equipment at Canadian Tire during one of the fundraising events. Check out the Canadian Tire flyer on Flyerland.ca for deals and details.
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