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Avoid the Rising Costs of Sports Gear
There are many families that spend a great deal of money on sports gear. My family is one of them. It seems that each week there is another trip to the store to buy sports gear for one of my children. Between the childrenís school activities and my husbandís love of the outdoors, we purchase sports gear throughout the year.
The schools used to provide sports gear that the children participate in. Budget cuts and decreased funding for sports now makes purchasing the responsibility of each participant. This is difficult for some families on a tight budget and it may mean that their child will not participate in an activity because the family cannot afford the sports gear. Most schools do have scholarships that help with the cost of the gear for sports, but this is often embarrassing for the student so they choose not to participate.
Of the sports gear that we purchase the most expensive is hockey equipment. Hockey skates alone are very expensive and with growing teenage boys the skate size often changes during one season. We are on first name basis with the owner of the hockey equipment business since we spend so much time and money in his store. An additional cost for sports gear involves apparel. Often times you do not have to shop for the apparel, but you do have to pay the school for the uniforms. This is usually a rental fee, because the player does not get to keep it.
My husband fishes and hunts. This means that our budget for sports gear needs to include him as well. The sports gear that he is involved with does get handed down to the children, as he purchases new equipment. The sporting gear industry is very good at creating new and improved equipment on a regular basis. This insures that the sportsman is always making additional purchases. It seems that several times each week we have catalogs in the mail that are filled with sports gear. The sports equipment listed in these catalogs ranges from basic fishing and camping equipment to extremely specialized merchandise. My husbandís eyes light up like a childís at Christmas when he gets one of these catalogs specializing in sports gear.
There are merchants available that handle used sports gear. This can be a great alternate way to purchase equipment for a child that is trying a sport for the first time. This way you can avoid a huge financial commitment only to find out your child does not like that particular sport. Some of the used sports gear stores will purchase equipment or sell it on commission. This is a good way of getting rid of sports gear that you may have accumulating in storage areas.
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