Sports on a Budget: Our Best Money-Saving Tips

by Aaron Finch

Sports can be an expensive hobby, but there are ways you can save money while playing.

 For example, if you love basketball or tennis, then investing in a replica or alternate brand of sporting equipment is one way to trim your budget.

You may also want to consider buying second-hand sporting goods (especially if they were made by brands like Nike) online at websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. 

Another way to save money is by cutting down on the cost of your favorite sport activities by investing in gear that you don’t need. 

If you like baseball, for example, choose one of the following ways to save money on your favorite sport activity:

1) Choose a cheaper brand of baseball equipment. 

For example, my son’s new glove set is made by Louisville Slugger and it costs $30.00 less than his current brand (Wilson).

2) Choose a cheaper, alternate brand of baseball equipment. 

For example, my son currently uses a bat made by Easton. The next time we’re in the market for bats, he plans to check out brands like Worth, Slugger and DeMarini.

3) Choose less expensive practice options .

If your local team or program does not offer it for free or at a discount. For example, this summer my son’s baseball team is planning to cut costs by only hitting off a tee at practice instead of hitting off the pitching machine and facing live pitches from his coaches and teammates at practice.

4) Consider playing multiple sports with your teammates .

Instead of playing one sport all year round. For example, in the summer, my son’s baseball team plays players from the soccer team so that they can share the cost of transportation and equipment. This way, we don’t have to buy a second glove or glove bag.

5) Play outside .

Try to play your favorite sport as early or late in the day as possible. For example, during the spring months my son’s softball team typically plays outdoor games at around 5:00 PM.

 In the summer, my son’s swim team leaves for practice in their pads and jersey at 6:30 AM and they typically play at night by playing in indoor pools. So if you’re looking to save money on your favorite sport activity, make sure that you’re sticking to one of these five tips. Best of luck out there!

6) Concentrate on learning a sport you’ll enjoy and not one that your friends are into.

If you love baseball, don’t try to be like your favorite ballplayer who can hit a home run every time he steps up to the plate. 

While it may seem an easy way to save money on sports, some people think that their new expensive hobby could become an expensive addiction. 

Remember, choosing to train for a sport that is more difficult or challenging is not going to be easy at first, but it will pay off in the end as you become more proficient in your chosen activity and become more fit over time.

 So pick something you want to learn, devote yourself fully and start putting the hours in where you see fit. And be sure to check out our article about how you can save a lot of money on sports equipment.

7) Join a team that supports your local community .

If you live near a city or town, consider participating in the local sports teams. For example, my son’s swim team sponsors their own olympic committee and they have their own swim-training pool where they train year round. 

At the end of each season, they hold competitive events at the pool where my son’s team can earn points towards qualifying for The National Championship event. Furthermore, his club will often host many different events throughout the year like trips to amusement parks and promos that feature food and drinks at golf courses or movie theaters near their homes.

 So if you’re looking to save on sports activities, consider joining your local community teams because they might be more affordable than the other options.

8) Bring a friend or two along for the ride . 

Remember, expenses will be lower if you bring a few friends along for the ride. For example, my son’s swim team often goes on practice swims with his teammates and he usually shares transportation costs with at least five of his teammates during those practice swims. 

Furthermore, during the school year, he’s been known to carpool with his swim team during their long bus rides to their meets and competitions.

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