Sporting activities are essential for health and well being of the human body. Not only do they help us stay fit, they also teach us life skills that may prove to be essential for survival. For those of us who regularly participate in sports, we know how expensive sports equipment can get. Baseball bats, basketballs and football cleats can all cost a pretty penny, but there are ways in which you can save money on these items and still be able to participate in your favourite sport.
In contact sports like Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer and Lacrosse a mouth guard is critical. Without one, you run the risk of causing severe self-injury such as biting your tongue off.
Most people will get a custom mouth guard from their dentist, which is very expensive. Instead of spending money on the dentist appointment, one should consider getting a boil and bite mouth guard. They cost up to 70% less than custom mouth guards, and they can still be molded to fit your mouth. Most sporting goods stores and drug stores will have them in stock with prices starting from as little as $6.
With Football and Soccer, the kind of boots or cleats you wear is also imperative. For those who participate in such sporting activities as a hobby, saving money on cleats or boots is easy. Rather than buy the official studded boot, why not try purchasing the training shoe. Not only do they offer the same amount of grip as the standard boot, but they can also be used on all surfaces, saving you the need of buying multiple pairs of shoes for different playing conditions.
Stick and Ball Sports
With stick and ball sports like baseball, one of the easiest ways to save money is to consider the material the bat is made of. Baseball bats that are made of metal alloys and compound bats tend to be more expensive than traditional wooden bats. Consider buying a wooden bat on your next purchase.
Hockey and Golf
With hockey, especially street hockey and ice hockey, it would also be a good idea to consider the material the stick is made of. Just like with baseball bats, hockey sticks with wooden shafts cost less than their composite and vinyl counterparts. When buying a hockey stick, it would also save you money to consider buying one with a shaft that allows for replaceable blades. This will allow you to use the same shaft for years while being able to replace the blade if it gets damaged.
Many golfers have a whole bag of clubs that they don’t use, as most times there is no need for them. Rather than buy a whole range of clubs that you’re not going to use, how about saving some money by skipping out on that 4 iron that you’ll never use, or that 5 wood that you know will gather dust waiting to be utilized.