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How to Save Money on Kids Sports


As parents we are always looking to give our kids the best. We want them to learn and grow. Sports are a big way kids gain strength and build character but the price adds up fast. Here are some great ways to save on kids sports.


Look into local school sport options
Check if your child's school district offers a sport they are offering the sport your child wants to try. If you are a homeschoolers some states allow children to take advantage of extra curricular classes and programs offered by local schools including band and sports.

Get the early sign up discount
When it comes to saving money we all know planning is key. By planning ahead you can save money on kids sports by getting you a 10% to 20% discount on your sign up fees and first pick over equipment at your local stores. You may also get a discount by paying ahead on programs with monthly fees.


Seek a sponsor
Talk to your child's coach and volunteer to help find the team a sponsor to help lower the out of pocket cost for the whole team. Pitch local supermarkets, shoe and equipment shops, or the local mom and pops. These sponsor relationships help foster growth in the community.

Check your community center:
Community centers often offer fairly low cost sports programs for kids that can save you plenty of money. Many community centers offer scholarships for their programs, discounts, and even resale on equipment.

Check your YMCA
The YMCA offers scholarships to kids in lower incomes. They offer a lower price than many private leagues and provide a great family friendly environment.
Trade time for a discount
It never hurts to ask. Many teams need coaches, assistants, and other help and many are willing to offer discounts and even your child's fees. This allows you to save money while demonstrating work ethic, and bonding with your child over their favorite sport.


Buy used equipment
Being used equipment is a great way to save money on kids sports. All of those cleats, pads, helmets rackets, and balls add up in cost FAST. Add the fact that children out grow all of it so fast that you will be lucky if it all lasts a whole season. Resale shops, Craigslist, ebay, and specialty shops like play it again sports are all great options for finding uses equipment. be sure to clean and sanitize well then go on with your life enjoying a large savings.
Save on snacks for the team.

Save on team snacks
The local grocery store may be willing to provide things like granola bars, and bananas to your team for healthy pre game snacks. Coupons and sales are a great way to save money on snacks for the kids and with planning ahead could lower the cost dramatically. Spaghetti makes a great affordable meal for large team dinners. Even offering a higher cost gluten free option it is a cheap meal. A crock pot to keep the marinara hot makes even cooked the night before spaghetti a great option as the noodles taste fine cold.

Let's discuss: How do you save money on your own kids sports? 

Annmarie John
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  1. My kids do karate, so they each needed new gear because used sparring gear is just plain nasty. And it's NOT cheap by any means.

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    1. I wouldn't want to get used sparring gear either but how were you able to save money?

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  2. Do you guys have a fitness credit? Here in Canada we get up to $500/ child in a fitness tax credit which really helps. I just enrolled the kids in gymnastic classes and it's over $650! We also have "kidsport" here which will fun kids sports if the parents aren't able to afford it.

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    1. I wish we did have that credit but unfortunately we do not. I am also planning on enrolling my daughter in gymnastics since she's been showing an interest and usually they would offer specials so you can save a little here and there.

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  3. I'm not a mama but I LOVED this post! I coached Girls On The Run and we ALWAYS found a way to help girls be able to join our team if they couldn't afford it. It's always possible for kids to join sports teams and everyone should be willing to make it happen! xx

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    1. That's awesome and I agree because I grew up playing sports and now so do my kids.

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I always check our community center for activities. They really offer amazing deals. Sometimes the school sends out workshop flyers too. There's also word-of-mouth from Moms that I find helpful.

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    1. That is so true. The school is another great option since they sometimes also have sport clinics which can help you save a ton.

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  5. Some great ideas here especially in regards to saving money on kids snacks. The costs can add up before you know it!

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    1. Oh snacks can add up in the long run. I usually grab them at Costco or Sams Club since I'm buying in bulk which almost always saves money.

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  6. This is good timing for me. My daughter is at the age where she wants to try everything! And of course, I sign up to bring snacks! Lol. I have found out that the Y is super expensive if you are not a member!

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    1. Snacks can work out to be expensive and yes the Y can be expensive but they also have some great deals.

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  7. Kids sports kill us each season. We keep going because my girls love soccer, but man it gets more and more expensive!

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    1. Oh it all adds up in the long run. Both of my boys are in sports, my daughter did tennis and my youngest is about to do gymnastics, but it's a good idea to enroll them in sports.

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  8. It can get so expensive! I am the snack mom for our club volleyball team, so I am looking on ways to save money for that.

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    1. Oh I most certainly know how expensive it can become, hopefully you're able to save some this year.

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  9. My son plays basketball and he does it through his school. Kid sports is so expensive that any way to save money I'm all in for.

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    1. Oh yes as parents we need all the savings we can get. The way my kids go through food I need to save money somewhere.

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  10. Buying used equipment is a really good solution! Kids will make a new equipment well used within minutes.

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    1. Oh tell me about it. Kids can make ANYTHING look used in a few minutes. :)

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  11. I never knew how expensive kids sports could be. These are great tips, one of the things we do is have my daughter in no more than two activities at a time. It all adds up.

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    1. Oh yes they sure do but I encourage my boys. They used to go through activities until they found what they loved, basketball and football.

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  12. Our children are grown now and we are watching the grandchildren start to play sports. This is great info! I'm going to send it off to my DIL's.

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    1. I'm sure that they'll appreciate the tips.

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  13. Kids sports can be incredibly pricey. I think fundraising is another good way to offset the costs.

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    1. That is very true and a very good way to offset cost as well. Thanks for that other tip.

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  14. I never knew how expensive sports can be until I moved to the States. Wow. Sponsors are a great idea.

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    1. Sponsors are a great idea and if you can get one, make sure to keep them.

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  15. My youngest is into soccer - these tips will definitely come in handy after we've made our move to the US!

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    1. I hope they will be and how exciting, I hope you love it wherever you're moving to.

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  16. I never knew how my mom did it with three girls who were only a year apart! All of us were into sports and did multiple activities at once. Somehow she afforded it!

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    1. Trust me, moms always find a way to make things work.

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  17. Sports are super expensive. My kids are grown now,but when my son played BB, forget about it. I invested a lot of money over the years. Good luck and enjoy they grow fast.

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    1. Yes they can be and my sons play basketball too so I totally know.

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  18. I know that signing up for sports at the community center or the Y can really help. My brother was part of the community center baseball team for a while and he loved it!

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    1. The community center is most of the time cheaper than they Y but they're still a lot cheaper than most.

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  19. This is great for saving up some money that we can alocate to other needs of the kids. Nowadays everything become expensive, and that including sport for the kids.

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    1. Yes the price has surely gone up for a lot of things and if you can save a dollar or two then do so.

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  20. Great tips here. My boys aren't old enough to join sports yet, but we have discussed it in the past. We're definitely going tondo our best to take advantage of early sign-up discounts, and will look into other alternatives like the YMCA or community sports teams. I can't wait to carpool them everywhere. I'm so excited for them to get older, but I treasure the moments I get to just enjoy with them now -- without the injuries.

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    1. Enjoy your time together now. They grow up so fast that before you know it they'll be graduating high school and playing college football etc. I miss the days of when my boys were toddlers.

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  21. These are some really great tips!!! I'm all about signing up for anything early because 9 times out of 10
    There usually is a discount!

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    1. Oh yes and those discounts sure do help with the savings, especially if you have a child who wants to join everything. :)

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