Looking to get into a new sport? Upgrade your equipment? Become the next Maria Sharapova or Lance Armstrong? (Totally possible. Believe in yourself.) While sports are an excellent way to keep fit, they can drain the wallet a little bit, since sports require equipment.
But, as always, the good folks over at NotMadeofMoney.com
compiled some tips on how you can save money if you're shopping for sports equipment on a budget.
1) Buy used.
Especially if you're just starting out in a new sport, buy used equipment. I went through a phase where I was going to work out a lot, so I dropped a bunch of money on a set of free weights … that have yet to be touched. BAD JANELLE. If you end up sticking with the sport, you can upgrade later when you can be sure you'll actually get good use out of the equipment.
2) Ask friends and family.
I went through this phase where I was so hard core into rollerblading, but I was smart enough to know that when it comes to fitness, I have a little trouble with the "follow through." I borrowed my cousin's rollerblades for a few months, and it turned out to be a good idea -- I stopped rollerblading pretty soon after I started. Ask around to see if anyone you know has some spare equipment that they're not using that you can have or borrow, and then think about investing in your own stuff later!
3) Don't think you're a professional.
Unless you're David Beckham, you probably don't need to drop a bunch of money on expensive cleats. (Then again, if you're David Beckham, you're probably not reading this blog … DAVID!? ARE YOU THERE?!) Anyway, save the top-of-the-line equipment for when your sporting endeavors start to get super-serious. Shop around and score some deals on stuff that's not name-brand.
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