Taking part in winter sports can be a costly endeavour with all the extra equipment and clothing you need to acquire for only a few months of the year. For this reason you don’t want to be forking out more than necessary just to get the latest trendy ski gear when older lines will do. Here are some top ways to save.
The internet is a great place to find discounts on absolutely everything, and there are hundreds of sites selling last season’s winter gear at lower prices. Unlike shops on the high street, a lot of online stores seem to have discount sales going on all year round too. Find out more about cheaper winter gear online as it also makes comparing prices for the same product easier as you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Charity shops get inundated with all sorts of items, including winter sports items. If you look around there’s a chance you’ll stumble across an old pair of skis or winter coat. They won’t be the latest model but will come at a massive mark down price and should still do the job. You can always give what you pick up a wash or follow the next step…
If you’ve already got a snowboard, pair of skis, ice skates or other winter sport equipment but it’s not in the best nick, rather than bin it and buy a new one why not repair them? Fixing a pair of skis may seem daunting but there is plenty of advice online. Or if you don’t feel comfortable yourself, take them to your local sports shop and ask if they can fix them or know somewhere that does.
Friends or Relatives
Ask around any friends or relatives to see if they, or someone they know, have any old equipment knocking around in their house. If they do and aren’t using it they’ll probably be glad to get rid of it and give you it for free. It may need fixing up but that will still work out cheaper than buying brand new.
Shop off Season
It may be too late this year but a lot of places will sell winter clothing and sports equipment a lot cheaper in the summer months. Plan ahead and snap up any great deals you see well in advance rather than thinking: “I’ll get that nearer the time.”