Save money and the environment by buying one good quality water bottle. Bottled water can be up to 10,000 times more expensive than tap water. If you spend $1 per 16 oz. water bottle, 1 gallon (128 oz.) will cost you $8! Over the course of the season that will add up to as much as $250 just to keep your kid well hydrated. Instead, buy a reusable water bottle and a bring a gallon water jug for refills.
To read more about the best and safest water bottles, check out this blog by Alpha Mom.
If you spend a lot of your time and money being the family chauffeur, consider working with 2-3 other families on the team to arrange a carpool schedule. Not only will it give you more freedom with less stress, but it’s also a great way to stay connected with other parents.
Although Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams have great training for kids who are aspiring to play in high school and college, it can be very costly. If you’re searching for a simple team to get your child active, look into what your city’s parks and recreation department has to offer.
When the entire team uses similar equipment, items are bound to get lost. Prevent spending money on replacement gear by labeling your kids’ belongings. Granted, kids can get pretty creative at losing things, despite your best efforts, but it doesn't hurt to make strides towards recovering them.
For non-perishable snack items, buy in bulk. Pull your resources together with other parents and buy snacks for the whole team. This will also help you keep the kids away from doughnut and bagel binging after the game.
In 2013, 1.24 million kids were seen in the ER due to sports related injuries. While parents worry (or don't worry) about aggressive play from the opposing team, most injuries occur during practice: wipe outs, stray balls, flying elbows. Compared to a hospital visit or a trip to the dentist, mouthguards and padding are a good investment in your child's safety.
The bottom line for sports budgeting? Don’t invest in expensive sporting equipment for your child until they become more committed to the sport. Remember why you got your kid involved with sports in the first place: teamwork, sportsmanship, responsibility, and FUN!