We all know tennis is an expensive sport. Between equipment, clothes, training costs and travel, the tennis bill adds up quickly. So what can you do to save a little money when it comes to tennis?
- Watch for when new tennis racquets come on the market and buy the old model. I often got them at half price.
- Join a men’s or women’s tennis league rather than a tennis clinic. We had our son play in a men’s 4.5 league when he was 15 and it was one of the best training experiences he ever had.
- Join the hotel reward club and save points to earn free hotel stays. We like to back this with a credit card that earns us hotel points as well.
- Make sure you book a hotel with free breakfast.
- Make sure you utilize the tennis shoe warranty and send your worn out shoes back for a free pair. We stopped paying for shoes a while ago (he never get 6 months out of a pair of shoes, we have one pair we are wearing while the other pair is sent back)
- Consider a semi private lesson over a private lesson. You can get excellent training on point construction. The coach can focus on what you are doing rather than having to focus on his/her own playing.
- Start stringing your own racquet. We paid for our stringer in no time at all by stringing our own tennis racquets. Our son also got to make a little extra money by stringing his team-mates racquets.
- Order your string in bulk on-line from the string company
- Buy your water and Gatorade in bulk from a “Sam’s Club” or “Costco” rather than buying it at the club or tournament.
- Find friends you can practice with for free at a public court rather than paying for court time.
These are just a few of the ways we have found to save a penny here and there and make tennis a little more affordable for our family.
What is your favorite cost saving tip?