How to find the best soccer deal for your kids

how to find the best soccer deals for your kids
how to find the best soccer deals for your kids

Forget back-to-school shopping. While last year's lunchboxes and backpacks likely can stretch into another season, soccer shoes tend to last just the one. And so we dutifully made the annual pilgrimage to the Big Three of soccer supplies: Big Five, Sports Authority and Sports Chalet. What did we find? That our local "mom and pop" soccer store had the best prices, not to mention a sales person who actually knew the difference between cleats and shin guards.

Here's the lowdown:

Each of the Big Three, as well as many chains like Target, offer a soccer package that includes soccer cleats (shoes), shin guards and a soccer ball. The packages range from $29 to $59 and make sense if your child is a first-time player and indeed needs all three items in the package. Buying the package will generally save you about 15% off the cost of buying the items separately.