Ask Me: How Do I Outfit a Growing Kid Affordably?

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Hey buddy,

Been a longtime reader of your blog. I am a father of a six-year-old daughter. When I was younger, my parents encouraged us to be active outdoors, and it is something that has stuck with me for my entire life. I am a huge fan of the way you have been able to encourage your kids to join you, and have been making a lot of progress getting my daughter excited about outdoor activities. We do a lot of geocaching, rock climbing, backpacking, and camping. The problem I am running into is the cost needed to properly outfit and gear my daughter.

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8 Responses to Ask Me: How Do I Outfit a Growing Kid Affordably?

  1. Cecily   |  November 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Borrow from friends! Many gear items are used sporadically.

  2. Courtney   |  December 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

    For kids, try swap.com or thredup.com, both online consignment sites. I just got my daughter an awesome, brand new looking Columbia shell and fleece for less than $20.

    • Michael Lanza   |  December 20, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Great suggestions, thanks Courtney.

  3. John   |  March 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

    And there’s always eBay. With their focus on customer satisfaction you can always return it if something was wrong with it and most sellers offer returns for ANY reason. You could find last year’s model, unused, at used prices.

  4. MichaelALanza   |  February 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Thanks for another good suggestion, ittybittycamps.

  5. ittybittycamps   |  February 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I get most of my kids’ outdoor gear from Sierra Trading Post. If you sign up for their deal flyer, you get bigger discounts, with the tradeoff that you have their daily email to deal with. It’s been the only way I’ve been able to afford to outfit them with every sport we’re into.

  6. michaellanza   |  February 16, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Good suggestion, Erika. My wife is a Land’s End fan.

  7. erikadlawson   |  February 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Also try Land’s End. You can get a kid’s parka for a heckuva lot less than $150 there! That’s where we get our annual kids’ ski gear (living in SoCal with little other use for it).

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