How much you pay for your gear can depend a lot on what sport you're involved in. A golfer can drop anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand on new clubs, while high-end running shoes will send you over the hundred dollar mark pretty fast. The good news is there's plenty of gently used sports gear for sale, whether it's at a store or from an individual.
When it's time to invest in some athletic equipment, check Web sites like Craigslist or eBay to see if anyone has what you need for sale. There are also consignment stores that exclusively sell used athletic equipment. In the end, you can save some serious cash by buying used -- just check it out thoroughly to make sure what you're buying is still in good shape.