It is definitely an expensive hobby, this living in Canada thing. With so many distinct seasons we have clothing and sporting good needs that those in sunny locale's need not even think about. But there are benefits to this cold climate. There's one benefit we'd like to take more advantage of: winter sports. So far this year we have toboganning, snow ball fighting and snow man making under our belts. This month we are doing something that requires more skill, and a bit more outlay of cash: skating
We had such great success at our local "Play It Again Sports". (If you follow the link, you'll probably find one close to you.) They had hundreds of pairs of used skates. We found a nearly new pair for both kids. They were marked at $19.99 each. We felt pretty good about that, because we had done our research online and in the Canadian Tire flyer before hand. We knew that new skates would be at least twice that. But wait, there's more. Sometimes we do smart things and this was one of those times: we brought along 2 pairs of outgrown skates (both hand me downs from our neighbours). They gave us a credit for those skates of $7.50 each pair. So, for about $30 (including tax) we had both kids outfitted for a family winter activity.
When the weather is right, there are a number of places to skate for free. Our kids have a friend down the street and her dad has made a great rink. This is going to be great for the first few tries. It can be intimidating to wobble around when there's bigger kids zipping past. Once the kids gain some confidence we'll be heading down to our city's new outdoor rink downtown.
Now, we are completely clueless, anyone have tips on sharpening?