Finding used hockey equipment at your local second hand sports store can help you save a significant amount of money over the long run. While your child is you, new equipment is less important than the quality. You'd rather have your child skate in a 2-year old pair of high end Bauer's, rather than a new pair of low end Bauer's.
If you live in a place that doesn't have stores with used hockey equipment, Ebay is a great resource to help you find some used hockey gear. If you aren't sure of sizing, please reference our Hockey Equipment Sizing page to ensure a quality fit.