This week we’re tackling another reader question via vlog. I get asked for advice on how to save money on running and fitness quite often, so I’ve got some advice to help you save money!
If you’re trying to save money on running, time needs to be on your side. Wait to make purchases, sign up for races early to get the best rate, buy your gear off season and sign up for mailing lists to get the early bird rate. The best way to utilize time to save money on running though is this- don’t go crazy with gear, wait to purchase things until you’re sure you want it, need it or can use it.
When I started running I didn’t know what I needed or what was worth investing the money in. After two months of regular running, I rewarded myself with some new gear. I kid you not though- I was so broke I only had one outfit for the first month or two. I didn’t want to waste money on gear if I hated running, so I would go for a run (and it was only like a half mile at a time, I was out of shape!) and then wash it with detergent in the sink, airing it out to dry.
As you get to know your body, the weather, and what annoys you while out on a run- then get more gear. Buying a bunch of add-ons before you know if you really need those extras like running sunglasses and compression sleeves is a kind of silly.
Zulily (just got some great Under Armour compression gear!)
Target (great for socks, tops and cute accessories)
Amazon ($4 armbands, great way to stock up on discontinued faves)
I would love to answer more questions on my vlog next week- be sure to send me questions so I can tackle them via vlog!