Save money on running shoes and other gear by committing to shop for sales, otherwise- getting seasonal gear and enough of it, adds up fast! My favorite places to save money on running gear are the clearance racks of run shops, sporting good stores. Whenever you go to to a place that sells running gear- go to the sale items FIRST, don’t get lured in by the fancy new items. Additionally, you can save money on running gear at discount stores like TJ Maxx & Marshalls- two of my favorite places to snag name brands I love, like MPG, Marika, Nike & Brooks for cheap! The above photo are just some of the items I snagged for 40-70% off retail!
If you want to save money on running, you have to plan ahead. Every major race has different price tiers based on the proximity to the race date- the earlier you book, the better. If you need to, make a list of events you’d like to do in the next calendar year and plan ahead. I use a Pinterest Board for my fitness bucket list of race events I want to attend, I check in as often as possible to see if I can snag a deal in advance.
Getting a slew of marketing emails can be more of a hassle than a blessing- so be very selective on what email lists you subscribe to so you’re not overwhelmed by your inbox. Subscribing to email newsletters puts you in touch with events before they sell out and helps you snag the best prices and discounts. This is how I snagged several races at 20% off on 12-12-12 and one of my favorite ways to hear about fast acting deals before they sell out.
Many new races need help getting off the ground and are willing to offer steep 40-50% discounts on sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Additionally, Active GearUp (a deal service affiliated with the large company that manages many event registrations) also offers steep savings on both gear and on occasion, races.
Don’t underestimate the power of social media to help you save money on running! Add any fitness brands, events or products you want to snag a deal with on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram if you have it. Many times, if an event has a quickie deal, they’ll send it out on social media- or reward their followers coupon codes for races, new products or exclusive fitness freebies. Additionally, if you interact with a brand or share their posts, they sometimes reward influencers with V.I.P. perks & discounts.
Be As Frugal As You Are Fit- Practice Makes Perfect!
Sometimes, I’ve been really surprised on how well these tactics work to save me money on shoes, gear and running races! When you know what gear you need, what races you really want to do and what gear you need- keep an eye out for brands to send you exclusive deals, coupon codes and perks for social media followers. Sometimes, by just checking through the tweets of my favorite brands and races, or skimming my Facebook feed, I can save up to 40% or more on running stuff I need, but be careful- it sells out fast!
Additionally, if you can help it, never shop at the front of the store- always head to the back and check out the clearance racks or try a discount store to find items that meet your budget.