Happy Wednesday! Today I want to talk about saving money on running gear. I often hear that “running is an inexpensive sport”. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. I think there’s a misconception that all you need to run is a good pair of running sneakers. In theory that’s correct, but I also want to be comfortable when I’m running. This involves making sure I run in sweat-wicking clothing, a good sports bra, compression leggings/capris/shorts, sunglasses, a hat, etc. When you move into distance running, you also need a GPS watch, some type of fuel and hydration, etc. See how quickly things can add up?
Over the years I’ve used a few tricks and tips to save money on running gear and I’m happy to share those with you today!
Swap with Friends
Do you have a piece of running clothing that you may have worn once, but didn’t like the fit? Or maybe you still have some brand new items with tags? Why not do a clothing swap with some of your other running buddies! This is a great way to “shop” for free. If you’re interested, here’s an article I found on how to host a clothing swap.
Online Consignment Shops
You can now check out consignment shops online, such as Poshmark. I’ve never used Poshmark, but I know many people that do and they have found some great workout gear on the website. They have items from tons of brands, including Under Armour, Old Navy and Nike, just to name a few. in just doing a quick search on the website, I find many brand new items listed for 50% off, or more, their original price! You can also sell items on Poshmark to get some extra cash!
Look for Coupon Codes
I am the queen of looking for coupon codes! It’s as simple as doing a google search and takes only seconds. Totally worth it to save money, or shipping, on a purchase. For example, if I’m looking to buy something from Kohls, I’ll simply write “kohls promo code” or “kohls coupon code” in Google and see what I can find. Another tip is to always use eBates when shopping online so you can get cash back for your online purchases (you can download eBates to your toolbar on your browser to make searching easier). The cash back usually ranges from 1-10% of your purchase. If you don’t have an eBates account, you can register via my referral link to get a $10 welcome bonus!
Shop Off Season
I love when the seasons change because that means I save money on clothing 🙂 For example, right now I’m seeing some really great deals on summer running gear as we move into the Fall/Winter season. This would be a great time to buy some shorts to stash in your closet for next year. The same applies to purchasing sneakers. It’s not really “off-season”, but when a brand releases a new version of a sneaker, stock up on the older version at a discount.
Black Friday Deals
Yes, I’m mentioning Black Friday in August, but hear me out! I don’t brave the crowds on Black Friday but I do a lot of online shopping. Running companies always have awesome deals around this time. Looking for a GPS watch? Wait for Garmin to mark down their watches over the holidays. Need running fuel? Totally stock up during Black Friday sales. For example, Honey Stinger always has an awesome deal around this time. Their products have a pretty long shelf life so you can stock up and still enjoy those discounted gels in the summer.
Do you have any money-saving tips for purchasing running gear?