Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s topic – how do you budget for a race? Please feel free to write about this topic or anything running related. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post! This is a fun topic for me since I like to do racecations. Racecations can certainly get expensive so I use a few tricks to help me save money which I’m happy to share with you!
It’s all about planning
One way to save money, especially on race registrations, is to plan ahead. Races will often offer “early bird” pricing if you sign up for the race months in advance. I know this can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not sure what your schedule will look like in the future, but luckily more and more races give you the option to defer your race to next year (or some (not many!) races will even offer a refund).
Wait for holiday sales
I’ve gotten great discounts on race registrations on Black Friday and Global Running Day. These sales are usually announced on social media or via email so make sure you’re following the race series on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for their email newsletters.
Join loyalty programs
I am a member of loyalty programs for various airlines and hotels. Accumulating points when you travel is a great way money when you travel for races. For example, I’m flying to Charlotte next weekend to run a half marathon and I got my Delta flight for free by cashing in my Delta Skymiles rewards. You can also receive discounts for being a loyalty member for certain programs as well.
Use your credit card rewards
Both of my credit cards have a really great rewards program. I get points for every dollar I spend which really adds up over time. I’ve been able to cash in my points for hotel, airline and restaurant gift cards – all things that help to bring down the cost of racecations.
Tell me: How do you budget for a race?
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