Many thanks to Erica over at EricaFinds for guest posting today! Erica and I have met (IRL) In Real Life at various Chicago Races! Be sure to check out her post, her blog and all of her amazing giveaways that she has going on!!
It’s winter, but that is no reason to stop running. You can hit the treadmill or gear up for the winter. What better way to start 2015 right than to pick up a few new pieces of all-weather running gear or new shoes? How about getting some great deals so you can look and feel great without breaking the bank? Here’s how.
Tips for Running on the Cheap (But Looking Like A Million Bucks)
1. Try last year’s model. If you are just starting out and are not sure of the “right” shoes or gear, go to your local specialty running store. Once they help you to identify the best fit shoe for your needs, ask if they have “last year’s model.” Just like cars and bicycles, last year’s models get marked down when new ones come in. If you like your shoes, also try marathon expos for great deals on close-out shoes. You don’t have to be entered in the race to shop.
2. Be a KindRunner. Another great option is innovative online retailer, KindRunner. They offer product videos and telephone or online consultations via chat. For every pair of shoes you buy, they send a shipping label for a local charity. If you send (any) pair of used shoes to the charity, they give you $10 Kindness Cash to be used on any future purchase. The cash never expires so you can save up for a pair of shoes. They also have free shipping for you, the charity and free returns. Lots of win-wins there!
3. Be a savvy shopper. If you know your shoes or sizes in brands you like, online shopping can be the perfect option for savvy shoppers. Here are some tips:
- Search on Amazon to see prices across a variety of retailers.
- Check out Active Junky which offers cash back (+ coupons) for online shopping for major active retailers like REI and Moosejaw. It is like ebates for active folks! Check ebates, too!
- Check discount online running shops like Holabird Sports, Running Warehouse and Kelly’s Running Warehouse.
- Try curated fitness sale sites like The Clymb and Leftlane Sports. They offer 72 hour sales on great active brands. You have to act fast – they sell-out!
- Use an alert system like “TrackIF” or PoachIt – TrackIF lets you set alerts on a variety of websites to tell you when specific items, like your running shoe brand, model and size, go below a certain price that you set. PoachIt lets you click a button to see if there are any online coupons available before you buy.
- Try daily deal sites like Groupon Goods and Zozi for great gear choices.
- Get great deals on last season’s items and closeouts from sites like Sierra Trading Post. Sign up for their email list and create an account. They frequently offer last season or overstock items discounted and then coupons for an additional savings. They also have great deals on clothes for fitness and travel and a very good return policy.
- No matter what, before you buy, do a google search for promotions or deals to be sure that you are getting the best deals.
4. Go local and hit the sale rack! Try local running stores and big box sporting good stores (and even department stores). Don’t be shy, hit the sale rack first. I always do!
Use this advice and you can be ready to look good on the run this year– and you’ll have some extra cash for the post run celebrations!
Come by to my blog on Fridays where I post lots of great deals in my Friday Finds or follow my Facebook page. You can also check out my post on Becoming an Online Shopping Ninja for more tips and sites!
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Erica lives and runs in Chicago now and is training for her 39th marathon. Erica blogs at Erica Finds. She is more of a blogging runner than running blogger, but writes on health, fitness, running, travel, deals and ideas. Basically anything that she finds that could be of interest!