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The most expensive item for running, and most necessary item are good running shoes. However even I a pigeon toed heavy pronator who runs high miles, three things that lead to a need for higher priced runners, has discovered a few ways to trim the costs of running shoes.
My running shoes cost $120 to $140 retail, I go through one pair every 4 months, which means I need 3 pairs in a year making my total cost for running shoes $420 retail.
I also spend an additional $100 a pair on the shoes I use for strength training and spin class. I replace those twice in a year, bringing my overall shoe total for workouts to $620 retail.
I buy a pair of special inserts for both my running shoes and my strength training shoes these average $20 and last 1 year, bringing my overall yearly shoe total $660 retail.
However I don’t pay retail. Here are my tips for keeping the cost of shoes for fitness down.
1. I shop at just one store.
I buy all my athletic shoes as well as those for all the members of my family at one store. I go to Finish Line. I do so because of their already low prices and their winners circle program .For every $200 I spend I get a $20 reward certificate in the mail.
I cannot combine these rewards with coupons (set tip #2) so I use them to buy the inserts for my shoes, making them free every year. I use the rest of the rewards I receive to pay for my kids shoes that are too low in price to qualify for coupons.
That means on my shoes alone I am saving $40 a year (bring my total down to $620)
2. I use in store coupons and discount codes for on line shopping.
Finish line sends coupons both in the mail and through e-mail to its Winners Circle members. My shoes running shoes are over $100 so they qualify for $20 off coupons. My strength training shoes just under $100 so they qualify for the $10 off coupons
That means on my shoes I am saving $80 a year (bringing my total down to $540)
3. I use discounted gift cards for Finish Line when I can snag them.
I cannot always get these but when I can I save another 10 percent off my shoes. I think it is reasonable to say I might shop with discounted gift cards 50% of the time. One site I look for these discounted gift cards on is Cardpool.
That means I save an additional $27 on my shoes (bring total down to $513)
Altogether by shopping at just one store and reaping the benefits of combining their rewards program and coupons I save $127 a year or roughly 20%.
I save even more per year for my family by buying all our athletic shoes and sometimes even our day to day shoes at Finish Line and therefore being able to receive and use more reward coupons and store coupons.
(I am NOT in any way affiliated with Finish Line I am sharing my knowledge purely because I see it as a valid way to save my family money, there may be other shoe discount programs more readily available in your area where you may be able to reap similar benefits)
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