|Meg and I circa 2007. She's on the left end.|
I love a good deal, so here are some of the ways I save money on apparel and the general equipment required for running.
Online SourcesIf there's something specific that I need, I'll search on Amazon first. I found a cycling jersey for $18 once there, as well as parts for my bike and my bike cleats. I'm also a member of The Clymb, ActiveGearUp and LeftLaneSports. These are like Groupon for active apparel and gear.
Brick and Morter Stores
I do not cheap out on shoes. These are vital to your comfort and health, as well as directly related to how much you will enjoy running. I go in and get fitted for shoes and buy them there. Typically, shoes at a good running store will not cost you more than what you can find online. Plus, you're paying for the expertise as well as the merchandise, so go to a running store. My favorite local running store offers a reward program and send me a $15 coupon for every $200 I spend. Also, they have a mailing list where they will advertise sales, deals and upcoming in-store events. Check your race registration packets, too, as they often contain coupons for local running stores. I have two postcards for running socks with my next shoe purchase, and every little bit helps.
Additionally, cruise the clearance racks (or online clearance) for JC Penney, which carries my favorite loud and proud running tights and gear. Their Exersion line is excellent. My favorite knock-off Lululemon Define jacket came from Costco, so check there, too.