How to Save Money on Running Clothes and Gear

So you decided you want to become a runner. What’s the first thing you do? You probably head to your local sports store to get a fierce looking pair of shoes and a couple matching outfits. Once at the cash register you’ll notice how expensive becoming a runner can get, but don’t be alarmed here are my 6 tips on outfitting yourself for running success without breaking the bank.

1. Don’t Spend More than $90.00 on Running Shoes

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Buying running shoes can a big expense and overwhelming experience. My advice is to go to a specialty running store to get fitted. Try on and try out multiple different brands and styles. RUN IN THE SHOES BEFORE YOU BUY THEM. Then when you have your favorite, check online to see if you can get a better deal. My rule is to never spend more than $90 on running shoes.

2. Buy On Sale

Accumulating running clothes takes time. If you’re just starting out, buy a couple different options. You don’t want to buy a ton of clothes right off the bat because you don’t know what you’re going to like and dislike. It’s a waste of money to buy $120 running tights if you find out you hate tights and prefer shorts or capris. Get a variety and try them out. It takes time to figure out what works and doesn’t work. That’s why it’s a waste to spend a ton of money when you’re starting out (or ever for that matter).

Here’s a price range I tend to spend on my gear:

Running Shirts (Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve): $10-$20

Running Tights (Capris and Pants): $10-$40

Running Shorts: $10-$30

Waterproof Wind Breaker: $25-$60

Hand-Held Water bottle: $5-$15

Sports Bra: $20-$40

Socks: $10 for 3 pairs

3. No Cotton

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Cotton is wonderful for everything except running. Don’t run in cotton. You want sweat wicking, Dri-fit, synthetic material. Synthetic fabrics will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Trust me on this.

4. End of Season Sales

When winter ends the winter gear goes on sale. That’s the time to buy your vests, fleece lined tights and shirts, and puffy coats. The same goes for summer. Shop the end of season clearances and stock up for next year.

5. The Best Running App

If you run with your smart phone there is one apps I can’t live without.

RunKeeper

I love RunKeeper because there it does everything. It has awesome training plans ready to go or that I can program myself. Say I only have 30 minutes to squeeze a run in, I can quickly program a 30 minute high intensity interval run and take off.

6. Word of Mouth

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There is no better way to try new things or learn about what’s out there than to ask your running friends. I love Asics, LuluLemon, and Nike. My favorite pair of pants are a tie between Asics and 80% of my clothing is Nike. My Spi-Belt is the greatest invention to ever happen to me. Almost all of these things I learned by asking around. Ask around.

So, what are your favorite running brands, accessories, and gear?