New Running Shoes!
I promise this is a frugal post, even though it is about shopping!
I took up running about two years ago. After running in old shoes and getting knee pain, I stopped by a specialty running store to get fitted (at my readers advice!). While I’m certain other shoes that would suit my needs, I haven’t had any pain since buying my Etonic Kendari‘s, one size larger than my regular shoe, + insoles. It set me back a lot of money last year: $140. Ouch! (No knee pain, just financial pain!)
I’m not quite due for new running shoes, but I know that I’ll need them in the next few months. I’ve also heard that it is a good idea to rotate in the new shoes with the old. So I’ve been scoping them out for awhile now. My usual stragegy is to Google the shoe, then go to Google Shopping and check out the prices. There have been sales on Overstock.com and 6pm.com for awhile, but not my size. So I waited.
Today I noticed DSW was listed as a merchant of my shoes at a cost of $70. In my size! Much less than I paid last year! I was immediately excited. The next step was to hit up RetailMeNot to check out coupon codes. I applied three codes — 30% off, $5 off, and free shipping. My shoes will arrive next week for a grand total of $48.25!
At that price, I considered getting another pair as back-up. I’ve heard of marathoners and serious runners doing this, but I don’t think is for me. It takes me at least a year to wear through a pair of shoes at my sporadic and relatively low mileage (at most 10 miles a week, often less).
This is a purchase I was planning to make sometime in the next 3 months. I even had $40 extra dollars going to my fitness fund this month to go towards what I thought would be a $100+ purchase in the future! Did I save money by spending money? Well NO, that is usually not possible. But I saved money by spending money NOW rather than spending money LATER.