Finish Line » Baller on a Budget http://blog.finishline.com Finish Line's Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:35:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Baller on a Budget: Baller on a Break http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/11/baller-on-a-budget-baller-on-a-break/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/11/baller-on-a-budget-baller-on-a-break/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:36:03 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=13092 Your getaway should be about relieving stress, not adding to it.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many of us are spending our days dreaming of vacations, only to have those dreams turn to nightmares when we realize how much those vacations will cost.

Before you start breaking out your bathing suits and suntan lotion, here are 5 helpful tips to make the most out of your vacation:

  1. Pack Light. Pack Smart. Extra charges for heavy bags can get your trip off to a terrible start before it even begins. Make sure to only pack the essentials. Check out Finish Line’s great selection of duffel bags so you can efficiently organize everything and don’t end up wasting space.
  2. Book Early. Book Late. You want to lean toward both extremes when booking a flight. If you know you’re going to have some vacation time in six months, don’t procrastinate buying your flight. That being said, if an airline does not sell out a flight, you can often scoop up one of the remaining seats on the day of the flight for an incredibly low price.
  3. Loyalty Pays. No matter what credit card you use, odds are pretty good that you have some points and/or miles to redeem. Check out usingmiles.com and sync your loyalty programs to find out what rewards you are missing out on.
  4. Make New Friends. Rather than wasting money on a hotel, check out the hostels in your destination city. The accommodations might not be as nice, but hostels are a great place to meet tons of interesting people. Couchsurfing.org is also a great way to find a place to crash.
  5. $20 Trick. If hostels aren’t your thing, use the $20 trick. It’s simple: next time you check into a hotel, slip the front desk clerk a $20 bill and ask if there are any complimentary upgrades available. This phenomenon has been sweeping the hotel industry by storm, and according to TheTwentyDollarTrick, this sneaky little maneuver has resulted in a luxury suite ~85% of the time.

What are some ways you save while traveling? 

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Wise Words from Water Boy

Bikes Kill Many Birds with One Stone

Coordinate and Save

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Baller on a Budget: Wise Words from Water Boy http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/04/baller-on-a-budget-wise-words-from-the-water-boy/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/10/04/baller-on-a-budget-wise-words-from-the-water-boy/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:34:04 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=12816 When Bobby Boucher taught us that all we really needed was some high quality H2O, I had no idea how right he was. While Bobby was just trying to get the most out of his football team, we are trying to get the most out of our dollar, and fortunately for us, the answer remains the same.

Today, many of us opt for soda or juice when we sit down for a meal. Despite the well-documented connection between soda and obesity, about 50 percent of young adults ages 18-29 say they regularly drink it, according to the Huffington Post. With so many of us doing everything we can to save money, this statistic has to boggle the mind. 

Instead of paying for soda or sugary juices, the obvious alternative is water. Not only is water free and unlimited, but the health benefits are endless.

Of course, water is calorie-free, helping all you ballers and ballerettes out there maintain that chiseled physique, but the benefits do not end there. Water also energizes your muscles (think about Space Jam’s secret stuff” for proof), keeps your skin looking good, and maintains healthy kidneys.

To take advantage of all these benefits, don’t even think about shelling out your hard-earned money for a new bottle of Dasani or Poland Springs. Instead, take advantage of the sale we have going on here at Finish Line and get yourself a great new water bottle. Next, go get yourself a Brita water filter to make sure your water is clean and healthy, and just like that, you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Bobby Boucher might not have been the smartest guy in the world, but when it came to water, the guy knew his stuff. So follow his lead and hop on the H2O bandwagon. You can do it.

Check out previous Baller on a Budgets:

Bikes Kill Many Birds with One Stone

Coordinate and Save

Rewarding Loyalty

 

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Baller on a Budget: Bikes Kill Many Birds with One Stone http://blog.finishline.com/2013/09/30/baller-on-a-budget-bikes-kill-many-birds-with-one-stone/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/09/30/baller-on-a-budget-bikes-kill-many-birds-with-one-stone/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:02:27 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=12597 The two main goals here are: first, saving money, and second, looking good. A bike in your arsenal takes care of both.

Yes, it’s true that some bikes are pretty expensive, but that is certainly not always the case. In many cities, you can find easy-to-use bike rental programs like BikeShare in Washington D.C. or CitiBike in New York City. But if you want to just make the small investment and have one of your own, there are always cheap options on craigslist.

Upon finding my used bike on craigslist, my car has turned into little more than a groceries vehicle, allowing my credit card to stay far away from the gas pump.

Not only does a bike keep you away from gas stations, but it’ll get you in good shape. My office is just a mile and a half from my apartment, a nice little three mile round-trip ride that has now become a part of my daily routine. When I first hopped on the bike-to-work bandwagon, the uphill portions of my commute were quite challenging. Less than a year later, I’ve built up the strength, and I find myself taking the roundabout routes just to explore.

As if saving money and staying in shape weren’t enough, the benefit to the environment is another great reason to trade parking lots for bike racks. We all know that this world of ours could use some help, so why not do our part by reducing our individual ecological footprint?

The only downside I have found is that if I need to carry something with me on the ride, a backseat might be nice for the storage space. But here at Finish Line, we offer a wide array of bags and backpacks for all your storage needs.

So by my count, 1. we just saved money, 2. got in better shape, and 3. helped save the planet, all by buying a bike, and found almost no downside. That’s a lot of birds with one simple stone.

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Coordinate and Save

Rewarding Loyalty

Bargains

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Baller on a Budget: Coordinate and Save http://blog.finishline.com/2013/09/13/baller-on-a-budget-coordinate-and-save/ http://blog.finishline.com/2013/09/13/baller-on-a-budget-coordinate-and-save/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:58:05 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=12287 A closet full of shorts and pants is a closet full of waste.

While I have never claimed to be a fashion expert, I do consider myself quite skilled at eliminating clutter, and unnecessary apparel is my elimination tool.

Pants come in all types and sizes, customized to suit your every possible need, but all we really need is one pair in three colors: white/khaki, black, and blue. You’ll be able to match any shirt in your wardrobe with these three colors, keeping yourself in style while staying within budget.

If you’re anything like me, your closet is full of free shirts accumulated over years from different teams and events, some of which are green, blue, yellow, orange, etc. I even have a couple neon pinks scattered in there.

Rule No. 1 of balling on a budget: Never Say No to Free Stuff.

With so many options, different days will call for different decisions on top. But, if you just go with three go-to colors on the bottom, you’ll never have to worry about color clashing again.

Here at Finish Line, we have a wide selection of shorts and pants in our trusted three colors. So hurry up and pick out one pair in each color and just like that, you’ll never need another pair again.

What’s your go-to color scheme? Let us know in the comments.

Check out previous Ballers on a Budget:

Rewarding Loyalty

Bargains

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