Hockey is an expensive sport! Ice time isn't cheap, equipment is expensive, and combine that with the costs to travel to out of town games and tournaments...yikes! Whether it is eating out or benefiting from your time on the road, here are some ways that we have found to make life easier and cut costs in this crazy sport we love!
Save While Driving
- Use the GasBuddy app to help you find the cheapest gas station near you.
- Avoid driving during rush hour
- Pay for your gas using a credit card that offers travel points or cash back
- Obey the speed limit and try to drive at a constant speed. Not only will this help you save money on gas, but it will prevent you from getting an expensive speeding ticket.
- Compare prices on rental cars. You can compare 800 companies at over 49,000 locations, making it quick and easy to find the best price for your trip.
- Most low-cost airlines, like Spirit Airlines, service smaller regional airports near large cities.
- Flying Monday or Tuesday vs. Thursday or Friday translates to better deals, and the second flight of the day is less expensive than the first.
- Orbitz has a great rewards program, and is by far the most. Immediately after you book, you receive 'Orbucks,' which you can use on future bookings.
- Many sites allow you to mix and match airlines to find the cheapest price, and the times that work for you. You can save money by flying out and back with different airlines or from different airports.
Save $$$ on Gear
- HockeyMonkey has a program called Rebound Rewards where you can earn $5 for ever $100 you spend. They usually have decent sales too. Every little bit helps, right?!
- GoalieMonkey has a program called Rebound Rewards where you can earn $5 for ever $100 you spend. Same sales as their affiliate and dedicated goalie gear!
- Perani's Hockey World save 10% off your first order
- Pro Hockey Life is Canada's #1 hockey store. They tend to be a bit more expensive but have a great clearance section. Shipping is stick to the U.S. is only $10.
- HockeyShot is a great site for training gear such as slide boards, synthetic ice and so much more.
- Marriot make sure you sign up for Mariott Rewards is my favorite program as they always have ways to earn bonus points when staying at a Marriot hotel. They linked with Starwood so your Starwood Preferred points can be combined with your Marriott Rewards.
- Hilton hotels usually have great breakfasts. One of the key features of Embassy Suites is the Cooked-to-Order Breakfast, which consists of a breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, waffles, french toast etc. Earn those rewards by joining the Hilton Honors program.
- Staying at a Holiday Inn? Sign up for IHG Rewards
- Choice Hotels tends to be a more budget friendly chain, and has the Choice Privileges program