Travel ball has become an unspoken requirement for athletes who wish to play at the next level. The search for a college scholarship should not cost more than actual college tuition! I have composed a list of tips to help take the sting out of the costs.
Taking the Sting Out of Travel Ball Costs!
Hotel and Travel
HH Honors - I love staying at Hampton Inn when traveling. Always clean rooms and they serve a full complimentary hot breakfast every morning. The price might be a bit higher but we save time and money by having the complementary breakfast. Joining their rewards program has more than offset the other costs. Go to hilton.com/hhonors to join for free. Don't forget to check your offers - we just earned 2X points with our last stay!
Gas Buddy - We all know where to find the cheapest gas at home but what about when you travel? Gas Buddy is a mobile app that uses a social network to locate the cheapest gas prices. Get rewarded for reporting gas prices along the way!
Sports Drinks & Nutrition Products
Advocare - With so many products to choose from, I choose AdvoCare. They have a sports drink that is similar to Gatorade with less sugar. They also have a full performance line to help athletes. All products have been certified by Informed Choice to be free of all banned substances. You can sign up as a distributor and get 20-40% off all products. Follow the link to learn more.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
A great way to save money is to pack snacks for the ball park. You can coordinate with the other parents and have picnics between games. This will save you lots of money at the concession stand.
All of the following mobile apps will give you rebates on fresh fruit and vegetables along with other groceries like sandwich meat, bread, and juice. I use all of these apps to save money. One of the best ways to slash a grocery bill is to make a grocery list and stick to it! All of these apps require you to scan the barcodes for each item and take a picture of the receipt. They all pay cash via paypal.
Ibotta, Savings Star, Checkout 51, Snap
Find&Save - Use this referral code CK3N for an extra signup bonus.
Inbox Dollars - If you use coupons, Inbox Dollars will pay you an extra $0.10 per coupon you print from their website.
Coachataclick.com - Great free information for softball players, coaches, and parents. Register for a free membership to gain access to even more free information.
Stack.com - Excellent resource for free information on all things sports.
How do you try to save money during travel ball season? Leave a comment below. Don't forget to LIKE and SHARE!