by Chris Rutz

Money, money, money – Part I

Let us talk about the cost of traveling to the Spartan Races and how to make you and your money go as far as possible. This is going to be a two parter, Part I is going to be how to get the money, Part II is going to be how to spend it wisely. Stick with me through this, I was a finance major in college so this is kind of my area of expertise and a second passion.

Finding money in your budget to travel to a Spartan Race can be tough. We all have obligations that we have made that are necessary expenses and almost all of us have some discretionary income.

Let us first talk about necessary expenses. I have always lived far below my means. My friends often ask, “What are you saving your money for?” I do not always know ‘what’, I just know I like being able to do what I want when I want. I also know I draw much more pleasure from ‘experiences’ than I do ‘things’. I do not have the latest Apple product, the newest SUV nor am I a slave to the latest fashion. I inherit my girlfriend’s ‘obsolete’ laptops, drive a 9 year old car that gets close to 40MPG, and wear boring khakis and button downs to the office. I keep the cost of my necessities low which gives me excess funds to spend on the experiences I enjoy the most. Today I really enjoy Spartan Races. The next time you are making a big purchase think about it twice, do you really need that new ___________, or would you rather take on the challenge, experience and adventure of a Spartan Race in another state or even country?

Discretionary income, what do you spend this on? I am a pretty simple guy. My family vacations are pretty low cost. We usually head off into the woods for some camping. I live in Arizona, which provides many great nearby weekend and week long escapes. Eating out is something I never really enjoyed due to its cost and now with the close focus I have on my nutrition, I hardly ever eat out. This saves a lot of money. I am also a big do-it-yourselfer. I wash and detail my own car, clean my own house, maintain my own yard, and try to fix my stuff when it is broken. All of this frees up cash to do take advantage of experiences. Little things add up to, that magazine, that app/download, or that cup of coffee. So if you really want to carve our some money in your budget, look at your discretionary spending. We are disciplined with our training, time to get disciplined with your money. Redirect some of that into a Spartan Race travel fund.

Up next, in Part II of Money, money, money…how to spend it wisely.

Who is Christopher Rutz?

Christopher is a member of the juwi Solar Obstacle Racing, has 6 top three finishes in Spartan Races this year and is the current leader of 2012 Spartan Race Points Series. He manages a health and fitness blog, and a Facebook page, Tough Training.  We’ll be featuring his blogs about how to travel Spartan style over the next few months.

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