It’s no secret that America is a nation of couch potatoes. In fact, about 80% of Americans do not get the recommended amount of weekly exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yet, millions of others can’t get enough of recreational sports. For some, it’s hiking through the hills on a warm summer day, or hitting the ocean with a stand-up paddleboard or kayak.
Others live for their weekend game of pickup basketball, or their Wednesday night skate at the local ice arena.
Whatever your favorite sport, you need the right equipment to stay safe and perform at the highest level. Many sporting goods stores compete for your business, but Dick’s Sporting Goods is one of the biggest. And with the recent closures of Sports Authority, its footprint is larger than ever.
We’ve got tips to save you money the next time you need new running shoes, shin guards or even a bicycle. Following are seven great ways to cut your costs when shopping at Dick’s.
1. Join the Dick’s Email List
The quickest, easiest way to save at Dick’s is to join the mailing list. Just provide the company with your email address, and you will receive a coupon good for 10% off your next purchase.
Dick’s will also email you about special sales and promotions, and you’ll be the first to learn about new products.
2. Sign Up for the ScoreCard Rewards Program
ScoreCard is Dick’s rewards program. If you sign up, you will receive at least one point for nearly every dollar you spend at Dick’s. You can also earn points for shopping at Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream stores.
Once you have accumulated 300 points, you earn a $10 reward good toward Dick’s merchandise. Dick’s says it also gives exclusive coupons to its ScoreCard members.
3. Check the Promos & Coupons Section
Bargain hunters, rejoice! You can find a compilation of Dick’s current specials at the promos and coupons page on the website.
Chances are you will discover some great deals here. For example, Dick’s recently offered free shipping on any item, with no minimum purchase required. Dick’s also offered free assembly on portable basketball hoops.
4. Take Advantage of the Price Guarantee
Dick’s Winning Price Guarantee promises to match any price on an identical item offered by a local competitor. You have to bring in the retailer’s ad, and certain types of deals — such as rebates, coupons and BOGOs — do not qualify.
5. Use a Cash-Back Site
Cash-back sites offer you rebates when you visit the site, then shop at your favorite retailers. For instance, recently, cash-back site Ebates offered up to 3% off on Dick’s purchases.
6. Get Discount Gift Cards
Discount gift cards are another great way to save at Dick’s. These are cards you purchase for a price that is less than the card’s face value.
For example, Cardpool recently offered Dick’s cards at up to a 14% discount, while Raise was selling them for up to 7% off.
While it’s good to get discounts and perks for what you spend, be careful not to overspend for the sake of getting rewards. If you get into debt, what you end up paying in finance charges may outweigh the goodies you get for being such a good customer. (And if you get into a lot of debt, it can also have a negative impact on your credit – you can get your credit scores for free on Credit.com to see how your debt is already impacting you.)
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