Budgeting for the intramural champion
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 17:10
This is for all of the people who believe they are the intramural flag-football field Peyton Manning. This is for the Lisa Leslie, Lionel Messi, Babe Ruth, and Michael Jordan within each of us. For those of us who play intramural sports, it is a unique experience.
While in college, there is an overwhelming desire to be a hero on the intramural field. I know that is true for me. It doesn’t matter what sport I am currently playing, I picture myself as a champion. I believe I am a champion for the duration of that season. We all do it.
There is something powerful about living day to day believing that you are a hero.
Within being a champion, however, there is also a belief that you have to look like a champion.
For most of us, we don’t have the ability to spend hundreds of dollars looking like champions for intramurals, so we need to create a budget for ourselves.
It is very important to have a budget, because it will teach you responsibility and prepare you for budgeting in other aspects of your lives; namely you becoming an adult.
Often looking like a champion is expensive. For example, a purchase common to intramurals would be cleats.
If one were to order cleats from Nike, Adidas, or Under Armor it could cost them around $75-$125 for a good pair of cleats.
For those of us on a budget, that is entirely too expensive. There are alternatives to paying that much for a solid pair of cleats.
If you purchase your cleats out of season or buy a pair of cleats that can cover multiple sports then you have already saved money.
I buy cleats that can be used for multiple sports, because it saves me from purchasing several pair of cleats for multiple sports.
I prefer soccer cleats. I paid around $35 after tax on my cleats when I bought them at Academy Sports.
Cleats aren’t the only purchase you will make throughout your stint as a professional intramural player, but they provide a model for the budget college forces us to maintain.
Further, it is important for me as a player for both intramurals and a Club Sport to buy my gear out of season.
I have found that price is dependent upon what sport is currently being played, so keep that in mind as you are budgeting your intramural purchasing for the year.
Being firm in your budget is more important than the what, where, or when of your purchases. Often when you are on the edge of your budget, it forces you to be weary of the true necessity of the item you are trying to buy.
In short, what you wear or buy won’t make you Peyton Manning or Lisa Leslie.
It won’t give you any superior ability or skill.
It won’t make you into a champion.
Your heart, passion, and sportsmanship are the things that make you a true champion, but you can still look nice on a budget.