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How to Make Paintball Cost Less

The sport of paintball can be quite costly sometimes especially when it becomes addictive. It can be made to cost less if a few steps are taken and maybe a few sacrifices also. You do have to make adjustments in how you play and how you shop.

An easy way to make your paintball expenses to drop is to team up. You do this by getting a group of friends or teammates to go in to buy items or by just borrowing someone’s cleaning supplies and allen keys. Another guy may already have the goggle cleaner. Maybe someone has an extra gun laying around or the extra parts you need that they are willing to part with for little or maybe even nothing if they are a good friend. Anyway I think you get the idea.

You may also want to look at where you play. It may cost less to play at a field that may be a little further distance but you can save money if you can carpool and save gas. If you already do something like this then it may be in your interest to look for fields that are closer but may have a little higher admission fee especially for groups. Then there is always the idea of creating your own field and avoiding the admission fees altogether

Avoiding unnecessary purchases can also go a long way towards cutting costs. Hold off on those frivolous purchases like that cool upgrade that is really only aesthetic. Don’t buy those grenades you saw online the other day.  Who knows you may even find that you can get better deals later (how many times have you bought something only to see it on sale the next week) or that really didn’t need it after all. But if you must buy then consider buying something used. You can shop online at auction sites or maybe even a yard sale or flea market. If you are one that doesn’t like used then you should at least shop around especially online. Things are usually cheaper online than in a shop or at a field and many offer free shipping on items. And always send in your warranty card on new items and make sure you maintain your stuff. That can go a long way towards making your investment last and having fewer headaches while playing.    

Buying paintball is a recurring expense that becomes the most expensive cost for most players. Taking a few steps can lower this expense as well. The easiest way to lower paint cost is to change the way you play. This is done by taking your gun off of auto and by picking and choosing your shots more wisely. Going to cheaper paint can lower this cost also buy can lead to less reliable accuracy and function of your gun. It can also make cleanup and maintenance more difficult. The best advice I can give is to use your friends and teammates and buy paint in bulk. There are even choices out there that will fit any weapon caliber so the type of guns your group has does not make this impossible.  A little trickier way to make your paint less costly is to change the rules you play by. Do this by having a game that limits your ammo. You can play a game that only gives players one hopper or even limit the game to a low number of rounds. The tricky part comes in if you have to coax a field manager or another team to accept the new rules. A lot less tricky if you have your own field.

Using all of these little tricks can really lower your costs and make those paintball afternoons even more enjoyable. I don’t know about you but the less I spend on my hobbies then the more I can reward myself by playing. Also helps with getting permission from the other half when I want to go and play especially if there is a road trip involved.

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