Just wondering if anyone has had to cut back on any skating expenses, or if you cut back on other areas of the household budget to keep skating routine the same. I am thankful that hubby and I are both employed but I do find myself scrutinizing the freestyle and public skate prices on different rinks and comparison shopping. Like Rink A across my house has $5 public skate but it is very old and the ice is not as smooth (still has bumps and stuff) even after zambonied. The overall facility also needs a super major makeover. Rink B around the corner (one of Evan Lysacek's former training facilities actually when he was still in Illinois) is a beautiful facility but charges a full $5 more just for public skate admission. I also do away with snacks and just bring my own water, power bar etc. I still go to the same guy that sharpens my skates for $15 even though some rinks offer to do it cheaper. I did cut back on buying new skating pants and skirts and I used to love to shop for them. Coaching costs have increased due to more lessons to prepare for my tests. Anyone wanna share their experiences?