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If you're an MSU fan you know how pricey it can get to follow your team, and if you're a parent of a student or two at MSU you know the costs add up even faster. While a pair of tickets is a great gift for a die-hard Bulldogs fan, most like to show their team spirit while they're at the game and you know what that means: shirts, caps, and everything else maroon! Here are a few ways to save on your team gear, so you can afford the tailgate party once you get to the game:

Buy off season. By waiting until the season is over you can take advantage of clearance prices and save a bunch of money. The one downside to this is that the selection might not be as good as during the height of the excitement.

Buy online. Many stores such as JCPenney carry gear for Bulldogs fans, and you won't have to go to the mall to take advantage of their inventory. By shopping online you can easily find the size and style of MSU gear you want and enjoy having it delivered to your door!

Look for extra savings. Sites such as Groupon feature great coupons and discounts at store such as JCPenney, and all you have to do is download the app and choose your store. Do a quick search for your school and apply your discount code or coupon at checkout!

Check the resale sites. Online stores, thrift shops, and garage sales are all great places to find maroon treasures. Use your imagination and your talent for searching, and your favorite fan will be grateful!

If your dream is to have a Bulldogs Man Cave then make a long-term plan. Make a list of items you'd like and then break it down into priorities and price ranges, so you can buy a few things at a time. You'll also have a handy list when you're out and about, so if you find some MSU items you can check to see if you already own them!