I just listened to "Your Own Training Budget" and wanted to share some advice that I've followed.
- Industry groups sometimes offer free trainings throughout the year for members. I'm a member of an Information Security group and there are many traning opportunities throughout the year included in the membership cost (~$150 / year). Often students will be offered steep discounts on group membership.
- Volunteer to speak at an event. I attended a full day conference for free because I spoke at one of the sessions. Often there are panelist spots open that offer the same benefit without as much additional work to prepare your presentation. (Doing a presentation is a great way to network as well.)
- Voulteer to run the registration table or set-up for a free or reduced cost of attending the training.