A recent post by Chris Hickman over at Umpire Empire suggested purchasing a leather umpire belt from a police/fire/postal uniform store. A little looking found a 1-3/4" black leather belt at Atlantic Uniform for $8.75 with free shipping:
Honigs sells their 1-3/4" leather belt for $19.95, and Ump-Attire sells one for $17.99. Plus shipping.
Thanks, Chris, for a terrific money saving idea!
On 2/3/10 I ordered one belt from Atlantic Uniform for $8.75 (with free shipping) I'll let you know how it goes.
The belt is fantastic, but the belt size runs a little small.