Trim The Fat Tuesday: The Gym Membership

For me, this is an easy one.

Cancel the gym membership.

No skin off my nose — I hate going to the gym. Loathe it.

I used to go all the time when we lived at the Red House because we had a family membership at the Y, which was great. The kids were littler and took karate and tee ball and dance lessons there. While they were doing their things, I could squeeze in a workout with no problem. It was a totally efficient use of our time, was affordable, and had lots of nice people. And free child care.

Seriously, if you are anywhere near the Andover/North Andover YMCA, take advantage. They have some really awesome yoga instructors too (oh, I miss that!).

When we moved, we discovered that not all YM or YWCAs operate with the same pricing schedules. The one in Newburyport is much more expensive, and you get less benefit for the price, so we decided to join the local Planet Fitness instead. It's only $10 a month.

I don't have a problem at all with the gym — it's basic and clean and cheap, if somewhat garishly decorated. I used it for a while, off and on. Usually in the winter, when it's too cold to get much outdoor exercise.

But I really hate the gym. I would so much rather be outside, even in the cold, to ride my bike or take a walk or whatever. So I stopped going, especially during the eight to nine months that are filled with garden-based exercise. I'd much rather do some digging and call it good:

So, like I said, canceling the gym membership was a piece of cake for me. I stopped by on my way home from work, and it was a hassle-free five minutes of effort to get it done. I don't think I'd been there in probably a year anyway.

Oh yeah — there's also a little-advertised, secret annual fee of $29, so pro-rating that over the year works out to more than $10 a month of savings.

Savings per month: $12.50

Total savings per month for January: $72.50

Total savings in 2014: $147.50


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