Let’s face it- the holidays are over, winter vacation has passed, and it’s time to start thinking about getting rid of the pecan pie that has been sitting squarely on your hips for the past few weeks. In my case it’s also apple pie, chocolate cake, and eggnog, but that’s another issue entirely. As you may have read in my post about my New Year’s resolutions, I’ll be putting a hold on my gym membership for the next while. But if you can’t exercise at home or are afraid you’ll lose your motivation without paying money for the privilege of exercise, there are still ways in which you can save money by reducing your gym membership fees. Here are 6 ways to save money starting this month:
1- Put a hold on your gym membership and make use of a free gym membership offered by a competing gym. The popular women’s gym Curves, for example, is now offering a month free. 24-Hour Fitness is offering 14 days free. If a free option isn’t available in your area, there may be a cheap gym membership that you can take advantage of. There are scads of promotions going on now to encourage people to shed their holiday weight. Who knows- you may even find that you like the less expensive gym better!
2- Renegotiate to trim down your gym membership fees. If last year’s membership fees are higher than this year or you’ve been a loyal customer for a long time, you deserve a reduction in your gym membership fees- and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for one. You have nothing to lose by trying. You may also be able to negotiate a lower price if you can prove that you haven’t been using all of the services that your gym offers or if you commit to remaining a member for a certain amount of time. You should also research other options in your area so that you can explain to the gym manager why you shouldn’t be paying so much.
3- Switch from taking classes to independent workouts. If you have a membership through which you pay additional fees to take classes, consider dropping the classes in favor of a private workout. Don’t be afraid to add a new machine to your routine to make up for the loss of your beloved (but expensive) aerobics class.
4- Switch from a flat gym membership fee to a ‘pay-as-you-go’ policy. If you aren’t going to the gym every day, you may be able to save money by purchasing a card with a certain number of entries. These cards can be less expensive than monthly memberships and can prevent you from overpaying if you don’t take full advantage of your gym membership.
5- Give up your energy drinks at the gym. If you regularly spend money on a refreshing protein drink or shake at the gym, you can easily save money by giving up this splurge. Purchasing energy shakes in bulk at your local grocery store or savings club can save big money, and using energy drink coupons can keep even more money in your pocket.
6- Get a friend to sign up. Many gyms offer promotions through which members can get a discount if they get a friend to sign up. Not only will bringing your friend save you money, but it might make the experience significantly more enjoyable.