Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

How to Save Money by Reducing Gym Membership Fees

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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, Gym-Membership-Feesyou 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.

Happy Sweating,

Billy

Looking to Save on Kids' Activities Over Winter Break?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Bored of the same drab kids’ activities, or looking to save money on children’s activities over winter break?  Check out my guest post at Save at Home Mommy for unique ideas for children of all ages!

Happy New Year,

Billy

My New Year's Resolution – Save More Money

Monday, December 28th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by and that 2010 is just around the corner. And while I run around taking advantage of the post-Christmas sales, I still can’t help but think about all of the things that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year (and, unfortunately, all those that I didn’t accomplish this year).  And if you’ve gotten to know me at all, you’re probably not surprised to learn that all of my New Year’s resolutions revolve around saving more money in the upcoming year (and hopefully the year after that…and the year after that…).

new-year-savingsIn my book, however, a New Year’s resolution is about setting specific goals for yourself- not just stating the obvious and hoping for the best.  “I’m going to lose 10 pounds this year” will likely more successful than just saying that you’re planning on losing weight this year.  For this reason, I always make New Year’s resolutions with concrete goals.  Here is my list for 2010:

-  Save more money on groceries by giving up my penchant for certain brands and buying what’s on sale- with coupons.  I’m curious to see if I’ll find new brands to favor, or if I’ll even mind that I gave up my favorite brands.  I look forward to sharing the process with you.

- I’m going to freeze my gym membership (yes, underneath my crisp white shirt are abs of steel) and begin working out at home.  I’ve even found the perfect place to purchase quality used exercise equipment.  I’m curious to see if this will affect my motivation, toning and overall exercise experience.  I could just change to a cheaper gym, but I’m looking to save more money- and I think this may be the way to do it.

- My final New Year’s resolution is to join an online DVD rental service instead of shelling out money for the movies.  I am hoping that I can enjoy more films for less money, since a night out at the movies is getting to be an expensive habit.  I’ll be able to save on refreshments, gas, (sometimes parking) and the actual price of the movie (which also often includes an additional ticket for a guest).

My goal is to save at least $160/month by making these (hopefully) minor changes to my lifestyle.  If I reach this goal, I will have saved at least $1920…not too bad considering the fact that I’ll still be doing all of the things I love (just a bit differently).  I plan on chronicling my journey throughout the year, to provide tips, tricks and inspirations to others who may also want to save more money.  If you have any other New Year’s resolution challenges that you plan on taking on, I’d love to hear them!

Happy Contemplating,

Billy