Advertisement
Healthy Living on a Budget

4 Ways to Save on Gym Memberships

Tips on how to minimize high costs.

How's that New Year's resolution to get back to the gym going? Yeah, thought so. But if you find the right facility, you have plenty of time to shape up in time for beach season.

Do a test workout. Take advantage of the free trial at a few gyms. Be sure to go when you typically work out, try the classes and use the locker room. You’re more likely to get your money's worth at a fitness facility with great yoga classes than the one with a pool you’ll never swim in.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Don’t lock yourself in. Last year, gymgoers logged more than 5,500 complaints with the Better Business Bureau, many of them regarding contract disputes. The longer the contract period, the cheaper your monthly rate. But read the terms and make sure you’re not locked in for a commitment you might not want. A month-to-month plan or a contract that lets you opt out if you give notice is best.

Beware the free session. The "fitness assessment" with a personal trainer sounds great, but it's often just a sales pitch for training sessions.

Bring your friends. And Karen from HR. Many gyms have referral programs that reward you with perks for signing up friends. If you and a group of friends sign up together, you may even be able to negotiate a lower monthly rate for the whole group. And your business may be able to cut a deal with the gym that will score discounted membership fees for your whole office.

Advertisement

Most Popular

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?
tax brackets

What Are the Income Tax Brackets for 2020 vs. 2019?

The IRS unveiled the 2020 tax brackets, and it's never too early to start planning to minimize your future tax bill.
June 20, 2020
HSAs Get Even Better
Financial Planning

HSAs Get Even Better

Workers have more options with flexible spending accounts, too.
July 2, 2020
17 States That Will Gain or Lose Electoral-College Votes After the 2020 Census
Politics

17 States That Will Gain or Lose Electoral-College Votes After the 2020 Census

Every 10 years, the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are reassigned based on the results of the U.S.
July 2, 2020

Recommended

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020
state tax

Sales Tax Holidays in 2020

Sixteen states are having sales tax holidays this year. If you plan your shopping around these tax-free periods, you can save big on back-to-school cl…
July 1, 2020
13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco
spending

13 Luxury Goods That Are Cheaper at Costco

You could be missing out on huge savings: Costco sells a limited selection of luxury goods at discounted prices, both in-store and online.
June 27, 2020
COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits
spending

COVID-19: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Change Our Spending Habits

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, including how we spend money. Are you spending less right now? Many people are. Here’s how to make th…
June 17, 2020
24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money
Travel

24 Best Travel Websites to Save You Money

Traveling is fun and you can do it without breaking the bank — you just have to know where to go online first.
June 12, 2020