So I’ll admit I’m kind of cheap. Maybe “thrifty” or “frugal” are better terms. I do spend money often, but almost refuse to buy things at full price (especially clothing/shoes/etc) and am always looking for a deal (my shopping tips can be found in this post from the holidays).
Since my husband and I got married and (finally) moved in to our house, I’ve started spending a lot more on monthly fees like cable/internet, our cellphones (which we combined in to one account), car insurance (combined, again) water, gas, electric, etc, etc, etc. Each one costs more than $100 monthly, and they’re things I didn’t pay on a regular basis while in college/grad school and living with my parents (thanks Mom & Dad!).
Some things I don’t skimp on when it comes to spending: travel (experiences are priceless), food (duh – but I still shop multiple stores to save money), coffee (K-cups / Starbucks). And apparently, fitness (you can view my weekly workouts in my fitness log).
I pay less than $30 a month for my gym membership, and I can use any of their locations across the country (including 6 in Pittsburgh). The ability to count the number of times I’ve “checked in” at my gym (which I’ve only been going to for spin classes), tells me I’m averaging about 5 visits a month (so $6 per visit). I know I’ll use my membership more when the weather isn’t as nice (I’ve been running outside in lieu of spinning multiple times per week), and I’m definitely not paying the fee to cancel or suspend it for the summer.
I’ve also fallen in love with yoga, but won’t pay $15 per class, so I hop from studio to studio when they offer Groupons – and then get super stressed about using all of my sessions in time. For example, I have 8 hot yoga sessions at a nice studio really close to home to use up by August.
Throw in the excellent opportunity to do power yoga at work twice a week ($5/class) and I’m spending close to $70-$80 per month. Throw in a race or event here and there, and it’s over a thousand bucks a year. That’s tough for a cheapskate like me to justify!
Reading blogs about running and Tabata training and other at-home workouts makes me think twice about spending so much when I know I can get fit without fancy memberships or classes.
The reasons the cost is worth the benefit:
- exercise is my stress relief – I’m a different person before and after a workout
- confidence – feeling physically strong and fit is priceless
- preventing chronic disease – diabetes and heart disease cost way more to treat than to prevent
- extra calories to “spend” on food – woo-hoo!
How much do you spend on your fitness each month? What makes it worth the cost?