Canceling a gym membership has been on every money-saving list that I have ever read. But I disagree. Keep the gym membership if you USE it; I believe it’s an investment in your health.
But if your membership goes unused or used occasionally then you should cancel it and find a form of exercise that you will stick with and doesn’t cost much. If it goes unused, gym memberships are a big waste of your money.
My family is very active at our local YMCA. We need a gym that offers a pool for lap swimming, exercise classes, treadmills, weights and most importantly, a child watch room, and our Y offers all of that and much more.
And we don’t pay a dime for our family membership.
My husband volunteers at our local YMCA. He works at the check in desk from 6 – 9 AM every other Saturday morning and he receives a FREE family membership as compensation. A family membership at our Y costs about $67/month.
Typically a volunteer at our Y needs to work 3-4 hours a week for a free individual membership, but the Y was having a hard time filling this time slot, so my husband splits it with another person and was able to earn a family membership. Volunteers at our Y work in the child watch room, the front desk, or give tours.
My challenge to you: if you pay for a gym membership but DON’T use it, then you MUST CANCEL it immediately. But if you do USE it, start dialing and find find a gym where you can volunteer in any capacity for a free membership. Put that extra money towards your $1000.
Are you a member of a gym? Do you use the gym? How much is your membership? Would you consider volunteering for a FREE membership? Let us know in the comments.