Canceling a gym membership has been on every money-saving list that I have ever read. And if your membership goes unused, then I absolutely agree that you should cancel it.
However, my husband and I have always belonged to and used a gym. We go for lap swimming, exercise classes, weight training, treadmills, and the child watch room.
In fact, our kids were pretty much raised at the YMCA. They started going as soon as they were old enough to be in the child watch room. Our Y will watch your kids as part of your membership for FREE for 2 hours a day while you’re working out. It’s glorious!
And for many years, we didn’t pay a dime for our family membership, and other years, we received a free individual membership.
My husband volunteers at our local YMCA. For many years, he worked at the check in desk from 6 – 9 AM every other Saturday morning. The Y was having a hard time filling this time slot, so they offered 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. Volunteers at our Y work in the child watch room, the front desk, or give tours. Every YMCA runs differently.
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.