I wasn’t sure where else to put this, but thought you lot could help me work through my thoughts and conflicted money feelings on this.
I have been steadily increasing in weight as has husband. I’m still happy with how I looks with no clothes on so this isn’t a love your body thing, but my clothes have not helpfully expanded along with my waistline. This leads to frustration and anger nearly every day when I get dressed for work as the vast majority of my closet does not fit. I’ve also lost muscle tone and strength which is a pain in the ass. Husband has similar complaints.
The solution that would seem to make the most sense is to get a gym membership and we have one place in town that is pretty amazing. 3 locations, tons of group classes (big deal for me) and heated pool (big deal for husband). We have friends who go to this gym so there would be built in workout buddies for accountability.
Sounds perfect right? Well, it’s around $94 a month with a 2 year contract and $119 early termination fee. My brain slid to a screeching halt when I calculated out that this would be almost $1200 a year! On a gym membership.
As a Frugal Person, I should just buck up and take walks and do body weight exercises or something and not spend over a thousand dollars a year on the gym. This contract will obviously put us into financial straits and when we are eating cat food down by the river, I will be able to point to this moment as the one that led to our downfall.
Counterpoint: We currently have good well paying jobs and are making more money than I ever dreamed of. This would cost less than 1% of our estimated paychecks for the year. Last year I spent more than that on a painting because it was beautiful and made my soul sing. I would probably end up spending close to that if I have to buy a new wardrobe because I have given up the fight on making outfits out of the approximately four bottoms and 3 dresses that still fit in my closet.
But still…Cat Food looms.
Has anyone else dealt with this sort of thing? How did you get over your inner cheapness and just SPEND the money?