Friday, August 14, 2009

Tomorrow is the 15th, so that means grocery shopping day. That makes today meal planning, grocery list-making day. We also have plans to go swimming at the Y with our friends, and today is Andy's last swim lesson for the summer. He's done SO well with his lessons.

As Y members we paid $45 for 8 25-minute lessons, and we got a $10 discount for signing up for a subsequent session. That works out to about $5 a lesson, which I don't think you could find anywhere else. Since we do pay for a Y membership we try to really use all the advantages of it. They offer a lot of extra family programs that you couldn't get with a regular gym. My kids attend a fitness class for kids two days a week, and enjoy playing with their friends in the childcare room while I work out. We use the pool a lot, and take advantage of their monthly cookouts, and lunches they have. They usually have programs for the kids around holidays, as well. Since having a membership somewhere is kind of a frivolous thing, I want to make sure we get the most out of it that we can.


Melissa said...

Interesting- maybe we need a Y membership. We just "froze" our gym memberships, which we pay over $60/month for, again because neither DH nor I have used them in over a year. :( I want to cancel, but I'm afraid if we ever wanted to go back, I'd have to pay $200 start up fee for each of us again. grrr

Shirelle said...

Melissa, twice a year the Fort Worth Y's do "pay the day" for membership fees. It is usually in January and May-June. You only pay whatever day of the month it is ($1 on Jan. 1, $2 on Jan. 2, etc.) for your joining fee.

Being the frugal person that I am, I'd definitely cancel if you don't use them. If you haven't used it in a year, you've paid $720 for a service you never used. You wouldn't want to do that for two years in a row! And $200 is a lot less than $720!