|Oh, fond memories of childhood shopping...|
So far, so good. If anyone is thinking about doing shopping detox, it's excellent to start right after the holiday season, when I'm still enjoying all of my new gifts and it doesn't feel like a sacrifice whatsoever.
Today, I went grocery shopping again to get the 2 things the corner store didn't have yesterday. While in the Very Big Grocery Store I was lured in by the bin of very cheap thermal clothes ($4.94!) but remained resolute to only buy the things from my shopping list, which were:
- pasta sauce
So, by not giving into the impulse purchase of thermals, I saved $9.98! (because I would have bought a thermal shirt and pants, if I had been going to)
I also was thinking about how I will need to find things to do with my time. Even when I was a kid, shopping was the thing I did. Saturday afternoon? Go up to the mall, wander around, buy some things. I can't see the appeal in walking somewhere without some sort of purpose, so I need a goal.
So, since I like quite literally across the park from a gym, I went by today to see about how joining works. You can get a 2-week free trial membership, which I think I will try someday when I have 2 weeks when I have lots of time to go there and try things out.
Is it saving money, paying for a gym membership? Actually, I think it is, at least a bit. Esp. when you consider than by exercising, I will have less aches and pains and therefore will not get so many massages (my health plan pays for a certain amount of massages, a quota I filled by like, August 2010)
So, I have to figure out the most frugal type of membership (aside from getting a series of 2-week trial memberships at a variety of gyms).
Anyway, I can either pay:
$420 for a regular year membership ($35 a month) (this is far less than I currently spend on clothes, for the record)
$260 for 6 months ($43 a month, less than I currently spend on lunches and uncaffeinated coffee type drinks)
$10 per drop-in visit (or $89 for a 10 pack) (each gym visit costing the same as a normal lunch)
But, I think the best frugal option is:
$230 for a 6-month off-peak membership
You can also get a year-long off-peak membership, but I don't know how much I will end up using this and buying a year's worth when I only go a few times is not frugal, really. Off-peak membership, like all frugal things, is the slightly less-glamorous and inconvenient cousin of normal membership. I can only go at certain times (Mon - Fri 7:30am - 10:30am, 1:15pm-3:30pm, 6:30pm to close and also Sat/Sun all day). This seems OK, since I probably will mostly be going after 6:30pm and on the weekends.
Anyway, the first step will be the FREE two-week trial thing, which I will use in frugal style by attending every single class I possibly can, to see if I really like it.
Today's savings: $9.98
YTD savings: $19.87