My birthday is on Thursday (feel free to drop me a 'happy birthday', I'm shameless for attention) and this weekend my mom told me she'd like to help us buy something we have wanted for awhile (okay, I've wanted for awhile).
Right now our gym membership at the YMCA for a family pass (so L. can be watched while I go to spinning class) is a little over $55/mo. The reason for leaving the Y is simple. It was becomming too much of a hassle, the hassle was causing me to not want to go (therefore not get my workouts in), and I'd rather wake up before Lukka does, exercise, and shower and have it out of the way for the day.
Some say that once you leave the gym, your motivation goes down, but that is not true for me. My motivation would go up because I have it at home! I don't have to drive, and hope L falls asleep in the car on the way home so I can jump in the shower for 5 minutes. All through highschool I ran 3-5 miles , and lifted weights (my mom had a home gym) all before school...every day for 4 years. I have motivation! I can do it myself! So I was very ready to 'take the gym home'.
As we were researching about residental spin bikes online, we found out they were SO expensive--even on ebay for used (I knew this going into it, but thought maybe we'd find some good deals). What to do? We wait a week. We check back on this website (ultimate guide for finding out about spinning) and here is a $300 savings on the exact bike I want! Free shipping and 4 DVDs (I may or may not keep these, they are very expensive and might just sell them on ebay as new)! A $300 value for free!
As I mentioned before, my mom said she'd like to help out as my birthday gift. Friends, this $800 value package will cost us only $200 when said and done--in one year, we would save $38.30/mo from our membership (assuming it took us just under 1 year to pay off the $200--at a whopping $16.70/mo) Here's a pic of my beauty coming sometime next week: