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January 15, 2013

Reasons to Cancel Your Gym Membership

Is being fit expanding your spending?

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Everywhere you turn there are commercials and advertisements telling you why you need to join a gym. My savings tip for today is telling you why you may not need a gym membership and how to save money and still work out.

#1-If you don’t go to the gym at least once a week- you do not need a gym membership.

#2 – If you don’t take advantage of all the extra perks your gym offers (but you are paying for). Examples:Childcare, aerobics classes, towel service, tanning services, and court time. – you do not need a membership at that gym.

#3- If you are charging your gym membership and then not paying off your credit card – you do not need a gym membership.

#4 – If you only go to the gym to walk on the treadmill – you do not need a gym membership.

#5 – If your gym membership takes away from other household expenses-you do not need a gym membership.

#6-If you only use the gym to shower and go to the bathroom without kids interrupting-you do not need a gym membership. OK, maybe you do!!

Now that you know why you don’t need a gym membership let me give you some advice on how to get fit for less.

#1-Work out at home with Workout DVDs-some libraries even let you borrow them for free.

#2 Walk in your neighborhood, at your local high school track or even your local mall.

#3 Check your health insurance company and see if you can get a discount from local gyms or if they will pay for you to join one. (Many health insurances companies offer this as a way to promote getting healthy)

#4 Join a “Bare Bones” gym without all the frills and swap childcare with a friend if you need it.

#5 Use exercise equipment you already own in your home.

#6 Turn on the radio and have a dance session in the comfort of your own home.

#7 If you get the urge to work out take advantage of the free week trials many gyms offer.

#8 Find out if your friends who have a gym membership get guest passes. Tag along for free and offer them some encouragement.

#9 Don’t get sucked in by waived enrollment fees that require you to sign a contract. If you must have a gym membership get them to let you pay as you go.

#10 Take your toddlers to a store without a stroller and spend an hour chasing after them.

 

This 2013 our goal is to save more money! MadameDeals is all about Making Dollar$ Out of Change, so everyday we will be sharing some useful and simple tips that we can easily do. Saving a few buck$ may not be a lot, but if you will combine all the savings that you can get within a year, I’m sure you’ll all be surprised with the result.

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January 12, 2013

Savings Tip #12-Family Game Night

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One of the best ways to save money is by reducing your family entertainment budget. You don’t have to go to the movies, rent DVDs, go bowling, or go out to eat to have quality time with your family. You can do it for FREE by having Family Game Night. Dust off the boxes and break out the dice and spend time talking while you see who is going to come out on top. The bonus savings is your electric bill will go down because you won’t be scattered across the house on your electronic devices. You will also save gas and mileage on your car because you don’t have to go anywhere. In the end you will have more money in your pocket and more quality time with your family. Who could ask for more.

Check out Family Game Night Fun!

This 2013 our goal is to save more money! MadameDeals is all about Making Dollar$ Out of Change, so everyday we will be sharing some useful and simple tips that we can easily do. Saving a few buck$ may not be a lot, but if you will combine all the savings that you can get within a year, I’m sure you’ll all be surprised with the result.

Save money this 2013, check out our other Saving Tips!

Also, read our other Useful Tips posts!

If you have some tips share it with us below.

January 12, 2013

Family Game Night Fun

Board Games Are Not A Thing of The Past

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Most of my childhood was spent without a television in the house. When we did finally get a TV, we didn’t have cable. I spent my days playing outside, reading and playing board games. Monopoly and Strattego were favorites for my sister and I. Fast forward to my kids and board games are just pretty boxes down a toy aisle at Target.

A few years back, we instituted random Family Game Nights. During this time electronics were off and it was mandatory to participate. My kids are 5 years apart so it was hard finding games that worked for both of them. I decided, we needed to learn how to play Bunco. It soon became a favorite with both my daughter and son. We added other dice games such as LCR and Toss Up.

The past year our schedules were so crazy we had only had 1 Family Game Night. This Christmas vacation I decided that was going to change and made every night  Family Game Night. A few nights were spent with my parents so we brought the games with us. Nothing is funnier than watching my 8 year old teach my mom how to play Bunco. I kept thinking shouldn’t it be the other way around.

We discovered new games such as 5 Seconds (my husband has banned me from playing) and Spot It. Oldies were revived when they tried to beat dad in Monopoly, Clue and Yahtzee. If you ask us about our Yahtzee games I am afraid I will have to plead the 5th. We laughed so hard we cried and if anyone would have been watching they would have thought we got into a big batch of eggnog.

My children actually got along for 2 straight weeks without arguing. Yes, I am being honest 8 and 14 and no arguments. I didn’t have to force them to or threaten them with punishments for not getting along. They also never hesitated when asked to do household chores. I realized after the 1st week it wasn’t because of the gifts they received for Christmas but instead because the gift they received of Family Time.

They had our undivided attention every night for hours. We talked, laughed, won and lost together and it cost us nothing. When I balanced my checkbook on Monday, I also realized I had saved. There were no charges for PPV, DVD rentals, video game rentals, movie tickets, or dinners out. Family Game Night has now been reinstated as a mandatory Friday Night Event.

I urge everyone to pick their own Family Game Night and see the magic that will happen when you stop and take time to spend with each other. You may not solve the National Debt Crisis but you will notice that there is a few more dollars in your pocket and bigger smiles on their faces.

Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (14). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamsters, 2 fish and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.