Wise spending: lifetime gym membership

On January 12th 2009 I spent a whopping 995 euros on a gym membership. What?! And you call this wise spending? Yes! Please, let me explain.

The monthly membership fee would have been 19.95. However, I bought a lifetime membership. This meant that it would take almost 50 months (4 years and 2 months) to break even. It has been 3 years and 9 months since I bought my lifetime membership. By April next year will have reached my break even point. From that moment on I will be exercising “for free”. That’s a fun idea, isn’t it?

This particular company has lots of different clubs scattered around our country, The Netherlands. It happens to be that there is one club just around the corner from where we live. We do not intend to move any time soon. So, this is gym is and will be close by. It’s only a five-minute bike ride. (Yes, The Dutch love to ride their bikes!)

An added bonus is that I can visit any gym owned by this particular company throughout The Netherlands. If we were to move, I would still enjoy my “investment”. 

The fact that I exercise regularly keeps my body fit and prevents certain health issues and thus saves money. Don’t think I need to explain this one?

Finally, I will never have any excuse to skip or postpone exercising because I have a gym membership. But why don’t you just exercise outdoors? Ah, good question! I do exercise outdoors. I like to bike, hike and run. However, if you’ve ever visited our beautiful country and experienced our fickle weather you would understand that exercising outdoors throughout the year just isn’t fun. Don’t worry, I always ride my bike to work. Running when it’s raining just isn’t fun. Besides the weather issue, I thoroughly enjoy taking aerobics classes.

In conclusion, I think this is an example of some wise spending on my part. What do you think? Don’t think I am going to blog about my wise spending all the time. I made lots and lots of money mistakes in my life and I will be very happy to share them with you.


Mrs Econowiser


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