I’ve been doing a boot camp since September 2011 and I’ve absolutely loved it. Recently, the company that runs the boot camps opened an indoor facility with tons of group classes. They offered six free weeks with unlimited classes. I signed up for the trial, planning to cancel after the six weeks. Unfortunately, I am now hooked.
The classes are fun, tough, and great workouts. The downfall, is that once the six weeks is over, I have to start paying for the classes. There are different types of membership plans and the one I’m considering is the 10 classes per month one.
I’ve been looking at my budget and trying to figure out if I can really afford it. I get a discount by being a boot camp member, but it’s still kind of pricey. But I figure if I move a few things around, I should be able to afford it.
The main issue isn’t the cost, it’s me looking at my budget and learning to set priorities—something I’ve always struggled with. When I’m faced with a spending decision (big or small), I tend to think in the moment, not how it will affect my long term budget. For example, when I’m at the grocery store, I’ll buy things spur of the moment and then have to rearrange my budget later.
I’ve become more aware of how my impulsive nature impacts my budget and I’m making changes. Mostly, I’m changing my environments and being more conscious of each decision I make with regards to money. If I join the gym, I need to be more restrictive on what I use my money on because it will become harder to rearrange money.
I’m 99% sure that I’ll continue with the membership. For the price, not only do I get 10 classes a month, but I also get stress relief, relaxation, and a confidence boost. These things are hard to pass up and bring a lot more to my life that other things (like new clothes or a latte) can’t bring.
Do you have something in your life that you’re willing to pay a little more or cut back spending elsewhere in order to afford it?