Money Diet, Week 16: Time to drop the gym membership

dropping gym membership to save money
dropping gym membership to save money

It probably sounds like the last thing anyone trying to lose weight should do, but I just dropped our family membership at the YMCA.

On paper, it looks so easy. If you want to lose weight, you eat less and exercise more. But, of course, reality always intrudes, and the reality is that for the past few months, nobody in the family has been going to the Y and I've been throwing away $73 every month.

When my daughters were pretty young -- maybe 2 and 4 -- I joined a YMCA about a 30-minute drive from our house. We went regularly for about a year, until gas prices started approaching $4 a gallon and my financial shape was in such dire straits (no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my WalletPop posts) that I very reluctantly pulled our membership.