You hear it all the time. “Don’t spend money on a gym membership, workout at home”. Or “Cancel your subscriptions to tv providers, you are wasting your money”.
How many blogs have you read that tell you you are wasting your money on memberships? Pretty much all of them.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was because the “suggested” way of handling your finances didn’t work for me.
While I am obsessed with my finances and paying debt and saving money – I go about it in a very non traditional way.
Here’s the deal – I spend money on memberships – Crazy I know!
Here are the things I pay for monthly and how much I spend:
CorePower Yoga Black Tag Membership – $104.00
(This was a special pricing offer I got when a new studio opened – Normal Price: $149)
Netflix – $11.99
Amazon Prime – $10.99
Spotify Premium – $9.99
WordPress Premium – $8.00
Now clearly the big one here is my CorePower Yoga membership. I’m sure there are many of you who think I’m certifiably insane for paying this much every month for a yoga membership (even with my discounted price).
But here’s the deal – I am an anxious mess. I did Yoga when I was in college and I’m convinced it was the only thing that kept me sane.
When college ended and I moved home I decided to cancel my membership.
I was a wreck. An absolute anxious wreck. And I knew Yoga was the one thing that could help me regain some control on my anxiety.
So lucky for me I got a special price due to a new studio opening right by my parents house. I mean talk about fate right?
But what I’m trying to say here is that I would pay a significant amount of money every month if it meant containing my insanity. There is no amount of money that would be too much for me when it comes to preserving my mental health.
Now maybe some of you feel this way about the gym. DO NOT give up your gym membership if you find it helps you in your daily life to relive some of that pressure.
I know that there are a ton of people who believe you can workout at home and not pay the outrageous membership fees. If you are that person – Then absolutely you should cancel the gym membership.
But if you are like me and need that “space” that is just yours and that hour that you give to just yourself every day – Then keep the membership.
Just because it is a waste to one person does not mean it is to you.
Now moving on to TV. I LOVE TV. I can’t help it, but it’s another way for me to get out of my own head and just relax. And I HATE commercials.
Yes most people do, but I might be one of the most impatient people in the world and honestly commercials just make me mad. So I like to watch TV without them. If that means paying a membership fee every month to have access to hundreds of shows and movies with ZERO interruptions – sign me the f*ck up.
Now here is one that I just don’t know how people can possibly survive without – Amazon.
I straight up am on Amazon prime every day. I love it.
You can get free music, free movies, free TV shows, free audiobooks, free shipping… the options are endless.
I think this is an option that everyone should be taking advantage of. (Pro Tip: if you know someone in school, share a student membership with them!)
My next membership is one I personally could never live without – Spotify.
I am a HUGE music buff. I have music on for 90% of every day of my life. It helps my commute go faster, it makes my cubicle more interesting, it makes getting ready more fun, and it makes me happy when I’m feeling sad.
This and my gym membership are two things I need in my life. They keep me sane and are worth every single penny I spend on them!
And last but not least we have WordPress! I mean duh – I don’t really have to explain this one!
So there you have it. Yes I budget my money. Yes I am putting a ton of money into my loans. Yes I am saving for a down payment on a house. And yes I STILL spend money on monthly subscriptions.
If you take anything from this article you should take the fact that when it comes to money, there isn’t a single option that will work for everyone. And if it’s worth it to you – then spend the money on it!