If you've resolved to curb your spending and keep expenses in check like I have, then the cost of a gym membership can seem like a splurge. But the problem is that there's a little conflict of interest in my New Year's Resolutions — in addition to spending wisely, I've also vowed to follow Fit's example and stay healthy and active all year. So I need gym access — just not the expenses that come with it. Luckily, I just came across SmartMoney's tips to keep my membership at a much lower cost. Read on and get the details to meet two of your New Year's goals.
I moved to a new apartment, and the new place is too far from the gym for me to maintain my membership. I gave the appropriate 30-day notice to my landlord that I'd be leaving, and apparently, I should have called the gym at the same time. Unknown to me, somewhere in my contract it stated that I had to give 30 days notice before cancellation, or I'd have to pay for the entire next month in full.
My husband and I shared a family membership, which meant we were out an entire month's dues for something we couldn't even use. It was our bad for not checking the contract ahead of time, but it seemed like a pretty sneaky policy to enforce. Have you had any experiences with a gym membership that left you feeling less than satisfied?
I've been trying to cancel my gym contract and the gym guy is making it impossible to get a hold of him to even discuss it. He said we could talk about canceling or reducing the rate, but every time I call and get an answer, he simply says to email him. Then, I get no response and when I call back, I get voice mail. When I go in during staffed hours, no one is available to help me.
I'm canceling because there is a trainer there who is like a pushy sales person and makes me uncomfortable. She calls, emails, and is just generally overbearing — she even tried to sell me a wristband on the treadmill. I couldn't imagine the regular customer service would be this bad, too.
I changed my credit card information on the website, because if this takes more than a month to figure out I'm disputing the charges. I know it's a contract and I signed it, but is there anything I can do?
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When you sign up for a new gym membership there's no guarantee for a beautiful behind, but more likely than not there's a guarantee that you'll have to sign a contract. I'm a big advocate of doing anything that promotes health, but there are some questions you'll want to ask before committing to one gym over another. To find out why you should pause before signing up at whatever gym is closest to your home just read more