We have been members of the YMCA for a couple of years, now. It’s great in winter, when none of us want to stay warm. When the weather is nice, though, we would all much rather play outside. It seems silly to pay $122 per month for the five months we aren’t actually going to the gym.
And it is. There is a better option.
This year we decided to cancel our membership. We ran the numbers and discovered that the $150 enrollment fee is way cheaper than 5 months of membership! But when I went to the YMCA to cancel (you can’t do it over the phone, for some reason), I learned of another option.
For just $10 per month, you can put your YMCA membership on hold, which means you don’t have to pay the enrollment fee when you restart your membership. That works out perfectly for us, since we know we will want to be able to use the gym again in the fall. Restarting our YMCA membership will probably be a little easier than re-applying, too.
Now, if you are a member of a YMCA, you probably know that the enrollment fee is waived at least once a year, so you might not even have to pay it if you are willing to wait. If you don’t have to pay the enrollment fee, canceling is still a better deal than putting your membership on hold. However, those annual specials usually come at least a month after there is snow on the ground, and we wanted to make sure we could start going to the gym again as soon as it gets too cold for us to be outside.
If you only use the gym seasonally, putting your YMCA membership on hold during the off-season is a great way to save money. Now I just have to remember to do it every May.