Money Diet Week 3: I'm Throwing My Money Away!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to address some of the comments on my last post, Eating In. Thanks so much for writing in! I didn't mean to insinuate packing a lunch really cost me $0, but more that I wasn't putting out any more money than I already had spent on groceries for the week. I hope that clears things up. Next week, I'll post my grocery bill, so it makes more sense.

This past week was a wash! I never made it to the grocery store and ended up getting lunch at the cafeteria everyday. Not good. Next week, I'm definitely getting back on track.

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Beyond just saving on food, this new money diet is making me infinitely more aware of other ways I simply flush my cash down the toilet. Namely, my gym membership. Really, I should say memberships. Currently, I have two. (I know, I know...) I joined one when I first moved to New York City that was close to my old job and it only cost about $30 a month—such a steal. But then I switched jobs, and it wasn't quite as close anymore, making working out an even bigger struggle. And who are we kidding, I wasn't making it there that much to begin with. But my new office has a gym inside. Any excuse not to go is just lame, even for me. So I joined in hopes it would jumpstart my plans to get in shape for the summer. But since I hadn't read the fine print (which you should definitely do!), I didn't realize my first membership was for a full year and I couldn't cancel it at anytime, unfortunately. So I made a money-wasting executive decision: pay off the last three months ($90 down the drain) of my old membership and join the gym in my office at $60 per month. I was afraid if I put off joining to save money, I'd never get in shape! For me, the convenience of a gym I'd actually use trumped the money I essentially gave away to do it.

Thoughts? What would you have done?

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