January 14, 2016

Cost per visit of our YMCA Membership

On January 2nd, we joined our local YMCA.  We had to pay $16 registration fee and then $28 for the membership from January 2nd to January 14th.  Now we will be charged $61 plus tax every 15th of the month.

So how much have we used it?  The girls and I have gone 5 times.  I've taken 3 zumba classes and walked on the track some.  The girls go to the children's room while I'm working out.  After my work outs sometimes I'll take them swimming for an hour.  Mr. R has gone 3 times to work out.

So not counting the $16 registration fee, we've paid $1.55 per person, per visit.  I'm pretty happy with that.  When we go, we're usually there for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.  It's getting us out of the house during the winter and keeping us active.

January 10, 2016

Creating a Personal Career Website

It took me 14 months of interviewing with many, many companies before I was offered the position I am in now.  I lost track of how many resumes I sent out.  But one thing I could have done to make my job search a little easier is to create a personal career website.

I really like my new job and am not looking for a new one but I've decided it's time to start working on this website to really showcase my talents.  Plus as I finish projects at work, I can upload them into my online portfolio.  This way I won't be scrambling to get copies of projects and trying to remember everything that I had worked on.

So last night I finally did it.  I purchased my name as the url and started setting up the site.  I use Siteground for my web hosting as I've used them before and am really happy with the support I've received.

Right now I just have the template and pages set up.  I've got to work on building my portfolio and writing copy for the various pages.

But at least I'm finally tackling this project that has been on my to do list for quite some time.

January 3, 2016

The Value of a YMCA Membership

I've been thinking of rejoining the YMCA for a while now.  We live less than 5 minutes from a very nice one.  It's been about 8 years since we were members.  On New Year's Day I saw an advertisement that we could join and only pay a $16 registration fee.  The normal registration fee is $90 and I refuse to pay that much for them to take 10 minutes to register me.  So I talked to Mr. R and he was all for it.  

Here's how we justified the expense.  Monthly YMCA Family membership cost is $61 + tax.  
  • Mr. R canceled his other gym membership that he was paying $10 per month for.  
  • We will save $59 total per 7 week session on the girls' gymnastics lessons as members. Plus now we can register earlier as a member so hopefully we won't have to deal with the classes we want being full.
  • Free Child Watch - Mr. R and I can both work out at the same time then take the kids swimming or to play in the gym as a family.  
  • Free Classes - There are a whole list of classes that are free (included with the membership). My goal for now is to start going Tuesday evenings while Mr. R is at work for a Zumba class.
  • Walking Track - I always used to love to walk.  I would go for long walks around the neighborhood and in the winter I would walk at the Y on the track.  For some reason, I'm not a big fan of walking on a treadmill, but outside and even on the track, I can just get lost in thought and walk for hours.  I got out of the walking habit once I had kids. Hopefully, I can get back into it.
  • Open Swim - The girls and Mr. R love to swim.  
  • Other activities - The YMCA has lots of family activities throughout the year. Some are free to members, others cost a fee.  But as a member the fee is less than what we would have paid as a non-member.  We have attended some of these events in the past and paid the non-member fee.
Overall, it's still an added expense to our monthly budget.  But I'm hoping to really make sure we continue to use it.  Especially for the activities/classes that are already included in the membership fee.

To keep myself motivated, I am going to keep track of the amount of times we go each month so I can calculate the actual cost per use.  We had to pay $44.80 for the first part of January including the registration fee.  Then from now on, our credit card will be charged the 15th of each month.

I took the girls swimming today, so we've used the membership 3 times so far.