Friday, March 17, 2006

Staying Fit

As a New Yorker who strives to keep up appearances, I am a "member" of one of New York's premier gyms. How do I afford the $1500 initiation fee and extremely high monthly dues? I don't. I am a member of New York Health and Racquet Club, yet my membership there cost me under $250. I scored this deal by working for a large corporate law firm in the summer, in which one of the perks was a discount gym membership. Although the internship was for the summer, I held on to the membership card, and have taken full advantage of its facilities. The trick to New York City gyms, is that they always have a promotion, so take advantage of them. Here is solid advice that has worked for me:
1. Get to know a membership recruiter, they can usually get you day passes that help you on breaks from school or until you find a more permanent option.
2. Ask the gym about student deals, but in particular deals that may limit the times and locations that you use, but in turn offer you a heavily discounted price. Think about it, do you really need access to all 15 locations in NYC?
3. If you are lucky to score an internship in a corporate office, check out the HR department, they can assist you in locating employee perks, like heavily discounted gym memberships.

If all else fails, there is always the park, you can run for as long as you want, any time of the day, for FREE!!!.

That’s my frugal advice for today.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Introduction to FrugalStudent

My name is Keagan, and I am a college student at a small liberal arts college in PA. Most of my classmates live a very "preppy" lifestyle, they take trips on a moments notice, they hike strange mountains in the summer, and don't fret to spend $75 on a Lacoste polo. I know for a fact that my back account is not as padded as many of my friends. However, this does not stop me form working hard and enjoying many of the perks of this lifestyle. I have done my fair share of traveling, look the part, and best of all it all looks effortless. It is not small feat that my best friend and I tend to find the best way to rock the "Northface Denali" fleece without paying full price for it. We eat out at four-star restaurants, rarely paying the full price for the " Black Sea Bass", it is simply not an option. This blog is for anyone (although geared to the young adult) who is interested in learning how to maintain or attain a "preppy" lifestyle without paying full price. I have gotten to where I am today from a number of factors that I will attempt to share with you, but I have worked extremely hard throughout the process at everything that I do. Everything posted on this site is from personal experience, unless noted otherwise. I hope you will come to use this site as guide, Enjoy!