“Always look for promotions,” Kowalewski says. Whether it be trying out a new gym, testing a product and actually committing to the money-back guarantee on the label, or searching on coupon websites for deals—there’s so much room to save by testing things first.
This will help you avoid overcommitting to something you’re not even sure you’re going to find worthy of your money. What’s more, you’ll have a chance to try out different products and experiences to find the best one for you rather than settling for what you may have pre-invested in.
The hardest part, Kowalewski warns, is learning to separate what you want from what those around you want. If your best friend pays $500 a month for a gym membership but you only have time to go with them once or twice a week, it’s probably not worth the price for you—even if it is for them.
Kowalewski frequently reminds her clients that while you may not know this at first, many membership and subscription-based services have a variety of commitment levels. You don’t have to be all in, all the time. Especially if you’re in the early stages of trying something new, it’s best to go with the most affordable option and work your way up.