Gym memberships self-improvement courses networking opportunities
Since the Bush Administration first called on Congress to pass an economic stimulus package a short time ago that would include tax rebate checks for individuals and families (which it is now known will begin arriving in May and range anywhere from roughly $300-$1,200 or more based on a number of factors including household income and number of dependents), many people find themselves asking, amid rising food, gasoline, and other costs, “Are these checks even worth it?”
Depending on one’s personal attitude and approach, the answer could prove to be a resounding “Yes!”
The tax rebates, regardless of the amount, provide a great opportunity for both individuals and families alike to sit down and think of all those New Year’s resolutions over the years that, for one reason or another, have gone unfulfilled, and to resolve to finally implement at least one or two of them.
Here are a few creative ideas for getting the most out of these rebates:
- Use it toward a gym membership.
Spring is now here, and with it comes many special seasonal rates for new enrollees. Plus, many employers are now placing a stronger emphasis on health and wellness because of the productivity aspect, even going so far as to consider raises based on fitness. Not to mention that spending a few hundred dollars on a gym membership now can mean saving thousands or more in the long haul on health insurance costs and medical bills by avoiding chronic ailments of all kinds.
- Consider personal/professional development courses.
Now is also a great opportunity to participate in courses, workshops, and seminars designed to advance personal and professional growth. With the weather warming up, more of these kinds of activities and events are bound to be held in the community. Check with the local chamber of commerce, technical college, public library, and other organizations in the area to see what is being offered in terms of these self-improvement opportunities.
- Join a networking group.
Speaking of opportunities to grow both personally and professionally, give some thought to joining a networking group. Check out BNI and The Networking Community, just two of the more well-known and popular networking organizations, to see if there are any chapters nearby. Though it is always essential for people in all industries and fields to build and maintain solid relationships, it is particularly imperative to do so now at a time when the economy is showing clear signs of stalling and hesitation.
Of course, these are just a few ideas. And again, it depends on one’s attitude and approach. While many people may think $300, $600, or even $1,200 will not be able to go very far, if anywhere at all, even the lowest amount of $300, with a little creativity and ingenuity, can be stretched out and prove its weight in gold in the long run.