WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- It's that time of year when memberships soar at local health clubs.
And trying to slim down those extra unwanted pounds can get quite expensive leaving your wallet feeling a lot lighter.
But money experts offer some ways you can save big because all those gyms are competing for your business.
"Don't rush into anything. You might get the best deal if you sign up late in the month, because health clubs often have monthly sales quotas," says Consumer Reports Amanda Walker.
Some gyms will even offer a discount if you sign up as a group with friends or co-workers.
Check with your insurance plan. United Healthcare, which is the provider for WUSA employees, will reimburse members several hundred dollars a year if they join and use a participating fitness center.
And, keep an eye out for deals on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as look for offers on saving sites like Groupon, Living Social and Gilt.