Yes, that's a question because I'm still not sure if it was smart or stupid. I'm leaning towards stupid.
So, all last week, as I tried to eat less and count calories, I was thinking about Weight Watchers. Yes, it has its faults, but overall it's a sound plan which has been there for me in the past. It works if you work it (although I'm still not sure that's true for the PointsPlus plan) and it gives you accountability, even if you're only participating online. I made a to-do list for the week and on it I included the item "Decide if you're joining WW or not!". I thought about it a lot during the week and over the weekend. By Sunday night I had pretty much decided, yes, I'm joining. I had yesterday off and so one of the things I did in the morning was sign up for Weight Watchers Online. I chose the 3-month savings plan for the low low price of $65. I felt ready, I felt committed. Here we go!
Long about 7:30 last night I was wondering WTH I was thinking! Weight Watchers? Really? Again? Been there, done that! I celebrated this thought process by indulging in some honey roasted peanuts. As with anything I have purchased or bought in my life, I assumed Weight Watchers would give me 3 days to really make up my mind or change my mind, as the case may be. Right before bed, I sat down to cancel my membship and I couldn't see any other option than to do so at the end of the billing period. Well, I just joined, I thought. I can cancel and get a refund, it's been less than 12 hours for crying out loud! So I sent off a pleasant email that I had changed my mind about membership so please cancel and issue a refund.
I was surprised to see that I had an email response from them already when I got up this morning. I was also surprised by its contents. It was quite lengthy, but the gist of it was: We'll be happy to cancel your account and keep your money.
I am quite irritated by this! Basically my membership can be cancelled at the end of the first prepaid month and out of my $65 payment, I will receive a refund of $16.10. Yes, $16.10 out of $65! What irritates me the most is myself, of course. I read (skimmed) all the disclosures, but I felt like I was committed. Then later when I felt less committed, I thought for sure I would have 3 days to cancel and get a refund. When you buy a car, you have 3 days to change your mind! When you join a gym, you have 3 days to cancel and get a refund. But apparently, once you sign up for 3 months of WW Online, you're in for at least a month and $48.90! I'm so stupid! Aren't I?
I told my coworker my story this morning and she was like, well, I guess you have to use it! And, she's right, I suppose. I can't just let $50 go by the wayside. And since I have until mid-November to cancel for the same amount of refund, I might as well just give it a go and try my hardest to lose some weight! But ugh, it's frustrating because I'm really not committed to using this plan anymore. And now that they've irritated the heck out of me, I feel much less interested. But it's my own fault so I must reap what I sow. And if the consequence is weight loss, then so be it. :)