Originally Posted by RonnieAdl
Hi My name is Ronnie.. I am thinking of joining weight watchers but am wondering about how much this is going to cost. I keep hearing about start up kits and calculators and other things. I did'nt know this was so involved or so spendy. I know you have to pay a registration fee then monthy fees. Can someone tell me how this works? I kind of need to know before I decide to do it. I have in the last 4 years spent over 4,000 bucks on weight loss stuff that really didn't help in the end.I lost the weight then put it right back on again.
Thanks for any info I can get!
There are different options.
If you want to attend actual meetings (which I strongly recommend particularly for someone who has never attended WW) you usually pay a registration fee to join which also gives you the program materials. Where I live that registration fee is about $25. At times, there are sales and there is no registration fee. Right now, where I live, there is free registration so it is a great time to join.
Go to Weightwatchers.com and look for a meeting and put in your zip code to find information about meetings near you. When I do that there is information you can click on regarding prices. We have 3 options for weekly meeting fees. Pay as you is $13 a week. (If you miss meetings and are not a lifetime member you have to pay for missed meetings. SO if you miss more than 2 meetings it is cheaper to rejoin). Or you can buy a pass for 17 weeks which is $11.41 a week. Alternatively, you can in most, but not all, areas get a monthly pass which is $39.95 a month. You can go to meetings with this plus you get access to online tools including being able to record your points online and use the online calculator. In the meeting I go to most people do the monthly pass since it works out to about $9.22 a week on average.
Everything else you can spend money on is optional. You can buy a calculator and you can buy books with dining out points and various other things. However, you don't really have to have these to do the program. If you have a monthly pass the calculator is unnecessary since you have the online calculator. Even if you don't do the monthly pass, you can find plenty of free calculators online.
If you area doesn't do the monthly pass but you also want to access to the WW e-tools (being able to use the WW calculator and to record points online) you can pay for your meetings as above but then may a fee for e-tools which I think is around $13 a month for the most basic form. Again, this is entirely optional.
There are also options to entirely do WW without going to meetings. I don't really recommend this particularly for people who have never done WW. What makes WW good is the group support and accountability of weighing in each and you don't get that without going to meetings. But there are a few non-meeting options.
1. You can do an online membership. The WW materials are there online for you and do everything online. However, you can't go to meetings and I don't believe you can get official lifetime status since no one can verify your weight. I think this alone (i.e. without the monthly pass to attend meetings) is about $16 a month but I'm not sure.
2. You can do at home membership where materials are mailed to you. I don't think this gives you any online tools. I don't know what this costs.