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Trying to find affordable tanning

February 10th, 2011 at 07:42 pm

It's time for me to start tanning for my MOH job in May. As I am from the Midwest, my mother is a red head, and I am a freckle faced girl.....I need to start getting my tan on 3 months before my friend's big day. So I called several tanning salons today to get some price quotes. I want to get an unlimited monthly package so I don't have to worry about minutes/sessions. I have to start out really low so I don't burn, like 3 min the first time, so if that is counted as a session it would be a rip off for me. My gym has unlimited tanning for $10 a month, which is really cheap, but you can't tan on the weekends, you ALWAYS have to wait in line to get a bed (they only have 3) and the beds don't seem to be as effective as the beds at tanning salons (they probably don't change their lightbulbs as often).
So the quotes I got were:
$18.88 plus buy a bottle of lotion ($10 - $15)
$36.95
$40
$55 - $75 depending on minutes
So looks like the cheapest I could get would be about $30 a month. Our I could go to my gym and get all 3 months of tanning for $30. Hmmmm.....I guess that helps me make my decision, even if I have to wait in line, paying 1/3 of the price is a good deal. Plus maybe it will make me go to the gym more! Smile

6 Responses to “Trying to find affordable tanning”

  1. laura Says:

    Can't you just use self-tanning lotion? My daughters are competitive Irish dancers at the a multi-state level and are required to have tanned legs for certain competitions. We have had great luck building and maintaining their tans, and it is probably a lot healthier that the tanning beds.

  2. Banker Gurl Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion laura. I am not really interested in self tanners, but it is something to think about. Thanks!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    wow claudia. not nice to throw cheap shots here. Banker Gurl- They make some really great self tanners now. I know a few people who use tanning beds (I did when I was prepping for a trip to PV a couple of years ago)..but they keep getting worse and worse reports about their impact on cancer and if I did it all over, Id use the self tanners. But you need to do what works for you- Since you have the time, you might try the first month a the gym for $10 to get the tan started and then move to the other option where the bulbs are changed more regularly. Whatever you decide, have fun with your MOH duties!

  4. Jerry Says:

    Hey, if using the bed at the gym leads to some extra workouts, then why not go with the cheaper route? The only issue is that you may want the insurance of nicer bulbs for health reasons, especially if you are of a fairer-complexion. Or, of course, a really good self-tanner. Whatever you decide, have a great time at the wedding!
    Jerry

  5. Banker Gurl Says:

    I did decide to go through my gym. I signed up for 3 months which will put me up to 3 days before the wedding. It takes me a long time to tan. Next time I need to get tan for something I will look more into self tanner. Thanks for the suggestions!

  6. laura Says:

    We've had good luck with the self-tanners, but then again my girls are 12 and 13 and its really been only their legs. And of course I'd never stick them in a tanning bed, and the spray tanning we've only seen was on "Toddlers and Tiaras" where the kids come out looking orange. Good luck with the tanning bed, and I wouldn't worry about cancer after only a brief 3-month stint for the tint!

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