You can try it for a week free. After my week was up, I saw a "special" on the first page of Spark People that if I purchased the new "Spark Solution" book ($15) I would get 3 months of Spark Coach for free and 2 DVD's, and 500 Spark Points. I just happened to order the Spark Cookbook too because if I spent $13 for it I would get free shipping. Spark Coach is worth it for me to be able to email a "real trainer/coach" once a week to get a "real" answer, and not just a "generic" response. I had only 15 to lose, and have been losing and gaining the same 2 pounds over and over for a very long time.