Losing weight is good for your health, and it can be good for your wallet too. Below we share some tips that will help you keep costs down and to have optimal health.
1. Plan your meals at home.
It is always better to plan your meals before you go shopping. That way, you can be strategic about the ingredients you buy and the coupons you clip. At home, make food in bulk and freeze the leftovers, and use a slow cooker to save time in the kitchen. Also, you can track the calories in your meals and better control your portions without wasting food.
2. Make your snack packs.
Although convenient, store-bought snack packs cost more money than homemade. Instead, buy various sizes of food storage containers and put healthy servings into each. Fill them with homemade cereal bars, fruits, veggies with hummus, or raw nuts and seeds. Your health and budget are totally worth the extra effort.
3. Use a budgeting app.
Keeping track of your spending habits is easier than ever with the abundance of free budgeting apps. Most of them connect to your bank account so you can get alerted to upcoming bills and easily track your spending on groceries on a weekly or monthly basis. Be aware of emerging habits and see if you can spend less on unhealthy foods. Our favorites include Mint, Good Budget, and Mvelopes.
4. Skip the soda.
It may be a hard habit to break, but it is best to quit drinking soda. It is full of sugar and diet soda is not any healthier. Have you ever looked at your grocery bill to see how much you spend on soda every month? Try it. It may give you a new perspective. If you get tired of drinking only water, try infusing fruit or herbs in your water as an alternative.
5. Eat more veggies.
Eating fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to lose weight and save money. Buying produce may seem expensive at first. However, it is possible to keep your grocery bill down while eating fresh. Prepare to shop for the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Look for coupons and special sales.
If you have a yard, consider cultivating a garden and planting fruits and vegetables. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it is also a fun activity to do with your kids.
Sticking to a budget and a weight-loss plan can be challenging. Remember to be patient and not to be too hard on yourself. Budgeting and weight loss are both about balance. Find out what works well for you and stick to the plan.