Losing weight isn’t supposed to cost a fortune, so why does it feel like it? Do you notice whenever you try a new diet, you end up spending more money than when you ate whatever you wanted? There may be some factors you aren’t thinking about, like eating out, buying packaged foods and the money you spend on bottled water.
Eat Less Meat and Cheese
I’m not saying skip them altogether, but try to cut back a little. These tend to be of the most expensive products you will find at the grocery store and when you are watching what you eat, you can easily find a healthier, less expensive alternative.
Buy in Bulk and Freeze your Leftovers
When you do buy meat, remember to get the leanest portion they have and keep portion sizes in mind! A pack of four boneless, skinless chicken breasts will run you about $12.00 at your local grocery store but take into consideration the portions. A typical chicken breast will be between 5 and 8 oz. A good portion size for a meal is 3 oz. If you bought 24 oz. of chicken for $12.00 and you eat 3 oz. for each meal, you just spend a mere $1.50 for each of the 8 portions. That’s a good deal!
You can either cook the chicken breasts one at a time and refrigerate the remaining portions, or cook the entire package and freeze the rest in individual freezer bags. This of course works with any meat you like.
Skip the Processed Food
You don’t need 100-calorie packs to eat a 100-calorie snack and you definitely don’t need to load up on high-sodium, low-nutrition packaged frozen meals. They may be convenient, but you are paying more for higher fat, higher salt and less nutritional value. Choosing fruit, vegetables or nuts are a much healthier, cheaper alternative to chips, cookies and granola bars.
Say No to Bottled Water
Most bottled water is nothing but the same purified water you get out of your Brita. So why not help the environment and your pocketbook by getting your 64 oz. of water a day in a tall glass instead of a disposable plastic bottle?
Say No to 100-Calorie Packs
Like I said before, there is no reason you should be spending $4.00 to $5.00 on a box of 100-calorie packs. Each of these boxes has about 6 little bags of cookies, crackers or chips. It doesn’t taste much more time to buy a box of your favorite crackers and place the individual portion sizes in small snack-size baggies. Plus you just saved a ton of money!
Stock up on Veggies!
Vegetables can go a long way in regards to snacks and side dishes, and if you buy them in season they won’t cost you very much comparatively. Let’s use Broccoli as an example. A head of Broccoli right now is about $1.00 at our local grocery store. This is enough for at least 4 cups of broccoli, and at only 31 calories for 1 cup of florets, you saved yourself calories and money.
Skip the fad diets
Losing weight involved two essential components; Diet and Exercise. You don’t need to do a detox diet, cabbage soup diet, or grapefruit juice diet to lose weight. Honestly, some of them are just plain silly! Plus most of these require specialty packaged foods that are going to double your grocery bill every week. Fill up on fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds and lean protein and you will be losing weight and saving money!