There is no doubt that eating healthy requires an abundance of self-control. There are a myriad of excuses that come to our minds of why we
can’t do it. A lot of planning, a lot of time, and the most common a lot of money. Knowing how to shop for your foods can make a big difference in your waist line and in your wallet. Physical fitness is only possible if you’re being smart inside and outside the gym so here is some personal yet sound advice on how to be physically and fiscally fit from yours truly.
1. Get a membership to a retailer that sells in bulk
Buying in bulk is not only cheaper but saves you time in the long run. Wholesalers like Sam’s Club or Costco can save you money by providing a lot more for a lot less. However, when buying fresh produce, be careful that you’re not buying too much to where it will spoil. If living alone, non-perishables are a must from a wholesale retailer. If you’re buying fruit or vegetables, never let them go to waste. A blender is your friend. Make a smoothie, throw your fruit in a salad, look up a recipe. Make sure you eat it! A membership will run from $45-$55 but is very well worth it. I’m a stickler when it comes to money, but Im guaranteed to save on food and gas so if you use it, you won’t regret it
2. Shop only the outside of the grocery stores
Think about it! The only thing on the outside of grocery stores is the fresh produce, milk, meat, yogurt, cheese, etc. Staying on the outside of the grocery store is the smartest way to not feed into your subconscious. Out of sight, out of mind is exceedingly true, and will help you avoid those impulsive buys. While fresh foods can be expensive, fruits that are in season are less expensive. Going in the freezer section for frozen fruits and vegetables is also a great alternative. Here is a link that can tell you which fresh produce is in season by month. In season=CHEAPER! http://frugalliving.about.com/od/foodsavings/tp/Cheapest_Produce.htm
3.Water, water, water
Bottled water is expensive, and if you’re getting the proper amount it’s really expensive. Invest in a water filter. Cut out sodas, juices, and sugary drinks. Get a water filter (Target has coupons online) and replenish your body with what it needs. Drinking water can cause a huge change in your diet. Additionally, it can will keep you fuller longer. Water supports every single function in your body. If you’re not getting any, start. If you’re getting it the wrong way, stop. No more sodas. No more bottles, Invest in a filter. Thank me later!
4. Pack your lunch
This is so important. I know cooking is scary but so is heart disease and debt. Phew! When you eat out, you have no idea what’s really in your food and more than likely, you’re not keeping tabs on exactly how much you’re spending. Spending even $7-$8 a meal, which is on the low end, three time a week, is $84-$96 a month. With today’s society, getting a quick and convenient meal is what everybody does, but you’re not everybody. Be prepared, find quick and easy cooking recipes, and start making better habits. You will be proud of yourself in the long run!
5. Make a List
This is very old school but people still do it for a reason. Know what you need before going into the grocery store. Impulsive buying of fresh foods can lead to spoiling and unnecessary money being spent. Make a habit of writing a list on your phone or wherever is convenient for you, and set a day where you go and get your groceries. Avoid going grocery shopping on random days throughout the week unless necessary! Remember, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” Set yourself up for success by planning for it. You can do it!