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Tips for Staying on Budget While Keeping Resolutions

The New Year is a time we make resolutions, but as we near the end of January most of them have already fallen by the wayside. One key to keeping our resolutions is to take baby steps. In his book Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results Stephen Guise tells us that, if for instance you want to start an exercise program don’t plan on working out an hour a day. Instead make a resolution to do one push-up a day.  Then once you’ve gotten started you will probably say oh I can do 10 or 50 or even spend an hour but even if you only do one you can still feel like a success so you are more likely to keep it up.

Another reason people find it difficult to keep resolutions is due to budgetary constraints. If that is your case, perhaps the following tips will help. ~ Tim McMahon, editor

Tips for Staying on Budget While Keeping Resolutions

ID-100246958If you are looking to make big changes in your life so you can lose weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle, you might assume that you’ll have to spend quite a bit of money on your lifestyle change. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case. If you follow these simple tips, you can stay on budget while transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.

Use Coupons

Many people don’t realize just how much money they can save by using coupons. If you’re transitioning to buying healthier foods, however, now is the best time to start using them. If you check out your local newspaper, your junk mail and your email inbox, you can frequently find coupons that will help you save money on things like almond or coconut milk, fresh cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, frozen vegetables, healthy soups, healthy cereal, protein bars and more. Also, try writing letters to your favorite food manufacturers to ask for coupons; you might be surprised by how many free product and high value coupons you can get by following this tip.

Buy in Bulk

When buying healthy foods that you know you will eat a lot of, such as canned fruits and healthy cereals, consider buying them in bulk, such as at a local warehouse club. This will allow you to score lower prices, will save you money on gas and will allow you to shop less and exercise more. If it can be frozen or stored longer you can buy more of it as well.

Buy Local Produce

Fresh vegetables and fruits should be a big part of your diet if you’re focusing on living a healthier lifestyle. Luckily, you can get great prices on delicious local produce by shopping at farmer’s markets. Also, when shopping at grocery stores, remember to shop for in-season produce; it’s generally much cheaper and a whole lot fresher.

Work Out for Less

Shop online and around town for the lowest prices on gym memberships, and consider using discount deal sites to help you score lower prices on your membership. Also, consider buying used exercise equipment. With the initial investment, you’ll be able to work out at home without spending a lot of money on gym memberships at all. Also, implementing workout routines that don’t require equipment, or going for walks and jogs around your neighborhood can allow you to live a healthier lifestyle without having to spend a dime.

Shop Online

Shop online for pills to find lower prices than what you would probably have to pay if shopping in local stores. By searching for vitamins or  diet pills online like Phentermine you can generally save a bundle versus buying in your local store and it can help you achieve your weight loss goals and save you money at the same time.

It’s easy to stay on budget when living a healthier lifestyle if you follow these tips. In no time, you’re sure to see your wallet growing while your waist is shrinking!

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Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise

 

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