We all know that food isn’t cheap these days! Even though losing weight should mean spending less money on food, that is a bad thought process. You want to make sure that you are adequately fueled to tackle the day’s challenges and put your body in a state of weight loss.
Here are some tips I have used and found around the web, that will help you save money while getting fit.
Know EXACTLY what you need from the store before leaving your house.
You should never go to a store without knowing what you need especially a grocery store. You are setting yourself up for failure. Why may you ask? Let’s say you you’re going to the store and plan to go up and down the aisles, adding whatever you think you need. You hit the candy aisle, and temptations hit in…
You’ll start trying to talk yourself out of taking it and before you know it, there will be 2 candy bars on your receipt. Trust me, I have done this more times than I care to admit. So do yourself a favor and come with a list!
Subscribe to your local groceries weekly ad
This ties in directly with #1, but very important. And yes I know, the thought of having your mailbox full store ads is very unappealing. But the best deals (e.g. meats, fruits, vegetables, etc.) will all be in there. This will help you tremendously with making your lists. It will also keep some of that money in your pocket, which is what we all want.
Tip: If you don’t want paper ads, you can always use your phone or computer to access that store’s website (if they have one) and search around for their weekly ad. Stores are pretty good at keeping them updated.
Avoid organic options
Before you close this page, hear me out. I am not saying that organic food is bad for you. What I am saying is that if you are focused on saving money and losing weight, why spend extra on something that doesn’t provide a significant benefit over the alternatives. I remember when I first bought a bag of organic grapes. I thought it would make her reach a new level of healthiness while burning fat. But you know what? None of that happened! The only thing that was different was the taste and price.
STAY AWAY FROM ORGANIC OPTIONS IF TRYING TO SAVE MONEY!
When picking leanness of meat, have your macros or goals in mind.
Whenever you buy ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, etc.), you will notice two numbers separated by a backward slash (/). This is called the lean point, which is the lean-to-fat ratio of a type of meat.
The first number refers to the leanness, while the second number is the percentage of fat. Common thought is you want to get the leanness of lean meat, to prevent weight gain. WRONG!!
If you were tracking your macros, you could expect a serving of 80/20 ground beef to have around 30g of fat. So if you can make it worth with your macros, then go ahead and buy it. You’ll also save money as the fatter a meat is, the cheaper it is.
Don’t know what macros I speak of, check out an explanation here.
Even if you aren’t tracking your macros, you intuitively know that with a meat source that heavy in fat, you probably want to stay away from going crazy on peanuts that same day. I’d rather not have 50% of my fat come from one meal, so I usually aim for 92/10 and above. But again the decision is up to you.
And there’s more!!!
I was going to tell you guys to stay away from buying bone-in, skin on chicken because it has fat and weighing it is a hassle. However, after reading a post from Erika over www.blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com, I have changed my mind. Here is what she said:
I never really thought about it that way, so shout out to her! I’ll leave it there and move on.
Don’t Automatically overlook no-name or store brands.
I will keep this short. I see this a lot in the pharmacy that I work out. When patients come for claritin (allergies), they always shoot down the store brand and pick the manufacturer brand. Why? Maybe they are more comfortable with what they have tried for years or they think the store brand is a cheap knock off. Let me tell you a secret. Store brands are the exact same product as the name brand!! They do the exact thing and taste the same. The only difference is the appearance. This will easily save you money.
Avoid buying premade food.
For example, a bag of lime season chicken drumsticks could cost $8. However, buying the same bag of drumsticks but unseasoned could cost $4, while that same seasoning could be $1.75. Of course, it will take work as far as seasoning the chicken yourself, but you’ll save so much money and sometimes what you make at home can taste better than what you find in the freezer section.
I hope all of this helped! I could have spent hours and hours on tips, but I didn’t want to turn this into a book. Let me know your thoughts or your tips for shopping for weight loss on a budget.