|My Daily Reminder|
I want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement on my big decision to quit working and pursue my coaching/training career further. I know this was right for me and others are seeing it too, so far this week I’ve had 3 people comment how I seem happier and my esthetician said the energy was so positive (okay not sure I get into that but sounds great!). I am excited for all the doors to open but in the meantime we are working on saving a little money to make up for my lost income. Is it possible to live a healthy lifestyle without spending a lot?
Buy running shoes/clothes online: I love Running Warehouse where I can typically get my $130 shoes for <$100, combine with free 2 day shipping and free returns and I love the site. They frequently offer discount codes too for another 10-15% off!
Check out frequent workout programs at the gym: Many insurance companies and employers offer gym discounts for working out 12 times a month, this is really pretty easy to get especially when you have kids who want to take advantage of the pool and activities too. It doesn’t hurt to work part-time at the gym either meaning a free membership.
Run or bike to the store: I often run with O in BOB the 2 miles to/from the grocery store or bike to return a Red Box. Get in a workout, save money on gas and decrease how much you buy.
Buy in bulk: I love Costco for everything from oats and bananas to toilet paper and running gear. Freeze excess fruit and vegetables to make them last longer.
Make your own: I am hooked on making my own granola and want to attempt making my own sandwich bread soon. I also avoid flavored yogurts and buy plain instead adding my own fruit. Along these lines, I grow my own vegetables and herbs in the summer.
Limit eating out: This will be our tough one since we are in the habit of weekly dinners out. My goal is to cut down to once a month and use Groupon or LivingSocial deals.
Plan meals and stick with it: Plan according to what you have and what’s on sale, make a list and don’t deviate from this at the store. I am such an impulse buyer!
Start a DVD swap with friends: Doesn't it always happen that you buy a workout DVD do it for a couple months and then get bored. Why not trade with friends for a couple months, try something new to you and then when you get your DVD back you're ready to be back to that workout.
Plan free activities and workouts: I spend 2 days each week over the summer doing boot camp and yoga outside at the park with friends. With kids hit the park, library, even gym childcare is fun for them!
Budget! This is my goal, I honestly have no idea how much we spent, this is scary.
What are your money saving tips to live healthy?