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Save Money While Losing Weight

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Was your New Year's Resolution to lose weight?  Here are some tips to help you save money while you work on that goal.The start of a new year inspires many people to begin focusing on weight loss and exercising. You can work on that goal without having to spend a lot of money on a gym membership. It is even possible to lose weight and save money at the same time. Try some of these tips!

How to Save Money While Losing Weight

See your Doctor
Your health insurance plan might cover the cost of a visit to your doctor. Or, it might require you to pay a small co-pay. It is a good idea to speak with your doctor before embarking on a weight loss plan. The doctor can give you advice that is specifically tailored to you and that takes into account all of your health issues.

Water instead of Soda
Water is good for you and has zero calories. Soda, on the other hand, is full of both calories and sugar. Next time you go out to eat, skip the soda and drink water instead. Restaurants don’t tend to charge anything for a glass of water. Choosing water also prevents you from drinking more calories than you realize due to the server refilling your drink.

Take Advantage of Sales
January is the month when fitness equipment goes on sale. Have you been seriously considering buying a treadmill? Do it now, before the sales end and the price increases. Now is a good time to pick up work out clothing, fitness DVDs, yoga mats, and other exercise related items at a lower price than usual.

Carry a Water Bottle
The bottles of water that you buy from vending machines don’t seem to cost much, but the amount adds up over time. Save money by carrying a water bottle with you when you exercise. You can also bring your water bottle to work or school. Smaller sized water bottles are perfect to throw into your lunch (instead of a can of soda).

Add Small Exercise
Adding small amounts of exercise into your daily life is a good way to get moving. Park your car on the far end of the parking lot and walk that extra distance into work. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Turn on some music and dance in your living room. Small workouts like these are better than nothing. They are also easier to fit into a busy day than a trip to the gym would be.

Avoid the Diet Foods
Companies that create diet plans often sell a line of frozen dinners, snacks, and shakes that goes with them. How much do those foods cost? You can probably save money if you made the exact same meal at home. That little frozen dinner may cost more than a package of pasta and a chicken breast would.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.