Thursday, February 9, 2017

Eating Healthy: Making a Budget and Sticking To It

Eating healthy can be expensive, but it does not necessarily have to.

It just takes a little time to plan and stick to a budget.

With a job change looming in my future it is time to get my financial budget in order and what a better time to do it for healthy reasons too.

What am I going to do?

First I will bring back old habits....habits of a time when my ex-husband was out of work due to mental illness and I was not able to work because I needed to be home caring for him and our children so finances were beyond tight. Thankfully my budget will not be that small but using those tools will be a great help.

So what were they?

  • Meal planning
  • Meal prep
  • Using coupon apps
  • Using coupons
  • Shopping sales

Oh boy that looks like a time consuming adventure. It definitely can be.

Weekly Menu Plan

One thing that can help is to keep things simple as possible, like making menus according to season and then reusing them on a rotating basis. Boy do I wish I still had my menus from years past....oh well I move on.

Next thing s to enlist the help of family members in the prepping process. Cutting, dividing, organizing. Put on a little music and have fun with it.

Coupon Apps. These are awesome and they are a number of them o

ut there. Downloading them takes just a few moments and the savings can be great! Can you say free products? YES!

A few I use regularly are Ibotta, Checkout51 and Saving Star.

Ibotta has a great referral program. You can earn and extra $10.00 by using my referral code link HERE and when you do and qualify I also earn $5.00!! Thank you in advance for helping me by helping YOU save money too.

Coupons can be found in newspapers and online. Key for me with this is to not get caught up in using all of them....just the ones and brands I need.

Sales flyers, I use them when planning my menus and stores run sales in cycles too for the most part and you begin to pick up on them after keeping a grocery journal for a little while so those seasonal rotating menus generally need minor adjusting to gear them towards what is on sale.

Lets step back to the coupon apps for a second. Remember I said "Can you say free products?"? YES! You can not only combine the coupon app rebates with traditional coupons you can stack the apps as well in certain situations which can lead to free products and even saving more than you actually spend. This is my fave thing to do! =) Right next to shopping my fave consignment store and walking out with bags of things I have bought AND the store handing me money.

So what does all of this have to do with making a budget you ask? It ALL goes into me making and sticking to that budget and eating healthy.

What things do you do to keep within a budget?

Any fave Apps to save money do you like?

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