One of the most common excuses for not eating healthy is expense. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen/heard “Eating healthy is expensive!”
Healthy eating is not expensive, but it does take work! You have to prepare it and plan ahead. While fresh fruits and veggies can be pricey sometimes, those aren’t the only things you buy when eating well!
There are so many things you can do to eat well on a budget.
One of the biggest ways we save money is by shopping in bulk. Getting a membership to a wholesale club will save you a lot of money! If you have a student ID, you can get a discounted rate. The club we use is around $35 per year for the membership and we save more than that on gas savings alone. When buying in bulk, you can buy things that keep for awhile like nuts and rice. They also offer healthy snacks, meats, and veggies. We often buy chicken, ground turkey, and broccoli in bulk and freeze them until we need them. One trip can last us up to a month! We may spend $150 at the club and then maybe $40 a week on other items from the grocery store. Total, that’s less than $100 per week on groceries.
Another way you can save money is by shopping for fresh items in season. In the winter, peaches can easily run over $2 per pound. In the summer, you can get them for $1 per pound. If a fruit or veggie is local and/or in season, you will get a much better price!
Saving money also takes preparation. The easiest way to stay on budget is to make a menu, make a grocery list based on that menu, and stick to it! You will know exactly what you need for each meal and you won’t be guessing while at the store. This is especially useful when buying in bulk! You will be able to knock out most of your shopping in one trip if you plan your bulk trip based on what your meals are for the month.
How do you save money when grocery shopping?
I’m really excited about today!
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time creating a few things for you guys. First, an eBook! I get a lot of questions about how I lost weight, how I was able to stay healthy, and how I live a healthy lifestyle. I love responding to everyone, but I thought it may be nice to have all that information in one place, so I wrote an eBook about it!
This eBook includes some tips on living healthy, a short grocery list, some healthy cooking tips, and more!
I also created a few printables!
The first is a weekly meal planning printable that allows you to plan your meals for the week, write out a list of groceries you may need, and add some notes (like where to find a recipe).
The second is a monthly planning printable. I really like the monthly planning printable because it allows me to take the events I have planned into consideration when planning meals and grocery trips!
All of these are available for download in the “Shop” tab! And as a bonus: You can download them as a bundle! When you download them as a bundle, you get the weekly printable for free!
I’m really excited about these products because I find them really useful and I think you will too!
Let me know what you think!
A good workout playlist can often be the difference between a great workout and a not so great workout. For me, a good playlist is upbeat, has epic chord progressions, and a steady rhythm. Most of the time, all of those qualities can be found in rock music. I take a lot of time making them perfect so I don’t have to skip songs and I like to put them in an order that I know will match what I need at the time I’m listening. Good music helps me avoid things like this:
Making playlists can be a lot harder than it seems, so I’ve created a 30 minute playlist that is sure to get you super pumped at the gym. I use Spotify to make my playlists. Spotify Premium is the best $10 a month you’ll spend, if you upgrade! With Premium, you can download playlists to your phone so you can listen offline. If you stick to the free version, you’ll have to be connected to WiFi to hear your songs. All of the songs below are available on Spotify!
Whether you’re lifting or running, these songs will keep you pumped up!
*Note: some of these might have explicit words- I’ve noted which ones you may want to find the edited version if you aren’t a fan of cursing.
- “Remember the Name” -Fort Minor*
This song is awesome for getting in the mood to workout. Perfect for a short warm up.
- “Till I Collapse” – Eminem*
This is a great song to keep you motivated! He literally says “Until my legs give out from underneath me, I will not fall.” SO awesome.
- “Jungle” – X Ambassadors
I love this one to keep me in a rhythm. There is a consistent beat (like a boom-clap) that just really keeps me pumped up. It’s also great for running as a pace song.
- “Becoming the Bull” – Atreyu
This one is awesome to just make you work hard. It talks about struggling but taking those struggles “by the horns,” facing them, and conquering them by becoming the bull. Super upbeat.
- “Let’s Go” – Trick Daddy ft. Big D & Twista*
This one is just awesome. It starts super heavy and ends heavy. Just a great workout song all around. Plus, Twista kills it in his verse.
- “Painkiller”- Three Days Grace
I love the chord progression and constant building of this song. It really pushes me to work harder as the song builds.
- “Killin It”- Krewella
This is a great one for the end of your workout. When you’re feeling a little tired and this song comes on, it reminds you to pick it up and keep killing your workout until the end.
- “This Is The Time (Ballast)”- Nothing More
Last, but DEFINITELY not least, this is my favorite one of them all. Even when I hear this song on the radio in the car, I’m like “OMG I’M SO PUMPED RIGHT NOW.” The climax of this song is one of the most epic and it will TOTALLY get you to get that extra rep or sprint that last ¼ mile.
If these songs don’t pump you up, I really don’t know what will.
I’ll be sharing more playlists with yall, just in case you’re not the rock/alternative type (I’ve got a Throwback playlist that will keep you smiling the WHOLE time).
Until next time,
What is your go-to pump-me-up song?
Grocery shopping can be extremely daunting when trying to change how you eat.
At first you’re like, “yes, I got this. Healthy grocery shopping. What’s up?!”
But then you get there and you see all the things and you’re like:
Well, have no fear! Carrie’s quick easy grocery shopping guidelines are here!
My key to grocery shopping is planning ahead. I figure out all my meals for the week and shop based on that. If you don’t know where to even start, here is a list to get you started!
- Veggies (lettuce-in the bag, a head of lettuce- for sandwich wraps, kale, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers- my favorite!, onions, celery, garlic, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.)
- Sweet potatoes
- English Muffins (I get the 100 calorie english muffins)
- Bread (we usually buy Sunbeam because it’s on sale. I’m on a budget, too!)
- Pasta (angel hair, bow-tie)
- Cous Cous
- Chicken breasts
- Fish (tilapia, shrimp, salmon)
- Turkey (sliced and ground)
- Flour (all purpose)
- Sugars (brown, powdered, white, and substitute)
- Baking powder and Baking Soda
- Panko Breadcrumbs
- Coconut (shredded)
- Chocolate Chips
- Extracts (vanilla, almond, peppermint)
- Various spices (cayenne, italian, dried herbs, pumpkin pie seasoning, cinnamon, garlic powder, garlic salt, onion salt, onion powder, cajun, cumin, mustard, paprika)
- Cheese (blocked cheddar, shredded mozzarella, shredded cheddar, feta, goat, brie, etc.)
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Cottage Cheese
- Light sour cream
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly or Jam
- Yellow Mustard
- Dijon Mustard
- Jalapenos/Banana Peppers/Pickles
- Black Olives
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- White Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Graham Crackers
Obviously you don’t have to buy all of this at once. These are things we use often for meals. You’ll be able to make a whole lot with these items, though, and you’ll be well on your way to being prepared to change your eating habits on a consistent basis and you’ll be walking out of the grocery store like: