We all have body goals, but emptying your pockets at the gym is not to only way to achieve your goals. You can get fit, stay fit, and obtain those body goals without breaking the bank. It’s time to make your workout routine and path to a healthier lifestyle both enjoyable and affordable without sacrificing your health or your finances.

Plan Ahead.  Preparation is the name of the game when it comes to maintaining your waistline and sticking your budget. At the beginning of each week, plan out all of your meals before heading to the grocery store. Write down all of the ingredients and items you will need to avoid forgetting something. This will help you to have laser focus when walking down the store aisles. Also, use this prep time to look for coupons and sales that can help you save even more.

 

Call On A Friend. When trying to reach your goals, the right support and motivation is crucial. Finding an accountability partner or buddy can help to keep you on track. For your fitness goals, you can partner up with a friend, family member, or co-worker who also has similar goals.

The two of you can agree to work out together and check in at specified days and times to assess your progress. This can also eliminate the expense of a trainer. Can you say double savings?!  

 

Eat Out Less, Dine-In More.  All of the birthday parties, date nights, and dinners can lead to a whole lot of socializing and the temptation to indulge in one too many treats and alcoholic drinks. Making the decision to be a “homebody” or simply dining in more can help you to stay the course.

Become more selective with how often you eat out. This way you can keep more money in your pocket. Going out to eat with friends, or for drinks, every day can add up quickly. Prioritize which events you want to go to and which ones you can pass on. Stick to a set number of festivities each week or month and document your spending in a tracking sheet or in a notebook.  

 

Allow these options to motivate you to reach your fitness and financial goals. It is possible to get into the spirit of the season without later experiencing the guilt of not staying disciplined. Decide that you want it bad enough and formulate a plan that you can work with. When the holidays are over, you will feel empowered by the fact that you feel good, look good, and have money in the bank.  

 

Contributor: Candice Davie

Blog: My Fab Finance