There is a common myth that to eat healthy and fresh, including organic produce, dairy and meats, is expensive. Some perhaps argue that it is out of reach for many families. As a Personal Finance Coach & Educator, I have indeed seen clients spend thousands of dollars per month on their groceries and supplements. After all, when you don’t have your health, what else is there? Some would argue it is worth holding on to, or restoring, at any cost.
But what about those of us that want to feel great and sustain eating well, while living within our means?
On the heels of the recent Living Healthy List “Diet Demystified Summit” (you can listen to a recap and gain access here if you missed it) I want to provide some tips and a resource for those who struggle with the balance between eating healthy and how much they spend on eating healthy.
The truth is, you can afford anything you want to, if it is a priority. You just can’t afford everything you want all at the same time. Like sticking to a diet, successful money management takes discipline. However, it doesn’t have to be out of reach.
If following a healthy lifestyle and diet seems out of reach because of the expense, try these steps:
Know what is coming and going and how much you can designate towards your groceries, supplements, take out and eating out (in that order). You do this through budgeting, or a Spending Plan. There are many different tools out there from apps. to pen and paper. The key to success with this, is finding a system that works for you. The tool I use myself, and successfully with all of my clients, is a Google Doc. The tool is intentionally partially automated. It is easy to use and revisit on a regular basis to connect with your money. You can gain free access to that tool here: www.bossbudgetingblueprint.com, along with step by step instructions on how to use it to set up your spending plan.
To keep going with this, I have a 5-Step Grocery Reduction Plan I’d love to share with you. Simply connect with me via e-mail, and I’ll send lots more ideas on how to reduce your grocery spending
Michelle Boss is a Personal Finance Coach and Certified Financial Education Instructor. She is certified through the NFEC. As a Professional Money Coach, Michelle helps successful women get smart with money so they can grow their wealth and finally feel financially secure. With Michelle’s Group and One-to-one Coaching Sessions, she helps take the Fear out of Finances.