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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. 

 Prioritize.  If organic produce, dairy and meat is important to you,  and you have a limited budget, ensure that this is your first spending priority in what you do have to spend.  Supplement the rest with “as clean” as you can, and it may be less in order to get the quality.  In this case, less in more.  If you find you do not have funds for other lower priority items, such as filler snacks, eating take out and going out, for example, reduce or cut those spending items out as they are not your #1 food spending priority.  Knowing that you have a plan aligned with your values, and are focused on what is most important to you (healthy, whole, organic food) will make it easier to say no to those items that are less of a priority. The processed snacks are just not a spending and health priority for you right now
 
 Budget for a Splurge.  All discipline and nothing exciting or rewarding to look forward to is no fun.  It is also a recipe for feeling defeated when you so cheat.  Be sure that shorter term (every 2-4 months), or each month, there is room in your spending plan for divulgence.  A nice meal out where you can spend quality time on great food with friends, for example.  The pricier supplement or “want” but not need, is another example.

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

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