How to Lose Weight on a Budget

Use cheap diet plans to eat healthy for less money and lose weight

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Weight loss doesn't need to be expensive. You can learn how to lose weight on a budget. There are cheap diet plans and quick tips to help you slim down for less money. In fact, as you make your waistline shrink, you may make your wallet fatter. Use these tips to make it happen.

10 Tips to Lose Weight on a Budget

  1. Eat at home more often.  The typical American spends hundreds of dollars each month eating in restaurants . You will do your budget and your waistline a big favor by eating at home more often. And if you plan ahead, you can prepare diet-friendly meals in advance so that healthy food is always ready to go.

    When you prepare your own food, you are in complete control of the meal.  You can control portion sizes, make sure you eat the right amount of food and use healthy cooking methods to cut calories. All way saving extra money!
    More: How to Cook to Lose Weight

  1. Clip coupons.The best way to save money on healthy groceries? Coupons! If you've been thinking of trying a new diet-friendly product? Manufacturers often give coupons to generate interest in them. Coupon-clipping for your everyday purchases can really add up, especially if you locate a store that doubles or triples coupons.

    And money-saving deals are available for the best diet delivery programs as well. Do a little bit of research online before you invest in a weight loss meal program. There's a good chance that you'll find a deal to help you cut costs.
    More: The Best (Cheap and Easy) Weight Loss Foods

  2. Consider canned vegetables. Canned vegetables are just as nutritious as frozen ones and can be much more budget-friendly. For example, you can buy a large can of store brand whole kernel corn and get the same number of servings that you get in a frozen single-serving multipack. 

    You're also likely to waste less when you buy canned goods. These staples last longer than fresh varieties.  
    More: 4 Ways to Make Veggies Taste Better

  1. Buy store brands. The quality of store brand products varies greatly. But there are good store brands of canned goods, frozen vegetables, and pasta. They provide the same nutrition and often the same flavor as more expensive name brands.

    Trying a food for the first time? Invest as little as possible by buying the smallest size instead of those tempting warehouse-size packages -- they aren't a better value if they sit in the pantry uneaten. Another lesson I've learned? Never buy multiples of a new product until you've tried it!

  1. Get free workouts.  Did you know that you can find new exercise DVDs and diet books  at your local library? You can even request or reserve specific products you're interested in. If you find you check out the same DVD or book several times, you know purchasing your own copy would be a wise investment.

    You can also find great workouts online. Many of them are cheap or free and provide the same calorie burning benefits as the expensive boutique sessions.
    More: How to Exercise at Home to Lose Weight

  2. Walk more.  It's a great time to start walking. If you live close enough to walk to stores or errands, consider how much money you'll save on gas. Start out by walking about 10 minutes at a time (e.g., the nearest store and back) before trying an hour-long trek across the neighborhood.
    More: How to Start Walking for Weight Loss

  3. Bulk up with beans. Beans are a cost-effective, low-fat, and nutritious way of adding additional protein and fiber to your meals, both of which will help you feel fuller longer to prevent overeating. Look for dishes that use beans as the main ingredient or add them to foods you already enjoy.

  1. Snack smarter.  Fight the afternoon munchies by taking your own diet-friendly snacks from home rather than hitting the vending machine. It's much more expensive to buy individual snacks from the machines than to portion out correct  servings from full-size packages into zipper bags. And you can buy a six-pack of diet soda by the time you purchase two or three from the machine.
    More: Easy 100-Calorie Snack Packs to Make at Home

  2. Tap into tap water. Invest in a water filter or a carbonator to drink more water at home.  Then, stop buying those little bottles of water.  When you're really penny-pinching, buying water is an added cost that is easy to trim. You can also buy a safe, reusable water container to fill up at home to take with you to work, or to the gym. 
    More: 5 Easy Ways to Make Water Taste Better

  3. Prepare for portion control.  Buy the full size of your favorite smart snacks when they're on sale. Then create your own mini snack packs using the correct portions for weight loss.  You'll get many more servings for the price as compared to pre-packaged individual servings.

*This article was edited by Malia Frey, Weight Loss Expert

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