Do you believe that it is impossible to lose weight while sticking to a budget?  Many people believe this to be true but it’s not!  You can put together a diet solution plan that will allow you to stay on a budget and still fix healthy foods.

People that are shopping on a budget tend to buy the cheapest things that they can find. Many times those foods are terrible in the nutrition and calorie departments.  But you don’t have to do this!  There are ways to stay on a budget and buy healthy food for you and your family.

First off, the best way to add money to your grocery budget it to stop eating out.  Some of the meals you eat out may be quick and cheap but they are not good for you.  You could also have healthier food choices that are inexpensive just by eating at home.  There are websites dedicated to giving you quick, healthy and inexpensive meals.  You don’t have to be an expert chef either.  You just have to get creative and look for new recipes.  Isabel has some great recipes that are a perfect diet solution and budget fix.

So, instead of eating out, pack a brown bag lunch to work.  Make time on the weekends or your off days to make meal plans ahead of time and fix extra so that you have healthy left-overs that you can take for lunch.  The portions you fix will be smaller than those you get eating out and it’s an easy way to cut calories.  You can plan to eat left-overs for dinner as well.  I do this all the time and it really saves money and time.

Get the Sunday paper if you don’t already and flip through the ads for the grocery stores in your areas.  Make a list of the sale items at each store and look for coupons to go with the sales.  Some places even offer double coupon days. You can even find manufacturer coupons online which will really ad up.  All of this takes time and effort but the savings will amaze you.  I try to only buy items on sale whenever possible and I stock up so that I have enough to last me until the next sale.

It can be hard, but try to cut out the “junk food” or at least severely limit it because they should only be eaten in moderation even with a diet free solution.  Chips, pre-packaged snacks and sodas are all expensive and many of them are not healthy.  I know that everyone craves these types of things but you can save money and lose weight at the same time. 

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