I feel like a lil monkey
ahhh ahhh ahh you two are so cute!
Shopping on a Budget
Economic times are hard and most fitness and health bloggers here on Tumblr are either in college or going to be in college sometime in the future. It’s important to know how to shop on a budget and ESPECIALLY how to shop for healthy items on a budget. Have no fear, Kayla and Casey are here!
Plan out your meals. Write out a schedule of meals you plan to have for the next week or so and write all the food you need for these meals before you go shopping. Making a list will help you stick with it once you get to the store.
Never shop hungry… You’ll buy more food than you need!
Make your own homemade snacks! The prices of pre-packaged snacks are cringe-worthy. Buying ingredients and throwing together your own snacks won’t only save you money, but it’ll give you MORE for your money too! See recipes below.
Buy in bulk (when/if you can). Yes, items in bulk can be more expensive BUT a different way to look at it is that they’ll last longer for you.
Look for sales! BOGO sales and such should be taken advantage of!
(If you eat meat) Buy the full bird instead of pre-packaged chicken breasts or thighs (just using chicken as an example). It’s much more expensive buying everything already cut.
Grow your own garden! It doesn’t have to be a full size garden, especially if you’re in college, but even planting little herbs in flower pots can save you money!
Cut up your own food. Soooo many stores sell pre-cut fruits and veggies, which are more expensive than ones you can just cut up yourself.
Cut out soda and sweetened drinks (if you buy them).
Drink water from the tap! There is no need to buy water bottles all of the time! Tap water is typically just as good or you can get a filtered pitcher which will save you money in the long run! Bottled water adds up and it gets to be expensive and wasteful!
Price match. Look at various stores to see their prices.
Buy store brand items.. While it is true that you probably shouldn’t buy certain store-brand things, the majority of items won’t kill you to buy. For example, I (I being Kayla) typically buy Safeway K-Cups instead of Starbucks. Cheaper and still tastes good!
Shop at farmers markets and pick your own when you can! The prices are typically cheaper and it is a lot of fun!
Take advantage of rewards programs from various supermarkets. Some give you great deals on various items throughout the store, some give you coupons, some even help you save on gas!
- Strawberry Fruit Leather (kind of like fruit roll ups!)
- Yogurt Drops (from Kayla’s Pinterest.. I’ve tried it, they’re amazing!):
- 45 Snacks to Satisfy Hunger
- 21 Healthier Trail Mix Recipes to Make For Yourself
- 5 Ingredient Granola Bars
Another great idea is always… Couponing! I’m not talking about becoming one of those crazy couponers that you see on TV. However, couponing is a great habit to get into when you’re tight on money.
*Heres another video about how to eat organic on a budget from our last Nutrition Weekly post
Tag nutritionweekly (no spaces) or one of us with your savings! Let us know how successful you are and what you plan to make!
Day one of the FreeYogis Challenge! The theme of the day was Freedom, so I chose Wild Thing! This pose has become my absolute favorite. It’s so empowering to flip my body around, not to mention how elegant the pose looks in it’s final form. This pose helps me to focus, which is how it gives me freedom. Everyday, I struggle with thousands of thoughts, worries, & fears bouncing around in my head, but this pose pulls me into my body at that current moment. That’s freedom for me: freedom from my own thoughts.
Day 3 #strength
The past month (up until yesterday) things have been really hard and I’ve had to really try hard to have strength to not completely fall apart. The warrior poses remind me that I do have the strength to be a true warrior and that I can overcome any obstacle, though only if my mind stays positive and determined. I didn’t make this warrior/ strength connection until I was able to step back from the whole situation and look at it with a fresh pair of eyes, which should’ve done before it was resolved, but I’m learning and working towards being able to do that in the future. Anyways, I’m proud to say I was a warrior and found strength within all of the pain and hopelessness that was around me. A year ago, or even 6 months ago, I could never have handled what I went through like this and it’s truly a blessing that I found yoga and am so inspired by it that I am able to apply it in all areas of my life.