Summer is coming up next week (okay it’s already here in Raleigh!) so many of us are hanging outside and enjoying the beautiful warm weather.
Since having my little one earlier this year, I’ve been getting into my new routine and part of that is getting fit.
If you’re looking at getting ready for the beach or picking up some good healthy habits, I have some tips on how you can do it without spending a ton of money.
Eating Smart without Spending Whole Paycheck
What we eat is absolutely important to our health and fitness. Some worry that eating well means paying high prices, but that’s not true.
Community Supported Agriculture
Joining a CSA can be a great way to keep your spending in check and get fresh food. We signed-up four years ago for a produce delivery service and love it! It’s fantastically simple – every week we get an email with our choice of different pre-designed boxes or we can build our own.
Using the designed boxes are definitely the more cost effective option, but overall the prices are competitive with several of grocery stores in our area.
If your town doesn’t have a similar service, check and see if there is a local farmer’s market in the area. Develop a relationship with vendors and buy seasonally.
Getting Great Deals at the Grocery Store
More and more grocery stores are catering to health conscious customers, giving you more options when it comes to food.
One of your best ways to save money is to make sure that you’re getting exactly what you want. Understanding food labels will help avoid marketing gimmicks.
Shopping by season also keeps your food bill on budget. It can be more tempting to just buy what you want, but keeping in season is to your financial advantage. With the supply high, prices typically are lower. Print out a guide to see what produce is in season and shop accordingly.
Believe it or not, going frozen on certain foods can be frugal and healthy. Go ahead and stock up when you see a deal.
Frugally Fit and Loving It
Being outdoors can give you a mental boost as you try out different activities. Running, swimming, and walking can be awesome this time of year.
For those who prefer something else – like cycling, tennis, or kayaking, there are some ways you can keep from going broke from equipment.
Craigslist and stores like Play It Again Sports can be your friend for finding deals on gently used items. You may also want to see if there is a Freecycle network available in your area.
You also may want to combine social with exercise, such as start a tennis or running group with your friends. Have everyone bring something for the group to snack on. Not only are you getting in shape, but you’re also hanging out with your loved ones without eating out.
Thoughts on Getting Beach Body Ready
Remember that it’s better to chose an activity that you love rather than what’s popular. You’ll be more likely to stick to a routine and get in shape faster.
If you are into being frugal and fit, I’d love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite ways to stay in shape?