Thrifty Dieting

Posted on January 7th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

It’s January 7th which means many of you are a week into your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. You may also be noticing that eating junk is sometimes a little cheaper. Sad to say that is generally true. However, we are always posting deals on healthy foods too, so make sure you keep checking out Thrifty Divas for some awesome deals.

Also, here are some ways to keep those resolutions going while not breaking your wallet.

1. Measure everything. Part of healthy eating is proper portions. I know my huge problem (no pun intended) is overeating. Overeating also obviously costs more because more food is consumed. By measuring everything, you’ll eat less and of course, save money.

2. Drink water. Ditch the sodas and high calorie lattes and switch to water. It’s VERY cheap and way better for you.

3. Buy frozen vegetables. Fresh veggies are better for you most of the time, but honestly the difference it’s huge from fresh to frozen. Especially because most frozen foods are flash frozen right after being harvested. Frozen is cheaper than fresh vegetables.

4. Meal plan! This is always a plus, but if you want to stay healthy in your eating AND save money, you MUST plan for it. It’s too easy when you are hungry to throw in the towel and eat out or just whatever you can get your hands on. Failure to plan will result in failure!

5. Don’t buy anything in a box. This is a great rule of thumb if you are trying to get healthy. I once heard a nutritionist say you should only shop on the outer sections of a grocery store. Then you mostly get fresh produce and dairy. I think that’s a great plan for a healthier you!

6. LOVE beans! If you are dieting, beans are great for you. They are full of fiber and are incredibly CHEAP!

7. Don’t sign up for anything. This time of year Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and 24-hour fitness are being bombarded with new memberships. Nothing is wrong with these companies, but generally people sign up for these things around the New Year and end up going off their plan and being stuck paying for something they aren’t using. It’s such a waste of money! Instead, try it on your own for a month and if after that you want to join a gym or some other weight loss program, do it! You are more likely to stick with it once you’ve done it on your own.

What are you doing for a more healthier you?


A Thrifty Diva’s New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on January 4th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

 

I don’t always make New Year’s Resolutions because, well, it’s often the same thing. Lose weight. Exercise more. Wake up at early rather than whenever my toddler comes to wake me. Eat better. Read more. Save money… Or, something like that.

This year, I’m keeping it simple and I thought I’d share.

1. Early Mornings. Waking up early helps me get some quiet time before the children are up and tends to make for a happier and more productive day. So, since I’ve been getting up off and on around 5am. That’s my goal. Now, if the children are up in the middle of the night for various reasons, I am exempt. I give myself that. And, if you have a goal similar to this one, you should too. Don’t beat yourself up if your sleep has been interrupted and you can’t get up early to get your workout or your coffee alone.

2. Exercise. I already workout regularly as part of my normal routine. But, early mornings will mean that I could get that workout alone and even outside since everyone is sleeping. I love that!

3. Save Time. Save Money. Last year, I meal planned for the first month of the year and it was such a great experience. It really does save time and money. I dropped the ball sometime in February last year but have decided I want to make it a habit.

4. Cut Coupon Clipping Time. I realized that I was clipping many more coupons than I ever used. No more. I know what we buy and what we like. I’m only clipping those coupons now.

There may be a few more but it’s just after 5am and I’m off to go get a little workout 🙂 Happy New Year!

Have you made resolutions this year? What resolutions have you made?


New Years Eve-On a Budget

Posted on December 30th, 2011 by Discount Debbie

How does the song go?

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should I forever go into debt for this holiday?

Wait, no that’s not right. But it is very possible to spend a lot of money on New Years Eve. Between the food, decorations, fireworks and champagne, it can be a very expensive holiday.

Here are some tips for a Thrifty New Years Eve and Day.

1. Skip the fireworks.

It’s no secret that these explode your wallet. But around town, there are probably several places that will be doing them for free. If you are really set on doing them, here is a secret. The closer you get to midnight, the more the stands mark them down. If you can wait until the last minute you can get them at a much larger discount. If you wait until the next day, you can really get the markdowns.

2. Buy clearance decorations on New Years Day.

This won’t help this year, but you’ll have amazing decor for next year. Go stock up and you’ll be set next year .

3. Reuse an old New Years Eve outfit. You don’t have to have a new outfit every year do you? Reuse one from a previous year and save that money. You can even add some accessories and make it a whole new look. The possibilities are endless.

4. Have kids? Make your own decorations.

This website is awesome for instructions on hats and noisemakers and even your own New Years Eve ball!

5. Take the party home. When you go out, you are automatically going to spend more money than if you stayed home. Why not plan a party at home and have guests bring snacks or have a potluck. Do everything you would out, but at home.


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