To lose weight the frugal way is to simple eat less and consume food that are cheaper but still hold nutritional value.
I’m tired of yo-yo diets, and intense workouts that I eventually get tired of and quit. I knew this at the beginning of the year, but I haven’t found an acceptable substitute until now.
So what is my new magic bullet for losing weight? Adopting a more frugal lifestyle. I’m going to set a money limit for how much I can spend a day for food, and stick to that number!
For a month, I’m going to use 2 dollars for breakfast, 3 dollars for lunch, and 5 dollars for dinner, so I’m not going to spend more than $10 a day. The idea is to come in below $10, not to meet that number everyday! In fact, I’m really hoping that I can get away with only $6.00 a day.
I plan in creating a journal (as I have in the past), but this time instead of just recording what I ate, I’m going to record the cost of what I ate and do a tally at the end of the day (or the next day) to determine if I met my less than $10 goal or not.
You might be wondering why just a month?
There have been studies that concluded that if you do a task/job or whatever for 21 days in a row, it become habit-forming. So after those 21 days, the task become part of your routine.
What will I do with the money saved from this new weight loss approach?
I’m going to channel the extra money into my “Dividend Stocks, Free Lunch Experiment #10“. The experiment has been repurposed to really provide a meal that I will cook for my family once a week on Thursdays. Previously, I was saving $40 a week to fund the experiment, but now I think I’ll jump the number up to $50 or $60 a week (depending on how well I do with my calculations above).
What is different this time?
Previously, I had no really big motivator do lose weight, but now that I have a more concrete purpose to back the goal up, it become more rewarding! It’s also nice to start losing weight at the beginning of the month instead of on an off day. While not a huge reason, it does make the journal seem more legit. Another nice aspect is this process is now a win-win. I win because I will be losing weight and I win again because I will be saving money.