He hasn’t lost any teeth, but John “Tiny” Likely has saved approximately $12,000 in the last 20 months while losing weight on food and grocery costs alone.
When Tiny weighed 575 pounds, he was spending $800 a month on food. For the last 20 months of his journey to 239 pounds he has been spending just $200 a month. He is saving a small fortune! But many don’t think about the connection between losing weight and saving money on food costs. There are endless things you can do with this windfall.
For example, you could use this money to help you live within your means or to pay off stressful debt. You could set up an emergency fund or a college fund. You also could invest in a retirement account such as an IRA or 401K.
It all boils down to eight words that will make you skinny and debt free: eat a little less…exercise a little more. Here are six ways Tiny saves money on food while losing weight:
- He eats significantly less food.
- He drinks water rather than liters of Coke.
- He quit eating expensive, unhealthy fast food, and started cooking whole, healthy, nutritious foods at less cost.
- He plans ahead for his weekly trip to the grocery store and looks for bargains. He buys bags of slightly aging vegetables and fruit at $1 a bag. He buys chicken breasts and cans of tuna in bulk when on sale.
- He does not waste food. For example, he uses all those fruits and vegetables he gets on sale to make his own vegetable smoothies throughout the week.
- He no longer makes impulse food purchases.
Whether you need to lose 10, 50, 100 or 336 pounds, it is possible to eat healthier foods at a lower cost. You can literally eat your way out of debt as you lose weight.
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Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Compassionate Collections® is on a mission to help 5 million people lose weight and be debt free.
Martin is past president of ACA International, and author of the Collector’s Pledge — hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect.