How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle For Under $10 A Day

3rd April 2015

Many people assume that living a healthy lifestyle has to be expensive.

I’m going to break it down for all of you who either need help with staying healthy on a budget or have it stuck in your mind that living a healthy lifestyle is too expensive for you.

At the end, you will learn by #1 most important tip to living a healthy lifestyle on a budget. #1 is what many people who are beginning their healthy journey do and it’s a huge mistake.

First off, your health should be important to you for many reasons. $8 might seem like a lot to you, but let me break down what many people spend each day. Many people think that eating out for “cheap” meals each day is cheaper than eating healthy. That is not true!Find out how to create a healthy lifestyle for under $10 a day. This is such a helpful list.

I encourage trying out $5 meal plan if you’re trying to eat healthier and save moneyThey’ll send you monthly meal plans with shopping lists, recipes, and more attached. The plans will save you a lot of money since you’ll end up going to restaurants less. 

Average Day For 1 Person:

  • Breakfast: Fast food meal of a breakfast sandwich, coffee/drink, side such as hash browns/etc. That right there is about $6.00.
  • Snack: $3.00
  • Lunch: Subway sandwich and drink with chips. $8.00
  • Dinner: Burger with fries and drink. Ranging from: $6.00-$12.00 depending on where you go.

Total: Over $25.00/A day

The average person spent about $25.00 on a day on eating if they eat on the go.

Let me give you a challenge. On a regular day of eating, keep track of what you eat and how much you spend eating anything that comes through a drive-thru or anything that is quick and go. You’re going to feel a bit of shock and might even get a little angry at yourself.

This will just be a wake-up call of how much you’re spending and you’ll realize being healthy isn’t all that expensive, as I explain further.

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This is an average day for me:

  • Breakfast: $2 of chocolate protein, which you can get here. This helps keep me on track throughout the entire day.
  • Snack: Carrots with hummus: Under $2.00
  • Lunch: Whole grain bread sandwich with turkey, spinach, & avocado spread along with a side of fruit: $3.00
  • Dinner: Grilled tofu, with mixed vegetables with balsamic vinaigrette or a healthy dressing of your choice, and a salad: $3.00

Total: $10-$13.00/Day OR $70-$91/Weekly.

Now don’t get shocked at that number because I am 99% sure if you kept track of everything you spent on food for a week, it would be well over that. I used to go out to fast food restaurants 2x+ daily and on the weekends I spent at least $100 on going out with friends for lunch/dinner.

I know many people who spend at least $8-$10 on drinks alone in a day but didn’t realize it until they actually saved their receipts. I am guilty of this, but no longer after I calculated how much I was spending.

I always recommend everyone to read about nutrition and the affect different foods can have on your body.

So how can you budget and get the most out of your money? Let’s get started:

1. Avoid already prepared foods like the plague!

I’m not trying to be funny at all. Meals such as Lean Cuisine or any other meal that is already made can actually be bad for you. These are loaded with sugar/sodium, and a bunch of ingredients none of has had ever heard of in our life. These aren’t satisfying either so don’t pretend like it is.

2. Buy in bulk.

It definitely pays off to have a Sams Club or Costco membership because you get a lot of food for a small price. If you don’t want to go to either of those places, get better at couponing. Dig into those ads you get in the mail for coupons at the local grocery stores. There are usually only coupons for junk food, but there should be a few coupons for healthy options.

Find out how to create a healthy lifestyle for under $10 a day. This is such a helpful list.

3. Prep your meals.

So many people know to do this to save money AND time yet no one wants to put the work in. Simply prep your meals on Sunday and have everything ready for the entire week.

Here is a 15 piece kit so you can prep your meals ahead of time and stay on track.

What I like to do is put all the food in separate large containers and I simply choose what protein/vegetable I want for each meal. There are even storage containers for certain meals now such as salad or 3 hole containers for your protein and 2 sides.

4. Skip the gym membership.

Many of you might not know this but I don’t even have a gym membership! This alone is saving me hundreds of dollars a year. Nothing against gyms, but I’ve found that I don’t need it when I have different workout programs at home and the entire world to workout in.

I highly recommend checking out the 14-Day Lean Clean meal plan if you are trying to lose weight or get healthier. The book is filled with tons of useful information (over 200 pages worth!). I am using this meal plan to hit my health and fitness goals.

Find out how to create a healthy lifestyle for under $10 a day. This is such a helpful list.

5. If you take nothing from this entire post, please just listen to this one!

STOP buying plastic water bottles! This is not helping anyone or anything in the entire world. You are wasting your own money and guess what? That plastic you buy never goes away. That plastic water bottle will end up somewhere and is only polluting the world. Ever seen Plastic Paradise on Netflix? Watch it now. You’re welcome. Invest in a filtered water bottle.

A fruit infuser makes a huge difference in the taste of your water.

Boom.

Just saved you well over $50 a month on buying water bottles at grocery stores or gas stations.

Quick tip: Don’t buy chicken from the bags. These are PACKED with sodium. Your best bet is to buy chicken that is in the smaller packs and away from the freezer section.

How do you stay healthy on a tight budget?

Here are my go-to ways to having a healthy and fit body:

  • 21 Day Fix: At home workout program, a beginner version of 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • 21 Day Fix Extreme: A more intense version of 21 Day Fix, how I achieved my results
  • 3 Day Refresh: Help kick off your health journey or break a plateau
  • How Not To Die: A book to educate you on nutrition and health
  • Fitbit: Stay motivated and on track with this fitness tracker

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14 thoughts on “How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle For Under $10 A Day

  1. Chonce

    Awesome post! I try to stay away from processed and pre-made foods as well and limit dining out. It save a ton and it’s better for you too. Never knew that about plastic water bottles and please provide more information or do a post on Shakeology, I would love that since I always hear about it but never decided whether I would give it a try or not.
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    1. Alexis Post author

      I also try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup. It’s really bad for the human body.

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  2. Elise

    We feed a family of four on about $10 a day 🙂 Eating well doesn’t have to be expensive, we mostly eat fruits and veggies with a little bit of meat mixed in. I also make my own bread, tortillas, pitas, pizza dough, crackers and even fruit roll ups! I love cooking and I love keeping my money in my pocket even more!

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    1. Alexis Post author

      That’s so great. You are living proof that being healthy on a budget is possible.

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  3. Cindi nedbalek

    Love love love the 21 day fix, no processed foods, mostly organic! No fast food and no diet sodas, lost a ton of weight and feel great!!! I love eating whole foods!!!!!!

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  4. Andy Hill

    Nice article and a great reminder that we are in control of our finances and our health.

    Also check out “Bag it” for the deplorable plastic bag issues we’re having globally. Very eye opening! My wife and I use reusable bags all the time now because of that movie.

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  5. Bertina

    I am so glad I read this post. Tomorrow starts a new eating habit for my household. Wow…plastic bottle water is my thing, but after reading this I now have a change of mind set. Thank you for introducing me to a new budget eating habit.

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  6. Mary

    I feed myself on twenty dollars a week. Nothing is processed or canned except tomatoes. I bake all my own bread and don’t buy meat. I eat lots of legumes. I eat what ever is in season and buy one pantry item a week, like flour or spices for my curry etc. And everything must be on sale, except for the cashew milk. I have a garden in the summer and put lots of it in jars. I make rhubarb jams for my toast, and I freeze it for deserts. I started out doing this as an experiment to prove it was possible. Now I just do it for the cheapo aspect of it. My friends are astounded at this…lol. It is a bit of work, but very possible.

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