If you have decided to invest your time in being fit, there are a lot of things that can begin to pile up as far as cost. Being dedicated to your training can become a costly thing if you aren’t prioritizing your expenditures and keeping them in check. Once you have made the decision to truly commit and know that this is something that you want, you will need to keep track of spending and keep a tally of where you are spending, what you are spending it on and where you need to cut back.
Things like gym memberships can really zap your budget but are necessary to reach your goals. You don’t have to wear specialized clothing or dress to impress, so drop down the personal attire budget. Groceries, rent/mortgage, insurance, etc. should all be budgeted as a must-have along with your gym membership costs. So what other expenses are draining your wallet? Chances are, you are forking out a lot of dough on supplements. If you used every possible supplement that the professional gym rats use, you will be broke in no time. Living in your car so that you can keep the supplements flowing is not a route you want to take, so, here are some ways to keep the spending down.
1) Keep track of your spending extras. Where are you doing the most wasteful spending? Eating out a lot can really take its toll on your cash. Instead, figure out a weeks’ worth of meals and snacks and budget for them. Go grocery shopping once a week and stick with the list. You will have more balanced meals, quality meals and you won’t believe how much you save in a week.
2) Supplementation needs to be “budgeted” too. You need to keep track of how much you are consuming daily. Every supplement available is not something you need – some peoples cabinets look like GNC. If you ask any weightlifter what are the top three supplements they need, if they are not being sponsored by some brand, they would most likely say: protein, creatine and BCAA’s. These are the three you need to concentrate on. You need to be aware of how much you are using and don’t over scoop. Most bags of protein should last a month (2 -3lb). That is at one serving, or scoop, a day. Creatine, 300g container and BCAA , 300g container should also last a month. If you are whipping through these in less than that, then you need to keep better track of what you are using and when and keep them within 1-2 scoops a day.
3) Shop til you drop. You don’t have to go to a specialty store to find your supplement fix. They are available in so many places. The health/organic/natural section of your local grocery store, the infamous Walmart, Target, Meijer, Safeway, etc. The list goes on. It is no longer exclusive to GNC or other health stores. Fortunattely for you, we do the look and hunt for best online deals on supplements. You can check out your local stores also. Sometimes stores make mistakes (hard to believe, I know) but their mistakes can be your advantage in a huge way. When they overstock items like supplement powders, they will often times do a buy one, get one half off or buy one get one free. If a store isn’t seeing the product moving, they will do a price cut or put the item on clearance. Clearance does not equal bad. Clearance means that whoever ordered either over ordered or expected a huge rush on supplements that month. This is the time to take advantage of it. If you see an item on clearance, purchase but don’t overdue it because by the next week you can get it for almost half that. Every day that product sits, the grocery eats the cost – your store manager may want to unload it all at once and give you an amazing deal. All you have to do is ask. They don’t want it sitting there and want it gone, yesterday. There has never been a time a store manager hasn’t taken more off the top when asked – sometimes making an even better deal than you ask for.
4) Stick with quality. As hard as it may be to fork out more for a better quality supplement, you need to stick with what works for you. If you are using a certain product, stick with it unless an equal product is on sale, then go for it. Notice, the “equal” part. You need to read the labels carefully. It is amazing how much supplement you are NOT getting when you buy cheap. Stick with pure, no fillers and lower the cost more by buying gallons of juice to mix it with instead of flavored. You’ll save a buck here or there but over time it really adds up.
These tips should open up your budget a bit to keep your supply of supplements at their lowest cost and keep your wallet a little fatter. These three supplements should cost you approximately $40 to 50 a month. Your cost can be lowered by making an extra effort to keep serving sizes in check and doing a bit of research on prices and bargains around you. It is amazing how much you can save by doing this. A bit of determination and you can keep your supplement supply flowing and not have to live in your car.