Slimming World on Budget: Cheaper for Over 60s?
Slimming World provides you with an affordable and healthy way to lose weight, but it can be costly if you’re not careful. Many people incorrectly assume that they can’t save money on their weekly shop with Slimming World because of their age, but that isn’t the case! You can save loads of money every week by switching up your weekly shop and keeping costs down as much as possible, but how? We look at five ways you can save money on your weekly shop in Slimming World.
Sign up with your local Slimming World
Slimming World is one of the most affordable diet brands, but you can save even more money by signing up with your local branch. First, contact your local Slimming World to find out if they offer any special discounts. And don’t forget to ask if you can receive regular text messages to keep you motivated and provide advice about how to eat well and exercise at home. On top of all that, be sure to take advantage of membership perks such as gifts or free food.
Find out the cost of your local plan.
Slimming World is about as inexpensive as diet clubs, with local clubs typically charging around £30 per month. You’ll have to pay an additional fee if you decide to participate in weekly weigh-ins, which can range from £1 to £2. This fee doesn’t apply to registered dieters who manage their accounts online. Regardless of where you live or which plan you choose, all Slimming World members must purchase a starter kit that includes supplies such as measuring spoons and reusable food containers. These kits can cost anywhere from $12 (about £9) in America to upwards of $30 (about £23) in Australia and Europe.
Know your budget
If you’re over 60, or in your retirement years, and are going to start dieting, it’s essential to know how much money you have set aside. You don’t want to put yourself into debt if you can avoid it. Use online budget planners to plan out how much you will spend weekly and monthly on food, snacks, and treats.
Plan your meals in advance
You’ll need to avoid eating out and buying ready meals on a low-cost budget. You can save money and calories by planning your meals. Some people find they’re less likely to snack if they have regular, set mealtimes, with each dinner prepared in advance. Planning also makes sure you don’t make any impulse food purchases while shopping -– another way to save cash when living off a tight budget.
Prepare for special occasions.
There’s no getting around it—parties mean food. But there are some strategies you can employ to stay on track while celebrating. If you know there will be fattening foods at your event, think about what your meal plan will look like before attending, and don’t go hungry so that when temptation strikes, you have something healthier waiting in your stomach.
Buy in bulk and freeze.
For many who are just starting in SW, it’s cheaper to buy in bulk and freeze. This gives you total control over portion sizes, so if you’re prone to scoffing half a pack of choc ices straight from the freezer, it might be wiser to invest in larger groups and break them down into individual servings yourself. Freezing foods means they last longer, saving more cash in the long run.
Shop online at Amazon Subscribe & Save
One of my favorite money-saving tools is Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program. The concept is simple—place an order and set a recurring delivery schedule (every month, every two months, or three months). You can either have your shipment sent directly to your door or be dropped off at a nearby location. Each month you’ll save 5% on your Subscribe & Save items—and with all those little things adding up each month, you can keep quite a bit!
Did you cook too much last night and struggle to eat everything before it goes off? Freeze your food. Leftovers can be used in multiple meals, so if there’s still half a tin of soup leftover from last night’s dinner, pop it in your lunch box tomorrow. Before you know it, you’ll have an extra meal tucked away, ready to go when needed.
Don’t go hungry! Eat snacks, but healthy ones!
Finding yourself not eating as much because you’re trying to lose weight can make you feel weak, tired, and hungry. Snacking is an easy way to ensure that your body receives what it needs, but too many sugary snacks will derail your efforts. Instead of reaching for sugary treats or unhealthy snacks, fill up on healthy ones like fresh fruit.
If you are going out, take something with you.
The saying ‘there’s no such thing as free lunch’ is often used when we talk about dieting, but if you have a real addiction to food and feel like you need to eat something every time you go out, taking something with you is always going to be cheaper than buying it. If you take your healthy food with you, there’s less chance of impulse buying.