Frustrated with trying to save money and eat healthy? These hacks will make crushing your goals 50% easier.
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One of the worst bummers of the new year is knowing February is coming.
You’ve probably read the statistic that most new year’s goals are dropped by the second week of February.
- That budget meeting was brutal in January, so when February rolls around, we really don’t want to do another.*
- Giving up sugar was easy in January, but now it’s Valentine’s Day, and I love chocolate.
- I worked out every week in January, but I don’t feel that much stronger and healthier.
*Fun fact: did you know it takes about 3 months to figure out a budget that works for you?
February is a hard month.
Where I live, the weather is cold, outside is mostly gray and gross, and all I want to do is curl up in a blanket and read a book (hey! that’s a plus for my 2021 reading goal).
Here are 3 rules I learned about goals that make them all 100% easier:
1. Adjust Your Goals Over Time
In January, you started something new. By February, maybe something has changed – your schedule, your kids’ nap time, or you simply learned more about your goal.
So change it. Tweak it.
Maybe your goal was to quit all sugar forever. But in January, you started following someone on Instagram who talks about the psychology of healthy eating, and you realized that your approach to sugar was really unhealthy.
Tweak your goal.
2. Cut Your Goals in Half
I learn this from Jon Acuff’s book, Finish (highly recommend). He says that more often than not we set unrealistic goals – because why set a goal unless it’s epic, right?
Instead of making dinner from scratch every night, how about this?
That’s still a lot of homemade, budget-friendly meals.
Instead of cutting our grocery budget in half, how about this?
3. Progress Beats Perfect
Do you know what I have done perfectly?
But I have made a ton of progress.
When (not if) I mess up my goals – bust my budget, default into buying convenience food, forget about vegetables, stop exercising – I have a choice.
- Wallow in the fact I’m not perfect (is this even a shocker at this point?)
- Put on my gym shoes
- Make a pot of soup
- Buy some salad stuff
It’s progress. Not perfection.
These 3 tips make my goals so much easier – not because they are cheating, but because they are real.
These kinds of goals fit in my real life, in the my day-to-day, and they give me the power to learn and make mistakes along the way.
They help me save money because I don’t give up.
The help me eat healthier because they give me room to be human.
Crush Your Goals By Making Them 50% Easier!
Because February is the month most people quit their new year’s goals, we’re going to do something fun!
One of the most popular products in my shop is Cheapskate Cook’s Budget-Friendly Menu Plan.
It takes simple, budget-friendly real food, food that most people already have in their kitchen, and gives you 4 weeks of real-life menu plans made with those ingredients.
Some of the families that tested it realized they didn’t even have to go grocery shopping before starting it!
They already had a week’s worth of food in their kitchen and they had no idea – until they saw it on the menu plan.
The menu plan has weekly grocery lists, meal ideas, recipes, allergy-friendly meals and tips, and more!
It’s everything I wish I had when we were in survival mode, trying to eat as frugally and as clean as possible.
If you already have the menu plan, or you just want the recipes, good news!
We created a THE RECIPES eBook featuring every single recipe in the menu plans. It’s easy to use and you get all the budget-friendly recipes from the menu plan in a format that’s easy to find and use.
Last year was brutal. I want to help you save money and eat healthy this year.
The Budget-Friendly Menu Plan is one of the cheapest, simplest ways I know how to do that.
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