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There are so many things to consider when you start a weight loss journey and a major one that pops up is money.

We hear it all the time “It’s too expensive to eat healthy” and we don’t blame you for it with all the trendy superfoods, it can seem like losing weight and being healthy is all about shelling out money for pricey foods.

Spoiler alert: it’s not.

So to help you save some cash and hit your weight loss goals we have put together our go-to tips to save money on your weekly grocery shop and a few tricks to put into play during the week.

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This should be a given but If you go to the shops while hungry, you’re more likely to stray from your grocery list and buy something on impulse ($1 chocolate bar special anyone?)

When you’re hungry you will often reach for processed foods that have no real beneficial nutrients and more than likely you will still be hungry, and since these generally aren’t on your list, they’re not good for your wallet, either.

Try to eat a healthy snack or a big glass of water before you go to the store, this way you won’t be hungry when you get there.

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Don’t laugh but those Doomsday preppers might have been onto something!

Canned vegetables we don’t even think of, but keeping canned vegetables around is a great way to make sure you always have veggies when you need them. Make sure you pick canned vegetables without added salt, or compare cans to find one with lower sodium content.

Today you can find some pretty handy frozen products on the cheap, like carrot spirals, cauliflower rice, and zoodles. Many frozen vegetables are just as nutritious (if not more so) than their fresh versions, and they’re also usually low-calorie, as long as you buy them without added sauces.

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Looking for high-protein snacks but only want what you need? Get some added extras for your meal and don’t want to splurge on a bigger portion?

Hit the deli for those extra ingredients! A cube of Feta or a few slices of ham will cost a lot less this way!

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Don’t be afraid to buy the home brand when doing your groceries.

All food manufacturers have to follow standards to provide safe food. The generic brands may be the same quality as other bigger fancy brands, just less expensive.

We know there are just some things that can’t be beaten but fancy packaging and labels don’t always mean something. Just make sure they are not cheapening the product with more processed ingredients.

Where you can choose the cheaper option, do it!

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For those of you lucky enough to have a Mrs or partner who loves to cook, you can stop reading and go find them and tell them how grateful you are that they can cook!

We know cooking is bloody hard and even harder when you’ve had a long day at work and all you want is a beer and a slice of pizza, but you ain’t gonna lose weight that way. Having said that we want to encourage everyone to learn to cook the basics because it will do you good in the long term!

So on those nights, you couldn’t be bothered cooking it’s important to prepare yourself and stock up on pre-packaged meals. These guys are great for calorie control and keeping you on track but the best part is they can be as cheap as $9.95 per meal! Sometimes even cheaper if you can get a deal or coupon.

You can grab good options from the local supermarket or order online!

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Now obviously this is a shameless plug and we are going to take it.

When you really look at cost of food for 2 meals if you’re replacing 2 meals per day with The Man Shake (breakfast and lunch) at only $2.24 per meal it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. (based on the buy 3 get 1 free offer)

The truth is I doubt you can buy anything for $2.24 today that has everything your body needs in a day, keeps you full, and helps you lose weight.

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If you have joined our closed community group “The Man Shakers” you will know the hot topic of snacks and snacks on special!

No doubt you have your products or snacks that you use all the time so it’s time to pay attention to those supermarket specials so you can buy in bulk and snag a deal.

Just make sure that it will last for a while and won’t expire in the meantime. You won’t save yourself any money if you buy something you’ll just end up throwing out.