Valdosta Daily Times


February 24, 2013

Brittany's Budget Diary: A diet for the body and the wallet


VALDOSTA — Cameron

My husband is not brave enough to try the all-liquid diet, but he is a fairly healthy eater. For two weeks, he only bought two bags of frozen chicken breasts, three bags of frozen vegetables and two boxes of brown rice for dinner. All of which came in around $50.

For breakfast, he has a whole-grain cereal with skim milk, and for lunches, he eats all-natural peanut butter and jelly on whole grain bread, with Triscuit crackers and a 90 calorie granola bar for a snack.

For food, drinks, etc., our entire grocery bill for two weeks was around $160. I have found that cutting out soda and unhealthy snack products are not only good for our bodies, but good for our budget.

Aside from cost-effective, healthy eating, there is such a thing as cost-effective exercising.

Gyms can be costly, and when you work 40 hours a week, it can be hard to muster up the motivation to go and be gawked at by all the experienced muscle builders. That’s why I like to do my exercises at home before bed. I found most of my exercises on Pinterest but also take advice from Army workouts my dad used to use.

The most effective thing I do is run. The track at Valdosta Middle School is open to the public and it provides a safe environment away from cars. In addition, several people are always running on the track so instead of  running alone, you can safely run in groups.

I’ll keep you updated on my smoothie diet next week, but for now, that’s all I have for you, my dear budgeteers. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook at and follow me on Twitter @VDT_Brittany.

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