Money—it’s the single thing that we all share in this world. From the poor to the insanely rich, money is a universal tool. No matter how much you have, you still want more.

When it comes to weight loss, it could cost you a decent amount to make a complete lifestyle switch. But like everything else, there are ways and tricks around spending a fortune. Here are some ways you can help save yourself some money and still get the most out of your weight loss.

  1. Buy Produce at Farmers Market

One of the best methods to help you lose weight and save some serious cash in the process is to buy fresh produce at farmer’s markets. You may think it’s cheaper and more convenient to head over to the local grocery store and buy it there, but you’d be wrong.

In fact, is most cases if you head over to the farmer’s market right before closing, you’ll find that a lot of farmers are willing to work out a deal to sell whatever they have left. Truth is, a lot of farmers find it a nuisance to have to lug all their unsold produce back home with them. If you manage to catch some of them before they throw out or begrudgingly haul it back home, you may be able to save huge on cutting a deal.

It’s a win-win for both parties.

  1. Build A Garden

Imagine being able to walk outside and pull some vegetables out of the ground (for free) without having to drive to the store. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? This is the joy of building and having a garden gives you. Cheap, hard-earned food that you had a hand in creating.

You can add farmer to your resume after this.

Essentially, the largest expense in building a garden will be your time. If you have time, the construction part shouldn’t run you more than a couple of hours. Which also makes for a great workout too. You can burn a ton of calories by working outside in your yard. Burning calories translates to losing fat and weight. See, killing two birds with one stone.

  1. Create Your Own Fitness Program

For some people, paying a small fortune for gym memberships or designer fitness programs is not ideal. So, a better option for these kinds of people is to develop your own training program. There are hundreds, even thousands of free programs online for you. If certain programs are better fitting of you or your skills level, you may just use one of those. But if your goal is to work out from home, it may be better to take pieces of multiple plans and create a whole new plan.

When you use your home as your new gym, you’ll have certain restrictions and limits based on available space and materials. That’s why its beneficial to selected certain workout that fit within your needs. Try finding workout the use your bodyweight, or circuits. Limited resources but still can fit in any available space.

  1. Smart Meal Choices

It’s so very hard to eat healthy when the best tasting food is typically cheaper than healthy food. But the only way you’ll end up losing weight and saving money is if you eliminate all the food that doesn’t belong in your body. Avoid a lot of carbs, sugary food and sweets, and animal fats. These have negative impact on your body. Like weight gain, and in more severe cases, problems like diabetes. Which can further effect weight loss.

Your goal should be to eat a lot more vegetables, lean protein, and good fats. Vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, celery, and spinach. Popeye showed you the importance of eating spinach.

Try adding lean protein sources like: egg whites, turkey breast, salmon, and non-fat yogurt.

Healthy fats like: almonds, avocado, and fish oil. These all have positive effects on your body, including assisting in weight loss.

  1. Drink Water

Stay away from the unhealthy drink options if you truly are serious about losing weight and saving money. Although we all love the taste, and just can’t get enough of them, they really do cost you more money. Not to mention they are full of empty calories and sugar. Another bad choice if your trying to lose weight is alcohol. Sorry folks, hate to tell you.

But if it helps, how many times have you bought alcohol that was more expensive than water?

Yeah…that’s what I thought.

Drinking more water helps you stave off hunger. It helps fills you and make you not as hungry throughout the day. This means you don’t eat as much, resulting in few calories and higher weight loss. Water also help your body become more efficient. Helping your kidney filter better, and helping within your digestion as well.

You may find it even more beneficial to incorporate a cheaper drinking option like cleansing. Cleansing is when you use a combination of ingredients that can help clean out and unblock your digestive system. Helping ride your body of waste, and any remnants leftover that may have stuck around. Try a clean like, Isagenix nutritional cleanse, it can quickly have results from just cleaning out the leftover in your intestines.

Water is also significantly cheaper. Especially if you use a water purifier or traditional tap water as opposed to bottled water.

These are just a couple of options to help you maximize your weight loss while maximize your bank account. Nobody should have to pay a fortune just to try and better themselves. But either way, there are always tricks to get the most out of your goals.