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Be Cheap! View Daily Calories As Cash, Not An Unlimited Credit Card!




View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!

Limit calorie spending to the amount of cash you PRE planned to spend. Eat filling foods that are low cost/cal. Don't waste calorie money on junk that leaves you w/ buyers' remorse & extra pounds.

And count EVERYTHING; it's easy to nickel & dime yourself out of your weight loss.

Bonus: intentional movement & exercise become money in the bank!

Live cheaply, spend wisely, be healthy.

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  • Yesterday after swimming someone offered my a cookie... homemade they said you must have one.. I looked at the slightly over cooked delights and said I can't afford to spend that much calories on one cookie.. emoticon - by PATTISWIMMER
  • What a great way to think of my calories!! Sometimes when I go over I don't I think egh, it wasn't that much, but it's more than I had to spend. It WILL effect my weight loss and that IS the ultimate goal here.
    Thank you for the tip!! - by SHARIKAYE
  • This is a great idea! and if you want to take it a step further, maybe make it into a challenge... for every calorie you go over on your daily budget, put a dime into a jar, and this money can be given to charity at the end of the month! helping yourself while helping others! - by CHOCAHOLIC91
  • Before I got a smart phone I used to record my calories in a checkbook register. It was very easy to do and really helped me keep on top of things.
    - by KTSMOM1
  • This is brilliant! It is also very relative to me, as I am a university student and have been living quite a bit on credit cards, which has damaged my credit score. However, I am going to be going to graduate school next year and will need to take out student loans that I won't be able to get with bad credit. So, now I am on a strict budget and a plan to improve my credit score within the year. I can absolutely use this strategy to lose weight! Thank you so much!!! - by KIMI_SILVA
  • I never thought of weight loss that way before. That is something I CAN relate too. I have a set amount of dollars I can spend for things my family needs. I work hard to stay in that budget. To apply the same principle to what I eat is eye opening for me. Thank you! emoticon - by PAPAGAINA
    I don't like counting calories but instead use a method of eating 2 fruit, 4 veggies, and 7 grains a day. I could use your idea and put each of the servings on a index card and when I have used them all up I am done for the day. - by APRILFLOWERS71
  • CANDO20K
    This analogy is really helpful.
    I need to learn to manage money more mindfully, as well as lose weight. - by CANDO20K
  • Being the frugal, penny-pincher that I am, this tip REALLY sparked me. Clever!!! - by PAMMYG7
  • Great idea, thanks for sharing! - by PHFACTOR51
  • I like the analogy...Great way to think. - by GABIBEAR
    This is EPIC! I'm so good with my personal finances but stuggle with my weight so this really ties them together. - by ACTIVEALLISON
  • I like the analogy... Since I am a bookkeeper and deal with $$ and budgeting everyday - I am going to see if writing it in a register and tracking it that way will help me keep it in perspective and on track since keeping a journal doesn't seem to work for me... will let you know... Thanks - by L8DTAZZ
    I LOVE it!! - by DEELISHAS
  • This is GREAT!!!!! - by ACCT1908
  • Excellent Idea!!! This helps me alot.. - by SMITHKEY84
  • Really good idea on how to use calories that gives the most benefit to our diets!!

    Thanks for the tip!! - by ANGELONE11
  • This is an excellent idea! Thank you!!! emoticon - by GRAMMIE4VT1
  • Thanks for the good tip. - by CAROLYN0107
    good idea - by REKHASASTRY

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