Lose Weight and Have More Money
8 Ways to Lose Weight and Gain Money
Your Loss is Your Gain
Reserve Half the Food You Cook for Later
Meet Your Friends for a Fitness Class
Drink More Water
Drop 50 Pounds
Plan Your Meals and Snacks Ahead of Time
Eat from a Plate (and Make It a Meal)
Hang Out with Thin People
You save: Gas money
In 2009 the average American spent almost $2,000 a year on gas, about 4% of their income, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you want to drop pounds and save cash, it’s time to think outside the SUV. Fact is, you probably use your car more than is really necessary. In the U.S., 40% of all urban trips are 2 miles or less, and 90% of those trips are made by car, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
If you live reasonably close to work, consider walking or riding your bike to the office instead of driving. Figure out how much money biking to work can save you by checking out this handy calculator—it could be more than $1,000 per year by saving on parking, gas, tolls, and vehicle maintenance. For more motivation, join a team and commit to riding your bike for trips under 2 miles. Through an interactive website, 2milechallenge.com, the CLIF 2 Mile Challenge enables participants to join one of three teams to earn points and prizes for themselves or their team by logging rides.
If you regularly take public transit, ditch your monthly bus or subway pass if you live in the city and walk to work, even if it means leaving a half-hour early. “Often transport costs are by zones," says Schapera. “If you get off a zone earlier than your normal stop and walk, you can even save by doing that."
VIDEO: Get the perfect bike fit