Start Here

Welcome to Budget for Health! I’ve written nearly 400 articles with practical, useful tips regarding food, fitness, and finance. You’re welcome to search for any specific topic you’re looking for, but I thought I’d help you get started with some of my most read articles from each category. Enjoy!

Food
Eat Right: PFC
What does balanced eating look like? What counts as a protein, fat or carb? How often should I eat a meal or snack? All of those questions answered in this article.

My typical grocery list
I break down my list by protein, fat, and carbs since that’s how I plan our meals.

How I pack lunch for my family
This is a finance-related article about food. Packing your lunch instead of eating out can save you $2-3k per year! I share how I streamline my lunch-packing process in this article.

What Supplements Should I take?
I get asked this question frequently so here’s a breakdown of supplements I think everyone would benefit from.

Fitness
FREE 30-day trial of OnDemand (the Netflix of Beachbody workouts). Stream 3-week yoga retreat to learn correct technique, go old school with p90x (or p90x3 if you only want a 30-minute workout), turn up the heat with TurboFire, or sample 20+ other programs like Cize, PiYo, Country Heat, Core de Force, and more.

Tabata training
Forget the treadmill. Tabata training is a very effective workout method and you can start and finish your workout within 15-20 minutes.

Free Workout Videos by Fitness Blender
I love these videos and I love that they are FREE! If you don’t have a gym membership then this is a great way to change up your workout routine and make it fun. They’ve got a variety of videos ranging from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), kickboxing (don’t knock it ’till you try it; this category is one of my favorites), yoga, stretching and more.

Finance
Setting up a budget
If you don’t know where to start when setting up a budget, start here. I share the method I’ve personally used for over 5 years and even included a downloadable copy of the Excel sheet we use to track our income and expenses.

Track Financial Goals with Capital One 360
This isn’t a sponsored post; I just really like the savings account we’ve got through Capital One. We’ve got our emergency fund, car replacement savings, medical savings, gifts, and vacation fund in this account.

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face
Odd title, but it’s all about the importance of having emergency fund.

Quarterly Budget Reviews
And of course, I encourage you to read my quarterly budget reviews so you can see a breakdown of how our spending is allocated and significant events that impact these numbers. It’s been a great accountability tool for me to check in so I know where we stand with our financial goals.

2 thoughts on “Start Here”

  1. If you have any tips on gift giving and budget, I’d welcome that article! I don’t want to be cheap and I like to give gifts, but there’s a constant stream of birthdays, Mother’s Day, Christmas, weddings, showers…it never ends! I’m curious how others deal with this to be budget friendly.

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