What to Do If You (Think You) Can’t Afford Shakeology
If you feel like you can’t afford Shakeology, this is a VERY important post for you to read. As you might imagine, we hear (or read) this fairly often. While we understand how people can get into this mindset, we’ve been coaches long enough to know that it’s highly likely that you CAN afford Shakeology IF you make it a priority. And, another thing—you either pay to take care of yourself now or you will pay later.
First, I want to talk a little bit about what’s at the root of the belief that you can’t afford Shakeology — the expectation that most people have that food be SUPER cheap.
The Price of Buying Cheap Food
I don’t know how it is in Canada or the U.K, where many of our customers live, but here in the U.S. our capitalistic government has totally messed up our expectations about the cost of food.
In the U.S., unhealthy food is cheaper than many healthy foods. Government subsidies are the reason there is so much high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil in almost all processed and fast foods in this country. You just don’t see these ingredients to the same degree in other countries.
I was recently grocery shopping and heard this conversation between a couple as I was picking out my (organic) fruits and veggies for the week…
“Strawberries?,” asked the guy holding out a beautiful red carton to his wife or girlfriend.
“Yeah, but not those. Those are the organic ones and they’re like $3.00 more. Just get the regular ones.”
It pained me to watch the guy put the organic strawberries back on the stack and grab the cheaper ones that are LOADED with chemicals that are so harmful to our long-term health. Remember I said you’ll pay later? The chemicals on those strawberries are known carcinogens.
I imagined them walking down the other aisles filling their cart with all of the “cheaper” and “more convenient” processed foods. What they—and many people—don’t realize is that they are filling their precious bodies with low quality foods that are made in factories, loaded with chemicals, lacking in nutrients, and packed with sugar, fat, and/or salt.
We DO pay a price later when we regularly eat unhealthy processed and non-organic foods—for doctor or hospital visits, diagnostic testing, medications, and other services that arise from both minor and chronic diseases caused by a poor diet.
Did you know that almost three-quarters of Americans are overweight and over one-third are clinically obese? And, get this—one-third of children born today will be diabetic in their lifetime AND, for the first time in the recorded history of humans, the life expectancy of our population is declining! (This makes me want to cry.)
There are non-monetary costs of eating poorly too—like fatigue, depression, obesity, and a bunch of other minor health complaints.
Thank goodness for people like Chef Jamie Oliver, and companies like Beachbody, who are fighting in the food revolution! They are making a dent and I am proud to be a part of the fight.
I am ALL for bargain shopping, but NOT when it comes to what I put in my body. You’ve heard the analogy of putting cheap gas in a Maserati—if you want to keep that Maserati running, you just don’t.
I want you to remember this:
- The REAL cost of eating unhealthy foods is in the damage to your health and resulting medical costs.
- Eating whole fresh foods does NOT have to cost more OR be complicated.
- With some adjustments in your lifestyle, you can turn a “can’t afford Shakeology” into a “CAN afford Shakeology“!
Why Invest in Healthy Food?
The biggest reason to invest both effort and money in healthy food is so you can fully live each and every day of your precious life. Because I eat well—and work out—I can be super productive, keep up with my kids, and feel good inside and out.
Also, studies by the American Dietetic Association have found that eating well to lose weight is anywhere from no more expensive to cheaper than eating unhealthily over the long term. It is most definitely NOT more expensive.
Making the lifestyle change from eating cheap processed foods to healthy whole foods requires you to change some deeply engrained and habitual ways of thinking, learn new ways of eating, possibly find new places to buy your food, and spend a bit more time planning and prepping your meals. BUT, I ASSURE YOU THAT IT’S WORTH IT.
You CAN Afford Shakeology!
Some people who think they can’t afford Shakeology try making their own smoothies from scratch or use a cheaper protein powder instead of Shakeology. While I understand, and totally respect their efforts to make better nutritional decisions, if it were up to me, everyone would give Shakeology a try for at least 30 days.
By the way…Beachbody has a bottom of the bag 30 day guarantee—if you don’t like it, you can get your purchase price refunded with no questions asked. Over the past decade, I’ve seen what happens when people do this—they fall madly in love, because they feel amazing and get better weight loss results.
What do I tell people when they tell me they can’t afford Shakeology? I tell them that they probably CAN—even if they’re on a budget.
At about $155 US/$200 CAD for a month’s supply (full retail including tax and shipping), you’re probably wondering how this is possible for you. It just takes some tweaks in your thinking, priorities, and spending habits.
Here are several ideas to help you afford Shakelogy:
🔲 Save $13 on shipping with Home Direct delivery. Home Direct is Beachbody’s automatic shipment program for all their nutritional supplements. There are two perks to this program—your Shakeology order shows up before you run out so you consistently feed your body serious nutrients AND shipping is reduced from about $15.00 to $2.00.
🔲 Order the bag NOT the packets. You have the option of ordering a single flavor bag of Shakeology, which contains 30 servings, or 24 individual packets. When you buy the single bag, you’re getting almost an extra week’s worth of Shakeology!
🔲 Get a 25% discount by joining the Fit Club Network. We have many customers who join the Fit Club Network solely to get a 25% discount on their Shakeology (AND Beachbody’s other fitness and nutrition products). This reduces the full retail price (including shipping and handling) from about $155 to $107. Even considering the one-time fee of $40 (waived if you get a Challenge Pack!) and $15 monthly business fee, you still save significantly on your Shakeology.
🔲 Get up to a 100% discount when others buy through you. As a member of the Fit Club Network, you have the potential to get your Shakeology for FREE. We have many “discount coaches” whose monthly goal is solely to make enough money to have their Shakeology paid for by the commissions they make from selling it to others.
🔲 Use the money you used to spend on multivitamins and other supplements. Think about how much you are spending on vitamins and other supplements (like digestive aids, weight loss supplements, energy drinks or supplements, etc.). Shakeology contains over 70 superfood ingredients, including natural appetite suppressants and energy boosters, so you no longer need all the other stuff!
🔲 Use the money you used to spend on the snacks and meals you’re replacing with Shakeology. Shakology is so much more than just a protein supplement—it’s a meal replacement—so don’t forget to factor in the food you’re not eating into your budgeting. I can tell you that I was spending much more than $5 per day on the breakfast, lunch and/or snacks that I ate in place of Shakeology.
🔲 Learn how to grocery shop better. There are many ways to save on your groceries, including using coupons, taking advantage of weekly sales, and buying single ingredient foods that are in season. Foods that are in season are less expensive—buy extra and freeze for use in the off season!).
🔲 Stop buying coffee drinks and/or juice smoothies. Coffee houses and juice bars are NOT cheap. When I started drinking Shakeology, I stopped craving the coffee drinks because it gave me all the energy I needed AND satisfied my sweet tooth. And, I no longer needed to stop off at the juice bar when I was out and about. (Besides saving money, I also saved time and calories.)
🔲 Make adjustments in other areas of your household budget. There are so many other places you can save money in your life—like spending less on cocktails, dining out, bottled water, gum and candy, cable TV, clothes, and those little frills that add up (like makeup, hair and nails). If you’re serious about your health, you WILL make the effort to make sacrifices in other areas.
🔲 Cancel your gym memberships. With the On Demand membership, there is absolutely zero need for a gym membership (or the gas it takes to get you there and back), so there’s some more savings for you. We think working out at home is WAY better than the gym!
(The above discounts are in US dollars; Canadian figures are slightly higher.)
Why Shakeology is a Great Deal
There are MANY things that make Shakeology an exceptional deal:
- When you feel better, you perform better in ALL areas of your life.
- You’ll have fewer sick days.
- You’ll have more energy.
- It’ll be easier to reach your weight loss goal (it’s our secret weapon!).
- You won’t crave junk food nearly as much.
- You won’t suffer—drinking Shakeology feels like you’re cheating!
- It’s SUPER convenient and easy to grab on the go.
- You’re investing in your health.
If we’ve managed to start shifting your “I can’t afford Shakeology” mindset, there are two ways to give Shakeology a try without buying a whole bag—1) get Clean Week (click to learn more about this 7 day intro to On Demand and Shakeology) OR 2) try a single Shakeology sample (click below).