OK I cancelled Nutrisystem for financial reasons today. I had ordered it mainly for convenience, but I added it up and I can save about $100 a month if I purchase similar items from the grocery store instead.
So I was paying about $330 a month for 88 food items (4 meals a day, which includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack, for 22 days), . That’s about $3.75 per food item. I went to the grocery store yesterday and I discovered that I can purchase some of those same items or very similar items in bulk for less.
For example; Nutri-system would send me these Turkey Sausage & Egg Muffin for breakfast. Well Jimmy Dean sells a box of 4 of those for $5. I can save $10 by buying that instead. So many items are similar like the banana nut muffins they sent, I can buy a package of 4 of those at the grocery store for $6 and save $18.
It would be different if Nutri-Sytem was sending;
- very high quality items with loads of fruit and veggies
- multiple items I couldn’t buy similar of at the grocery store
The one good thing about the Nutri-Sytem items is that they are a little lower in calories than the grocery store version. But I didn’t order it for the less calories, I ordered it for the convenience. Also I was eating a bunch of candy/pie/cake/cookies along with Nutri-System, so there was no point as far as losing weight. Plus I was still going to the grocery store once a week to get my ’15 calorie’ fruit juice and zero-calorie ice tea and while there picking up praline peach cobbler and italian creme cake. If I’m going to go to the grocery store anyway, how is this convenient?
In total I was spending about $450 a month on food. I need to get that down to $350.
I do plan to eat a little better this year and try to lose 50 pounds. That’s my goal for the year. Lose 4 pounds a month this year. 1 pound per week. Eat less Kit Kats, Snickers and Reece’s cups from the vending machine. Try to binge less on cakes and pies. Nothing drastic, just a little better.
We know I can’t maintain drastic changes, so not going to even try anymore without drastic intervention such as weight loss surgery.