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Friday Faves: Workouts that are worth the price

541930581_076045a556_zGood morning Loves.  As you know one of my goals this  year is to work out regularly and lose some excess weight.  I have to say I’m happy with the progress.  I’ve learned along the way that some splurges are worth it when it comes to spending money and others are not.  If I can help you save a few bucks along your workout journey by sharing my tips I’m happy to do so.

If you’re trying to adopt more healthy habits remember it doesn’t have to cost a lot to get fit.  It just takes a little bit of planning and a whole lot of shopping around.

Here are three things that are worth the cost when it comes to your workouts and one that isn’t:

Good shoes

This is absolutely where I splurge, my shoes are definitely the most expensive thing in my workout wardrobe.  Now that being said I am not walking into a Nike store and dropping $150 on new shoes.  I found a great pair of New Balance running shoes at DSW for $59.99 and that’s a great deal.  I can live with spending a bit of extra cash when I know the purchase is a good deal.

A good yoga class

Shop around for yoga classes in your neighborhood and visit the studios before signing up.  There is nothing worse than spending money on a membership if you aren’t comfortable in the atmosphere.  I find that yoga is as much about the ambiance as it is the workout.  I know a cheaper option would be to buy a DVD or download sessions online but there is nothing like the real life experience of a live yoga instructor.

Reward yourself

There is nothing like giving yourself a little pat on the back when you achieve one of your weight loss milestones.  I like to get a massage every now and then and I can justify spending $59 on myself for a couple of hours at the spa to relax.  In all honesty I think the world would be a better place if everyone just took a deep breath and relaxed a bit.

Once again I’m not going out and spending $500 on a facial, body wrap, manicure and massage.  I am happy with a 60 minute aromatherapy massage for $59 from Groupon.  That’s how I roll.

Expensive clothes

There is absolutely no need to shell out $100 for a pair of yoga pants when you can get close to the same thing for $14.99 at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.  I’m not going to lie, all three of my yoga pants came from Marshall’s and they each cost under $20.  The rest of my gear is from Aeropostale, one of which are black running shorts I just bought for $8.

When you spend money on things that bring you a benefit they’re worth the cost and that’s always a smart money decision.   I for one always feel less guilty about spending money when I know I got the best deal possible.

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TK

TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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