Frugal Living Story: How I Saved $15,000 Per Year By Living Healthy

May 1, 2014
I’m not the only one who believes that health and wealth are tied.  My friend Wendy and I recently got to chatting about her weight loss and healthy living transformation that’s not only changed her life, but her finances as well, I had to ask her to share her story!
How I Save $15,000 A Year By Living Healthy
Hey, y’all! I’m Wendy and I blog over at Daily Dose of Del Signore. I am beyond excited to be here today! I met Shannyn last week in Chicago and she asked me to share how my 80 pound weight loss has saved me quite a bit of money. (In case you’re wondering if Shannyn is as sweet and beautiful as she is on her blog….The answer is one hundred percent yes!)
In two and a half years, I have lost a little over 80 pounds by eating healthy and working out. It has completely changed my life! Not only do I look healthier, I feel amazing! 


When I lost weight, my whole life was completely flipped upside down. My energy levels changed, my relationships changed, my personality changed. You never imagine the ways losing a significant amount of weight and living a healthy lifestyle influences every tiny piece of your life.
During tax time, I am given a chance to compare things from year to year. Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I enjoy it. The past two years, I haven’t had to itemize my medical bills on my taxes because there haven’t really been any. It made me think about how much money we’ve saved overall since I started taking care of my body. Honestly, it is amazing….
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I did a comparison of my 2010 (pre-weight loss) and 2013 (most current) budgets. My 80 pound weight loss has drastically reduced some of my most expensive categories.
In 2010 we spent $26,166.00 on insurance, medical bills, and food. In 2013, we shaved $15,042.00 by spending only $11,124.00.

How does that happen?


Expense 2010 2013
Insurance Premiums $4420.00 $3120.00
Copays $400.00 $140.00
Out of Pocket $4200.00 $0.00
Medicine $1546.00 $324.00
Groceries $10,400.00 $6,500.00
Eating Out $5,200.00 $1,040.00

What is not shown on the table?

I am not only an emotional eater, I also spend money as therapy. When I was overweight, miserable, and hurting, I spent money just to feel better. We’d do extra things with our son on the weekends to compensate for my feelings of failing as a wife and mother. Somewhere in my mind, I was convinced that I could simply make up for all of my shortcomings by spending money on the ones I love.
There’s no way to calculate what I’ve gained since I took control of my life, health, and happiness. I don’t feel the constant need to self-soothe with money. I’m not paying for health problems anymore because I am fortunate enough to not have any now.
Not only is my whole family healthier and happier, we can save a lot more money. We can put that towards doing something fabulous for our family instead of wasting it on being miserable.


If you’d like to follow along as I reach my goal of 100 pounds lost, you can follow along at Daily Dose of Del Signore. I’d love to have you there!


8 comments so far.

8 responses to “Frugal Living Story: How I Saved $15,000 Per Year By Living Healthy”

  1. Next time someone tells me eating healthy is ‘too expensive’, I’m going to link them to this! Amazing post (and you look fabulous!)

  2. Ashley says:

    That is incredible!! Very inspirational, I feel like they need this little post in doctor’s offices 😉 Here you go here is story why you wait.

  3. Alisia says:

    You are a true inspiration! Not only are you showing people that saving money is possible by becoming healthier but you are also showing your true side. You aren’t covering anything up and I think that is very motivational and inspirational.

  4. WOW! This is a great great read! I live very healthily right now, but this is even more inspiration to keep it moving! She looks so so awesome, and SO MUCH younger in her “after” photos!

  5. First I want to congratulate you for your weight loss, You look amazing! I’m so glad that you posted this because this is what I’ve been pointing out as a benefit of being healthy aside from the obvious .You get to save a lot of money from groceries by buying healthier food and eating out less. You also might have just saved yourself from the expenses of hospital bills and buying medicines due to sickness caused by being unhealthy. More power to you stay fit and fabulous!

    Olivia Clark

  6. Tony says:

    Good for you!!! Honestly the best thing you did was to re-evaluate what you’re doing and thoroughly look for flaws. I constantly tell people you don’t need to break the bank to eat healthy, and I have a hard time convincing them. The biggest problems they have are the lack of knowledge and the lack of effort. You overcame both swimmingly.

    • Shannyn says:

      Re-evaluating is key! Our life and finances are always changing, and we have to pause and reflect on what’s working and what’s not working.


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