Many of you cringe when I tell you that "Shakeology is ONLY $129.99!"
Really, Lindsey!? ONLY $129.99...for 30 days?!
Yes, it is a very cringe-worthy number for JUST a protein shake. In fact, when my coach was talking to me about Shakeology, I kept telling myself, "Well, she makes more money than me so of course Shakeology is affordable for her! I've got less money to work with and *insert list of expenses here*."
I didn't want to pay the money for it. I didn't see the value. And when I first started with Beachbody, I didn't drink it. For about a month I relied solely on the programs and said "meh" to Shakeology and stuck with what I knew about nutrition. At the time, that wasn't much. In fact, in January, I thought I knew what it was to be healthy! I thought I was provided ALL the correct information! But that was a complete joke because so much has been released to the public that is completely FALSE! But that's for another time!
Anyway, when I began to coach in February, I thought the only effective way I could talk about Shakeology was by trying all of the flavors myself. The only affordable way I wanted to do this was by purchasing the 7 Day Sampler for $35 (or $26.21 when you're a coach). This sampler included all of the flavors which Beachbody currently sells: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cafe Latte, Greenberry, Vegan Strawberry and Vegan Chocolate.
When I got my delivery, I drank all 7 single serving packets, one per day. From day 1, I knew I was in trouble. The first flavor I tried was Cafe Latte and it was love at first sip! But I kept reminding myself "You can't afford this, so you are not allowed love it!" However, as the week progressed, I was finding that I loved it more and was having a hard time choosing which flavor I loved the most vs which one I loved less (all were good in my opinion).
What I found about Shakeology to be the most surprising was the fact that I actually felt full! This was not something I received from any other meal-replacement or protein drink I had in the past. In fact, while I was trying this 7 Day Sampler, I had a cheaper alternative in my pantry. It was 20 bucks for 20 servings and it was...okay! But nothing I ranted and raved over. I just took it as a "I need the extra nutrition or I'm never going to get the results I want!"
Anyway, not only did Shakeology fill me up, but it tasted better and it effectively stomped any sweet cravings that I had in the evenings (that's when I drank it). It also made me feel good to put simply. I can't explain it. The feeling my body had when I drank it, it almost was like it had a healing effect. It was as if all the crap I was putting in my body over the holiday season was now being cleaned out. And I mean that! Especially when it came to bathroom visits. No, I wasn't sprinting to the bathroom, but I noticed that within days, I became more regular. If I'm honest, that was something that was foreign to me. Let me be real, I was someone who wouldn't go for days. It left me feeling extremely bloated and absolutely uncomfortable for as long as a week! Today, I go every single day!
Now, I can list every reason why Shakeology is the price that it is. The fact that it has this ingredient or that ingredient, but honestly, it's about what it can do for you. Yes, ingredients are important and I will tell you straight up that Shakeology doesn't have the CRAP that many other comparable drinks have. I couldn't even read half the ingredients that were in my other shake. And after having Shakeology for that week, that stuff didn't even taste as good. I could taste the fake stuff that polluted it.
So I just sucked it up and bought a bag of Cafe Latte Shakeology. Now, I was making the excuse "Well, since I am a coach, I should pair this with my workout so I can give an even more effective review." Still, I had every intention on cancelling my monthly order, but the more I drank it, the better I felt, the less cravings I had, and the more regular I became. Needless to say, I made it possible to afford it every month since.
That brings me to my next topic: How can I afford Shakeology?
If you are not a coach, Shakeology costs $129.95 + Tax & Shipping. Without taking in tax & shipping into account, that's about $4.33/serving for 30 days. If you were to compare that to a daily visit to Starbucks, you'd be paying less for Shakeology. It would also be comparable to a McDonald's Breakfast, trip to Subway, or visit to a gas station breakfast. Comparable cost-wise. Nutrition-wise? There is no comparison. Shakeology blows them out of the water. Not to mention, you'd also be saving on gas.
Now, because I am a coach, I do get a discount. Shakeology is $97.46 + Tax & Shipping. Since I choose home direct, my Shakeology cost will end up totaling out to be $99.58. That is $3.32/day! Over a dollar drop! And what did I sacrifice to afford it? Well for one, I ditched my old protein drink. It cost me about $20 for about 2 weeks worth of drinks. So $40/month. Since I was also trying to clean up my eating, Peter and I stopped eating out once a week. For he and I both to eat out it would cost between $20-30. So we will just say $25/week. That is $100!!! Of course you also have to factor in that we ended up having to buy extra groceries to make up for that 1 day we weren't going out to eat, but the difference wasn't much. We will just say that it was about $10 a week added to my grocery bill.
So let's break it down:
+$99.58 - Shakeology on Home Direct
-$40.00 - Goodbye old nutrition drink
-$100.00 - Goodbye going out to eat
+$40.00 - Extra Groceries
=$0.42 - Saving
So I am basically breaking even by eating healthier and ditching my old shake. Yes, I am paying an extra $16/month for the coach membership fee, but that pays for itself if you are into being in the business side of it since you make 25% off of your sales. Also, Peter and I still will go out to eat on occasion, but not as often as we once did and are much better for it!
Shakeology is affordable. You just have to find where you can make adjustments in your budget to make it work for you. If you want to be healthy, skip the Starbucks runs, skip the fast food breakfast or the lunchtime milkshake, and stop eating out at restaurants as often! You can also become a coach for the discount alone or to also add additional income!
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Shakeology is affordable if you make it! If you're willing to change, you must overcome your challenges!