so i know a few people who want to start p90x but aren't sure how to do it without paying exorbitant amounts of money for it. i know it can get pretty expensive and for those of you who are, like me, poor college students, you don't have a whole lot of expendable income. so there are a few ways to save some money while still being able to follow the program and get in shape.
1) check craigslist/ebay/amazon.
i personally bought the dvds on craigslist. you can buy it through beachbody.com if you really want to spend $120 on 13 dvds, but that's up to you. one thing you have to watch out for is fake copies of the videos. i'm not 100% sure on how to identify those copies, but i've heard that (if you've already bought the dvds) if your set came with the nutrition plan, take a look at the title on the front cover. if the "n" in nutrition is capitalized, then it's real, from beachbody.com. if the "n" is lowercased, it's a copy.
now, my copy of the nutrition plan has the uppercase "n," however, there are quite a few typos in it. also, i've heard that fake copies don't play well. so just do some research and find what's the best way for you to buy it.
another way to save some money is to join swagbucks. it's 100% free, and all you have to do is treat it like google and search. you earn points on some searches and there are codes every once in a while that you enter to get more points. you can join here. once you have a certain amount of points, you can redeem them for things like amazon.com gift cards, decreasing the amount you'll pay for the program if you buy it through amazon.
2) buy the weights, bands, and yoga mat and blocks at walmart or on craigslist.
there's no point buying them at sports authority because they're going to the exact same thing even if you pay $20 less for them. if you're a girl and you can't do pull-ups, bands and weights can be substituted. if you're not very flexible, yoga blocks are very helpful and a yoga mat is essential.
3) follow the portion approach and/or look for coupons.
this is the part of the program that can get pretty pricey. the meal plan approach dictates exactly what you eat at all times of the day and includes a lot of egg whites and veggie or turkey burgers. not exactly the cheapest. so try and follow the portion approach, which means you can eat pretty much anything you want, but only certain amounts of protein, carbs, fat, etc.
another way to save on food and other things in general is coupons. i'm a big advocate for them and once you learn how to use them, you can save a lot of money on a lot of things. there are quite a few websites out there that give you so much information on how to coupon, where to get the best deals, and even freebies. here are a few of the one's i personally follow and are some of my favorites:
Money Saving Mom: http://moneysavingmom.com/
The Frugal Find: http://thefrugalfind.com/
Couponers United (she's from central florida!): http://www.couponersunited.com/
4) don't buy beachbody's supplements or recovery drink.
repeat after me: it. isn't. worth. it. multivitamins are just fine, and any drink with a 4:1 carb to protein ratio will be sufficient. i've heard apple or grape juice with whey protein powder added or non-fat milk with sugar-free (or not) chocolate syrup are good. personally, i go with the chocolate milk. it tastes good and i definitely need more calcium in my diet.
obviously there are several ways to save some money buying p90x and the recommended and required elements of it. do what's right for you!