Many people don’t realize the hidden costs of not being healthy. When you consider the long term costs being healthy can save you thousands of dollars. If being healthy doesn’t motivate you then maybe saving some money will. Here are 25 tips to help keep you living healthy while saving you time and money.
Eating Healthy At Home
1. Drink water instead of sugar-laden juice or soda. And you don’t need expensive bottled water. If your tap water isn’t tasty, get an inexpensive filtering pitcher. Better yet buy a reusable water bottle to take with you on the go.
2. Cut out the fast food. Even dollar menu items add up. And you can do without all that fat and salt.
3. Eliminate junk food snacks such as chips. They are empty calories and they empty your wallet. View our 10 top cheap and healthy foods.
4. Start a vegetable garden. Recently backyard gardens have been gaining in popularity because it provides healthy and fresh vegetables at great prices. Here is 10 tips on starting your own backyard garden. You can also use frozen vegetables. Fresh veggies can be pricey. Frozen ones are just as nutritious, require less prep time, and are cheaper.
5. Buy at wholesale prices and cut your grocery bills. How to do this? Join a food cooperative. Or order inexpensive, nutritious food from Angel Food Ministries.
6. Downsize your portions. Most people eat larger portions than they need to. Eat a little less, lose weight, and save money.
Eating Healthy Away From Home
7. When eating out at casual or fast food restaurants, try the kid’s meal. It’s cheaper and often provides enough for an adult’s appetite.
8. Skip the beer and cocktails, it adds calories and drains your bank account.
9. Share an entree with your dinner companion. Many restaurant’s portions are big enough for two people.
10. Avoid appetizers and desserts. You can have those at home.
11. Pack a lunch for work. You’ll save money and eat healthier compared to eating lunches out.
12. Don’t get coffee to go. The cost, and calories (if it’s sweetened) add up.
13. Get enough sleep. You’ll have better resistance to illness. Create a sleep ritual. Example read a book and drink a glass of milk.
14. Check with your local health department and local pharmacies for free or low-cost health screenings and flu shots.
15. Go for a walk during your lunch hour; it’s a great way to squeeze in exercise and it’s free.
16. Can’t walk at lunch? At least use the stairs in your office building.
17. Take up dancing to have fun, meet new friends, and get exercise. Ballroom lessons can be expensive – so you might want to try soul or country line dancing, folk dancing or square dancing for beginner-friendly, low-cost events.
18. Use sunblock. Yes, this costs money, but it’s cheaper than needing treatment for skin cancer.
19. Don’t smoke. We all know this by now…smoking is dangerous as well as expensive. For more information, visit the American Cancer Society.
20. Cut your stress – it will improve your health and potentially save you medical bills. Figure out what you have control over in your life, and make some positive changes.
21. Watch less TV. Chances are you are watching way too much TV when you could doing so much other fun and rewarding things. Learn how to live without a TV and start living healthy.
22. Drugstore skin creams are just as effective – and a lot cheaper – than the department store products. Check out our Drugstore.com coupons.
23. Can you get your hair cut less often? Space out your salon appointments to every eight weeks instead of every six.
24. Ladies, do your own nails and skip the expensive manicures. Learn more on how to look good on a budget.
25. Unless you have very oily hair, you may not need to wash it daily. Bathe the rest of yourself – but skip some shampoos to save money on hair care product consumption.
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