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It is a great idea to focus on making healthy choices not only for the health benefits but many of you may not realize the positive impact it can have on your finances. I personally have often heard people say it cost a lot to eat healthy more-so than eating processed foods. In some cases I wouldn’t argue as some things are fairly expensive but for the most part the cost is very reasonable not to mention the health benefits. One of our many tips to save money is in the area of junk food.
Eating expensive processed snack foods, drinking too much soda, and not exercising enough are all costly habits. If you changed these habits not only would you save money but also your health would improve. If you maintain good health, your medical costs are kept to a minimum or basically no cost.
A recipe for part of your success would be:
- Healthy eating habits
- Lots of exercise
- Sufficient rest
- Positive thoughts
- Save money
Let’s face it the better you feel the less trips to the doctor – I am sure he/she are very nice people but they have lots of friends and don’t need you to socialize with them too much, at least not because of health problems. Now don’t get me wrong drop in on them every now and again just to keep in check but do your best to stay healthy.
If you are currently on medicines for some physical conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, focusing on being healthy through exercise and monitoring your food intake might just save you your prescription costs in just a couple of months.
So you should be able to see now how practicing healthy living is intimately connected with frugal living.
Consider any bad habits you have that cost unreasonable amounts of money, like smoking and alcohol. When you decide to avoid those substances, you’ll definitely save money, not to mention improve your health.
Did you know that if you drank a cheap $9 bottle of wine with dinner everyday, that adds up to over $3,285 per year! And that’s not factoring in any other alcoholic drinks!
And if you smoked one pack per day at $12 per pack, that would add up to over $4,300 per year! Those are real costs, not including the cost of health care, insurance, and so on.
Here are four quick tips to help you save money by making healthy choices:
- Do a quick review of health habits you would like to improve.
- Write them down.
- Generate options for how you can be healthier. Choose healthy ways to manage each issue.
- Record the amount of money you save each month by making healthier choices.
This is not meant as a speech to scold you on how bad alcohol and cigarettes are for you as we all have a story to tell about how these sorts of things have affected our lives one way or another. This message has been brought to you as one of many tips to save money and with that comes health benefits as well. Remember to replace bad habits with good ones, and when you do, you’ll not only boost your health, you’ll save a big chunk of change!