Have you ever really looked at what most people’s goals are? What about their New Year’s Resolutions? Most people’s goals tend to be focused around one of two things: health or wealth.
Every year people set goals to become healthier, lose weight, or save money. But what if you could save money and improve your health? Does that sound too good to be true to you? Well read on for 4 ways you can start to save money and improve your health today.
The first and easiest way you can save money and be healthier is to quit smoking or using tobacco of any kind. If you are going to keep smoking and wasting $5-10 week (or more) on cigarettes, then the rest of this post can’t help you. But if you really want to save money and get healthier, the first step is to cut out tobacco.
Eat at Home
If you aren’t a tobacco user, great! You are already one step ahead on the last tip. 🙂
The next way you can save money and be healthier is to quit eating out. Admittedly, this is one thing that I struggle with the most. I like to eat out. But I am trying to be better about eating my meals at home because I know they are healthier and cheaper than going out to eat. Even if you prepared mostly boxed and processed foods when you “cook” at home, you are at least saving money over eating out and that’s progress.
Cut Out the Crap
As I said in the last section, if you are eating at home you are saving money automatically over going out to eat. But what if those health and wealth savings aren’t enough? The next step is to cut out the crap from your grocery shopping trips.
To do this you should avoid going to the store when you are hungry or overly emotional. This is always when the ice cream, cookies, and Doritos end up in my shopping cart. Now that I know what my triggers are, mostly my emotions, I try to avoid shopping when they are high so I don’t load up my cart with crappy food.
Crappy food is a waste of your grocery money and it won’t improve your health. Sure getting a small carton of ice cream now and then is ok for a treat, but it really does need to be the rarity rather than the norm.
Workout for Free
I used to be a big fan of the gym I went to, but now that I quit going earlier this year I’m starting to see the benefits of working out on my own.
- It’s free
- I don’t have to go at a scheduled class time
- No one gets on my butt if I miss a day
Ok, that last one may or may not be your friend. 🙂
But there truly are tons of ways you can workout with paying for a gym membership. Taking your dogs for a walk, mowing your yard, working in your garden, or following along with an exercise video from YouTube are all great ways to workout for free.
Sometimes people think that to be healthier you have to spend more money, but that’s not always the case. There are some things you can do to save money and improve your health at the same time.
What other ways can you think of to save money and improve your health?