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7 Ways Living Healthy Can Save You Money

There are  hundreds of ways to save money. But, living a healthy lifestyle is one that not only benefits your pocket book, but your quality of life. Making healthier choices like cooking at home, walking more often and keeping up with your doctor’s appointments will save you money over the long-term and increase your chances of a longer life.

Simple Living Australia has provided a great list that shows how making healthier choices can also save you money:

Fewer Doctor Bills

If you don’t exercise and you stuff your face with unhealthy foods, you are going to have more medical expenses. According to a study by Harvard University, located in the United States, the U.S. spent almost $200 billion on obese-related medical expenses. If you are unhealthy, you are more likely to get cancer, diabetes, asthma and chronic pain. The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have expensive doctor visits.

Fewer Medications

If you live a healthy lifestyle, you simply are not going to need as many medications because you are less likely to get sick. When you eat healthy foods and are active, you reduce your risk of getting sick, which means less money forked out to the pharmacy.

Smaller Dental Bills

After a long day at the office or on the beach, flossing and brushing can feel like a waste of time. But, if you take care of your teeth by regularly brushing and flossing and avoiding damaging foods (specifically soda!), you could save yourself thousands of dollars. Brush those teeth, hit the dentist up for your cleaning and avoid unnecessary dental repairs.

You Eat Out Less

Healthy eaters eat at home more often. It’s healthier and cheaper to cook from home. You can make yourself several meals for the price of eating out for dinner once. When you use coupons and shop smart, you’ll save even more cash.

Cheaper Health Insurance

Most insurance companies require you to take a physical exam before you can be approved for a life insurance policy. They can charge you more, or even deny you coverage, if you are not living a healthy lifestyle. Your weight and smoking habits are almost always considered when submitting an application.

You can also score lower cost health insurance if you are living a healthy lifestyle as well. Most companies take your weight, eating and drinking habits into consideration when offering you a quote for coverage.

Clothes May Be Cheaper

It’s a sad fact that purchasing plus size clothing is not only frustrating, it can also be more expensive. You can save cash by eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight so you don’t have to buy a new wardrobe.

Save Money on Unhealthy Habits

Living an unhealthy lifestyle can be surprisingly expensive. An addiction to smoking, you will drop upwards of $20 a pack! If you smoke one pack a day, that’s $140 a week or $560 a month! Yikes. Cut back on the alcohol and junk food to save even more money.

Healthy living improves your chances of a longer, better quality life. Save some money while you lose weight and get healthier and use that extra cash to take yourself on a vacation or pay off some bills!

What are some other ways being healthy can save you money?

About the author

Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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Kate @ Money Propeller - June 6, 2015

I totally agree with all of these! We should have a healthy lifestyle so that we will only have a small chance to get sick.

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