We already know that eating healthy and exercising are great for our bodies, but what about for our wallets? Yep, healthy habits can save us money too!
Make these 4 lifestyle changes to improve the health of your wallet.
1. Learn To Cook
Eating out at restaurants is not only unhealthy but it’s also very expensive. Since you already have kitchen, refrigerator and stove, why not put them to good use and cook your own meals.
No, I don’t mean buying that pre-packaged crap stuffed with preservatives you find in the freezer aisle. Sure it’s cheap and all you need is a microwave, but the long term effects of all that sodium and fat are going to catch up to you sooner or later.
I mean real food, healthy food. I know it sounds like a daunting task to suddenly learn to cook big meals all on your own, but there are ways you can learn how to do it, step by step.
There’s countless YouTube channels devoted to recipes. Some of my favorites include:
Sorted Food: https://www.youtube.com/user/sortedfood
Laura In The Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/user/LauraVitalesKitchen
How To Cook That: https://www.youtube.com/user/howtocookthat
Nicko’s Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/user/robjnixon
If you’re a rookie to the whole cooking game and need even more help, you could use food delivery services like Blue Apron (blueapron.com) and Plated (plated.com). These companies will deliver all the ingredients you need in the exact amounts, along with the step by step recipe so you too can create delicious homemade meals.
Living an active life will help you live longer and also helps you save quite a bit of money on these items:
Cold And Flu Meds – Active people have strong immune systems and get sick less. This means you’ll miss less days at work and spend less money at the pharmacy.
Clothing – If you maintain a healthy steady weight by exercising, you won’t need to keep buying new clothes to fit your ever changing waistline.
Prescription Medication – If you eat healthy and exercise you may manage to miss being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Both your heart and your wallet will appreciate that.
3. Walk Or Use A Bicycle To Get Around
You can save quite a bit by leaving the car at home and using your own two feet to get around. You can walk your kids to school, walk to the nearest grocery store and take a bicycle to work every day. You’ll reduce the risk of getting coronary heart disease, you’ll improve your blood pressure and you’ll look fit in the process.
By using your car less you’ll cut back on transportation costs such as gas, car maintenance fees, auto insurance and vehicle registration fees.
4. Do Outdoor Activities
Being a couch potato has many drawbacks. Aside from the negative health aspects of sitting around all day, couch potatoes tend to spend more money than active people do.
When you sit at home you end up watching commercials which entice you into wanting something you didn’t even know existed 5 minutes prior.
You’ll end up ordering additional channels on your cable service, whereas active people may not even have cable tv to begin with.
Those who like to lounge around all day might like to play video games, always buying the latest gaming system and the hottest games like Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Gran Turismo.
By having fun outside the house, healthy people save money by enjoying free activities such as playing basketball at the park, going for a hike in the woods or taking a stroll along the beach.
How do you manage to stay healthy and does it cost you much?