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When it comes to health, it can be so easy to spend a great deal of money. After all, healthy food, gym memberships, supplements, and health care both emergency and otherwise all have a financial fee attached. The good news is that there are some strategies you can use to keep the cost of staying healthy as low as possible. Read on to find out what they are.
Use Less Expensive Protein
Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein make up the basis of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, it can also be pretty expensive to fill your cart with these every week.
Fortunately, there are some tactics you can use to ensure you get the best diet without spending a fortune. The first is to replace expensive meat-based protein sources with cheaper options like beans, tofu, and seitan.
I am starting to only purchase my weekly groceries online. I notice I don’t buy as much junk food and save money. You can choose to shop online which can have double the benefits. These include reduced temptation by unhealthy items you don’t actually need. Also, online shopping allows you to compare the price of healthy goods and always shop in the cheapest place.
Gym membership, fancy training shoes, home equipment, and workout clothes can cost a fortune. Most people also have fitness trackers, few of which cost under $100! The crazy thing is that you can totally stay fit and healthy through exercise for no money at all. I’ve used YouTube in the past for various at home workouts.
Another way in which you can do this is to take up walking or running. Our family favorite is hiking. You don’t have to pay out each month for a gym membership at all. You may also wish to try bodyweight exercises at home. A regime that requires no equipment, and can be very effective such as these bodyweight exercises for every part of the body.
Some countries are have their medical care costs covered by their government. That is not the case here in the US. Instead, we pay for medical insurance and the excess for any treatment that doesn’t cover. Unfortunately, many people go into significant debt just because they are unlucky enough to fall ill or have an accident.
Of course, one way to minimize these costs by paying out for the most comprehensive insurance that you can. You also may need to recruit the help of a law firm like Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, if you sustain an injury through no fault of your own. They can then take up your case and, if successful, claim compensation on your behalf. Money that can cover your expensive medical bills making sure you are not left financially responsible for someone else’s mistake.
Finally, from cod liver oil to echinacea, many people take supplements to keep themselves in the best health. Sadly, supplements and vitamins can often be highly-priced. The key here is to be savvy and shop around. See what sales are available and you could also sign up for email lists for deals for your favorite brands.
Use Coupons & Shop Clearance
Use coupons in stores where you can, and look out for clearance and close out sales. In particular, shopping for your supplement in bulk online can make each dose far more affordable. My local grocery store marks down fresh fruit and vegetables at certain times weekly. These are usually still good but only for a couple more days. Sometimes a bag of 5 pieces of fruit or veggies can be the same price as just one. Buying items on sale or with a coupon definitely help you to make staying healthy less expensive.
Grow Your Own Garden
I can’t remember a time in my life where I haven’t had a garden (oh, wait, while I was in college). I grew up with my parent’s giant garden that fed practically our entire neighborhood. Then as an adult we have had a garden in each house we have owned or rented and a duplex and now a balcony garden at an apartment. You can garden indoors as well. You just need a couple pots (or even buckets), some good soil, and a plant. Viola! This will give you fresh veggies and help to make staying healthy less expensive as well.
These are just some of the ways to make staying healthy less expensive. Other ideas include meal planning, signing up for meal kit deals, swapping leftovers with neighbors, and trash soup(aka leftovers veggie soup). What are your favorite way to eat good for your foods while saving money? Let me know in the comments below.
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