Monday, February 21, 2011

How to Save Money Through Healthy Living


GUEST BLOGGER-Louise Baker

Sometimes, it's hard to believe there are practical ways to save money. However, simply taking care of your body and through healthy living can lead to savings in the long run. It can even lead to savings right now.

Spend Less on Health Care
Whether you're not sick yet or your already ill, you can manage illness through a healthy diet and exercise. You can reduce symptoms of disease and prevent its onset. For instance, losing weight can reduce back pain, reduce some of the stress on your body parts and reduce the effects of arthritis. It can also help manage diabetes by lowering your blood sugar levels naturally . All of these things will save you on doctor's visits and medicines. It can also save you on insurance costs.

Eat Out Less
Eating at home is healthier because most restaurants serve processed foods. Those are harder for your body to break down and rarely contain the nutrients you need. Restaurant meals are also high in sodium and contain at least double the calories of a home-cooked meal. For instance, restaurant salad dressings alone can be 500 calories. When you do go out, ask for the nutrition information.

The cost for a couple to go out is about $25-50, including tip, depending on where you go and what you buy. If you go out often, this really adds up. By cutting the number of times you dine out in half, you can save $50 or more per month. If you're unsure of your culinary skills, this can go towards a cooking class. You can also use it to buy healthier foods.

Give Up Your Vice
Many people have something they must have to get through the day. For many people, this is cigarettes. For some people, it's coffee. For others, it's soda. Whatever it is, this thing that you can't give up isn't doing you any favors. Coffee can be fine, unless it's loaded with sugar. Even if it's not, the caffeine creates a high that can cause a spiral later because it creates a chemical dependency. Soda is also loaded with sugar. Scientific studies have even linked diet soda to diabetes. And everyone knows the dangers of cigarettes.

Plain coffee may only be $1, but most coffee beverages are closer to $5. Likewise, soda may only be $1, but most people have several throughout the day. Cigarettes cost as much as $6 per pack and most smokers don't realize how many they're going through each week. Giving them up or cutting down can save you money daily.

Healthy living does more than improve the quality of your life. It saves money.


Louise Baker is a freelance blogger who usually writes about accredited online colleges for Zen College Life. Her most recent article ranked engineering degrees.


 (Thank you Louise!)

9 comments:

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  2. Hi Sandra! Thank you for the comment on my blog. I also see that you're a fellow SITS girl, so I thought I would leave a note.

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  3. Hi Sandra, Thanks for stopping by my place for a visit! It's so nice to meet you!
    My hubby and I totally agree with your's and Louis's philosophy. We try to eat out no more than once a week, and share our meals when we do. I make my own coffee and limit myself to no more than 2 cups in the morning. Etc. We believe in healthy living and now in our mid-50's we spend very very little on doctors or medicine!

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    Would love a follow back at my blog, Mom Always Finds Out.
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    Thanks!
    Nicole

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  5. Thanks for joining Good Friends Just Click! I'm GFC following. Hope to see you next week!


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  6. Thanks for participating in the Good Friends Click Blog Hop! New follower! I have lots of giveaways ending Thursday and I would love a follow back!

    Janel
    http://www.amomstake.com

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  7. Good points on saving money and getting healthier and I really could do at least 2 of these.
    Thanks for the advice!

    Mary/SweepingMe

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  8. Awesome post! Thanks for stoping by and asking a question, here is the answer:
    Yes,I watch TV online - I have no cable! I save the money to buy other things. You can blow up any of the online programs to "full screen" which looks just like regular TV, and I replaced my monitor with a huge flat screen TV. It's a great way to watch HD TV free.

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  9. Great tips.

    Luckily I don't have any vices to give up, but I made a decision not to eat out as much since New Year and I actually lost weight without even trying....never mind all the money we save.

    It was hard at the beginning,but now it's like a second nature even the kids are not asking for take out anymore.

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