Unfortunately, doing things the healthy way often also means doing things the more expensive way. However, there are still several ways that you can experience health on a budget and reduce how much you’re spending on these types of expenses.
Eat at home
One of the best ways to use your budget more wisely is by not eating out. Consuming food out and about tends to not only be more expensive than eating at home, but it’s also generally not as healthy for you.
This is usually true for a wide variety of eateries, not just ones that already have a reputation for not being healthy, such as fast food chains. Note that restaurants that tend to offer the lowest prices also tend to provide the least nutritional value.
Plan shopping trips
Avoiding impulse buys will benefit you in two significant ways. You won’t spend more money than you had planned, and you will also not consume more calories than you otherwise would have.
This latter point is doubly true when you consider that impulse buys tend to be for foods that are not as healthy. For that reason, you also want to ensure that you do not go grocery shopping while you’re hungry as impulse buys are so much more tempting in that situation.
You might also want to plan your shopping trips to the point that you’re shopping once a week. Consider planning out your meals for the next seven days (otherwise known as meal prepping), creating a shopping list that meets those plans, and getting just those items.
Whenever possible, do not pay extra for convenience. Instead of buying chickens already cut into parts or cooked, pay for an entire chicken and cook it yourself. Instead of buying instant oatmeal or instant rice, get the regular types of both.
Doing this will provide nutritional benefits as well as monetary ones. Check how much something costs per pound or ounce. Usually, bigger packages cost less per unit, but this is not always the case, so do your due diligence to ensure that you actually are receiving the best deal.
Resist anything that’s available for purchase at the check-out stand. These items are generally not in your best interest. Also make sure to join any loyalty or discount clubs that your favorite grocery stores offer.
Use coupons as well. Although the savings may not seem significant at the time, they do add up to noteworthy amounts, especially when you consider your monthly and yearly budgets. Also stock up on foods that are on sale. In fact, one example of a way to vary your breakfast selections is by only getting cereal that’s on sale and ignoring ones that are not at that time.
Work out at home and outside
In many cases, a gym membership adds a significant amount to a monthly budget. Fortunately, you can skip this charge entirely and simply work out at home and outside. A number of exercises that strengthen various parts of your body can be done at home, including activities such as yoga and body-weight exercises such as crunches and push-ups.
Running is also an activity that tends to not cost much. Ensure that you buy shoes that are good for your feet, but, other than that, you don’t need to spend much money at all on this activity.