Save money and get healthier? Count me in!
Sometimes eating healthier might be more expensive. Especially if you buy organic produce or have any kind of intolerance or allergies. Better meat can also be a lot more expensive. I also find it hard to find coupons for produce. There is a lot more coupons for processed foods but there are still ways to lower your food budget while eating healthier.
1. Drink more water
I’ve always been the weirdo that carries a bottle of water everywhere. It’s always been something normal for me but I’ve been asked how can I drink water with everything I eat. If you’re drinking soda, coffee or juices all the time you’re certainly spending a lot of money on it and adding a bunch of calories and sugar to your diet. This will cost you more if you buy drinks at a restaurant.
If you can’t stand the taste of plain water you can infuse your water with fruits. I would also recommend drinking smoothies instead of juices. When the juice is extracted it keeps the sugar but loses most of the fiber and some antioxidants are destroyed by the process. If you still want to drink juice you should make it yourself with fresh fruits or veggies. Another option can be teas but just be careful with these because they contain caffeine. If you are trying to avoid it look for caffeine-free options.
If you are trying to lose some pounds or just be healthier I would recommend starting here. I can make a big difference in your diet and your spending. Aim for at least 2 lt a day.
2. Quit smoking
We all know that smoking is bad for your health. It can cause cancer and other diseases like asthma and heart disease. But smoking is also bad for your finances. How much you spend on it depends on how much you smoke but you can save hundreds of dollars a year if you quit smoking
3. Drink less alcoholic beverages
Just like smoking, alcoholic how much you’ll save by stop drinking depends on how often you drink, what kind of beverages you drink and where you buy them. It will be s lot more expensive if you buy them at bars and restaurants. Too much alcohol consumption can lead to disease, add calories to your diet and cost you hundreds of dollars a year.
4. Cook from scratch/ Avoid processed food
Cooking from scratch is less expensive and a lot healthier than eating fast food or buying processed food . This way you can control the ingredients and avoid the added sugar, trans fat, sodium and artificial ingredients (sweeteners, flavor, preservatives, texturants and colorants). Processed food are usually low in nutrients and fiber.
5. Eat less unhealthy snacks
How much do you spend on snacks? I’m talking about all those cookies, muffins, donuts, candy, crackers, packaged chips etc. It might not look like they are not expensive options but they can add up to more than you really think.
Try to look for healthier snacks, this are my favorite:
- Fruits. I’ll include tomatoes here since they are one of my favorite snacks. Yup, they’re considered fruit and yes I’m a weirdo.
- Veggies like baby carrots and cucumber
- Homemade granola bars
Some not very cheap but healthy snacks:
- Nuts- this might not be cheap but they are more filling and healthier than chips or cookies.
- Dark chocolate If you are like me and love chocolate your best option is the dark kind. Is not the cheapest but it is the healthiest one. Eat with moderation.
6. Walk more/ Use your car less
Or get a bike. The point is, use your car less. You will spend less money on gas and car maintenance and burn some extra calories everyday. You can walk to your grocery store, postal office, library, school and even to work. Another option to save money is to carpool to work with coworkers and/or friends. I carpool with my husband to work and walk home during my break hour 🙂 Don’t worry is only a 10 minute walk.
Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and protect yourself during winter especially if you live in a cold place like me. But you might still be able to make it work. Just grab your snow boots, coat, hat and mittens and you’re ready to go! During summer don’t forget to drink enough water like we talked about in Tip #1 and get some sunscreen and a hat.
Here are some benefits of walking:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Lose weight
- Strengthen your bones en muscles
- Improves circulation
- Helps reduce stress
7. Cut the cable
Some things you can do instead of watching TV
- Go for a walk
- Work out
- Find a side hustle
- Learn how to manage your finances
- Create a budget
- Learn a new skill
- Read a book, meditate or do something relaxing.
Cable can cost you more than a hundred dollars a month! You might still want to watch some TV there are cheaper options like Netflix, Sling TV or your local library.
Don’t forget that doing this simple things won’t only help you save in the short-term. Think about how much money you can save on the long-term on health related expenses that you can prevent by doing this little things to improve your health.
What other tricks do you use to save money and be healthier?