Most people believe that you need to pay more for a healthy lifestyle. That mentality can be frustrating; you know being healthy will help you save money, but how much do you have to spend to maintain your health?
The good news is it doesn’t have to be bad. You just need to know where to go, what to buy and how to do it all cheaply.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
You can find high-quality foods at lower prices at farmer’s markets, especially if you visit at the end of the day. You can also contact local farms and ask what they have for sale. Not every farmer will apply for organic certification, but many of them follow organic practices.
Buy the Right Foods
Healthy foods aren’t always expensive, especially whole foods. Here are some suggestions:
- Use quinoa, brown rice or beans to bulk up recipes
- Buy frozen vegetables for casseroles and stews
- Use other proteins such as tofu, legumes, nuts, seed or eggs
Download Free Apps
Look in your app store for free health apps – there are hundreds available. You can find ones that help with recipes, grocery shopping, exercise and more.
Ditch the Gym
Instead of going to a gym, head to your local library and check out some fitness DVDs.
You can also run outside, or pick up some weights to use at home.
Plan your meals for the week instead of going day-by-day. Most Americans eat out more than once a week, but you can stop that trend by planning your meals.
Try to devote time every week for organizing your pantry and preparing meals for the week. You’d be surprised how much you can save just by using items you already have stored in your kitchen.
Remember, being healthy doesn’t mean you have to be wealthy!