How To Be Healthy This Year And Stay On A Budget
Many of us decide to make it our mission to be healthier when the New Year comes around. Unfortunately, our new found optimism and ambition comes at a time when we don’t tend to have much spare cash. Christmas is expensive, and January is often a time when we try and cut back. The good news is that being healthy doesn’t have to be costly. There are lots of ways you can improve your health on a budget.
Buying healthy foods for less
There’s an assumption that healthy foods cost more, but this is not always the case, especially if you’re a savvy shopper. Look out for coupons, collect vouchers, and do your shop online. Buying fresh produce is more expensive than tinned and frozen, but bear in mind that these also count towards your 5 a day. If you shop online, you can keep a running total on the page, and you’re less likely to get distracted by deals that aren’t relevant to what you’re looking for.
If you are visiting a store, and you’re buying meat, poultry or fish, keep an eye out for last-minute discounts. You can always stock up, and then freeze what you don’t use straight away. It’s also a good idea to cook in bulk and freeze individual portions of meals like stews and soups. This saves money, and it’s a really useful way of ensuring you have a healthy meal at the end of a long day.
Saving money on gym gear
If you’re starting an exercise regime, you want to look the part. If you don’t have loads of money to spend and are on a budget on a new fitness-themed wardrobe, don’t worry. You’ll find that lots of high street stores now sell workout clothing, and you can also take advantage of discount codes by subscribing to sites like The Fitness Recipes. If you’re thinking of investing in home gym equipment, take the time to look around and weigh up your options before you buy in-store. It’s often possible to find used machines on buy and sell and auction sites. It’s also worth using social media to see if any of your friends or acquaintances are selling unwanted items.
The cost of gym membership or weekly classes can soon add up. Thankfully, these are lots of activities you can try that don’t cost much and allow you to stay on a budget. Make use of public sports facilities, such as swimming pools and tennis courts, and consider taking up exercises like jogging, which costs nothing. Other inexpensive options include team sports and cycling. If you are keen to join the gym, look out for post-Christmas offers, or pay your membership fees by direct debit. Usually, there’s a discount for doing this, and you can spread the cost over a period of time.
If you’ve got the best intentions to be healthier and happier in 2017, the last thing you want is for money to be a barrier. Sometimes, making healthy lifestyle choices can be expensive. But this is not always the case, and there are plenty of ways you can boost your health for less. Hopefully, these budget friendly health tips will help you to make savings and get healthy in the New Year.