Healthy Living in Today’s Economy

 

If you’re struggling to balance a healthy living plan with your dwindling bank account, don’t worry!  You’re not the only one in this boat, and there are plenty of different things you can do to promote healthy living in today’s economy.

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Check out any of the following tips on how to achieve lasting weight loss without breaking the bank:
Get outside.  Plenty of simple, fun exercises can be done from the comfort of your backyard – no fancy fitness gear needed!  As an example, could you trade one hour of TV watching for a leisurely stroll around the block or a game of hide and go seek with your children?  Getting fit doesn’t need to be expensive if you stick to equipment-free activities!
Purchase second hand sports equipment.  Of course, if you want to spice up your workout routine, you’ll need to purchase equipment, whether you decide to invest in a bicycle a basketball or even a treadmill.  And while all of these different pieces of equipment can be quite pricey when purchased new, you can save a substantial amount of money by buying used merchandise.
The following are a few of the different places you can look to purchase second hand items:

Your local community’s Craigslist website or other local classified ad sites eBay or other online auction communities.At used goods retailers, including sports-specific second hand stores or thrift shops

Taking advantage of any of these options should help you to find used sports equipment at a price you can afford.
Take advantage of free trials.   Purchasing health and weight loss supplements from your local vitamin shop can be quite pricey, so take advantage of coupon deals and free trials whenever available.  There are a number of different ways you can find these opportunities, including clipping coupons from your local paper and subscribing to manufacturer email lists.  You may also be able to find free trials for specific products by searching Google for your favorite products, along with the words “free trial.”
Buy in bulk to save on health foods.  Whatever healthy eating plan you’re following, you’ll probably find that there are certain foods you purchase over and over again that fit within your specified eating goals.  But why buy these products at retail price if you can get them at a substantial discount by buying in bulk?  Consider any of the following options for buying health foods in bulk:

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Check out your local discount chain.  Discount retailers like Wal-Mart Costco and Sam’s Club often offer significant discount on large volume purchases.  Although you may need to invest in an initial membership fee to purchase products from these chains, you’ll likely find that you make up your costs quickly in terms of food savings!Buy direct from the manufacturer.  Depending on the products you’re buying, you may find that your food manufacturers offer big savings when you buy in bulk directly from them.  To find out if you qualify, check your food manufacturers’ websites or search online for direct buy discounts.Work with local farmers.

Buying organic meats, fruits and vegetables is a great way to improve your overall health, but these options aren’t usually easy on your wallet when you buy through retail stores!  Instead, you can save money by buying directly from local farmers in your area through CSA or meat-sharing programs.  Not only will you save money, you’ll improve your carbon footprint by buying locally!Cook meals at home.

Unless you’re eating off the dollar menu at McDonald’s every night (which, let’s face it, probably isn’t that great for your healthy living plan!), chances are cooking your meals at home will result in a substantial savings over dining out.

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