Healthy Living on the Cheap: Cost-Saving Tips to Boost Your Well-Being
2019 is off to a great start, but if you’ve failed to start making progress toward your resolutions, then you’re stuck in 2018. If your goals for the new year were to spend less and prioritize your health, keep reading. We have a few tips on ways to get the stuff you need to improve yourself without thwarting your financial goals. From fitness equipment to healthy eating, here are the best ways to save.
Amazon is the biggest retailer in the world, and for good reason. With an endless selection of everything from yoga gear to healthy cookbooks, Amazon rarely disappoints. But contrary to popular belief, the first price you see is not necessarily the price you’ll pay. You can find Amazon coupons on everything you need to treat yourself well. Amazon offers an amazing assortment of exercise and fitness equipment, and many pieces cost less than a single month’s gym membership but can be used the whole year through.
Athletic clothes and more
Now that you have fitness equipment, you’ll need the accessories to get the most of out it. If you’ve ever wanted a Fitbit, running shoes, or quality athletic gear, you know how pricey these things can be. But just because the tag has more digits than you can afford doesn’t mean you can’t find great deals. Keep in mind that you pay for the brand on things like fitness watches and yoga pants. Typically, “off brand” alternatives are just as good. Clothing is another essential piece of your wellness puzzle, since it doesn’t make sense to work out in jeans. Sites like ThreadUp.com offer athletic gear for up to 90 percent off original retail.
Vitamins and healthy eating
You can exercise all day and all night, but your body needs the right fuel for your workout to have a lasting effect. But eating well and buying vitamins is expensive, right? Not necessarily. Within the last few years, meal delivery services have gained a lot of attention. These companies deliver food straight to you door, and most are considerably healthier than what you’d pick up at the grocery store after a long day at work.
Spoon University reports that Chef’d has plans available starting at just $5 per serving, and options to accommodate the Atkins Diet as well as meal plans for diabetes control. Likewise, vitamin subscription boxes can help you supplement your nutrition for less than you might pay for a bottle of vitamins at the drugstore.
You might think of relaxation as a luxury, but the reality is that it’s a necessary act. Taking the time to relax your mind and body has many health benefits, including lowering your blood pressure and improved respiratory function. And you don’t have to invest in professional massages or manicures to do it. Drinking a glass of herbal tea, watching a nature documentary, and reading a good book are all wonderful ways to relax that won’t break your budget. Remember, a library card is free and you can use it every day.
Funding the luxuries
You know that most airlines and grocery stores have loyalty programs. But many other organizations can help you snag significant discounts, coupons, and free merchandise. The AARP Rewards for Good program, for example, features a rewards catalog with exclusive discounts for people willing to take quizzes on health, history, and other fun topics. If you don’t have the time to earn points, you can always check out websites like GiftCards.com, a gift card resell site where some cards are up to 25 percent off. Use these points or gift cards to buy makeup, pay for travel, or invest in other things that make you feel your very best.
You can’t put a price on your health, but you can save money on making it your number one priority. You don’t have to have brand names to feel brand new, and there are ways to keep more of your money safety in your pocket while still investing in your health and wellness.
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