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6 Ways To Stay Healthy On A Budget

Is money getting in the way of you living a healthy life? People often believe that living a healthy life is “too expensive”. Whether it’s that “healthy” food costs more, spices and high-quality oils for cooking rings up a higher supermarket bill, or the gym membership is too pricey — these thoughts can often be a roadblock to achieving your goals. I am here to tell you that you can absolutely live a healthy life on a budget!

It is important to know that you cannot put a price tag on being healthy, you are worth the investment. But you also don’t have to break the bank in order to do so. When you commit and invest, you often are more motivated and that’s when you see results.

Yet, we do live in a time when finances are tight for many. So, when it comes to buying healthy food and living a healthy lifestyle, there are some tips I can share with you so you can break through those money roadblocks.

Here are 6 ways to stay healthy on a budget

1) Look for the “store brand” of foods.

Generic brands taste the same as the on-brand items but for half the cost! Don’t be afraid to try them! The store brand will probably have a similar label but at a reduced price. And did you know that brand name companies usually are the ones that manufacture the products for the store brands? Yep, they do! So, you’re probably getting the same product and saving money! As far as nutrition, store brand foods are just as nutritious as the brand name. Prepare before you leave for the supermarket and get your answers to your nutrition questions before you head to the supermarket.

2) Go with Frozen.

Certain fruits or vegetables that are not currently in season will have a very high price tag. Instead, buy frozen (check the label to be sure there is no sugar added) and enjoy all year round. Frozen produce is packed at the peak of freshness and is a great alternative.

3) Buy in bulk.

Many of the wholesale food stores like Costco and BJs are catching on to the movement towards healthy foods. Sure, you may be spending more on a larger quantity up front, but you will be saving money in the long run.

We are big Costco shoppers. My husband often jokes that when I run out of something, I just go to downstairs to the “playroom” and like magic, I have more product ready to go. By the way, the “playroom” is not really a playroom anymore now that the kids are older. It’s officially called the “Costco” room.

4) Clip coupons….and use them.

Don’t just clip and let them sit in an envelope. Plan your shopping list using the store circulars and coupons. Keep you coupons organized by supermarket aisle and go through them periodically to throw out the expired ones. There’s nothing worse than handing a handful of coupons to the cashier and hearing, “expired, expired, expired”.

5) Watch for membership sales at your local gym.

Gyms are always running deals and promotions; you don’t always have to break the bank for membership fees. If you don’t see any deals advertised, call and ask! It can’t hurt. May gyms now offer month-to-month, so give it a try.

6) Workout at home.

I love home exercise DVDs. Schedule your exercise time in your planner or smartphone and plan all other tasks around your workout. Not motivated to do DVD’s? Then just head outdoors! Walk with a friend (or without…sometimes alone time is very therapeutic!).

When it comes to living healthy on a budget, follow these great tips and you will see that it is easier and cheaper than you think! Do not let finances get in the way of your health. Remember, you are worth the investment!

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Bonnie R. Giller MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

Bonnie R. Giller MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

Bonnie is the owner and founder of DietFreeRadiantMe.com. She helps chronic dieters and emotional eaters break free of the pain of dieting and get the healthy body they love. She does this by creating a tailored solution that combines three essential ingredients: a healthy mindset, caring support and nutrition education.

Using her signature Freedom to Eat ForeverTM System, Bonnie helps her clients support and honor their mind and body. The result is they make peace with food, enjoy guilt-free eating, a life free of dieting, and get the body they love.

Bonnie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She has her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She has worked in medical nutrition therapy and counseling for 30 years.

Bonnie is very passionate about helping her clients regain the trust in themselves and their bodies so they can shift away from a diet mentality and learn to listen to their inner hunger and fullness signals. She is known for providing caring support and motivation as her clients reacquaint themselves with their inner wisdom.

To learn more about Bonnie and to get a copy of Bonnie’s free e-book “5 Steps to a Body You Love Without Dieting, visit www.DietFreeRadiantMe.com