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National Women’s Health Week – Stay Healthy and Save

{ Posted on May 13 2010 by Marcus Alston }

National Women’s Health Week is this week, May 9 to May 15.  In honor of Women’s Health Week, I have compiled a few tips on how to stay healthy and save money:

Take care of your body as best you can.  You only have one body and it has to last you a lifetime, so take care of it the best you can.  Like a finely tuned car, your body needs regular checkups and attention to operate at its best and to avoid major repair costs. Regular checkups, taking your vitamins (consider generics to save money) and vitamin supplements are a great way to give your body what it needs.  Adding eating balanced meals, not smoking, drinking only in moderation (if at all) and regular exercise, will help minimize your health issues and expenses and save you money.

Look out for quick weight loss promises and other health scams such as fat blockers, weight loss food, miracle exercise programs, etc.  Save your money and protect your health by trying realistic programs and moderate exercise.

Reevaluate your gym membership. Many gym memberships cost big bucks, so make sure that you are using your membership and getting your money’s worth.  If you aren’t using the membership regularly, consider rededicating yourself, getting a gym buddy to help you become more regular, or canceling your membership.  If you cancel your membership, there are many ways you can exercise without the use of a gym.  Try getting some dumb bells, doing sit ups, squats, arm curls, military presses, crunches, and push-ups.  Walking, jogging, biking and running are other forms of great exercise that don’t require a gym.  How about using the steps in your house or apartment building to work out, mow the lawn with a push mover, park the car extra far at the mall or work parking lot, and talk the stairs instead of the elevator.

Buying Food:

  • Don’t buy pre-made salads and pre-cut fruit because you are paying a premium for the cutting and receiving less food.  If you really don’t have the time, consider having someone in the family designated for this activity or rearrange your schedule to fit in the extra 10 minutes or so a day in prep time.  Doing it yourself also provides a small level of activity and exercise so you can mentally record this time under your increased activity/exercise  time which may help you prioritize it.
  • Go frozen. Buying frozen meats instead of fresh meat may result in you paying half the price per pound and the frozen and fresh meat are often the same quality.  Also consider buying fresh meat in bulk  to save and freezing portions for later use.
  • Cut down on coffee.  Consider cutting down on your coffee intake by substituting a cup with hot water.  Studies show that people that drink coffee or tea often do it for the warmth and the sipping habit aspect, both of which hot water would also offer.  Water is better for you than coffee and much, much cheaper too.
  • Use a water bottle. Those that carry a reusable bottle with them tend to drink more water and you will be less tempted to buy expensive bottled water, juice or soft drinks.  Fill up at home or at work and consider tap water if you have a trusted water source.  Tap water is more highly regulated than bottled water anyway.
  • Ditch snack packs.  Don’t buy multi-pack snack packages for things like potato chips, gold fish, cookies, etc., including those 100 calorie packs.  You are being (over) charged for the packaging and the per unit price is much higher than if you buy the economy pack and just portion out a serving size in a reusable container or baggy.  You can calculate the calories yourself.
  • Compare prices between grocery stores and use coupons.  Use coupons whenever you can. Combine coupons with store sales for even better deals.   Also, when going shopping, make a shopping list and stick to it and avoid impulse buying in order to stay within your budget.  And of course, don’t shop for food while hungry.

For other money saving tips, check out a couple of blog posts on extreme saving tips or eco-friendly saving tips.

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