Five Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions That Will Save You Money
Welcome to 2012! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Most people vow to lose weight, quit smoking, save money, advance their education or get a better job. I’ve put together a list that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while saving money. Pack Your Lunch
You can save anywhere from $20 to $100 a week simply by brown bagging it to work. Think about it: the average lunch costs around $10-$15 depending on what you get. If you eat out five days a week, that’s $50 to $75 that you’re spending just on lunch. If you pack lunch, you can control the amount of fat and calories in your meal while saving cash. It doesn’t have to be sandwiches every day, you can get creative and pack soup, brown rice with fish or chicken or make your own salads. All of this can be done for a fraction of the price of eating out.
Cancel The Gym Membership
This sounds counteractive, but it actually makes sense. January is the busiest month for gyms in terms of getting new members. Why? Because everyone is trying to burn off the extra holiday weight, as well as making good on their resolutions. But, let’s be honest. How many of you actually end up going to the gym on a regular basis after the first two weeks? Gym memberships come with initiation and monthly fees which could cost you a pretty penny. Save yourself the $30 a month and go for a run, take a hike or jump rope. These are all free activities that you can do without the gym. It’s also great for enjoying some fresh air.
Not only is it horrible for your health, it’s also very expensive. A the cost of a pack of cigarettes runs anywhere from $4 to $12 depending on where you live. New York is the most expensive at $11.90 a pack! If you smoke a pack a day, that’s a savings of $1,460 to $4,380 you could be putting into your pocket. Not to mention, lung cancer kills and treating cancer is very expensive. Even if you do it slowly, you will still reap the benefits of better lungs, skin, teeth and overall health.
Eat Less Sugar
Sugar is the root of all evils. Not only is it bad for your teeth, it also increases triglycerides, cholesterol and insulin which could lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Limit your intake of sugary foods and stick to fruits if you really have to indulge. Fruits have fiber in them which we all know is good for you. Junk food and desserts are also expensive, so forgoing the daily doughnut or soda will save your belly and your money.
Stress is something we can’t avoid in our daily lives. But, we can try to minimize it. Stress can cause weight gain, increase blood pressure and weaken your immune system. Take some time out to meditate every day or whenever you’re feeling stressed. Knowing how to separate yourself from the stressful factors in your life and focusing your mind on things you can control will help manage stress. Best of all, mediation is free and you can do it at any time of day.
What are your new year’s resolutions?