Health sometimes takes a back seat to our busy lives. And for those of us trying to get out of debt, health can be the last thing on our minds. But, as we only have one body and one life, it’s important to prioritize our health, too. While you may believe that you have to choose between physical health and healthy budgets, that’s not the case. Incorporate these healthy habits into your daily life and see for yourself how they lead to healthy budgets.
Healthy Lifestyles that Lead to Healthy Budgets
Put health at the top of your list! Here are some easy, healthy lifestyle choices that also lead to healthy budgets.
- Gardening. Starting a veggie garden is an economical way to eat healthy food and save on grocery bills. A garden will help you stay active, allow you to control the food you’re eating (and how it’s grown), and ultimately save you money previously spent at the supermarket. So, go green and eat green!
- Review account transactions. It’s a good habit to review your spending and see what’s going in and out of your account. Take five minutes every day or week to review your account transactions. You can easily make a routine out of it by checking your accounts before you head to bed. Healthy budgets thrive on staying up to date and identifying financial patterns. Reviewing your accounts can also help to avoid overspending, accumulating too much debt, and can even stop identity theft in its tracks!
- Meditate/work out. Work out at home, at the gym or studio, or wherever you can! Take a lap around your office at lunch, or start the day with a few minutes of mindfulness to set the tone for a good day. With the help of a recording, podcast, or video, keeping your body and mind in good shape is easier than ever.
- Eat out less. Eating out is nothing to be ashamed of, and I for one look forward to a night without cooking. But healthy budgets don’t include excessive take-out. Plan ahead for nights you want to eat out so you can enjoy guilt-free. Cooking at home is good for you and will save your budget from extra charges you don’t need.
- Go to the doctor. Okay, this tip isn’t something you will do on a daily basis. But, preventative care is necessary! Regular visits to your doctor can help you avoid serious health risks, save you thousands in medical bills, and give you peace of mind. Check out our cool video about National Call Your Doctor Day!
- Journal. Write out your thoughts. You may be surprised how relieving it can be to write even a short blurb about your day. Include high and low points, struggles, and things you want to work on. It’s good to set goals for yourself and process your thoughts. A journal is also a great place to keep track of your journey eliminating credit card debt.
- Drink water. We can’t stress enough the importance of water. It’s cheap, convenient, and SO good for you. There are a number of health benefits associated with drinking water. You’ll feel better, and so will your budget.
- Meal prep. Our lives are busy. To avoid making poor choices during the week, prepare some meals ahead of time. Weekly meal preps are a great way to save yourself time and money. Think of the relief you’ll feel when you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner after a long day’s work!
- Learn something new. Humans are naturally inquisitive beings. Our minds want to expand and learn! So, take an art class, try your hand at cooking, learn to dance, or try something else. See what programs are offered near you.
- Minimize electronics. It’s nice to watch TV and unwind. But try to limit time spent with electronics. There are better ways to spend our time!
Being healthy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are a number of things you can do on the regular that will foster healthy people, healthy budgets, and healthy minds. Get the best of both worlds!