At the beginning of this month, when I started this March into Money series of 31 tips. I decided that every tip I talked about I either have already implemented or would start to implement because it keeps me accountable to show the world that with patience and perseverance these simple tips can be done. Quitting a vice can save so much money each and every month but it can also lead to much better health in the long run.
I quit a vice, yet kept a vice through changing how I have it. It’s no shame in saying, “Yes, I’m addicted to chocolate!” But gone are the candy bars, the cookies, and the unhealthy forms of them. Instead I add a bit of dark cocoa to my whey protein shake in the morning and I’m satisfied the rest of the day. Could be the reason why I’ve lost eight (8) pounds so far?
Another interesting note is that I’ve added more fat to my diet and am even eating sugar again, but I’m not eating foods that are fatty or are sugar laden. Because I control the amount and the kind of fat and sugar I use; I use less, eat healthier, stress less and eat cheaper.
There are other substantial money and health saving benefits from quitting a vice. Like smoking for instance: A pack of cigarettes cost more or less depending on where you live in the nation but the average is about $6. Do the math and if you smoke a pack a day that’s $42 a week, $168 a month, $2,016 a year! That’s just for the cigarettes, it doesn’t even include health issues that arise from smoking that much or time missed from work because of sickness. Imagine the cost of cancer, COPD, Emphysema, and the surgeries and medications to counteract this vice. Instead of a person who smokes working to support their family, their working to support their vice.
Here are some of the more popular vices that are stealing your money and your more importantly your health.
- Soda (regular and diet)
- Fast food
- Speeding down the road
- Junk food
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Prescription drugs
- Processed food
- Genetically modified food
- Video Games
- Credit cards
- Power and Control
Admitting that a problem exists with any of these vices is the first step in overcoming these vices. If you’re trying to save money and improve your health, then look at how connected you are to any of the vices listed above or whatever is in your life that is causing money, your family, your friends, your health, and your life to float away from you.
The choice is yours.
Only you can stop it.
Remember the motto for this blog.
“Tomorrow’s wellness reflects today’s choices!”