7 Simple Money Saving Health Hacks

Each day when you look through health magazines and search the net you are bombarded with the same health news only spun around to think you are gaining some new health truths. If you get right down to it good health is simple and saves money. Here are 7 simple money saving health hacks that will restore your health, keep your health intact, and make your health soar while putting more money in your pocket.

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  1. Food: Examine the food you eat. If you are eating more food that comes from a package or is overprocessed then it’s time to rethink what you’re putting in your mouth. Buy as much as you can from organic resources. Know what’s in your food and you’ll know what’s in you. Think about how much money you spend on snack foods that are loaded with chemicals that were created in labs to give you the sense of tasting like food. It’s interesting when you remove all the chemicals from processed foods you’re left with a substance that resembles gray cardboard. While you’re rethinking the food you put in your mouth, ask yourself a couple of questions: Does this food help me have nurturing energy? Does this food help my children become spastic or nurture them?
  2. Fasting: When was the last time you fasted? Did you know that fasting helps your body deal with pain and helps it heal by giving it a chance to rest from trying to digest all the food you are constantly shoving down your mouth? By taking away all the food from your daily intake for 24 hours, your body has a chance to play catch up. Now, if you’re a diabetic I am not saying you should do this at all. I am not just introducing this topic willy-nilly. Intermittent fasting has been used by many people who are trying to gain and maintain health. We live in a world where food is everywhere, fasting goes against everything you’d see on TV, but trust me when I say that when you eat only two meals a day, you’ll feel better and you’ll save money.
  3. Cleanliness: Every time you use the restroom you wash your hands, right? Cleaning your surroundings. How often do you have trash or stuff everywhere around your home, office, dorm room? Did you know that there is a correlation between a messy home and how often you get sick? It’s a proven fact that clutter can contribute to headaches, accidents, depression, acid reflux, digestive issues, and weight gain. Clean up your surroundings and you’ll be saving a lot of money in doctor bills and lost wages due to sickness.
  4. Sunshine & Fresh Air: Getting outside, taking a walk, playing catch with your children, building a snowman, going sledding, building a sandcastle, camping, fishing, riding a bike, running helps us the most when we are depressed. Fresh air cleans our lungs. When we’re cooped up in our homes, most of us are smelling those artificial scents with the plug-ins that are deadly. We’re smelling the scents of all the plastics within our homes. Sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D, it cheers us up and helps us see the brighter side of life.
  5. EXERCISE: We live in an instant, electronic, gadget-driven world. But we were made to move, so move, we must. It doesn’t even matter what exercise you do as long as you do it regularly. Walking, Biking, Running, Weightlifting, Swimming, Dancing, Stretching, Pilates, Rope Skipping, Kickboxing, the list is endless. Find some kind of exercise you like to do and continue in it on a regular basis. That’s the important part, a regular basis, it’s different for each person. For me, Pilates is three days a week and walking the other four days. This one simple way of living saves more money than just one. It reduces stress, helps lose and maintain weight, builds muscle, reduces depression, reduces appetite, induces a good night’s sleep.
  6. Sleep & Rest: Getting a good night’s sleep is the difference between sickness and health. It takes the other 5 tips to help with this one. A good night’s sleep keeps us alert, helps us to slow the aging process, helps our bodies digest certain minerals, helps our bodies repair and rebuild our cells. Resting helps our body rebuild but it also helps our mind to take a mini-vacation. Resting in the 21st century means we need to disconnect from all our social media outlets at least for 3 hours a day. Do something that’s enjoyable; read a book for fun, learn a new art technique, just sit and be. When was the last time you daydreamed?
  7. Build a Positive Mental Attitude: It takes the other 6 tips to help build and keep a positive mental attitude. You have a power within you to change your circumstances. Just like our minds can make us sick and broke we also have that power within us to make us for health and wealth. Being positive lowers your risk of heart disease, helps you have better relationships and better equips you to deal with the negative things that happen in life. Being positive can help you save money.

These are 7 health hacks that can save you money, but they can also be applied to your relationships, your family life, your career, your education, your spiritual soundness. Try some of these simple health hacks, your bank account will thank you.

 

GOOD BUY!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go shopping with my husband. We went to Kohl’s because I had a $10 gift card they sent me in the mail that I had to use before it expired. The regulation on the card said that my purchase needed to be over $10 to save money. Now my husband is used to me getting good buys at the grocery store with store coupons and manufacturer coupons but I don’t think he was prepared for the kind of savings I was going to get from only spending $10 and saving $10.

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We walked around the store, him looking at sweatshirts and me looking at, of course, shoes. Now mind you when I shop for clothes in regular department stores I look on the discounted racks first. Men do not shop this way. Plus most men will only go shopping if they need something specific. While I didn’t need anything specific last night, I only went because I had the coupon. I know, that is no reason to go shopping. But this one time I’m glad I did.

I ended up in the intimate apparel section and we all know how expensive bras are, especially the ones without underwires. I refuse to wear bras with underwires because of the health dangers to the girls. I was amazed at the clearance section and the fact that they had my size. I found two bras, one marked down from $36 to 7.20 and the other from $34 to $6.40. I thought wow what a bargain, especially since they were both the brand I wear. But then the bargain got even better. They were both marked down another dollar at the register. The total came to…..$10.50, then I only paid 0.54 for the whole purchase after I used the $10 gift card.

Instead of saving only $10, I saved a whopping $69.50.

Shopping with coupons isn’t just for food. And whether you use them online or like me still like the feel of going to a brick and mortar store, you will sure save a lot of money but you’ll also have fun in the process. Stop giving your money away start couponing. Have more peace of mind and a fatter piggy bank. Turn those coupons into good buys!

TIP #20: VICE QUITTING

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.

Responsiblity

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
  • Alcohol
  • Speeding down the road
  • Junk food
  • Not wearing a seat belt
  • Prescription drugs
  • Processed food
  • Genetically modified food
  • Caffeine
  • Pornography
  • Facebook
  • Gambling
  • Video Games
  • Shopping
  • Credit cards
  • Work
  • 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!”

TIP #5: THE LIST

I can count on my hands the times I go to the store without the list. It is a known fact now that people who shop with lists save more money than those who don’t. Every store I go to I take a list with me. This includes grocery shopping, but it also includes thrift shopping, natural food items, clothes shopping too. The list helps me to just buy what I need instead of spending on items I don’t use or will never use.

Grocery list example

My grocery list comes from scouring my assortment of cookbooks, looking at sales fliers, and recipes I have hidden inside my head. In my case the recipes in my head scream louder than my cookbooks. So I write down a menu with the date on it, then I write down every ingredient onto the list. I cross off items I already have like: garlic, onions, and any spices.

After I make the master list for grocery shopping  I dissect it into different blocks. The first block is always the produce, because most grocery stores are situated with the produce first. Then I have Can/Jar, Box/Bag, Meats, Dairy, Paper Products/Misc. I dissect the master list in this way for all the stores I shop at. Because it saves time and money.

As I move through the store I check off all the items I put in the cart. No brainer there. When I’m done shopping at one store I keep the list because if I didn’t check an item off because it was too expensive or the store didn’t carry the brand I like, I will add that item to my other stores. This happens when I am on the look out for organic gluten free items.

When I’m finished with my shopping I take the master list and I attach it to the menu then I save both to use at a future time. This helps save time, so next year this time I can pull out the menu we had in the first week of March this year. That’s why I date my menus and my lists.

I only buy what’s on the list. If something is on sale that isn’t on my list, I run through a series of questions and if I answer yes to ALL the questions then I can purchase the item. For instance I bought a case of apples three weeks ago at my gourmet grocery store for $5.

Questions I ask

  • Do I have to time to process them (apple sauce, pie filling, butter)? 
  • Could I save money by purchasing them?
  • Did I have the space to store them?
  • Could I share them with others?
  • Will we eat them?

I answered yes to all these questions, so I bought the box. I made the time to process them, I ate some of them, I made cookies from some and shared them, and I saved money because now I have frozen apple pie filling with no-sugar that is great on ice cream in the summer (a nice gluten-free treat).

The list helps me to buy only healthy food for my family plus it gets me in the store only once a week instead of multiple times because the less time you spend in a store the less money you spend.

DAY 28: LOOKING AHEAD

Yesterday I reflected on what I learned about myself and about the world around me. Today I’m focusing on looking ahead. While reflecting is always good to do on from time-to-time, it is important to take what we lean and move forward. Looking ahead and dreaming of areas where we can use this important new and not so new knowledge.

I hope you join me in March as I will be writing a tip a day on how to save money. Financial problems are the number one cause of stress in our world.  In order to take charge of your health, you’ve got to be willing to take charge of your finances. I’m calling this challenge March Into Money. It will be a challenge both for myself and for anyone who wants to participate. Some of these tips are easy and some may be quite difficult, but if you want to save money, these tips will help you.

My favorite quotation about money

My favorite quotation about money!

The Challenge begins!

Who’s in this with me?

Your health will thank you!

 

FOCUS ON 5

Focus on 5

Sometimes I get too stressed out with the whole goal writing thing, whether I’m trying to  lose weight, create more sales, or even clean my house. So I devised a plan to help myself get everything done that I need to do. This plan is simple; it includes five things that I do everyday. After I accomplish the first five things I add five more.

Losing Weight: Focusing on losing 5 pounds puts less stress on my brain than focusing on my ultimate goal of weighing the same as I did after I had my twins almost 27 years ago.  (5 minutes of visualization, 5 glasses of water, 5 different exercises, 5 deep cleansing breaths, 5 veggies and fruits daily, etc.)

Creating More Sales: Focusing on 5 different things to do each day is much easier than focusing on the goal of making 20 different contacts in a day. (5 sales calls, 5 emails, 5 Facebook updates, 5 Tweets, 5 live people interactions, etc.)

House Cleaning:  Picking up 5 things as I walk from my office to the other parts of my home helps clean the entire house. (Folding blankets, picking up shoes, backpacks, DVDs, crafts, etc.)

Focus on 5 has really helped me to eliminate the stress I created myself from letting things go till the last minute, biting off more than I can chew, and in remembering everything I have to do in a day. If you are having the same issues as I have had try Focusing on 5.

Cheap Herbs

Organic Fresh Herbs

Each time at the grocery store I check to see if they have any fresh organic herbs in the clearance bin in the produce section. I purchase whatever is available, if it is an herb that I use regularly. Here I spent a $1.49 for Thyme and Chives. These organic chives regularly cost $2.79 and the Thyme is $3.59. I already saved $2.10. But the savings continue.

Chives tied into a bundle.

When I get home I take out what I will use and because these items may already be close to spoiling. I dry them around my home. I tied them with string that is long enough to tie onto items around my home.

Chives tied to vertical blind rod.

The chives helps my living room smell wonderful.

Thyme tied in a bundle.

The thyme was a bit more difficult to tie but I took the longer stems and tied them into a bundle to dry.

Thyme bundle hung on hat rack.

Then I hung the thyme on the hat rack where my husband hangs his baseball hats in the foyer.

Drying in a glass on windowsill

The stems that were too small to tie into a bundle, I stuck into a cocktail glass to dry on my windowsill. After about two weeks they will be dried. Then I’ll take the chives and snip them into tiny bits to use on my baked potatoes. For  thyme I will strip them from the stem. To store both dried herbs, I use small glass jelly jars. Total money saved $8.91. Dried organic herbs are expensive.