Are you wondering how to save money on health and fitness? So many people want to be healthier, but they don’t know where to begin. They think that organic means expensive and they give up before they begin. They see images of fancy gyms being overrun by beautiful people and they think their wallets might burst. So how can you save money on health and fitness so that you can make your wellness a priority?
We’ve got you covered! Here are 30 ways to save money on health and wellness:
30 Ways To Save Money on Health & Fitness
Stop smoking. You already know that smoking is unhealthy, but did you add up how much money you’re spending on that habit? Let’s just say that you could save around $210 a month! Over the course of a decade that could translate to about a year of college tuition!
1. Cancel your gym membership. There are so many ways to get a great workout both inside and outside your home. Try walking or running in your neighborhood, jumping rope, making a course in your backyard, hiking, or doing online workout classes or videos such as Beach Body and the Metabolic Aftershock series. You could also look to a less expensive gym such as 24 Hour Fitness, with rates as low as $29.99 per month.
2. Invest in home workout equipment. This will last you much longer than a gym membership, making it a smart investment in your health. You can also easily workout in your home with a Bowflex Max Trainer! Visit Bowflex.com for more info. Precor sells excellent new home fitness equipment as well as refurbished pieces, as does Proform. In fact, we bought our Proform treadmill 20 years ago and I still use it several times a week!
3. Buy less workout attire. Exercising at home also means that you don’t need to look cute for your workout. Though I do believe that looking good does make you feel good, when you’re trying to save money and be healthy, your clothes don’t need to be a priority purchase.
4. Stop buying soda and drink more water. Study after study says that soda does not do a body good. You’ll save money and rid your body of all that icky corn syrup! You can take it with you in a Klean Kanteen or Swell bottle.
5. But stop buying bottled water. That’s not as contradictory as it may sound. It’s incredibly important to stay hydrated if you want to be healthy, but the average person in the U.S. spends about $100 on bottled water each year. That’s harsh on your wallet and on the environment. On the other hand, most municipalities lack access to truly clean water. So what’s the answer? Well, you can buy a water filter for your home! Save 50% Off Whole House Water Filters at Aquasana! Use Coupon Code: LSWH50, valid 12/1-12/31/16. You can also get a Clean Water Machine at Aquasana, which instantly transforms ordinary tap water into clean, extraordinary water.
6. Meal plan. The average person wastes a substantial percentage of the food they buy. Meal planning is a fantastic way to eat healthier, save money, and waste less food.
7. I have to admit that I’m not good at this one, but the great asset to meal planning is that you can make meals in bulk. Batch cooking healthy meals can help prepare you for the week ahead and help you watch your food intake! It also saves you money buying unnecessary items, and when you cook a lot of food at once, you are using less electricity than when you cook over the course of the week.
8. Since you’re already planning ahead, you can also pack and bring your lunch to work. This is another excellent way to ensure that you are eating well and not overspending on meals. ECOlunchbox and Eco Vessel both offer excellent reusable food storage containers.
9. Though it’s nice to get out on the weekends, if you cook dinner at home instead of eating out, you’ll consume fewer calories, and less sodium, while saving money!
10. Make at least one vegetarian meal per week. HelloFresh also delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week. Cook fast healthy recipes.
11. Freeze leftovers. Then you’ll have healthy small meals or snacks for the days and weeks ahead.
12. Freeze fruit before it goes bad for smoothies or pie filling. We always cut up bananas, avocados and other fruits and vegetables for our smoothies!
13. Join a CSA. Look for one that is organic. A CSA is a great way to get locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. You can also split it with a friend, so if there are items that you don’t year but your partner does, you can trade and make the most of your share. Here are some other great tips for making the most of a CSA share.
14. Buy produce from local farms and farmer’s markets. If there happens to be none available near you, there’s always FarmFreshToYou.com! Receive $15 off your first box at with code EATFRESH. You can also schedule fresh groceries delivered right to your door with DoorToDoorOrganics.com!
15. Preserve foods by canning. This is on my to-do list. I’ve never tried canning, but I have friends who do it every year and wouldn’t have it otherwise. Our CSA holds workshops for canning, preservation, dehydrating, and even potting – none of which I would have known how to do a few months ago.
17. Make a grocery list and stick to it. This can prevent waste, overspending, and purchasing unnecessary items.
18. However, if there is a fantastic deal on one of the items on your grocery list, stock up on those items!
19. And one way to do that is to use coupons and collect store circulars. Coupons will help you save on the items you need, and in combination with store promos, you may even be able to double down on your purchases.
20. Start an organic vegetable garden. It’s something you can do at home to ensure that you’ll have fresh, healthy food for your meals!
21. Don’t drive if you can walk or ride a bike (or even rollerblade) there instead. Get those steps in and your heart rate up! You’ll also save money on gas, and put fewer miles on your car, meaning more time in-between oil changes.
22. Instead of shopping, walk laps at the mall. Window-shopping may also help you to get better deals. Promise yourself not to make any purchases until you’ve reached your step goal
23. Replace plastic bags with reusable food containers. Save money by going waste free, eliminate plastics, and help the environment too! Reuseit.com sells a great variety of food eco-friendly food storage and product savers.
25. Stop using pesticides on your lawn. Glyphosate (the primary ingredient in toxic pesticides) is a known carcinogen. So if you want to make your health a priority, stop using toxic weed killers today. Let your lawn grow out to save money and see the beauty of wildflowers in your backyard, or keep mowing and simply stop using harsh pesticides that get on your pets, on your shoes, and into your home. Pull the weeds or use essential oil based pesticides instead.
26. Shop smarter and get cash back by using Ebates when shopping. Sign up for a website like Ebates where you can earn CASH BACK for just spending like how you normally would.
27. Sign up for Swagbucks. With Swagbucks you can earn Amazon gift cards just by doing online searches and other activities through their website. (You can sign up here.) They have several health and fitness brands as partners. You can even watch videos while you are walking on your new treadmill to earn points!
28. Use your Groupons. If you don’t already use Groupon, you are totally missing out on great deals, especially for health and wellness. There are gym memberships, detoxes, food delivery systems, and more.
29. Join a warehouse club. Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s all carry healthy foods at excellent prices, plus exercise equipment and more. Actually, right now you can get a great deal on a membership to BJ’s warehouse club on Groupon!
30. Know your budget. Having an understanding of what you can and can’t afford right now will help you to use your money wisely. I gave you lots of different options to consider here and some excellent ways to get and stay healthy on a budget.
Here’s to your saving money on health! Good luck!
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