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Many of us are striving to change our lifestyles and to feel healthier and better. But often this is associated with spending more money and not saving it, am I right? You assume you have to buy organic or fresh ingredients with the perception this is more expensive. You might think that being fit requires an expensive gym membership to help you get there.
The truth is, there are lifestyle changes we can make that can actually improve our lives and enable us to save money rather than spend more of it. I wanted to share with you just three of the ways you could do it, but there are so many more to try. Once you start you may find you are making further changes.
Getting a pet dog
A dog is a commitment, I understand that, and it can certainly mean that there is some form of cost involved such as dog food and essentials they may need like a dog collar and lead but actually there are further savings along the way that far outweigh the initial costs.
A dog will require you to perhaps not be out as much, but it will also encourage you to get outside with your dog and walk. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and eliminates your need for an expensive gym membership and gives you that saving straight away. Your quality of life changes, especially if you live on your own as instead of needing to be sociable for the company, you have the company at home from your pet. This could also be a saving that could be made.
Planning meals may be an obvious one when it comes to saving money. After all, if you are armed with a list when you head to the supermarket you are bound to save money. But meal planning can also help you to be healthier and make healthier choices in terms of the food that we eat.
The perception is that healthy food is expensive, and fresh ingredients come with a price tag, but only buying what you need may mean you spend less than you would on the convenience food you may normally choose. Cooking from scratch may seem like a chore, but it is far healthier than buying convenience and ready-made food, and it could certainly help to improve your bank balance and your waistline.
Ditch a bad habit
Finally, all of us will have bad habits. Some big, some small, but could ditching one of the save you money and improve your lifestyle? The answer is possibly yes. For example, enjoying a glass of wine. If you do this most nights then ditching the habit of drinking during the week could save you a fair bit each week. The same could be said for smoking, for the biscuit addiction you have, whatever it may be. Try ditching one of your bad habits and tally up the savings you might be making.
I hope that this has encouraged you to change your lifestyle in small ways to see big differences.
I’m taking part in the #FeelingFrugalFriday linky with Jo from A Rose Tinted World.
This is a collaborative post.