Living Frugal Healthy Lifestyle
Frugal Living doesn’t have to be flattening a penny it simply mean spend your money wisely and get the most out of your dollar. If you want to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, just follow the footsteps of the A -list penny pinching celebrities. Even though they’re rolling in the dough, they don’t drive the latest must have 1000.000 SUV they ride bicycle and public transportation. Many of them are known to pull out coupons at the register. Hence, regular folks can live a frugal healthy lifestyle.
Remember, you can live a frugal healthy lifestyle without killing your desires or missing a basic area that needs attention. People often have the image of hefty price tags they failed to realized that some supermarkets and grocery store chains charges more or same price for pesticide laden produce than stores that carry foods that are healthy for the body ( based on my experience). So living a frugal healthy lifestyle is Not impossible, you just need to focus and have a plan in place.
I used to think of frugal as misery and deprivation, but after I read a book that was given to me in a Talk show I realized frugal living is a way of avoiding waste and know the difference between wants and needs. Cutting down on foods spending may seem daunting: we all need to eat and good quality foods doesn’t run cheap, making the majority of your meals plant and whole -grain based leads to a significant cut in your grocery bill. For those carnivores swap beef sirloin for ground turkey or chicken drumsticks. Not The Same, but Hey!!.
You don’t have to be living through the dust of the economy to maintain a budget friendly lifestyle. A bit of planning can trim your waistline and keep your wallet plump. If you are a restaurant frequenter, you may want to go to one of those ‘All You Can Eat’ Buffets especially if you’re bringing the whole family, they offer a discount for large groups but you have to request it.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your entire family- you can lead a frugal healthy lifestyle. Some people think junk foods are cheaper a Big Mac french fries and a diet coke at Mc Donald’s, after eating these bad boys for lunch or dinner- no one would dare say you didn’t have a balanced meal because you’re stuff and belching your brains out. Well, what you really had was a ‘full belly starvation which turned into onset indigestion/acid reflux.
In the early nineties, healthy eating on a budget was unheard of, some of us probably ate on a budget because the foods were unhealthy. I used to buy produce from Food Emporium, or D’agostino for better quality it turned out that they just looked pretty under the fluorescent lights, but no nutritional values. But in recent years organic and certified organic food products have become available- not just to those who are financially sophisticated but also to those on a tight budget, in college or pregnant. Now, if you are willing to take your own initiative- I have a few ideas to ponder.
Make a list of the most needed foods. Milk, bread, eggs, meat- juice and some fruits & vegetables and go to Trader Joe’s they sell affordable goods and they have stores all over the United States. There you will find pre-cut meat and pre-made bake goods which cost a lot less than a baker and a butcher. Some people joins food coops an order to save money- if you do that you’ll live to regret it. You will in no doubt get healthy foods, but the never ending membership fees you are required to pay for the privilege of becoming a member will break your budget.
We’re all familiar with Farmer’s market: Only well heeled individuals can afford the outrageous prices for those baby greens and heirloom tomatoes. Understand that you don’t have to sacrifice good quality foods when you’re on a budget, do not use that excuse to eat junk foods. The simple tips of healthy eating are creativity and self control. First, drink more water and eliminating or cutting down on sport drinks will save you a bundle and keep you hydrated. If you choose to shop at Trader Joe’s you will get a generous amount of healthy foods on a bare bones budget. I am a smart shopper I know!
We all know to be healthy we have to cut down on fat,conversely, there is one type of fat that is necessary for proper functioning of our cells and organs – and that is Omega 3 fatty acids which you get from fatty fish like salmon. Unfortunately good quality salmon (ocean raised) can be quite costly. The good news is sardines and tuna contains the most omega fatty acids, and you can get them for under $2 per can. Optionally; you can also get high potency Omega 3‘s in gel forms and stretch your dollar .
Now, you have a clear idea on how to be frugal and healthy. There is no excuse for you to continue eating junk foods unless you have a death wish.