Hello and welcome back. This is the fourth installment of our five-part money-saving tips for your health care needs a blog series. (Try and say that five times fast.) If you have been following the series since the beginning you know that we have really packed some excellent tips and advice into them all, the kind of advice that you can use every day at bring down the costs of your healthcare significantly. Today’s blog is going to be more of the same so sit back, relax and, as always, enjoy.
- While there are certainly benefits to having a gym membership the simple fact is that, at home with only a basic exercise equipment, there are plenty of ways to get in a workout that will cost much less. Not only that but, when you use free online workouts from certified trainers at the iTunes store or on YouTube or Netflix, you get almost as personalized a training program as you would in person but for a fraction of the cost.
- There are dollars is popping up all over the place and the reason is that people love them. The reason they love them is quite simple to understand; they have dirt cheap stuff. While we will freely admit that some of it is crap the fact is that there are an abundance of great deals on many items. Many health care items like band-aids, cough medicine and aspirin can be purchased dirt cheap.
- If you’re keen on getting exercise but you live in an area of the country where the weather is always agreeable make an inquiry at your local mall to find out when they opened their doors. Many times they will open them early for seniors and anyone else wants to get in some walking without freezing their buns off or in the summer when it’s too hot.
- Cut down on your consumption of meat, including beef, poultry, pork and fish. Simply put, animal protein is expensive. While we are not particularly espousing a vegetarian lifestyle the simple fact is that if you purchase less animal protein you will save money and there are plenty of vegetarian alternatives that will cost a lot less. Even if you cut meat out of your diet for only two or three days out of the week you will still save a significant amount of money.
While we’re on the subject of cutting back on meat consumption we would be remiss if we didn’t remind our dear readers that a diet high in red meat has been to be very detrimental to one’s health. Cutting down on your red meat consumption will thus save you money now and also in the future on your health-care costs.
- Many fruits and vegetables these days are coming pre-packaged. While this is quite convenient the extra cost that you pay for said convenience can be quite high. For example, while a pound of carrots will cost you less than $1.00, 8 ounces of shredded carrots will cost you approximately $3. The same goes for many other fruits and vegetables, especially fruit bowls and cups that are being sold more and more in your local grocery store. If you want to save a bundle of money you should clean, chop and organize your fruits and vegetables at home.
- When shopping in your local grocery store you would do well to take a look at the items on the lower shelves. That’s where they traditionally place the generic brands, the on sale items and the store brands. Avoid the central, eye-level aisles as that is where the costliest items will be placed to attract your attention. The goes for the pharmacy aisle as well. Things like toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant and other healthcare and or hygiene products are stocked the same way as the food, meaning the costliest stuff at eye level and the bargain stuff down below.
- Many grocery stores will place their nearly expired items on sale in a specific part of their store. Things like bread that is about to expire and other products with a shortening shelf life will be found. Also, many supermarkets if you a discount if you buy more than one item or a case of one item. Whole Foods for example offers a 10% discount on anything that you buy a case of, an excellent deal indeed.
Well, we might have gotten a little sidetracked on some great tips for saving at the grocery store but, when you think of it, eating right is a big part of taking care of your health so it fits in with the general theme. Whatever the case may be we hope that you enjoyed these money saving tips and we invite you to come back soon for Part 5. (We promise we’ll get back on track.) See you then!