One of the most common arguments against healthy eating is that it is too expensive but the hard, cold facts below prove otherwise. While reading through budgeting tips on LearnVest, I was not surprised to find that four out of six ways listed for saving money were also healthy living strategies.
Drink more water. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American spends $944 per year on beverages. Drinking anything other than water can really add up. Skip your soda and switch to water. You and your wallet will feel better.
Eat at home. Perhaps it seems obvious that eating in will save you money, but to put it in terms of dollars, the average person spends $2,668 per year on food outside of the home, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number goes way up if you live in a metropolitan city.
Make a shopping list and stick to it. Know what you need before you go to the store (any store!). Don’t stray from the list or be tempted by things that catch your eye.
Always opt to walk. Avoid using your car and even public transportation, as both will cost you a lot. If you can, you should always choose to walk. The average person spends $2,384 per year on gas, and $538 per year on public transportation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The lesson to be learned in that you have to be smart about eating and living smart. If you put some extra thought into your lifestyle choices and revamp them in a smart, healthy way you can keep costs low. So make the conscious effort to eat and live healthfully and don’t worry about breaking the piggy bank!