In today’s society, many are changing the way they live. Healthy living is the new norm and working out regularly and health foods have been added to the daily activities of many around the world. It is important to keep track of our health in a physical manner with regular exercise and proper food choices. However, changing from poor health habits to healthier living can be strenuous on your budget. It is important to learn how to change your lifestyle without spending more money than you would like to. Below is a simple guide on how you can budget for a healthy living.

Food preparation

Living a healthy lifestyle requires proper food preparation. One must purchase produce and ‘real’ foods instead of prepackaged items. This can be very expensive. The best way to get the best deals on healthy foods is to do your research. Find out which retailers in your area provide the best produce and healthy good options to meet your budget. You can comparison shop by looking at local advertisements in the newspaper. Find retailers who double or triple coupons as well as offer percent’s off certain purchases or days of shopping to get the best deal on your items.

Grow your own garden

Another option to live a healthy lifestyle and stay on budget is to garden. Gardening is not only beneficial for your eating health but can also be a great workout option for your physical body. You can purchase seeds at low prices and then plant the items you enjoy most such as tomatoes, okra, squash and more. You can also learn how to can and grow enough in your garden to can for the winter months to help stretch your fresh produce.

Gym membership

To live a healthy lifestyle you will need to work out your body on a regular basis. For many, this means a gym membership. You will need to work on cardio as well as weight lifting to get an overall workout that will benefit your body. Gym memberships can be pricey. To make sure you stay on your monthly budget, you will need to find an option that is affordable. You may need to look into family plans or single memberships to get the best deal. Look into child care as well as program options to get the best overall deal for your money. If you are paying for a baby sitter at your home as well as a gym membership than one with child care would be more beneficial.

Free exercising options

It is also important to consider free exercising options. You can simply take a walk around your neighborhood or local park to exercise at absolutely no cost. You can also create a workout program with weights you have around the home.  Or use cans goods to substitute as weights. There are many options that can help you have a great workout without costing you a dime!

Overall, one should take the time to determine where the best food options can be found as well as best workout programs for the money left available each month for healthy living. Take the time to research your options and you will not only feel better but your pocketbook will thank you.

Written by Rachel Smith who also writes content for Advantageccs on topics such as Credit counseling and Debt counseling 
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  • This is another good post to be revisiting now.


  • I do walk alot and it cost zero so a winning health option.


  • These are all really useful tips. Very doable!


  • Great tips! Really good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this!


  • there are more tips that you should add. maybe do a part 2 article


  • It’s just such a pity that organic produce is so much more expensive.


  • food prep is super important!!


  • I don’t pay for gym membership, walking, putting on a exercise dvd or just playing out in the park with the family is free. Great tips shared here, thanks.

    • Same here, gym membership is not for me.


  • Good article and good advice there! Thank You.


  • There are plenty of ways to save money without going without things. I have a gym membership but I don’t smoke or drink so I figure I can spend the money on my gym membership.


  • Shopping around in the local area you can really find such variation in the cost of produce. We are starting our very own little veggie patch soon, and make sure we head outdoors for some exercise for free several times week.


  • We grow our own veggies and I make our own biscuits etc


  • I would love to have a veggie garden but I’m in an apartment and our balcony is run by a 5kg rabbit!


  • Good advice, and interesting reading


  • I buy my nuts and seeds in bulk to save.


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