Fitness on a Budget
Seven ways to help you meet your budget and fitness goals.
MF Editors Recommend
Are you trying to find ways to make your dollar stretch a little further? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, that seems to be the economic reality of our time, but that’s no excuse to skip certain essentials. And, what could be more essential than staying fit and keeping yourself healthy? Rest easy, we’ve come up with seven surefire ways to ensure your fitness-related bills won’t be putting any unnecessary burden on your wallet.
Are you visiting the gas station enough to be on a first-name basis with the cashier? Are you tired of the bumper-to-bumper traffic and searching for a parking space? Some switch to public transportation, but often that leads to another problem: Being crammed into a confined area with a few people who seemingly haven’t bathed in a week. Fortunately, there’s still one more option to explore: Using your feet. Bike, jog, or walk to work and you won’t have any of these costly worries, but you will be reaping the rewards of quality cardio time. And, as an added bonus, it’s free!
Buying in Bulk
Let’s face it: there are some things you know you’re always going to need, so buy smart. Read the circulars for the latest sales. Whether it’s buying oatmeal in larger quantities, larger cans of water-packed tuna, or choosing the sale priced family value pack of extra lean ground beef and storing it in the freezer, usually the greater the size, the more the savings. Just don’t go so far as to mimic Cosmo Kramer and have such a great overabundance that you’re feeding pets your excess foods.
If you’re serious about your health, your go-to drink is water. Some people prefer bottled water, while others like filtered water. If you’re on a budget, however, depending on where you live, your best bet is likely tap water. It’s much cheaper than either of the alternatives, and in most areas the quality of water rivals the other options. Research the quality of the tap water in your area. By simply omitting the cost of bottled or filtered water, you may find you’re saving as much as $100 per month.
Free Video Streaming
Remember that late night DVD infomercial that promised to have all the answers to your fitness questions? Don’t be an impulse buyer. Use Google and remember to click on the link dedicated to videos. If the video’s popular enough, someone is bound to have put up a longer clip on YouTube or Dailymotion and those precious few more moments could mean the difference between a $20 must buy or must miss. Bonus: After you’ve seen that video, there’ll be other video links on that same site that may be even more insightful.