4 Ways You Can Save Money (and Eat Healthy)
In the spirit of responsible personal finance, I'm going to share with you few of my favorite healthy money saving tips that you can use year-round:
1. Homemade Café: Let's start with your morning brew. I love coffee for its antioxidant and cholesterol-lowering properties, but too many of us stop at a specialty coffee shop in the morning only to find our cup filled and cold a few hours later. The average cup of coffee in America is $1.38. Many of us spend more than that, or buy several in a day. If you buy 1 cup of coffee, 5 days a week, that calculates to $359 a year! Make it at home and bring it to work with you in a travel mug to save some cash.
2. Go Nuts: We are often at the mercy of a rumbling tummy without any snacks on hand. Sometimes this means we end up purchasing pricey and unhealthy snacks at the convenience store or in a vending machine. To avoid this, buy nuts (such as raw almonds) in bulk and portion them into little bags or containers so that you always have a healthy snack on hand.
3. Meatless Mondays, (and Try It Tuesdays!): Vegetarians tend to spend less money on food. Use Meatless Mondays as an excuse to enjoy a meal that is centered around beans, tofu, or whole grains. Vegetarian sources of protein are usually less expensive than the lean animals proteins you might usually purchase. Even if you don't want to go meat-free, you can do "Try It Tuesdays," and make a point of incorporating new and delicious ingredients into your meals! Try playing around with these inexpensive ingredients: steel cut oats, frozen vegetables, bulgur, quinoa, dried beans, sweet potatoes, sardines, pumpkin seeds, canned salmon, and large containers of low fat Greek yogurt.
4. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Change your behavior, not your budget. You already know you spend more money eating out in restaurants than when you cook at home. Take a look at how often you eat out, and try to cut it down to two times per month. Decide to bring your lunch to work four days per week. Instead of going out for drinks in a bar after work with friends (which can burn deep holes in your pockets), take a walk or meet for tea or coffee . Keep a shopping list so you don't buy things impulsively at the market. Small changes in behaviors can help pad your bank account and keep you healthy too.
Good luck with your taxes this year. I wish you healthy and less expensive eating this year and a large return in wellness!
Keri is a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women's Health Magazine, and is the Nutrition and Health contributor for NBC's New York Live. She is regularly featured on national television programs including NBC's The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. Keri hosts an original series called "A Little Bit Better" which is featured on Youtube's LIVESTRONG Woman channel.
Keri resides in New York City with her children, Rex and Maizy. Whether she is training for a marathon, going to the farmers' market, or drinking her nightly cup of herbal tea, Keri lives and breathes a Nutritious Life while inspiring others to do the same.