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Practical Ways to Save Money and Boost Wellness


By Derek Goodman of



Healthy living is often associated with high-priced organic foods, fitness programs, and green cleaning products. But did you know that you can improve your overall health and wellness without going broke? Actually, you can make healthy changes to your daily routine — even start a business — and save money in the process! Check out some cost-effective ideas for fostering your physical, mental, and emotional health.


Consider Entrepreneurship                       


First of all, along with saving money, you can take it a step further by making money on your healthy lifestyle changes. For instance, if you start learning about yoga, sports equipment, farming, or other wellness-related industries, you could create an affiliate marketing blog that centers around your cost-effective lifestyle advice.

Of course, if you choose to monetize your wellness passion, you will need to think of it as a business. And you can benefit from establishing an LLC, which will provide tax-through taxation, liability protection, and many other perks. What’s more, you can have an LLC organizer handle all the paperwork!

Once you’re up and running, invest a little of your well-saved money into accounting software. There are great options for small businesses that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And if you are selling something – whether it be a service or product – look into customized invoices so that your costs and expenses are well documented. You can find free templates online that are easily edited to fit your business needs, and to reflect your branding.



Grow Veggies


You don’t have to have acres of land to grow your own produce. It’s no secret that food prices at supermarkets are rapidly increasing, but you can reduce your grocery bill by starting your own vegetable garden. Whether this means planting a small garden in your backyard or growing a few vegetables on your window sill, you can save money while gaining more control of your nutrition.



Prepare More Meals and Snacks      


As grocery store prices rise, dining out remains one of the most common budget-killers for U.S. households. You may not want to deprive yourself of all restaurant experiences, but setting yourself limits for dining out will go a long way in boosting your finances.

Also, if you cook more meals and prepare more snacks at home, you will have more control of the ingredients you consume. You can make a thing of it by planning picnics, preparing a week’s worth of lunches, etc.



Trade Fast Food Money for Exercise


You know those extra dollars you scrape together during the weekend. Instead of using it at the drive-thru window, put that cash toward a fitness class, a yoga session, or a self-care trip budget. The salt and fat of fast food meals will drain your energy and make it difficult to achieve your wellness goals. But you can use that money for healthier activities that bring you fulfillment.



Walk or Cycle to Work    


It’s generally a good idea to look for any opportunities to move your body. If you live within reasonable proximity to your workplace, consider walking or cycling for your daily commute. Physical activity can go a long way in boosting your mood and improving your long-term health, but it can also help you save on fuel and public transit costs.



Tackle Housework


Another practical way to get in some good exercise is to take on some of the housework that you would normally pay for. For example, learn how to thoroughly clean your own windows and declutter your home instead of hiring professionals to do it.

Also, spend an hour on Saturdays to wash your car instead of taking it through the car wash. Eliminate your monthly lawn care bill by mowing and trimming the grass yourself. Think of any ways you can save money around the house, and you’ll get the added benefit of exercise.

You don’t have to go broke to get healthy. While some wellness products and strategies are worth the investment, there are plenty of changes you can make to your lifestyle that will improve your overall health and wellbeing without keeping you from hitting your financial goals. Consider the ideas above, and keep looking for other methods of saving money and getting healthy!


There are a million ways to increase your wellness, but make sure that you are also increasing your happiness at the same time. Psychologist and motivational passion speaker, Dr. Mara Karpel, encourages everyone to pursue what they are passionate about. Follow Dr. Karpel’s blog and podcast and check out her book online. Then, find your passion, and follow it!  Dr. Mara Karpel is a clinical psychologist, practicing for almost 30 years, radio show host, and author of the book, “The Passionate Life: Creating Vitality & Joy at Any Age,” now available on Audible.

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