I want to get a little serious on the blog today… I know, unusual for me, isn’t it?
I want to talk about THE PRICE OF EVERY-DAMN-THING!!!
Is it just me? Has the price of everything in life just skyrocketed?
Or maybe it’s just that I no longer live in a peanut-priced studio flat with bills included… Either way, I’ve had a cold hard look at my bank account & I’ve worked out some top ways to save money & stretch your buck a little further when it comes to being healthy.
Now, before you read on, these are not groundbreaking new inventions I found, but I guarantee if you give them a go you’ll soon realise where you can save money or better invest your money!
1.Set a budget
This is a takeaway from my backpacking days ( oh, so long ago!!! ). We set a budget for each day to make sure we weren’t stranded in the middle of Asia with no food & no way to get home. Luckily, the food in Asia is so cheap that we were mostly miles away from our budget each day ( goodbye overnight bus, HELLO 40 minutes flight! ). But what it did do was highlight to us the endless oppotunities to save money. Coffee for instance… Yes, coffee. We spend a fortune on coffee. If you set a budget, it makes you more mindful of where your money is actually going rather than signing into your online banking an having one (many…) of those “ah-ha” moments as you read each transaction. I’d recommend the Expense App for iPhone.
2. Buy & cook in bulk
Farmers markets are the best for this! You can grab so many (usually local / organic) products for half the supermarket price & twice the flavour. If you don’t have / can’t get to a farmers market, your local grocer or supermarket are a close second but you probably won’t get such good deals from big business (or more likely, they won’t be as good quality for the money). Then, when you have all this food stacked up – COOK IT. I literally throw all of mine into a steamer, wait for it to cool & then freeze it. Each day I take out the portions that I need & defrost them. Easy. & ZERO WASTE – ‘cause let’s be honest, that’s the bit that costs a fortune!
3. Be choosy
I have so many blog posts planned for this! I think I’ve become a little obsessed with the ‘If you don’t love it, toss it’ concept from Marie Kondo & now have it in the back of my mind everytime I think about buying something. If its clothes, consider what emotion it evokes in you. Is it something that you look at & it makes you feel REALLY, REALLY good? If it is, get it! If not, leave it! When it comes to food, be choosy about what products you buy. Free range, grass fed, organic, biodynamic – you could go insane with all the ‘healthy’ must do’s out there! This is where a little common sense comes in. If it’s a fruit or veg that has a skin that you are going to eat, you’re best off getting organic. If it’s a skin you can toss before you eat it, you’ll probably be ok with non-organic if you can’t afford it. If you can build a relationship with your butcher & find out first hand where your meat comes from, you’re going to get better quality than from your supermarket. You get where I’m going with this.
To have a healthy lifestyle, you don’t always have to sacrifice something else. Check out this infographic from Compare the Market if you don’t believe me!
What do you do to make sure you’re getting a bargain? Seriously, tell me. I NEED TO KNOW. Such a bargain queen since I have to pay bills now.
– nmk, xo