How working out has helped my finances out a littlePosted: June 14, 2012
Granted I’m paying the gym but I’m pretty sure that I’m also only roughly paying a dollar a visit. I figure this because I typically go 5 times a week and I pay $20 a month it. (5 times a week x 4 weeks=20) So I’m happy with it. I’ve also noticed how going really impacts my life in other ways.
First way, my grocery bill is lower. How you ask? I’m just not into all the junk food that I was. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat it from time to time but I’m not constantly reaching for it. Instead, I try to grab a piece of fruit or something else that’s healthier. Isn’t health food more expensive you ask? (And if you didn’t I’m pretending you did) Sometimes yes but when I look at it in the long run, I’m buying less of the junk food and am making up for the increased cost by having it around a little longer—both healthy snacks and the regular junk food lasts longer. Why? Not eating as much of the junk food and I fill up on less healthy food then on the junk food. (And yes, I was complaining about not being able to stick to a grocery budget but the food portion has gone down lower and we’re doing a lot better on this)
Second way, I eat less. Which definitely helps me with the grocery bill but it also helps me when we go out to eat. I will generally go for the half sized portion or order the whole portion but put half of it away for lunch the next day. This helps keep my grocery bill lower because I haven’t really had to buy things to make lunches with. And of course as I usually really enjoy what I had the previous night (whether at home or dining out), I get to have that yummy goodness the next day. I don’t know if it’s weird that I eat less but I do.
Third way, no soda. I’ve been sticking with water, tea or juices instead of that sugary goodness that was soda for a little over a month now. Even though I buy those things when I go grocery shopping, I used to buy them plus soda. And let’s not even think about going out to eat and ordering a soda with my meal. (I also disliked the fact that some restaurants don’t offer free refills and as I didn’t actually order my soda from the drink menu I didn’t see that disclaimer) Now I just order water with lemon. Even when I was drinking the diet stuff, it still had artificial sweetener.
Fourth way, less sickly. I have noticed that since I’ve been working out I get sick a lot less. And when I do get sick I tend to recover faster than when I didn’t work out. Case in point? When the first wisdom tooth was pulled, I didn’t eat solid food for a few days. When the last three were pulled, I was eating solid food the next day practically. So I’m spending less money on cold medicine which isn’t really cheap to begin with.
Fifth way, less alcohol. I generally don’t drink all that much. I hate having to count the liquid calories as it just seems wasteful to me but I’m too honest to not count them. In fact, the last time I had a drink was sometime in May and I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I went out with some work people the other night (without having to spend money!) as a way to network and stuck with ice water. I had a clear head and enjoyed myself immensely. And alcohol is expensive! I typically will buy what I want and just have it on hand as it will last a lot longer. (Did you check out Daisy’s post on how to save money this summer by the way? Go do so if you haven’t!)
There you have it. 5 ways that working out has helped my finances. Does working out help your finances too? If so share below!