Money and Your Health

Saving money is a big deal right now!  People are trying to pay off their debt fast so they can live a more free life.  You’re probably wondering how to do it, but still have some fun?  Here are five healthy ways to save money, but still enjoy your life.

1. Go for a hike.

I’m not trying to be rude, but taking a hike is one of the best things you can do for your health and in most places, it’s free!  In New England there are TONS of state parks to go for a hike in the forest.  New Hampshire or Maine have some of the best hiking spots, offer a ton of fresh air and can allow you to be one with the forest.  Pack a lunch, bring water and just go.  It helps clear your mind and it’s free.  Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera too…you’re going to want those pictures later.

2. Grab a page turner and hit the beach.

If you’re not a reader, this one might not be for you.  Reading a good book is a great way to dive into another world and escape for awhile.  Whether you’re into mystery, romance or even non-fiction, reading a good book can be great for your mind and for your soul.  If you can’t afford to buy the new best seller, hit up your local library or find some friends to do a book swap with.  It’s fun, you educate yourself and keep your mind working.

3. Create a vision board.

If you’ve got something you’re wishing and hoping for, put it out for display!  Grab a piece of poster board or a piece of cardboard from the most recent shipment that arrived at your house and start plastering it with pictures of the dreams you have.  You can even decorate it with paint, stickers and glitter. Make it as big as you imagine.  You can get the pictures from magazines you have lying around, printing them from Pinterest and even drawings that you create!  When you’re done, hang it on a wall in your house that you’ll see everyday.  It will give you something beautiful to look at it and motivation to save money. To learn how to create a vision board that will truly work for you, make sure to join my yearly workshop.

4. Drop the coins.

When you were in your college days, or maybe you are in your college days now, do you remember that big Coca-Cola bottle that you’d use to save the extra coins you had lying around?  If you don’t have one of those lying around you can use a mason jar.  If it’s pennies or quarters, money is money.  This idea kind of goes along with #3.  If you’ve got something in mind that you want, you’ve gotta save for it, right?  It could be the new yoga mat you’ve been eyeing, a trip to Bali or even the new course on confidence to help you get out of your shell.  Whatever it is, this is a great way to help you get and stay motivated so you can reach the goal you have in mind.

5. Hook up with your local townies.

In today’s day and age, almost all towns have some presence on social media.  Most town Facebook groups showcase business owners and townies that advertise events that are happening.  It’s anything from yard sales to concerts at the town hall to fundraisers for the town sports teams.  Get involved with your town and you’ll be able to meet your fellow neighbors and hear about some awesome free events.  Imagine going to the local park with your partner to hear some cool jazz and getting to dance with your shoes off?  Sounds fun, right?  Burning calories and having fun with your neighbors is a win-win!

Out of all these ideas, which will you try first?  Saving money (or spending less) is not only good for your wallet but also good for your heart and soul.  You’ll get to do more with less and enjoy a happy, healthy life.

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