From free home-gym equipment to discount prescription drugs, cheaper medical procedures, and health insurance that pays you back, the opportunities to save money on healthy living are plentiful. Here’s how to take advantage of them today.
Eat organic (cheaply)
Buy organically grown: You don’t need certified organic, just organically grown. Some farmers use organic farming practices but have chosen not to become certified organic because of the added red tape and expenses. This means you can often buy organic fruits and veggies from these farmers for around 50 percent less than what the certified farmers charge.
Plan around your protein: Look for sales on free-range or naturally-raised meats and buy them first, says nutrition educator Amanda Louden of Gold River, California, who writes EatYourRoots.org. You’ll save twice: You will get your protein on sale and be able to better plan (and buy less) to fill out your meals.
Be super-choosy: You don’t need to buy organic when fruits and veggies have a protective layer that you don’t eat (like bananas and watermelon) or when they’re unlikely to have been sprayed heavily with pesticides (like blueberries and kiwi). Check out this chart for guidance:
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