Often when we are looking to save money we just focus on the specific expenditures instead of looking at broader life issues that may be impacting multiple categories. For example your daily living expenses might be bigger than your income can handle because of where you live. Move and you might instantly be perfectly in budget.
Another of these broader areas is how much you weigh. If you are overweight it could be costing you money every month that you did not even think related to being overweight.
How does this translate in to extra expenses we don’t even think about?
- Extra food costs – when you over eat you spend more on food. Lose weight, eat the right amount of calories and you will save money on food.
- Increased Fuel costs – yes you read that right, you spend more at the gas station, not on snacks but on gas (although maybe it is both!). The more weight your car is carrying the more fuel it uses. So if you lose weight you will save money on gas simply because your car uses less. (This also means you should clean out your trunk!)
What about extra income we are passing up?
- It has been shown that obese men and women are paid less. As of 2008 an average of $3.41 an hour less. Exercise to make more!
- Being overweight causes other health problems that lead to loss of work time due to sickness and short term disability.
If you are overweight this becomes a big factor in quality of life and also in overall expenses. You can control your weight and lifestyle in order for your expenses to go down.
So how can you make changes to reduce your weight and your expenses at the same time?
- Select one lifestyle change you are going to make and begin working on it. Don’t make changes all at once, it can be too overwhelming. Select one and then master that. Examples might be: walk 30 minutes a day, eat more vegetables, give up smoking or eliminate soda from your diet.
- Set up a plan to achieve the goal you set in number one. Without a plan you are setting yourself up for failure. So if your goal is to walk 30 minutes a day, determine when you are going to do that and add it to your calendar. Ready to eliminate foods from your diet then come up with a game plan and get going!
- Once you have that task mastered then you can set another health goal and begin the process over again. Keep following these steps until you have eliminated the excess weight that has been increasing your expenses.
Remember our lives are all intertwined, so work on your health and your money will follow.
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