Choosing to be healthy is often not the easiest choice to make. When fast-food restaurants are continually advertising their new deals everywhere you look, the frozen meal section at your grocery store is having a big sale, and the little time you have after work before your kid’s soccer practice is spent having dinner out of a vending machine, it’s no wonder why it’s hard to be healthy.
 
Deciding to eat right, exercise, and generally live a healthier lifestyle will not only make you happier, but at the end of the day, it will save you money.  Here are a few ways you can start living healthier and saving money.
 
Cancel Your Gym Membership
I know you must be thinking, “how is this going to make me healthier?!” The truth is that half of Americans that have a gym membership don’t actually go to the gym, and if you’re part of that group, you’re wasting your money.  Instead of feeling bad and trying to motivate yourself to go to the gym, cancel your membership, and try being active in other areas of your life instead. When the weather is beautiful, go on a walk, run, or hike. Walk around your house cleaning and doing the wash. Climb up and down your stairs. Do at-home workouts. Just keep moving your body whenever you can and limit your time sitting or lying down.
 
Quit Smoking and Limit Drinking
We all know that smoking and drinking aren’t good for your health. Smoking not only harms your health, but it also affects the health of the people around you and causes damage to our planet. While drinking in moderation is more socially acceptable, it’s expensive and can also do a number on your waistline. Instead of drinking beer, alcohol, or mixed drinks every time you go out to dinner, try having seltzer, tea, coffee, or water instead.
 
Shop the Perimeter & Meal Prep
Most grocery stores are set up so the fresh and non-processed foods are around the perimeter of the grocery store. Make most of your shopping trips about these ingredients. Limit your meats and stick to other protein sources to save even more money. Having fresh options around means using or losing them fast. Be sure to meal prep so you have food that’s easy to grab and go and freeze what you can to extend the shelf life of your meals.
 
Going out to eat? Bring Half Home
Spending time out at restaurants is a fun and social thing to do. Unfortunately, it’s not only expensive to do this often, it’s also bad for your waistline. The portions at restaurants are huge, and there is always more sodium in the dishes than if you were to make the same thing at home. If you’re going out to eat, try splitting the meal with your partner or friend or commit to bringing half of the dish home for lunch the following day.
 
Each of these tips can help you be healthier and ultimately save you money. You can also boost your savings when you sign up for our Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back free checking accounts. Earn rewards like 3.00% cashback on purchases up to $300 monthly or 3.00% Annual Percentage Yield (APY) on your balance up to $10,000. Pair it with our Kasasa Saver account where you can earn 1.00% APY on balances up to $100,000!
 
How can you qualify for rewards? By doing things you might already be doing!
 
To earn your rewards for Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back, each qualification cycle, you will need to have 12 debit card purchases post and settle, be enrolled in eStatements, and log into online banking. Earn rewards for Kasasa Saver by qualifying for Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back.
 
It’s that easy!