I had a few health issues back in August where I changed my diet for the better now that I’m in an area where there is more opportunity to buy quality food.
I switched from generic dairy and meats to quality meats. I noticed a difference in eating quality foods. I can no longer stomach certain fast foods.
When I mention I shop at certain places I usually get “I can’t afford to shop there” or “It’s to expensive” or “I can’t justify paying their prices”
Those comments are true on many points….for someone a strict budget I get it. I’m not spending a couple bucks more for the exact same product I can get somewhere else. It’s interesting though, food and what we put into ourselves is often a low priority. We get the “cheapest” products we can find when in fact our body and health should be a top priority.
We spend money on take out a couple times a week, drive through coffee, alcohol, clothes, unnecessary trips, things that all add up. Since I moved to a larger city, it is tempting to spend more. I started a “Spend on a Whim” journal….where I’m tracking all my take out and money I “would have spent” So far this month I would have spent over $40 on things I would have spent but found a cheaper and just as effective solution. You may think while $40 isn’t that much, it does add up.
When you look at the bigger picture, cutting back and becoming a minimalist can free up some extra cash for quality food. You would be surprised how switching to healthier choices does in fact make you feel better and helps you cut back on things you REALLY don’t need.