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Money Saving Monday: Living A Healthy Lifestyle For Less

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It seems that the nation is on a mission to live healthy. Terms like “Organic”, “Zero-Transfats”, and “Vegan” leap of grocery store shelves and into our shopping carts.

Many abandon the bargains of superstores for the peace of mind of local farmer’s markets and health food franchises.

Health clubs burst with eager members pounding it out on treadmills, lifting weights, and exploring their flexibility in yoga.

Devoting our lives to living healthy–although the first choice for our bodies hasn’t always been the first choice for conservative pockets.

However, as the demands for nutritious alternatives increase, so does the accessibility of these resources.

Here are a few ways to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle without draining your finances.

Shop seasonally. Not only are seasonal fruits and veggies economical, but they are absolutely delicious.

Prepare healthy meals at home. This should be your default method of eating. Cooking at home is a great alternative to eating out because you are responsible for how your food is prepared. Once you get out of the habit of eating out you will see your pockets grow while your waist shrinks.

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(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Trader Joe’s–two simple words that bring a smile to my face, every time. This health food franchise isn’t just a great location for economic edibles. Trader Joe’s proudly offers competitive prices in household items like soap, shampoo, and even facial moisturizer.

Go with the green! Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli are often a staple in a wholesome diet. Not only are these veggies good for you, but they are also some of the most inexpensive foods you can buy.

Eat less meat. Cutting back on animal-based protein is one of the easiest ways to save money. Meats can be quite pricey and often carry a higher calorie count than other food.

Start with these simple staples and you’ll have a great foundation for living healthy on a budget.

If you have other money-saving tips for living the perfect healthy lifestyle, let us know below in the comment section.

-Jennifer Hall, CBS Charlotte

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