As a parent, you will always be on the lookout for ways in which you can make your finances flourish (especially with the Christmas period just around the corner and a million different presents to buy). One of the easiest ways to do this is by budgeting – though it’s important that you do some both wisely and resourcefully. For example, some things are simply worth paying for – and your health is one of them.
That being said, there are some ways in which you can take better care of your family’s health on a budget. Here are some great examples to get you started!
- Look into payment plans. Sometimes, taking care of your health can be expensive. For example, we often have to pay out of pocket for dental work – which often puts people of from visiting the dentist, even if they are dealing with serious dental problems such as bleeding gums or toothache. However, you can get the dental support you need on budget by using payment plans that allow you to pay for your treatment gradually over time. Alternatively, you could pay for the dentist with zippay – a plan that allows you to get the treatment you need now and pay later.
- Spend more time outdoors. When you are trying to help the entire family get healthy, you must find a way to incorporate more exercise into your daily routines. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to start paying for a family gym pass. In fact, exercise doesn’t have to cost you anything at all – you can head out for family walks or runs or exercise in your home or garden. Spending more time outdoors is also great for your health, as it produces your body’s production of serotonin – the hormone that controls happiness.
- Cut down grocery bills by shopping local. There are many well-documented benefits to following a healthy, balanced diet. For example, not only is it a way to lose weight, but it’s also an essential step in taking care of your eyes. However, shopping for healthy food can be expensive. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can start to cut down on your weekly grocery bills. For example, you could skip the overcrowded supermarkets in favour of local shops, which often have much smaller pricetags. While you might not have as many options to choose from, you’ll be getting much better value for money and will be helping a small business stay afloat during troubling times.
- Try your hand at growing your own veggies. We’re encouraged to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg a day, which, as mentioned previously, can be expensive. However, you can save money and learn valuable new skills by learning to grow your own fruit and veg. If you’re short on space, don’t worry – certain vegetables can even be grown indoors, such as potatoes, carrots and tomatoes – meaning you don’t even need to have a big garden to put your green fingers to the test!