GUT CHECK: Cleaning up your expenses shouldn’t include cutting wellness budget

When it comes to overhauling your budget and cutting back on your expenses, your health is an easy target.

More often than not, your wellbeing takes the biggest hit when you decide that you’ll need to start saving money, and that can only happen by eliminating the amount of money you’re spending on a monthly basis.

First up on the chopping block almost always is any sort of fitness routine, regimen or gym membership. The health club or gym membership gets plenty of attention as far as an neat and clean way to save between $30-100 per month, whether you’re paying for just yourself or the entire family.

Focusing primarily on this expense is both disheartening and unnecessary. The stress of having to save money needs some sort of an outlet, and working more hours in the office isn’t exactly the cure all that you’re thinking.

The gym caters to anyone who’s unbelievable pensive and worried about money by allowing you to run a little faster or kick that punching bag a little harder. Truthfully, today’s gym membership for an individual is $1 per day or less. Instead of honing in on your gym venture, why not look at that $1 per day and eliminate something else from your daily regimen that costs as much or more?

Maybe that $4 cup of coffee each morning or that afternoon energy drink that ranges between $3 and $5 would be a better place to start, before you start picking on your gym first and foremost.

And the same goes for not only your activity but also your food intake.

You might feel the need to feed off the dollar menu at your favorite fast food restaurant or skimp on the more expensive grocery store foods, even if they are the ones that stand as the healthiest fare. Reducing your budget might not be worth the risk of sacrificing your eating habits as a result. There’s plenty of ways to eat healthy and save money, without eating burgers and fries for the entire week. Whether you research low cost meals online or find recipes that can be prepared for under a certain, reasonable, dollar amount, you will find that to be a more realistic and revered of an option in comparison to watching your waistline expand even if you budget is shrinking.

Often times the food you eat and places you exercises don’t have a premium put on them when it comes to saving money, and most consumers see these as luxuries more than necessities. But that logic fails more often than not, especially when those same consumers don’t think about nixing the heavy price tag associated with cell phone plans and cable bills.

There’s nothing wrong with having priorities when it comes to your budget, just as long as they’re in the right order.