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Thursday's Thrifty Tip: August 13, 2009

Stay Healthy

I know…you’re all wondering how I come up with such brilliant and revolutionary concepts :)

As we recently returned home from our roadtrip with a shared cold amongst me and our kids, I’ve become accutely aware of how quickly the boxes of Kleenex that have been sitting around our house for months are all of a sudden empty. If you calculate the cost of medicine, doctor’s visits, time off of work and even, yes, boxes of Kleenex, it’s a lost more costly to be sick then to be healthy.

Being frugal doesn’t always mean being cheap. Yes, while FREE is always the price I’d like to pay, sometimes it’s worth it to spend a little more when it comes to these things. For instance, investing in a YMCA membership or good, fresh, local produce may cost more up front, but it can save you a lot of money in the long run. I’d love to say that I feed my family all fresh, organic, whole food, but I don’t have the time or money to do so. However, I do make every effort to find the best possible food at the best possible price.

Whether it’s tweaking your schedule, re-evaluating your eating or getting your family to get more active, do whatever you can to get healthy and stay healthy. Your body (and your budget) will thank you for it!