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10 Ways to Get Healthy for Under $10

by on March 13, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month and PowerWallet wants to help you get healthy while keeping your wallet healthy, too. When it comes to balancing your health with your finances, many people have a hard time keeping the two in check at the same time. When budgets get tight and you get stressed, your diet is usually one of the first things to go. In addition, you don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on things like gym memberships and exercise equipment to keep you in shape.

While most of us can’t fit a personal trainer and home nutritionist into our budgets, that doesn’t mean we still can’t be healthy! A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to cost much—you just have to be effective about how you spend your money and get creative with how you live healthier every day.


With that in mind, your PowerWallet team gives you 10 ways to get healthy for under $10:

  1. Cook meals from scratch. Dollar per dollar, cooking meals from raw ingredients costs you less money than eating out. Buying fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains and making your meals from scratch provides more nutritional value than prepackaged foods and usually costs less than $10 per person to feed a family of four.
  2. Shop farmer’s markets. While organic foods are expensive, locally grown fruits and vegetables can be purchased at farmer’s markets right in your neighborhood. You get the freshest possible ingredients and often pay less than at the grocery store.
  3. Go produce picking at the farm. Even better than a farmers market, depending on your area, you may be able to find local farms that will let you come and pick your fruits or vegetables yourself. You get a basket you can fill for a nice low charge, plus you get the fresh air and exercise as you gather your produce.
  4. Take the dog for a walk. You and you puppy get out for some fresh air, you get your heart rate up, and you don’t spend a dime to do it. If you have a puppy, you can even let them run for a bit and get an even better workout.
  5. Take your kids out to play at the local park. Assuming you have a park in your neighborhood within walking distance, this is a 100% free way to get some exercise and have fun as a family at the same time. Your kids have boundless energy, so running around with them in the park is a great way to burn calories.
  6. Make fresh smoothies at home. You can buy a selection of fruits, a pint of sorbet, and some juice for under $10 and make smoothies for everyone in your house for a healthy treat.
  7. Make workday lunches at home. If you go out to lunch during the workday week, there’s a good chance you spend close to $20 each day on lunch and probably end up eating at unhealthy places around your office. Instead, pack healthy leftovers or make and sandwich and take an apple for an inexpensive and nutritious meal at lunch.
  8. Get your friends out on the weekend for some team sports. If you don’t want to pay club fees, just organize some friends and hit the park or local public school athletic field for a little touch football or softball. Between your friends, you may have the equipment or everyone can chip in and you can get equipment you can use more than once.
  9. Find an exercise path. Instead of spending money on a gym membership, find a local exercise path or free club in your neighborhood where you can work out for free. You can even run the track or walk the stairs at a local athletic field.
  10. Take the stairs. If you have a super-busy schedule and you don’t have the time or the money to work out during the week, just commit to walking more and taking the stairs whenever possible. Particularly if you’re only going up or down a few floors, a few flights of stairs can do wonders for burning calories and won’t cost you any extra time over waiting for the elevator.
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