Is a big chunk of your monthly budget going to healthcare and fitness expenses?
You might be surprised to know there are ways to reduce your prescription costs, healthcare costs and even get fit for free!
Which of these 9 ways will help you reduce health and fitness expenses?
- This time of the year the lure of the fitness center looms large. There are ads for fitness centers everywhere you turn, and the promise of a healthier new you! Here’s a resolution solution that will help you hold on to your hard earned cash – GET FIT FOR FREE! Walk, ride bikes, try exercise dvd’s or fitness classes on TV and discover at home workouts on Pinterest. Average savings – at least $40 a month and $480 a year.
- If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, join the crowd! Losing weight is the most popular resolution, and the diet centers are eagerly awaiting your dollars! This year I’d like to introduce you to two completely FREE diet websites – SparkPeople.com and MyFitnessPal.com. Simply input your weight, your desired weight, and you’ll get a plan. These sites help you keep a food diary and keep count of calories, fat, protein and carbs. You’ll also find plenty of motivation, tips and support in their online forums.
- Make sure you are taking advantage of your flex plan for pre-tax savings on doctor visits and prescriptions.
- Save money on prescriptions by avoiding “combo pills.” A combo pill combines more than one type of medication. For example, Lotrel is a blood pressure medicine that costs $70 a month for generic, but you could get a prescription for the two components (Amlodipine and Benazepril) for $6 each.
- Speaking of prescriptions, always ask your doctor about money saving options! The last time I did this, my doctor gave us a bag full of samples!
- Order pet medications online from 1-800-PetMeds – America’s Pet Health Resource ,and you’ll save money! Simply place your order online, and they will contact your vet for the prescription. Here’s a coupon code to take advantage of now: $8 Off Any It’s one less errand you have to run this week! Costco, Sam’s and Walmart also offer pet medications for less than your vet.
- Order contact lenses online from DiscountContactLenses.com ,it works just like PetMeds.com. Costco, Sam’s and Walgreen’s also offer discount contact lenses.
- No dental insurance? Find a dental school in your area for exams.
- Want a bargain massage? Try a massage therapy school! In Houston, Memorial Hermann Southwest offers a 1 hour massage for only $29, and tipping is not allowed!
Do you have any tricks to trimming health and fitness expenses?
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