So many of us made new year resolutions this past month but sticking to them is the hard part.
If your focus in 2021 is health and well-being, we have the tools available to help. Our team has put together money-saving tips to keep you focused on the end goal and still have money left in your wallet.
If you love to run or jog, the likelihood is that you have considered purchasing a treadmill. Winter in Illinois is bleak so you may be less inclined to head outdoors for your morning run. If you are looking to invest in a treadmill (or any other piece of home gym equipment for that matter), we recommend looking to buy second-hand. Not only will your purse benefit, but it is far better for the environment. You will find that thrift stores, charity shops, e-bay, craigslist, and Facebook marketplace have plenty on offer.
Food plays a part in improving your health. We all know this. But what you might not know is that you can eat healthy on a budget. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often ‘fresher’ than those in the refrigerated section at the supermarket - and much cheaper. It’s cheaper to make an artisanal loaf at home than it is to buy one. And, if you want to go organic, supermarkets like Aldi have a great selection.
If you want to support local gyms and yoga studios but also prefer not to attend in-person classes, many offer regular Zoom sessions so you can work out in the comfort of your home.
Meditation and deep breathing are simple but effective tools for relaxing the body and mind and preparing for the rest of your day. This exercise is completely free.
If you’ve started working out for the first time in a while, you’ll likely be feeling it, or you might just be feeling rundown. A day off and some pampering may be in order. You can purchase spa items from local stores across central Illinois for a fraction of what you would spend for a day at the spa. Whether it’s a face mask, scrub, or peel you’re after, social media is your go-to for this. Ask for recommendations and or do a search.
So, you can work out, eat healthily, and prepare your body and mind for 2021 without breaking the budget, as well as supporting local businesses and improving the environment.
With all those savings you’ll be making, you will want to consider a savings account with us to keep track. You can speak to our team in New Berlin, Springfield, Modesto or Palmyra for more information.