Being A Penny Pincher Can Be Good For Your Well-Being

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Saving or earning a little extra can simply help you live a more comfortable life. Therapist Barton Goldsmith shares a few simple tips to keep in mind that may help you save in more ways than one.

Tribune News Service

Financial insecurity is a big part of many people’s lives, and it can make you feel a little unsafe in the world. Here are some things you can do to save money and live better at the same time.

-Turn off the lights! Sometimes all you need to do to stay healthy is to keep moving. Making sure all unnecessary lights are off before going to bed will bring down the electric bill and give you a chance to run up or down the stairs another time or two. It all counts as exercise.

-Eat healthy. Even people who aren’t on a budget shop at local farmers markets. The prices are good, and the freshness and quality can’t be beat. Farmers markets are in most neighborhoods. I can walk to mine. Gotta love a twofer!

-Take that walk. If you can do it, walk to the store, school, church, or whatever is within reasonable distance. The health benefits, both physically and emotionally, are obvious, and there are additional perks as well. You get to visit with other walkers, and just saying hello to someone you may have only passing acquaintance with can brighten your mood. And let’s not forget that you are saving money on gas.

-Clean out the old. It does us good to purge from time to time, and cleaning out the garage is an opportunity to both create some emotional and physical space and make a little extra money with a garage sale. If you have kids, get them involved. They could make bank on some of their old toys and video games and learn more about finances. It will also bring the family closer. Just remember, it’s also about having fun.

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