Are you putting expensive things into your body? Are you spending too much money on supplements? Are you looking for little savings from what you consume?
There are many ways that you can save money just by watching what you put inside of you. Are you aware of everything that’s going into your system?
Let’s look at how you can save money by limiting what you put into your system…
Do you really need that?
Do you really need that cup of coffee in the evening? Do you really need that supplement when you’re not even training that hard? I’m not some frugality zealot that’s going to suggest that you save money by cutting everything possible out. That’s no fun. I enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The problem revolves around the idea of consuming what we don’t need.
We can find many little ways to save a few bucks here and there by cutting out what we really don’t need. You can save a little fortune by not eating unless you happen to be hungry. You can save even more money by not consuming alcohol when you really don’t need to or with expensive supplements that don’t really do a whole lot of positive.
Lots of money can be saved by asking yourself: do I really need that?
Are you aware of the placebo effect?
The effects of the placebo can be very dangerous. You think that you’re getting certain results due to these high priced pills, but in reality you’re just spending money on nothing.
I recently caught a fascinating documentary on the world of bodybuilding. In this film the director exposes how supplements are made and how they don’t really do all that much. The fancy packaging, the beautiful women in the commercials, and the jacked up body builders make the supplement seem like it works. We then pay the expensive price for this supplement. In doing so we convince ourselves that it’s going to work. This is where the placebo effect comes into play. The placebo effect allows us to justify expensive purchases by convincing ourselves that this high-priced product works.
I don’t want to dwell on this point for much longer so I’ll just leave it at this– try going with a cup of coffee, a drink of beer, or that expensive supplement next time. See what you can do naturally and track your results. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you find out what you can accomplish all on your own without consuming anything expensive.
Do you enjoy the activity or is it just a habit?
I must confess that I smoked cigarettes in high school. I was convinced that I was addicted. I would meet up with the same group of friends every morning and enjoy a few smokes together. It was a disgusting and expensive activity.
Then I stopped hanging out with these friends for random reasons. At this point I noticed that the smoking was just a habit that I was stuck in and I didn’t really care for smoking. We often get stuck with a habit and have a difficult time kicking it.
You’ll notice this too with one area of your life. You might feel that you enjoy a particular activity, but it’s just a habit. We are creatures of habit and we tend to mimic the same behavior over time. This will happen to you. You can save yourself a decent amount of change by cutting out habits that are costing you money.
How will you save a little bit of money today? Will you cut out a habit? Will you try to go natural?
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