Does your food pyramid include a heaping helping of items from vending machines or fast food dining options? Your health and wealth are intertwined and this diet may lead you toward financial instability – and here’s why.
In today’s episode of Your Money Minute with Tracy Stewart, CPA, I want to discuss how dining out is killing you (and your bank account.) You don’t need me to tell you that vending machine food, fast food and constant snacking is murderous on both your waistline and your wallet, right? Though these foods are often fast and convenient, they’re anything but healthy and should be avoided.
Recent data from the USDA shows that inflation has caused a sharp increase in the cost of fast food and dining options. But this study also finds that the cost of home-cooked meals has been left largely unaffected. What does this mean? Try cooking as much as you can at home – and saving these other options for special occasions. There may be super healthy options in your local vending machines… but there aren’t in mine! Keep your health and wealth in check by saying no to dining out for lunch and dinner, having excessive desserts and choosing the most convenient dining options. When you eat at home, you have much more control over the ingredients, where the foods come from and the portion sizes you eat. All of this means a happier, healthier and wealthier you!
Financial independence is unbelievably liberating. When you save money and keep your health in check, you set yourself up to live a long, financially-stable life – and that’s something to be very excited about.
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