How to Lead a Frugal Lifestyle and Take Care of Your Health

How to Lead a Frugal Lifestyle and Take Care of Your Health

This is a guest post by Stacy B Miller, a digital content editor at Oak View Law Group.

“Take care of your body. It’s the place you have to live.”

What good would any advice do if you can’t take care of your health while leading a frugal lifestyle? After all, health is wealth. I agree that it isn’t an easy task to live a healthy style when you’re trying to save every penny for managing your debts or sticking to a budget on a variable income. But this isn’t an impossible task.

The cost of food is increasing, however, your paycheck isn’t. You need lean meats, fresh vegetables, healthy fats, fruits, and carbohydrates for proper brain and body functioning.

There is no need to neglect your health just to save dollars. Just follow these 6 steps to eat the healthiest foods without breaking your frugal budget.

Step no 1: Prepare your meals at home.

The best part of cooking food at home is that you can prepare meals as per your taste bud. If you have high cholesterol, then you need to avoid oily foods. You can prepare meals with less oil.

I have high cholesterol and my doctor has asked me to reduce it without any medicine. So I try to avoid using butter or too much oil when I’m cooking.

I love baking. When I bake a Christmas cake, I use refined oil instead of butter. This reduces the cost of cake and doesn’t affect my health as well.

Eat food at home before going out to eat. There will be less chance to overeat and waste money. Carry nuts and fruits to feel less hungry. You won’t be tempted to buy foods and spend money.

Step no 2: Buy healthy foods while being frugal.

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You need healthy foods to stay fit. Period.

Here is a list of healthy foods you can buy for under $5. It’s a myth that you have to spend lots of money for eating healthy.

  • Healthy fruits like oranges, apples, grapes, bananas, pears, watermelon, etc.
  • Fresh vegetables like carrots, tomato, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, etc.
  • Healthy proteins like chicken breast, tuna, eggs, and salmon.
  • Whole grains like brown rice, whole grain pasta, popcorn, etc.
  • Other food items are black beans, greek yogurt, low-fat milk, water, peanuts, etc.

Step no 3: Stick to your shopping list.

Please don’t take your friends with you when you go grocery shopping. When you take your friends along with you, you may get tempted to buy what they are recommending.

Your friend may buy frozen foods to save money and time, but that’s not good. Frozen foods are quite costly and they are not good for health. You don’t need to buy frozen foods just like your friend.

Prepare a list ahead of time. This list should consist 8 weeks’ worth of food. Don’t get tempted to try new things. Stick to your grocery list to have more money for the things you need.

Explore the local market where you can get fresh fruits and vegetables at a price less than what popular stores are charging.

Buy generic foods. Don’t get tempted by the advertisements you see on TV. Explore your neighborhood store’s brands. You’ll see that most of them have just as many nutrients as popular brands have at half the price. I agree that there is a slight difference in taste but it’s negligible.

Step no 4: Opt for cheap protein.

Healthy proteins help to burn fat and build muscle. Buy costly steak and lobster for special occasions. You don’t need to eat lobster daily for building your muscle.

Buy cheap protein powder and supplements and exercise regularly. You can have a healthy body and strong muscle. The best part of this tip is that you can do everything on a healthy budget.

Step no 5: Cut down your unnecessary expenses.

Which is more important? Food or a designer bag? You have to prioritize.

If you want to stay healthy, then you have to spend less on entertainment and more on healthy foods. You need to cut down your unnecessary expenses.

Create a budget and track where you’re spending money. Look at the products and services where you spend money. Do you need all of them? If not, then cut down your expenses to have more money for food.

If you don’t have a budget, then create one soon. It will help you control your finances. You’ll always have money when it’s time for grocery shopping.

Step no 6: Shop from the nearby grocery store.

There is no valid reason behind shopping at 14 different grocery stores to find the best deal. Time is money and gas. You know it. Why would you burn gas and waste time exploring numerous places? There must be a few grocery stores around your home that can give you everything you need.

Of course, there are stores where you can find many things, but they should be on your way. Research and find out the places where you can grab most of the deals on the items you need. Don’t waste your money and gas trying exploring various places to find just one deal.

You can be hale and hearty while living a frugal life. You can easily eat proper foods without incurring debts. Keep track of your spending and stick to your budget. Cook food at home, shop from the local market, avoid buying food on impulse and have cheap protein.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

About The Author

Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career