3 Things To Stop Buying For Your Health And Your Wallet
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What is worse than buying something that is unnecessary? Buying something that will damage your health and cost you even more money in the future. All the things on the following list are obvious to everyone buy I find that we must continuously advocate for the non-use of these things to get the point across.
To compound the situation, they’ve been increasingly accessible to the younger generations. Quit buying (or buy less) of these items and it will mean major savings in medical costs in the long run.
Cigarettes. Without a doubt, cigarettes is the #1 most useless thing you can buy. You’ve seen the TV campaigns and they really have had an impact on the tobacco industry. Shelling out upwards $5 per pack for something that does nothing but harms your body makes no sense. At a pack a day, it’ll cost $1,825 for a year of smoking. Don’t forget the higher insurance premiums, teeth bleaching, and the medical costs when all those chemicals have finally screwed up your health.
Coffee. Sorry to the Starbucks fanatics but it had to be said. Did you know regular coffee drinkers can suffer from withdrawal when they stop? That is a clear sign that coffee can take control of your body and mind. Whether you brew it yourself or you visit the local coffee house, many people with find that they spend hundreds of dollars on coffee. And, those coffee stained teeth are truly going to make your dentist happy when you go in to get them whitened. Cheaper and healthier alternatives are tea, ice or sparkling water, and juices.
Alcohol. Wow, this coming from a recent college graduate! I see firsthand what happens because of this magical liquid that makes everybody “more fun”. Hey, let’s spend $50 tonight on alcohol and barf my guts out 2 hours later ($50 down the toilet?). The long-term effects include liver and kidney damage and weakening of the heart. But the most costly effect of alcohol is the dangerous activities that one would engage in such as drunk driving which results in even more costs and harm to health.
This small list contains the typical must-have’s for the busy, corporate personnel in the high stress business world. They wake up and drink a cup of coffee, take a smoke during breaks, and end the day at happy hour.
The amazing thing is that everything listed above can be replaced by dihydrogen monoxide – WATER. Yes, $3.99 for 24 bottles of Poland Spring is healthier for you and your wallet than any beverage or drug you can buy.
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