If the cost of staying healthy has been forcing you to tighten your purse strings lately, you’re not alone. Prices have skyrocketed on most everything you need to maintain your health including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements, fresh produce and more.
Yet you simply can’t afford to skimp on your health. In the long run, cutting corners may end up costing you more in medical expenses. What to do? Dr. Oz’s $1000 Savings Plan provides easy ways to save and stay healthy at the same time.
Dr. Oz’s $1000 Savings Plan
1. Prescription Drugs
$400 Money Saver: Get your Rx’s at Grocery and Big Box Stores
Prescription drugs are one of the biggest health costs out there. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffers from a chronic disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, you simply can’t afford to skip taking these medications.
Today, large chain grocery stores are offering one-time-only supplies of free blood pressure medications to bring in customers. If you are on meds for blood pressure, take advantage of this special offer. Additionally, big box retailers carry $4 monthly supplies of generic prescription drugs, as opposed to the typical $35 for brand names. While many people think that the brand name is always superior, they’re usually very similar to the generic. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor about generics and remember you can always switch back. By loading up on freebies and generics, you can save up to $400 a year.
2. Healthy Teeth
$300 Money Saver: Toothbrush Foods
Many people spend lots of out-of-pocket money on visits to the dentist, especially on fillings and expensive teeth-whitening treatments. That’s why it’s worth knowing about certain “toothbrush foods.”
Good Toothbrush Foods
- Crunchy vegetables such as carrots or cauliflower gently scrub teeth.
- Hard cheeses such as parmesan contain phosphopeptides that protect enamel.
- Strawberries contain malic acid, which is helpful in whitening your teeth.
Foods to Avoid
- Baked goods like muffins often contain simple sugars that cause tooth decay.
- White wine and pickles are very acidic foods that break down tooth enamel.
3. Healthy Foods
$300 Money Saver: Coupons
We’re not talking about your granny’s clip-and-save coupons. Websites such as mygrocerydeals.com or coupons.com track when your favorite items go on sale so you can save on healthy items such as fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce. The average family of four spends about $100 per month on fruits and vegetables, but with special coupons, you can easily knock 25% off that cost, which adds up to $300 in savings.
4. Healthy Eyes
$150 Money Saver: Buy Contacts in Bulk
Disposable contact lenses can run up to $300 a year when you buy them at your doctor’s office, a major expense, especially since oftentimes they get lost or tear easily. But discount club stores sell eyewear and prescription contact lenses in bulk, allowing you to save up to $150 a year. Just be sure you know your 3 O’s before purchasing eyewear:
- Optician: Fits for glasses
- Optometrist: For basis eye exams and prescriptions
- Ophthalmologist: For complicated medical conditions like glaucoma
$100 Money Saver: Buy at Big Box Stores
Supplements are one of the best things you can do to improve your mind, mood and energy, but can be pricey, especially at specialty health stores. Online purchases may look like a good deal but not necessarily once you factor in shipping and handling costs. Buying supplements at big box stores can save you at least half of what you might pay at specialty health stores. When purchasing look for the cheapest product you can find from a big name manufacturer you trust. And remember, you don’t have to go wild by purchasing tons of supplements. Be sure to buy a multivitamin and a omega-3 supplement to boost your mood; always check for 100% daily allowance on the label. Click here for Dr. Oz's Ultimate Supplement Checklist.
6. Healthy Feet
$50 Money Saver: Wear Insoles
More than any other body part, your feet take quite a daily pounding. To reduce both aches and pains along with the risk of plantar fascitis – tiny tears in the thick band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your toes – you need proper support. Custom-made orthotic insoles can be very expensive. Insoles with gel cushioning are available at drugstores and can save you $50.
$1 Fast Fixes For Your Most Annoying Health Problems
1. $1 Fix For Gas: Peppermint Gum
Peppermint-flavored gum is not only good for your breath, but also wonderful for your belly, providing a fast fix for gas. Peppermint actually relaxes stomach muscles and improves the flow of bile, which digests fats.
2. $1 Makeup Remover: Baby Shampoo
Makeup removers are not only expensive, but they can also irritate your eyes. Instead, use baby shampoo, which contains lauric acid derived from coconut oil. It’s very soothing and acts as a natural counter-irritant, leaving you tear- and blotch-free.
3. $1 Fix for Torn Cuticles: Lip Balm
A lip balm makes a perfect mini-moisturizer stick for dry or torn cuticles. Apply on the snagged skin, since this area near the nail can be an entry point for an infection.
4. $1 Fix for Foot Odor: Tea
If you suffer from foot odor, tea is a quick and inexpensive fix. The tannins in tea act as natural astringents and help kill bacteria. To deodorize and neutralize smell, soak for 20 minutes in a foot bath of water steeped with 4-5 tea bags.