One of the best things you can do to improve not only your physical health but also your mental health and wallet is to start walking more. If you live within walking distance to work or the grocery store, why on earth would you drive? I know under certain circumstances it makes sense to take your car. Maybe it's raining, or you can't take the heat of the summer sun. But if the weather is cooperating, and you are physically able, give the car a rest and walk to your destination.
People who add a brisk 20-30 minute walk into their daily workout will see a noticeable improvement in their physical health within a few weeks. This doesn't even take into account the mental benefits of walking. With all of the news coming at us throughout the day - good or bad, real or fake - this is a great time to clear your head, disconnect and ignore all of the media noise that will come at you the rest of the day.
You may be thinking to yourself, "how will this help me save money?" Well, consider all of the money you spend of fuel each month. If you give up your car once or even twice per week, that means you won't refuel as often, hence saving money in the long run. Like Honest Abe used to say, "a penny saved is a penny earned." This method of thinking will also help explain the miracle of compounding which I'll review in a future post.