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20-with-diner-receipt-189321-mIt is a misguided perception that the only way to save money on your food budget is to chose highly processed and unhealthy items. This is simply not true. In fact, with a little guidance, you can save both your money and your health at the same time.

Fast food can be very addicting. It is full of sodium of sodium and sweeteners, things that our bodies can used to very quickly. There are a slew of other chemicals in fast food as well, some of which are designed to increase the “food’s” addictive quality. Marketing tricks also make your think that you are spending less than the real cost. Dollar menus, free add-ons, micro-sizing, comparison influence and other back-handed techniques have all proven to cause you to spend a lot while thinking that you got a bargain.

Just a small, regular fast food habit can cost anywhere from $70-$300 a month for one person. Add it up.

Fast food is definitely not the best nor the only way to get convenience, either. There are plenty of ways to make feeding yourself healthy food just as easier, or even easier than driving through yet another burger, pizza, chicken, whatever joint. Plus, you can save money.

Guess what? There are prepared food sources out there that take minutes to make yet are low cost, healthy choices. For example, this Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole is a quick fix meal that contains no added MSG, is Gluten Free, a good source of fiber, and contains no hydrogenated oil. Packaged in mylar pouches, the casserole will also last 25 years, so you never have to worry about not having something great to eat.

Each serving of Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole only costs $1.67. So what is your excuse? For that amount, you can’t even get a small fast food cheeseburger.

There are other hidden costs associated with fast food. These are heath care costs. Eating a constant fast food diet will negatively affect your health and your lifespan. If dying early or being debilitated isn’t enough of a negative incentive, consider all of your out-of-pocket medical expenses, including medications for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other disease associated with eating a fast food diet. Make a better choice, for your health and for your wallet.

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