Many people grow up in the modern world valuing a deal above all things. We love getting stuff for cheap. It leads us to buy brands that undercut the competition and fill our homes with discounted food and drink. This is a strategy put into action by people of all ages and backgrounds, but it’s not the one that is the best for the wallet.
This might seem counterintuitive. If you only buy stuff that’s cheap, why wouldn’t that save you money? The answer is multifaceted, but easy to understand. The food and drink you buy is an investment. And like all good investments, the fruits won’t be seen immediately, but they will come around somewhere down the line.
High Quality Food and Drink Improves Long Term Health. High quality food and drink is more expensive than low quality foods, but that’s because they take longer to make and are composed of more nutritious ingredients. If you eat this stuff, your body will grow and heal itself with the best possible building blocks. Over the long haul, this will result in lower incidence of chronic diseases and better general health and happiness. You may not feel your best right away, but making great food part of your daily routine will yield healthy dividends down the line.
Quality Foods Are Better for Your Weight. Quality foods tend to make you fuller with fewer calories. They are also typically eaten in smaller portions, because they are more expensive and more subtle. You can eat cheap ice cream by the carton, because that food is about gluttony, not an experience. More expensive ice cream is about savoring the tastes and textures of quality ingredients, not to stuff yourself to bursting. Reserve wine delivery of great wines because you want to taste the best that the world has to offer, not to get sloppy every night of the week. These food behaviors will result in a healthier weight that will make point #1 easier to achieve.
Quality Foods Are Better for Your Budget. When you have high standards for food and drink, you spend more on individual meals, but you don’t spend as often. Cheap foods are affordable, but they tend to produce cravings. We all know someone who is addicted to fast food. Maybe you are yourself or have been in the fast. You know just how fast this food leave you feeling hungry again, and how uncomplex the dining experience is. Choosing finer foods will make you choosier about what you will put in your mouth, which will be better for your budget, and the financial implications of the previous two points.
In the end, you are what you eat. Eating good foods is better for your body, but because of the above, it’s also better for your wallet. You’ll avoid long term healthcare costs by eating right, as well as the financial side effects of habitual eating of low quality foods. It’s an investment in yourself, one which will pay dividends for the rest of your life.