Showing posts with label new years. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new years. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ring in the New Year With a Resolution to Save!

The holiday season has come to a close, and resolutions have been set for the New Year. Now comes the hard part - sticking with them! According to Nielsen, the most popular resolutions include getting healthier, getting organized, and spending less money. However, research shows that 92% of Americans fail to achieve the resolutions they set.

Why does this happen? There are several reasons. Many people set unrealistic goals, while others don't develop a plan - they set a resolution without knowing how they're going to achieve it. 

By setting small, manageable goals and taking concrete steps to meet them, reaching your New Year's resolution suddenly becomes much easier. And if you're trying to save money in 2016, your medicine cabinet can be one of the best places to start. This year, help meet your New Year's resolutions by being smart with your prescriptions!

The first step to saving money with your medication is to make sure you are using them properly. Check the labels to make sure you are taking your medications as prescribed and that you are storing them correctly. While many Americans attempt to cut healthcare costs by taking less medication than they've been instructed, this ultimately has the opposite effect: the cost of non-adherence to the healthcare system is an estimated $290 billion annually.

If you're taking any name-brand medications, you may want to try talking to your doctor to see if there are any generic alternatives he or she can recommend. In many cases, generic medication can be a less expensive, but equally effective option. For more information, see our earlier blog post about generic prescription medication.

Even if you take generic drugs, prescriptions can often be costly, especially if you don't have insurance. That's why it's smart to take advantage of prescription savings cards like the one offered by FamilyWize. These cards can be a great resource for saving more on your medication and staying healthy.

The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card offers an average savings of 42% on retail prescription prices and has no eligibility requirements. You can use it whether you're insured or uninsured, and getting savings is easy - simply show it to your pharmacist when you're picking up a prescription, and ask them for the lowest price.  You can also compare prices in your neighborhood at home by using the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup Tool.  

You can print out or order your own FamilyWize card on our website, or download the free smartphone app, available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. It’s a great tool for saving money, even if you have insurance, so make sure to always bring your FamilyWize card when you're making a trip to the pharmacy. Happy New Year, and enjoy the savings!    

Monday, December 23, 2013

Making Healthy Changes for 2014

About this time of year, we’re faced with two seemingly opposing tasks: Making delicious feasts for our loved ones, and pondering New Year’s resolutions, in which we will improve our health and eat better. So while we’re elbow-deep in shortening-laden creations and butter-and-cream rich recipes, we shake our heads in defeat, convinced we can’t do anything about our health goals until the new year.

Tea with honey

It rarely occurs to us that we can start our efforts in the middle of these festive seasons – after all, isn’t this the time when endless cookies, pies, and cakes abound? How could you possibly attempt to improve your health as you race between holiday parties, school plays, and family obligations? In truth, because any lasting change to and for our health comes in small adjustments. If you are counting on the first of the year to be your catalyst for change, I encourage you to nix that thinking, and start now! Focus on the small changes and adapt your life gradually, and you’ll discover that permanent changes are possible and easy.

Make small substitutions. Rather than attempt an all-out kitchen cupboard makeover while baking snickerdoodles, start with the little things: pick up some local honey at the farmer’s market, and use that for your tea. Substitute real butter for cheap shortening. Ever tried coconut sugar? It makes an excellent replacement for brown sugar.

One thing at a time. Often, when we want change, we want it all at once. Downside: we push things hard and fast, and then we burn out our focus and excitement. If your kids love to eat fast food, this isn’t the time to make radical rules. Instead, suggest grabbing a meal at a local burrito restaurant, where they make them by hand (like Chipotle or Moe’s) instead of Taco Bell. Do you have kids that love chips and dip? How about making some homemade salsa and picking up some organic corn chips? And if you love a good cookie, crowd around the kitchen and make them from scratch, rather than buying premade logs in the refrigerated section.

Don’t step too far off the beaten path. So you tried kohlrabi tarts, and no one liked them? You might want to stick to tried and true favorites, like whole-food based traditional recipes. If you aren’t sure where to start, review recipes online that are focused on whole sources, less-processed ingredients, and add one or two to the regular menu. If you typically make a pumpkin pie for Christmas, try making your dough from scratch rather than buying a pre-made crust. Love turkey for a holiday dish? Visit a local turkey farm and pick out a locally raised bird.

Buy local produce

Involve your family…as they are able. This is your journey, and sometimes your partner or children won’t see it the same way. Let them go. Focus on what you can do, make dishes for everyone to enjoy with little tweaks when possible, and allow others to adjust at their own pace.

Moving towards a healthier lifestyle and feeling better takes time. It won’t all be changed overnight. Set yourself a goal of improving your health in 2014, with a yearlong outlook. It takes at least that long to create a lasting lifestyle change free of stress and guilt.

What small changes have you made already? What changes are you most looking forward to?

Contributing Writer