Immunity rich foods such as oranges to keep you healthy on a frugal budget

Looking after your health is critical for your finances

I spent about a third of last year sick. I caught 4 colds, one awful stomach bug, and the flu which turned into bronchitis. As a result, I had to have 10 sick days off work, including 4 in a row, which is just unheard of for me.


One could argue that the reason behind my constant flow of illnesses was because I had turned 30 and my body had therefore given it in as everything is downhill from 30. However, the real reason was a combination of three factors:

  1. Firstly, last year was one of the worst years on record for colds and flus in Brisbane. So, chances are, I was going to get sick at least once or twice.
  2. Secondly, I was quite iron deficient, so my immune system was not functioning as well as it usually does.
  3. Thirdly, we spent over two months renovating our laundry and garage all day every weekend and after work. Consequently, I overworked myself and didn’t give myself enough rest and recovery time.


Other than the nuisance of constantly feeling far less than 100%, being sick is costly. The ten sick days I used, cost me $467 in higher duties pay as I get paid at my base wage for sick leave. Additionally, these days also cost me the ability to earn overtime.


Further to this, I also had the cost of 3 doctors appointments which left me $135 out of pocket. On top of this were multiple cold and flu tablet purchases, 3 bottles of cough syrup, vitamins, and immunity soup ingredients.


All up, these illnesses cost me in excess of $750, as well as ruining multiple weekends and a holiday to Perth.


As a result of this, my primary New Years resolution for 2018 is to look after my health. Firstly, I’ve started to get my iron levels under control. Secondly, I ensure that I get enough rest and recovery time each weekend. And, thirdly, I am focusing more on my nutrition and reducing my alcohol intake.


It is my hope that by looking after my health, my health will in turn look after my wallet. I encourage you to get on top of your finances by doing the same!


Cheers, TFC.


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The Flawed Consumer is a Gen Y consumer that is on a mission to achieve wealth simply by changing spending and lifestyle habits.

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