If you have the ability to choose proper food without reallocating your budget, that’s great. But if you’re buying cheap food to spend money elsewhere, that needs to change. There’s no point in trying to sugar coat the delivery of that message. It can be a hard reality to face when so much cheap food is available, and there are so many other expenses to cover. But spending money on high quality food is non-negotiable.

If you don’t spend the money now, you will pay for it later with poor health and medical expenses. In fact, investing in high quality food on a regular basis can not only save your health, but also save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Investing in your health now can help you avoid the cost of medical facilities for issues that are often preventable and costly to treat.

“If you are diagnosed with cancer, you have two battles ahead of you: to get well and to stay solvent.” ~Bankrate.com

Cancer is only one example, but it’s a very common one. Clearly the cost of care will vary according to your unique challenge, treatment choices, where you live and what type of insurance you have. But how much can any one person truly afford to pay when faced with bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars? Given that most people will also lose their ability to earn an income when confronted with a significant health crisis, the consideration is nothing short of terrifying!

In my home, our biggest monthly expenditure is almost always for food, depending on how many family members are home. This varies greatly from week to week and month to month, depending on what my kids are up to. But regardless of how many mouths are being fed, having food at the top of our budget aligns perfectly with my number one priority of health.

Housing and transportation are secondary expenses for us. And while that means that our house is on the small side and could benefit from some updating, it is an inviting, cozy, functional home filled with love.

You CAN align your spending with your true priorities. It may take time, but it will be worth it! I know, I’ve been there and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, and for my family. Don’t let anyone else decide your priorities for you. Your health is an investment that is worth every moment and penny spent and will serve you all the days of your life.