Stretching Your Cents: Chores that are Better than the Gym

The old adage is true: you're only ever saving time, energy, or money. So why not turn to things that require a bit of elbow grease, and save money while you burn calories?

Below are some household chores that will help get your heart pumping and save you money.

Hand-wash dishes.
Hand washing dishes saves you money (electricity bills, detergent, hot water bills, etc). We do 100% hand washing here, and it takes an average of 10 minutes/day. I use gloves to protect my hands, and listen to audiobooks while I scrub. 

Use a push mower, shovel and rake.
Cut your lawn in a way that saves you money, reduces fuel dependence, and saves your lungs (and mine) from nasty emissions! PLUS push mowers deposit the cut grass back on the lawn, which gives the lawn a nice layer of material to decompose and feed it (ours doubled in thickness and was noticeable green when we left the cuttings on it!).

Use alternative transportation.
Can you take a city bus? Bike? Walk? Carpool? All of this will save you money in gas (and wear & tear on your vehicle), and some of it will burn calories and reduce carbon emissions. Win win win!

My best workouts have been walking a mile to the bus to (and/or from) work. It's necessary in order to get a paycheck, so I can't talk myself out of it like I can going to the gym. Plus, it's a great way to wake up and focus the mind.

What are your favorite hand-powered chores?

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