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Preventative care beats any cure

Regular check-ups, vaccinations and screenings can detect health issues early and reduce the likelihood of expensive care down the road. Many insurance plans offer free or low-cost preventative care services. Most states have your back on this, requiring private insurers to reimburse for telemedicine.

Where your insurance won’t step in, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts can cover alternative procedures — the kind many folks swear by — like acupuncture or herbal medicine. Just be sure to get a Letter of Medical Necessity from a doctor first.

Home insurance is an essential expense – one that can often be pricey. You can lower your monthly recurring expenses by finding a more economical alternative for home insurance.

SmartFinancial can help you do just that. SmartFinancial’s online marketplace of vetted lenders allows you to quickly shop around for rates from the country’s top insurance companies, and ensure you’re paying the lowest price possible for your home insurance.

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Make the call on telehealth

Telehealth services allow patients to consult with health care providers remotely. They became increasingly popular during the COVID-19.pandemic when visiting a doctor’s office or clinic wasn’t possible.

But today, they remain a convenient and cost-effective option, particularly for non-emergency care.

Many insurance plans now cover telehealth, so consider this option for routine check-ups, consultations and even some urgent care needs.

Make prescription shopping your Rx

Comparing the prices of prescription medication at different pharmacies can produce significant savings over time.

Some pharmaceutical companies will offer introductory pricing on medications, while discount programs and price matching can also help.

Don’t hesitate to speak up when visiting your pharmacy to make sure you land the lowest price, and look into generic drugs as an effective, cost-saving measure.

Auto insurance is essential, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend a huge chunk of your paycheck on it.

With SmartFinancial’s online marketplace of vetted lenders, you can quickly shop around for rates from the country’s top insurance companies and make sure you’re paying the lowest price possible.

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Do the due: Negotiate medical bills

While big medical bills can be intimidating, providers and collectors will often extend flexibility if you ask for it. Step up to bargain or negotiate with insurers or care providers by asking about payment plans or financial assistance programs.

Healthy habits, building bonds

Research has shown that exercise makes a difference in overall health, especially walking. A 2021 study connecting exercise routines to Medicare claims found that starting regular exercise before or during middle age can save between $824 to $1,874 annually on health-care costs after retirement.

Strength training, a balanced diet, meditation and sleep hygiene also have positive effects. Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption will bolster overall health.

But the one factor just coming into its own centers on the strength of human bonds. The Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest running study of its kind at 85 years, has established a strong correlation between deep relationships and well-being.

So if you’re not sure where to start, grab a close friend for a long walk and a healthy meal afterward. Make a habit of it and you may just be on your way to boisterous health along with (we’re sure MrBeast would agree) one beauty of a life.

Unexpected vet bills don’t have to break the bank

Life with pets is unpredictable, but there are ways to prepare for the unexpected.

Embrace Pet Insurance offers coverage for treatment of accidents, illnesses, prescriptions drugs, emergency care and more.

Plus, their optional wellness plan covers things like routine vet trips, grooming and training costs, if you want to give your pet the all-star treatment while you protect your bank account.

About the Author

Chris Clark

Chris Clark

Freelance Contributor

Chris Clark is freelance contributor with MoneyWise, based in Kansas City, Mo. He has written for numerous publications and spent 18 years as a reporter and editor with The Associated Press.

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