11 ways to save money now

Don't let this recession keep you down. Grab the opportunity to build a stronger portfolio, cut the fat from your budget, and give yourself a head-to-toe fiscal makeover.

9 of 11
9. De-stress with the help of a health-care coach
As the downsizing of corporate America continues, the workers who remain are being asked to do more with less - a lot less. And chances are, this added stress is taking a toll on your physical and mental health.

Ignoring the symptoms can be costly. Not only can stress make you less efficient and more mistake-prone on the job - which could lead to a pink slip in the short term - but it can also lead to long-term health problems that might jeopardize your most valuable asset: your physical ability to bring home a paycheck for years to come.

Time to call in the coach. Today 56% of large employers offer the services of so-called health-care coaches, on the theory that good health will lower medical costs and increase productivity. The coaches are typically nurses or other specialists who can help you manage chronic conditions, says Scott Keyes, a health-care consultant at Watson Wyatt. They can also help with workout regimens, meal plans, and remedies to alleviate anxiety. So ask HR or your insurer if you can get one-on-one attention.

NEXT: Be part of society's safety net
Last updated May 08 2009: 10:58 AM ET
More Galleries
8 great summer vacation deals Want the perfect summer getaway? MONEY searched for destinations with balmy weather, unique attractions, fun stuff to do, and great deals from four different categories: beach, mountain, culture and city. More
Best ways to catch up on your retirement savings Even the most financially responsible people make a few mistakes or run into obstacles along the way. These tips -- from cutting taxes to selling securities -- can preserve a safe retirement. More
Nearing retirement? Fortify your finances Your financial goals are within reach. Here are tips and tools to make sure you achieve them. More

Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.