Remember how my healthy living journey started?
A decade ago, clipping and using coupons was one of my favorite hobbies. I got Hamburger Helper for 33¢ a box, Windex for 49¢, and cans of green beans for a dime. Cheap or free – that’s what I looked for when purchasing the food we ate, the cleaning products we used, and the tissues that wiped our noses. I was the Coupon Queen, and I rocked that job.
Then, our fourth baby was born with chronic eczema. Suddenly our poptart-filled lives needed to change drastically.
We recognized right away that we could no longer use regular (cheap) laundry detergents as they caused major break-outs for Malachi. Anytime a spray cleaner was used, he would be even more miserable. Before he was a year old, we realized that everything we brought into our home – from food to cleaning supplies to medicine – needed to be changed.
Dark Chocolate Almond Granola - Less Than $1 Per Serving
I’m thankful for the kick-start we received so that our whole family could become healthier, but it really was quite a difficult and discouraging time full of question marks.
A loving friend who knew I was trying to find better foods and cleaning supplies for my family handed me her health food co-op catalog. She said it helped her family save money. Excitedly, I started skimming the pages.
With one glance, I was soooo disappointed! These were the best prices to be found on healthy food and household products? Seriously? I was used to paying pennies for our food and cleaners. And what even was half of that stuff they listed in there? Kimchi, kombucha, coconut milk? Weird…and expensive.
Well, here we are, a million and a half life lessons and experiences later. Thankfully, I’ve learned the importance of investing in nourishing foods and non-toxic household items for our better health. I’ve also learned many new ways to save money – the healthy way. Isn’t God cool? He always provides what we need – from finances to information to ideas to support.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie – Less Than $1 Per Serving
I still have a lot to learn. I don’t always practice these money saving methods perfectly. But I do my best to save money and be healthy at the same time. I’ll continue to share the great deals I find and the tips I come across. I know this journey can be hard, and I want to encourage you in any way I can!
The Healthy Living Bundle I’ve been talking about so much this week? That’s probably the very best deal available anywhere I could find to share with you. Nine years into this healthy living journey, I am learning so much by reading each piece of information included. I love that I don’t have to become an expert on everything – I can just learn from others who know more than I. The bundle is a fantastic investment to save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars as you journey on toward healthier living. If you can swing it, get it. You won’t regret it.
You’ll want to be sure and check out our
entire section of real food meals for $1 per plate!
Here are five of my favorite ways to save money while striving for good health:
1. Make it Homemade
You already know this about me, so I’ll just briefly say – it saves our family hundreds of dollars every month when I make most of our simple meals from scratch. Here are some of the highest money-saving foods I make:
- Cereal like Homemade Grape Nuts and Dark Chocolate Almond Granola. I’m also thrilled to find an entire book with 12 incredibly tasty looking homemade granola varieties in the Healthy Living Bundle. More money saving cereals! (It’s called The Granola Book for those of you who have or get the bundle.)
- Bread products, like Honey Whole Wheat Bread and Whole Wheat Muffins. Occasionally I’ll buy a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread at the store, but typically, if I don’t have time to make bread, we just don’t eat bread. No worries – there are tons of other goodies to eat like fresh fruit and cheese!
- Frozen convenience foods like Meat and Cheese Burritos and Calzones. This saves food cost, plus saves us from the high cost of eating out if I don’t have food prepared.
Beyond food, I’ve found that it saves a lot of money to make our own cleaning supplies (see #2 below). I’m also very interested in learning to make bars of soap. That would save loads of money! I’ve skimmed the Natural Soap Making eBook in the bundle and can’t wait to really dig in.
2. Skip it Altogether
While I used to have a specific cleaning product for every single cleaning need on the planet, I’ve found that it’s not necessary at all. Do I really need to spray chemicals from a can onto my dusting cloth before wiping down my furniture? Um…who knew a bit of water would work just as well if not better? (sometimes I amaze myself)
I use a great All-Purpose Cleaner from Tropical Traditions for tougher jobs. Otherwise, simple household items like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are completely healthy, inexpensive, and pretty much amazing. A great way to save money is to make your own household cleaners (see #1 above). I’ve loved learning great recipes and tips for this in the five books included in the Healthy Living Bundle that will save me even more cash.
3. Think Outside the Box
What if the way we’ve always done things isn’t necessarily the only way to do it? What if doing something different might be healthier and save money too? It’s hard to think outside the box sometimes – especially if anything outside of our norm seems foreign to us. But on your healthy living journey, you’ll find it’s great to save money by exploring new ideas.
For instance, I used to run my kids to the medical clinic for every sniffle or bump. The costs really added up, but what’s a mom to do? I am so thankful for what I’ve learned the past few years about treating my family at home when possible. Doctors and clinics are there for a reason, and we certainly use them when we need to. But home remedies, essential oils (I’m just digging into these and LOVE what I’m learning!), natural options for keeping on top of illnesses - these are keeping us healthier and saving us hundreds of dollars too.
This eCourse is one of the most popular items in the bundle,
so I wanted to be sure and highlight it. It’s an amazing resource.
4. Plan Ahead
While it isn’t possible to see into the future, there are a few constants in life we can prepare for. For instance:
- You will always need toilet paper and laundry detergent.
- We all need to eat three times a day.
- Christmas is always December 25.
Planning for what I know will be needed saves my sanity and keeps us from spending money we don’t need to spend. Making meal plans each week has saved me so much money! You can see all my weekly menu plans here.
Purchasing Christmas gifts throughout the year when I see something on sale saves loads of money – which has nothing to do with a healthier lifestyle, except that it keeps me from becoming crazy, so it totally counts. Buying cases of toilet paper online so that I never run out is a life saver and money saver too. Which leads me to…
5. Use Online Resources
I continue to be amazed about the awesome deals I find online. Not only am I saving money on the items themselves, I’m saving all kinds of gas money and travel time. I love that I can shop at my convenience, and save time by having items shipped (usually, for free) to my door.
I always try to share great online deals with you here when I find them. You’ll find a button on my sidebar for our Amazon Deals page, which I update regularly with all the 20% off plus coupon deals I find at Amazon. Huge savings there!
Tropical Traditions runs free shipping deals every few weeks, along with sale prices. WHICH, this weekend happens to be a free shipping special AND they finally are offering a 40% discount on their Organic Palm Shortening at the same time!!!!! I’m so excited about this, I bought two gallon-sized buckets! Get a great deal on palm shortening and free shipping too! (Plus get a free coconut oil book if you are a new customer and shop through my referral link here.) Use the code 12914 for free shipping to apply.
Phew, this is a long post. If you’ve stuck with me this long, you’re in for a treat! MadeOn is offering one of you a $25 Gift Certificate to spend in their shop!
MadeOn is one of my very favorite online resources. I use their BeeSilk Hard Lotion all the time. Their products are completely safe and wonderful for the skin.
You may have noticed that every single one of us who purchases the Healthy Living Bundle gets a FREE package from MadeOn worth $16.50. This freebie along with the other natural living freebies (like herbal remedies from Trilight Health and yogurt starter from Cultures For Health - woot!) make the bundle worth the purchase a million times over. The bundle will only be around for three more days.
This is why it’s extra sweet that MadeOn is giving away an bonus $25 gift certificate here! Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested. (Subscribers, click over to the post on my blog to leave a comment for a chance to enter.) I’ll draw a random winner on Wednesday, September 17. Be watching for a post stating the winner as you will be responsible for contacting me if your name is chosen!
Share with us – what are your best tips for saving money on your healthy living journey?
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