I have often heard from clients and fans, "I want to live healthy- but it is just too expensive". I will be the first to admit that sometimes - especially when you are transitioning from the old way to the real food & no harsh chemicals way.. things can get a little pricey. My husband and I have had about 3 years of getting used to eating real nutrious foods and living as chemical free as possible. Here are some tips that I would like to share with everyone!
1- Learn how to can your fruits and vegetables.
2- Learn how to dehydrate meat (jerky)
3- Trade the microwave for a toaster oven! Microwaves bring down nutritional value of foods. Plus they are a big temptation to buy frozen meals that are not good for you.
4- Make your own convenience foods! Click here to find a list of foods you can make on your own.
5- Make your own laundry detergent- or buy good laundry detergent from me that will last you months and will get your clothes super clean. Buy it here.
6- Start a garden. It doesn't have to be big or small. To the right you will see a cinder block garden I made last summer. The small holes were all herbs & kale. In the middle I had okra, cabbage, and peas!
7- Drink water- if you don't want to drink water, brew your own tea! You can find a recipe for spiced peach tea here.
8- Ditch cable and get hulu & netflix.
9- Stock up on dry goods like rice, flour, and oats.
10- Get a clothes line!
11- Make sure your home is insulated well to keep the heat or cold in. (depending on the time of year).
12- Support small businesses
13- Get comfortable at the farmer's market.
14- Everyone is good at something.. Find something you are good at making and try trading with local farmers for goods! I traded my infinity balm last year with a farmer for boxes of produce!
15- Invest in a chest freezer.
16- Look into buying a half of a cow or pig.
17- Join a CSA.
18- Bring your own bags with you to the grocery store! A lot of stores will give you 5 cents back per bag. It doesn't seem like much, but it adds up!
20- I always take 10... what I mean by that is, every time you pay with your debit card at the store, ask for $10 cash back. Put it in savings place in your house and save it for Christmas time or emergency money.
21- Instead of buying canned beans, buy dry beans, soak them, cook them, and then freeze what you don't use.
22- Buy bags of rice and learn to cook it.
23- Learn how to make kombucha for much cheaper than $3-$4 per bottle!
24- Learn how to ferment foods
25- Go berry picking in the summer.
26- Go apple picking. A lot of times, orchards will charge you less when you pick your own apples & pears.
27- Waste not! Save all your glass jars and find uses for them.
28- Save all of your eggshells, put them in the food processor to grind them into a powder and use it in the garden.
29- Don't throw out dry bread. Save it and make crutons.
30- Meal Plan! Make a shopping list... stick to that list.
31- Instead of buying pizza from a restaurant, make it yourself
32- Go on cheap but fun dates.. like to the dog park!
33- Make your own household cleaners! Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dawn Dish Soap, and Peroxide can go a long way!
34- Download apps like cartwheel to your smart phone to save extra money.
35- Shop local whenever possible.
36- Learn the ins and outs of the dollar tree.
37- Brush your teeth with baking soda and peppermint oil- much cheaper.
38- Find a naturopath or naturopath student instead of going to the doctor.
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.