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5 Budget Tips for Buying Non-Toxic

Updated: May 23, 2020

Okay. If you are like me when you go to buy something you can almost always talk yourself out of the purchase. Sometimes I find a killer deal or something I've really been wanting, walk around the store with it in my hand for an hour or more and still put it back on the shelf before I leave the store. Can anyone else relate?


When I first started learning about essential oils, greenwashing and hidden toxins found in the products I was using, I felt an urgent need to make the switch to non-toxic. I wanted natural support for my hormones and the thought of us growing our family someday stuck out in my mind. I didn't want to raise future little people in a home with products that contained toxic ingredients.


"But what about our budget?"


That's where my mind went next. I was buying the cheapest soap on the shelves and my heart raced as I scanned Young Living's website.


"Can I make this work?"


I can honestly confirm that it is possible to switch to non-toxic products on a budget after 2+ years of pursuing the change for our family. And the peace of mind that comes from knowing your products don't contain any secret possibly carcinogenic ingredients is 100% worth the effort to switch.





Here's 5 budget tips for buying non-toxic:


1. Make a 1-2 year plan.


Don't stress about switching every item in your home over in a day. Give yourself permission to make changes slowly over time. Start with practical items like switching to non-toxic laundry soap, hand soap or toothpaste.


Look at your current budget.

Can you make a change in priorities?

Cancel a subscription service temporarily?

Can you hold a spending freeze for 30 days?


Our favorite budgeting app is called Every Dollar. It's free and easy for my hubby and I to use.


2. Transfer buying.


One idea that our family adopted when we were wanting to switch to non-toxic products was the concept of "transfer buying." We quit buying items at the grocery store altogether and transferred that money to Young Living. Young Living's Essential Rewards program also gives up to 25% cash back, which makes the transfer much easier on your budget!


3. Get cash back.


Cash back is always appealing, right? Could you apply for a credit card with cash back opportunities? Dave Ramsey lovers, close your ears and skip over this first paragraph. We love our Capital One Venture Card, because we get cash back or travel redemption points. Our goal is to always pay off the card in full each month so we aren't adding to our debt, but getting the perks of using the card.


Another card opportunity that many friends have taken advantage of is applying for Paypal credit. Your purchase simply has to be over $100 to get approved. Your order or purchase is then divided into a 6 month payment plan with 0% interest. This is a fantastic option for someone who wants to invest in a Young Living Premium Stater Kit, but only has about $30 in their budget per month to invest into the non-toxic product switch.


Lastly, did you know you can refer a friend to Young Living and get $50 for each referral and up to 25% cash back on their Essential Rewards Program? If you'd like more details about how to do this, send me an email at joyfulworldessentials@gmail.com. You are never required to sign up for a monthly program or commit to owning a business when you refer someone!


4. DIY instead of buy.


Ever tried DIY-ing your own household goods? Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils is a simple 2 ingredient recipe for DIY Fabric Softener!


I used to be so intimated by DIYs until I simply made it a priority in our home. I've shared so many recipes on the blog!


Some ideas for you to try at home:

DIY Mouthwash

DIY Body Spray

DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Sink Scrub

DIY Bath Salts

DIY Natural Perfume

DIY Carpet Cleaner

DIY Chest Rub

DIY Mermaid Hair Spray

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY Cleaning Wipes

DIY Dishwasher Rinse Aid


5. Make products stretch!


Frankincense Essential Oil is my absolute favorite oil of all time. I find it to be incredibly grounding and supportive of my emotions during stressful times. For Frankincense to be extracted from the Boswellia tree in the middle east, it takes 10 years before the resin can be extracted and then it must be shipped to one of the Young Living farms to a Young Living Distillery. It's not the cheapest essential oil on the market! One thing I do to make it stretch is to fill the essential oil bottle with a carrier oil (like grapeseed or fractionated coconut oil) when the bottle is halfway empty. This helps me make the precious essential oil stretch and last longer!


Another pro tip is to dilute the Thieves laundry soap! It is 6 times ultra-concentrated so you can dilute one bottle of pure concentrate into 3 bottles of laundry soap. This breaks the cost down to about 20 cents per load (factoring in the cash back on Essential Rewards in that number).


I'd love to help your family create a customized budget plan and strategy that fits your needs and helps you switch to non-toxic products!





If you'd like to consult with me about how to make the non-toxic switch, reach out to me via email at joyfulworldessentials@gmail.com!


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XO,


Madi

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