Some of you are on very tight budgets. You may be one income families or on fixed incomes. You may even be a student. So, how do you afford organics and go green on a budget? Good news! It’s more affordable than ever to buy organics because it’s so popular that even the big box stores such as Walmart and Target, FoodMax and Winco are getting up to speed and have created organic sections in their stores and made the organics very reasonable. In some ways going green and getting healthy can be less expensive and even free!
Here are some great ideas for all those shoe string budgets.
- Make your own cleaning products and laundry detergent. It cost many dollars less than the premade. Homemade laundry detergent is super easy to make and cost a couple bucks as opposed to the $15 for the chemical laden. The eco-friendly laundry detergents can be just as or more expensive.
- For homemade cleaning products that are non-toxic and work great, you just need dish soap, white vinegar, and lemons. There are some other ingredients and you can find all the recipes for laundry detergent, household cleaners and even homemade makeup in my book, Queen Housewife, on amazon for .99 cents.
- Shop organic at stores like Winco and Foodmax. They also have free range eggs and some hormone free meats. A lot of these stores now have a big vegetarian and vegan selection. Isn’t that great!
- Find all the discounts out at your local health food store. You can become a member and get discounts, buy in bulk for huge savings and even volunteer work hours in exchange for savings. For example: for every six hours I bag groceries I get 10% off. I can apply that to bulk orders and save another 15% making it 25% altogether. We also have one day a week when there is 10% off and every day there is a box of reduced fruits and veggies on the way to spoil. I freeze that stuff for smoothies and cooking.
- If you live in town, think about parking the car and taking the bike or seeing how many stores are within walking distance. If you live in a bustling, full town, you could actually go without a car (unless you have children, well, and then you could too if you had to). There are buses and cabs and bike trails and walking a few miles is great exercise.
- Bringing your own reusable bag to the store is free.
- Put a filter on your faucet and enjoy clean and FREE water. You will also reduce the use of plastic bottles. Use your own reusable bottle.
- A vegetarian and vegan diet is much less expensive if you don’t load up the cart with vegan junk food and processed vegetarian meat alternatives (we like our alternatives, unfortunately).
- Make the bulk of your diet brown rice, sweet potatoes (loaded with vitamins), beans, and fruits and vegetables only in season.
- Buying clothes and household items at thrift stores or yard sales is very inexpensive and you are practicing the art of recycling and reusing.
- Go to your local farmer’s markets to get reduced produce and support local farmers. It’s also fun shopping outdoors. Very European!
Going green and organic and making a healthy lifestyle is fun and easy. You will save lot’s of money and be doing your part environmentally without any effort. The more green we go in my family, the more vibrant our health and energy level is increasing. We love walking everywhere (except in the heat) and we save hundreds on not using gas or buying a bunch of junk. Just by drinking ice water instead of juice, milk, beer, and soda, we are saving a bundle and improving our health. Have fun with it and get more ideas on the internet. Go to my website: http://www.mrskatesingh.com to find books that may help you in saving money and running a home.
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