I think it’s time to face the truth. Natural living can be hard and expensive. It seems as though we really need to go out of our way to get a good deal on any natural or organic products. Granted, there are definitely areas in which natural living saves money. For example, natural parenting saves money. Also, making homemade household items like spray disinfectant, laundry soap, oven cleaner, and lip balm can be huge money savers. There are many more homemade items you can make to save you money.
However, when it comes to food, natural living gets a little pricey. Now it definitely depends on how serious you want to get. Are you going to buy all organic food? What about non-gmo? Do you eat meat? If so, are you going to buy grass fed beef from a local farmer who treats the cows humanely? Everyone makes different choices as to what they can afford to eat more healthy and natural. Thankfully, many companies are starting to carry more organic and non-gmo food products. Costco and Aldi both sell organic and non-gmo food and they aren’t that expensive.
To be honest though, when my family chose to live a natural lifestyle, we had to make some financial sacrifices. We cut down our spending on other areas of our life so that we could put more money towards good, wholesome, and real food. Sometimes in life, we have to sacrifice things that we like so that we can live a wholesome, healthy, and happy life. Here are a few of the things we decided to cut back on or not spend money on at all:
- We joined a cell phone plan with the whole family. It is much cheaper this way. So instead of just my husband and I being on the plan, there are 10 people. Our phone bill is $60 cheaper this way.
- We do not eat out very often. Eating out is expensive and unhealthy and to be honest, I think my cooking tastes better anyway. There are definitely some healthy options for eating out, but for the most part, it is not a healthy choice.
- We choose not to have cable or dish TV. If we want to watch TV we will watch a movie or find something on YouTube. If there is something we want to watch live, we will watch it at one of our parents’ houses.
- We use one vehicle. This is a temporary decision for us. Right now, our situation allows this. However, as our lives are changing we will soon be getting a second vehicle. In the time that we have only used one vehicle, we have saved a lot of money on gas, insurance, and licensing the vehicle.
- We choose to use cloth diapers instead of disposable.
- We try to buy used clothes, shoes, appliances, books, baby stuff, and much more. For the most part, we buy everything we can used. You can follow local swap and shop pages on Facebook to sell and buy used things. Another great option is VarageSale.
Here are some other financial sacrifices that you can make to have more money for real, wholesome food and health products:
- Don’t buy movies. Go to Redbox or get some from the library.
- Instead of buying new books, just rent them from the library.
- For date nights, spend less money by having a picnic, star gazing, or going for a hike.
- Cut back on things that you regularly spend money on that you don’t need. For examples: getting your nails done, going out for coffee, ordering a magazine subscription, buying new clothes, etc. Whatever it is in your life that you feel like you can let go of, do it.
- Switch out your $700 iPhone for a more affordable $200 smart phone.
Let me say, I know that making sacrifices is hard. Sometimes we don’t want to give things up. However, in my life, it has been worth it to sacrifice some things so that we can afford to live a healthier life. It is a matter of asking yourself, what are my priorities and do they need to change? What financial sacrifices have you made in order to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle?