When our household budget began to feel the squeeze, I wasn’t exactly looking for the silver lining. But what felt like a loss at first, ended up being a blessing in disguise. Who knew that actively looking for ways to save money could end up delivering an even better benefit by reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals in every day products?
Here are a few of my favorite ways to trim the budget while living a more natural lifestyle:
- Buy in bulk: Fresh or frozen organic foods without the chemical-laden packaging usually costs about the same as pre-packaged, convenience foods. During Earth Month, Mindful Momma and the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) are challenging to you to take the pledge to Love Bulk Foods. I save an average of 30-40% on organic gluten-free flours when buying in bulk at Whole Foods.
- Ditch disposables: Bottled water, polystyrene cutlery and styrofoam food containers are more expensive in the long run and leach toxic chemicals more readily. You can find all kinds of non-toxic food storage containers in our shopping guide.
- Skip over-priced skincare claiming to be organic without the proof of certification: Let the DIY ninja inside you take over with simple homemade recipes from your kitchen instead! Did you know that baking soda makes a great exfoliation and coconut oil works wonders on scars?
- Make your own green cleaners by substituting natural ingredients in place of hazardous ones: Vinegar is one of my all-around staples for cleaning along with castile soap and hydrogen peroxide. Learn more about which cleaners you should switch out first in our green cleaning guide.
- Reuse and repurpose glass jars and non-toxic plastic containers for organizing household items, storing DIY cleaning recipes, taking home left overs and decorating your home.