Out here in the country, life revolves a little differently than it does in the city. We put hard, long hours into making our homestead a self sufficient haven for our families. Homestead Hints will be a series following things that we’ve learned over the last several years on how to make our homestead living a little better. Welcome to the Little Homestead on the Prairie…
This is a newer thing for us, so bear with me. We've recently started moving our health and beauty items to organic/natural. I used to think organic food was expensive but then I started looking at the costs of health and beauty items and I was blown away. As we've started using up our products we already purchased I've started to collect some ideas of how to keep this part of my budget low each month.
1. Buy vouchers for organic deals. I see more of a advantage in buying vouchers for stores that sell organic health and beauty products than in stores that only sell organic food, however I like getting vouchers for both. I also invite friends to the daily deal sites so I can get credits and I spend these wisely on practical vouchers for items we really need. Buying half price vouchers has really helped this portion of our budget significantly.
2. Make your own. I'm just really starting to get into this with my homemade foaming soap and my hand soap recipes. I've found that by making a smaller purchase (such as an organic soap bar) can stretch into months worth of a product! I still have many more experiments I plan on trying in the future for these kinds of products including homemade shampoo, deodorant, ect.
3. Coupons. There actually is a decent amount of coupons available for organic and natural health and beauty products. I often see sales on herbal or organic meds at the drugstores and deals on things like natural toothpastes and more.
4. Reuse it. Alright guys close your eyes for the next couple sentences, this is a girl thing. Since I hope to cloth diaper someday soon with our babies I wondered how weird it would be to try out cloth pads. I made the initial investment a couple months ago and I'm extremely happy with my decision. Not only is it not as yucky as I thought, it's improved my monthly "down time". Cloth pads are a rather expensive investment to begin with but if you go with a good brand they should last you at least 5 years. Over time, it will save you much more than you invested!
In what ways do you save money on organic/natural health and beauty items?
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