Friday, April 27, 2012

Living a Healthy Life Can Save You Money

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When I think about the word "organic", images of expensive fruit and vegetables come to my mind.   As I walk through the produce section of my supermarket, the organic options are always considerably more expensive.  If I walk through the "whole foods" aisle, once again, it is to shell out a lot more money than I would otherwise spend.  So, I thought it might be helpful to think about ways we can actually save money by living organically.

1.  Make your own cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.  I have been doing this now for quite awhile.  You can find easy recipes to make all kinds of cleaners using non-toxic, inexpensive - and effective! - items.  Pinterest is my go-to place to find great ideas for homemade cleaners.

2.  Grow a garden.  A garden is a great way to get fresh produce.  And do not limit yourself to just vegetables.  Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries taste great right from your garden!  Apple and peach trees are wonderful additions to the backyard. 

3.  Make your own bread.  Commercially made bread (see my post on using your bread machine) is full of unhealthy preservatives and unnecessary sweeteners.  If you have a good bread machine or Kitchen Aid mixer, you can make your own loaf of healthy bread in a reasonable amount of time and at a fraction of the cost you would pay for a "healthy" loaf in the store.

4.  Make your own salad dressings.  Most salad dressings are not hard to make.  They take basic ingredients that are found in most of our cupboards.  Find a few great recipes and then keep your shelves stocked with the necessary ingredients to make them.  You will never again have to spend over $3 a bottle for organic or natural salad dressing.

5.  Buy a freezer. This gives you the option to take advantage of good deals when you find them.  It also gives you the option to pick up the bulk items you sometimes find at places like Sam's Club and Costco.  And don't forget about your local butcher.  He often has great deals on buying meat in bulk that make a freezer a very helpful tool for healthy living. 

I hope that you find some of these ideas helpful.  I would love to hear some of your ideas!  I want to show that living healthy doesn't have to be more expensive, but is a very available choice for all of us!

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