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Low-tox living on a budget

Low-tox living on a budget

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There are loads of ways to make a natural, low-tox lifestyle more budget-friendly. If you’re ready to make the shift, keep reading!

There are loads of ways to make a natural, low-tox lifestyle more budget-friendly. If you’re ready to make the shift, keep reading!

Low-tox living on a budget
“It’s too expensive” - a response I hear often, and honestly I said the same thing just over a year ago when I started my wellness journey. So let me be real with you here, low-tox living CAN be expensive. But it doesn’t NEED to be. There are loads of ways to make the shift to a more natural, low-tox lifestyle budget-friendly. If you’re ready to make the shift to natural living in a way that feels enjoyable rather than overwhelming - and that won’t break the bank - keep reading!


Let's start with Mindset

Mindset is EVERYTHING. Ask yourself - how much value do I place on living an eco-friendly lifestyle? If it takes you a while to answer, or your feelings are a bit vague, then perhaps price isn't the issue. Low-tox living might not genuinely be a priority to you (yet). if that's the case, I challenge you to dig deeper into why low-tox living is important – for your health, and the environment. Research how certain ingredients commonly used in commercial products can be harmful to your family’s wellbeing.
No shade is being thrown here - I was happy to pay R50 for a flat white with oat milk every second day - That’s close to R1000 per month - just on a takeaway cup of coffee, yet I was so sceptical of spending a few extra Rands on a natural product. With time I’ve learnt to make lifestyle changes in a budget-friendly way that works for my family. So I want to share what has worked for us and how you can implement similar tactics!
Disclaimer - I am by no means an expert who believes they have “arrived” - I’m an enthusiast who is still walking a wellness journey with a huge passion for helping others to discover the benefits of low-tox living, in a way that's accessible and budget-friendly.


Trust the process


After learning about endocrine-disrupting ingredients, and how the products I used on my skin and inhaled on a daily basis had a role to play in the hormonal issues I was facing, I was very tempted to immediately throw out any “red flag” products. But that would’ve been wasteful and definitely not the most budget-friendly option. This is what I did instead: worked through my home room-by-room and replaced products with more natural alternatives as-and-when I finished the products I was already using at the time.


Remember, low-tox living is an ongoing marathon, not a race. And it’s impossible to completely limit your exposure to things because we aren’t in control of everything we get exposed to. However, we can control the products we bring into our home and what we put on our skin, so that’s the best space to start! :)

When it comes to low-tox living on a budget, I have 2 main tips:
- Loyalty programs
- DIY’s


LOYALTY PROGRAMS:


Make use of loyalty programs that will provide the most value in the long run. Are you even an adult if you don't have a collection of loyalty cards in your wallet from shops you frequently buy from? It's worth consistently supporting the same stores or brands so you can accumulate points and receive special offers or rewards. Buying in bulk will usually also work out cheaper in the long run.
My absolute favourite loyalty program that I've been with for over a year now is Essential Rewards - a loyalty program offered by Young Living. I get all of my essential oils, supplements and natural cleaning products from this awesome company. Each month we get to put together our own custom wellness box based on our needs -whether it’s personal care products like natural soap, toothpaste, daily supplements or essential oils which I use for a lot of DIYs products which I use every day. I currently get 20% cashback on every order that I make, as well as promotional items and loyalty gifts.


A few other health stores that offer loyalty programs are:

- Faithful To Nature
- Wellness Warehouse
- Clicks

- Dischem


DIY’s


While there are natural product substitutes for almost everything you’re currently using in your home, the truth is - you don’t need to purchase every single one of them. You don’t need a natural tile cleaner, natural window cleaner, natural glass cleaner, natural surface cleaner AND a natural window cleaner. Rather invest in a concentrated all-purpose cleaner which you could dilute into different rations and recipes to meet all of those different needs (It’s a space-saving tactic too if you’re working with limited storage space in your home). If you’re looking for an easy way out in terms of natural cleaning, Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner is the absolute best thing! You only need a capful of the concentrate to make a 500ml bottle of all-purpose surface cleaner.
Even if you’re not an avid DIY’er, you can make your own products to use in your home using simple ingredients like bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salts, essential oils and vinegar.


Here are a few ideas of other products that you could DIY in your home:


- Perfume
- Oil cleanser (makeup remover)
- Room spray
- Hair growth oil
- Body oil
- Plant spray
- Soft scrub for your shower floors and stovetop
- Stain spray
- Linen Spray


And if you need some more inspo, a few Instagram accounts that I love to get ideas and DIY recipes from are @simply_sustainable_living, @sustainyrself, @bottegazerowaste as well as scrolling on Pinterest. Beyond the peace of mind of knowing exactly what’s in the products you’re using and that they're supporting your wellness instead of harming it, you’ll also save money going the DIY route. I’ve also got a saved “DIY” highlight on my Instagram page where you can find some of my go-to low-tox DIYs.


I mean it when I say you’re never too young (or too old), and it’s never too soon (or too late), to start being conscious of the products you use in your home and your lifestyle choices. And now you know that there are ways to do this in a way that’s sustainable, budget-friendly and accessible. And if at any point on your journey you do feel a little bit overwhelmed, know that you’re not alone and don't be afraid to ask for help. Your body will thank you. You’ve got this!
“It’s too expensive” - a response I hear often, and honestly I said the same thing just over a year ago when I started my wellness journey. So let me be real with you here, low-tox living CAN be expensive. But it doesn’t NEED to be. There are loads of ways to make the shift to a more natural, low-tox lifestyle budget-friendly. If you’re ready to make the shift to natural living in a way that feels enjoyable rather than overwhelming - and that won’t break the bank - keep reading!


Let's start with Mindset

Mindset is EVERYTHING. Ask yourself - how much value do I place on living an eco-friendly lifestyle? If it takes you a while to answer, or your feelings are a bit vague, then perhaps price isn't the issue. Low-tox living might not genuinely be a priority to you (yet). if that's the case, I challenge you to dig deeper into why low-tox living is important – for your health, and the environment. Research how certain ingredients commonly used in commercial products can be harmful to your family’s wellbeing.
No shade is being thrown here - I was happy to pay R50 for a flat white with oat milk every second day - That’s close to R1000 per month - just on a takeaway cup of coffee, yet I was so sceptical of spending a few extra Rands on a natural product. With time I’ve learnt to make lifestyle changes in a budget-friendly way that works for my family. So I want to share what has worked for us and how you can implement similar tactics!
Disclaimer - I am by no means an expert who believes they have “arrived” - I’m an enthusiast who is still walking a wellness journey with a huge passion for helping others to discover the benefits of low-tox living, in a way that's accessible and budget-friendly.


Trust the process


After learning about endocrine-disrupting ingredients, and how the products I used on my skin and inhaled on a daily basis had a role to play in the hormonal issues I was facing, I was very tempted to immediately throw out any “red flag” products. But that would’ve been wasteful and definitely not the most budget-friendly option. This is what I did instead: worked through my home room-by-room and replaced products with more natural alternatives as-and-when I finished the products I was already using at the time.


Remember, low-tox living is an ongoing marathon, not a race. And it’s impossible to completely limit your exposure to things because we aren’t in control of everything we get exposed to. However, we can control the products we bring into our home and what we put on our skin, so that’s the best space to start! :)

When it comes to low-tox living on a budget, I have 2 main tips:
- Loyalty programs
- DIY’s


LOYALTY PROGRAMS:


Make use of loyalty programs that will provide the most value in the long run. Are you even an adult if you don't have a collection of loyalty cards in your wallet from shops you frequently buy from? It's worth consistently supporting the same stores or brands so you can accumulate points and receive special offers or rewards. Buying in bulk will usually also work out cheaper in the long run.
My absolute favourite loyalty program that I've been with for over a year now is Essential Rewards - a loyalty program offered by Young Living. I get all of my essential oils, supplements and natural cleaning products from this awesome company. Each month we get to put together our own custom wellness box based on our needs -whether it’s personal care products like natural soap, toothpaste, daily supplements or essential oils which I use for a lot of DIYs products which I use every day. I currently get 20% cashback on every order that I make, as well as promotional items and loyalty gifts.


A few other health stores that offer loyalty programs are:

- Faithful To Nature
- Wellness Warehouse
- Clicks

- Dischem


DIY’s


While there are natural product substitutes for almost everything you’re currently using in your home, the truth is - you don’t need to purchase every single one of them. You don’t need a natural tile cleaner, natural window cleaner, natural glass cleaner, natural surface cleaner AND a natural window cleaner. Rather invest in a concentrated all-purpose cleaner which you could dilute into different rations and recipes to meet all of those different needs (It’s a space-saving tactic too if you’re working with limited storage space in your home). If you’re looking for an easy way out in terms of natural cleaning, Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner is the absolute best thing! You only need a capful of the concentrate to make a 500ml bottle of all-purpose surface cleaner.
Even if you’re not an avid DIY’er, you can make your own products to use in your home using simple ingredients like bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salts, essential oils and vinegar.


Here are a few ideas of other products that you could DIY in your home:


- Perfume
- Oil cleanser (makeup remover)
- Room spray
- Hair growth oil
- Body oil
- Plant spray
- Soft scrub for your shower floors and stovetop
- Stain spray
- Linen Spray


And if you need some more inspo, a few Instagram accounts that I love to get ideas and DIY recipes from are @simply_sustainable_living, @sustainyrself, @bottegazerowaste as well as scrolling on Pinterest. Beyond the peace of mind of knowing exactly what’s in the products you’re using and that they're supporting your wellness instead of harming it, you’ll also save money going the DIY route. I’ve also got a saved “DIY” highlight on my Instagram page where you can find some of my go-to low-tox DIYs.


I mean it when I say you’re never too young (or too old), and it’s never too soon (or too late), to start being conscious of the products you use in your home and your lifestyle choices. And now you know that there are ways to do this in a way that’s sustainable, budget-friendly and accessible. And if at any point on your journey you do feel a little bit overwhelmed, know that you’re not alone and don't be afraid to ask for help. Your body will thank you. You’ve got this!

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