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From the beginning of our marriage we have sought after ways to save money. Around our wedding we were both just starting out at our jobs, so our income wasn’t the best. This naturally fueled us to start getting creative with how we spent our money.
Not only were we trying to save money, but we had also just started learning about the overwhelming amount of toxins in our everyday products. It shocked us more than you can imagine. This made our goal shift from not only saving money, but to finding healthy non-toxic products for our home. Over the years this is what we have never bought or have stopped buying all together to save money or replace toxic products.
I married a rare breed of a man who DOESN’T like sports. Any! Not 1! I know it’s weird. I have to remind my husband when its football season or that the superbowl is coming up. He really could care less. I half-heartedly follow baseball because I will always be a Texas Rangers Fan, but even with that sports are not a necessity in our house. With that being said, there is really no need for cable TV. Instead we have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
Specialty Cleaning Products
IE: Dryer Sheets, Fabric Softener, Febreze, or Carpet Deodorizer
These are some of the top-ranking products with the highest amount of toxins in them. They are full of synthetic and chemical fragrances that have countless negative side effects for you and your family. Instead of drying sheets we have a set of wool dryer balls. Sometimes, not all the time, I will add essential oils to the balls if I want a specific smell for my clothes. We have never used fabric softener, don’t need it, we use diffusers instead of Febreze, and we make homemade carpet deodorizer if we need it but its just on occasion.
Any Cleaning Product (Besides Thieves Household Cleaner)
We buy all our oils and healthy products from a company called Young Living. You can read more about them at the two posts below.
They sale a highly concentrated cleaning product called Thieves Household Cleaner. You just use one cap full of the cleaning solution in a spray bottle of water and get to cleaning. I use it to clean my counters, tables, stove top, microwave, window, mirrors, shelfs, toilets, shower, and even my kids’ toys. One bottle lasts me about 3 months. I love only having one cleaner that does the jobs of 10. Knowing that it’s safe to use around my kids gives me peace of mind, and the fact that its highly effective at its job is why I keep coming back for more.
Don’t worry we still do laundry! I just don’t buy laundry soap since I make it myself. It may sound daunting at first but trust me, its super easy and really freaking cheap! I have tried a couple different recipes and methods but the one I have fallen in love with is called Super Laundry Sauce. You can get the recipe at the post below!
Super Laundry Sauce Recipe
First off if you haven’t seen the documentary Tapped you should go watch that now. It will shock you and you will never want to drink bottled water again. Instead of bottled water we have a nice filter hooked up to our kitchen sink. This lets us fill and take our own water bottles with us daily. We literally never leave the house without a water for each family member.
I know this may seem weird, but I hate buying greeting cards. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a birthday, anniversary, Father’s Day, or Mother’s Day, I still hate buying them. To me it’s a waste of money. To me your spending $3-$6 on something that is just getting thrown away. I prefer to put more heart and meaning into a card, so I just make them from home. Recently I just got a Cricut so my card making game is about to get a huge upgrade!
We love coffee in our house, but we refuse to buy a Keruig. First off it gets expensive with all the K-Cups you have to buy. Second, we don’t like the amount of waste there is with the K-Cups. Instead we have a Ninja Coffee Bar and have loved it from day one. My husband will do a 4oz specialty brew to mix in his blended chai and I use it multiple different ways. Sometimes I want an XL coffee and sometimes I want a latte so I will just do a 4oz specialty brew. There are so many things you can do with it and the fact that the filter is washable was a hit for me!
Things We Don’t Need
This is one of the things we continually work on. Over the years we have learned how to ask ourselves if we really need it, is it worth it, and where could this money be better spent. Asking ourselves these questions has helped up from buying items we don’t truly need. When there are items we need we love hitting thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, or craigslist to find a good deal.
I don’t know what kind of agreement Goodwill has with Target but the goodwill in my town consistently has stuff from Target that is brand new with the tags still on it for a fraction of the price. I have gotten the kids new clothes and even me some brand-new maternity items there. Shop around and find the thrift stores that carry the best items and name brand things for a fraction of what you would pay in store. Even though it’s a thrift store don’t let yourself get carried away by the low prices. You still need to ask yourself if you really need it, is it worth it, and where could this money be better spent.
Honestly even after increasing our income these changes are still the same for us. I have become so use to making my own laundry soap that I’m not sure I will ever buy it commercially made ever again. It may have been about saving money in the beginning but over time it became more and more about the health of my family and our eco system than about a few more bucks in our bank account.
What are some things you and your family don’t buy and why? Let me know in the comments below.
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