For the past year, our family has been on a journey to “less” – now commonly known as minimalism. It has been amazing and I would encourage you to look at how you can shift your lifestyle as well.
One area I get asked about often is how we are living on less and saving more. Here are just a few quick hacks I have for you in the area of saving money when living with less.
Use Amazon to it’s Fullest
Since moving to a more remote location, it is even more critical that we use services that deliver items we use consistently to our home. It means less driving, less gas used and less stress. I use amazon for almost anything I can, because it just makes plain sense. We have a monthly subscribe and save order with my favorite coffee creamer, organic pumpkin for my favorite no sugar smoothie, cocoa powder, and more. Items we need every month are in our order, delivered right to our door.
One Product for Multiple Uses
Since simplifying our life and also focusing on a healthier toxic-free lifestyle, we’ve managed to save money and eliminate things that were not only wasting our money but promoting illness. Since going into remission from Lupus, through helping my body to heal itself (so so grateful!!), I’ve learned the chemicals I were using in my home were poisoning my entire family. Now I use one cleaner for all our needs – cleaning stove-tops, counter, floors, showers, windows and more. One bottle taking space under my counter instead of ten to twelve. Thieves Household Cleaner is the one for me! It’s concentrated, all plant based and I can make up a bottle with the exact level of cleaning I need for a job.
Stop Buying Bottled Water
We make this decision several years ago and are so happy. Instead of wasting the money on bottled water and adding to all the plastic bottle waste, we purchased a BIG BERKEY and have amazing filter and fluoride free water at our finger tips. Each family member have glass water bottles and we fill those when we are headed out and re-use them. Yes, the cost of the Berkey is an initial expense, but the savings over time is great. We even have the Go Berkey to use on the road.
Wash in Cold Water
Most detergents work just as well in cold water as they do in hot. We have been using cold water on all but our sheets and it has worked great. My favorite detergent in the Thieves Laundry detergent, also a concentrate and amazingly effective. When you can switch to cold, your clothes and your energy bill will thank you!
Get Rid of Clutter
This is a process – we’ve done the clutter reduction and purging three times in the last year. It feels amazing to live in a small space and not have every counter or table top covered in stuff! When you have less around, you reduce the risk of buying soothing you truly don’t need plus you can easily find things, so you are not wasting time.
Be Smart About Organic
As I have grown in my journey to give my family the best of toxic-free living, I’ve learned where it’s important to prioritize. We can’t buy everything organic, so it is helpful to know what is most prone to be contaminated with chemicals and worth buying organic. You can check out the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” and determine what is truly most important to buy organic.
Reduce Your Wardrobes
Just how many pairs of jeans does a person need? I am in the process of reducing my wardrobe and really want to dive into the Project 333 — still thinking, but in the meantime I have cleared my closet considerably and it is so freeing! By investing only in clothes you actually love and enjoy wearing it is easy to keep things organized and you actually look forward to getting dressed each morning! I am in the process to do this with my seven year old – to reduce his clothing as well.