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I love sharing essential oils, but there is one complaint that I get all the time and it really bothers me: “I can’t afford essential oils.”
Here’s the thing: Yes you can.
Look, I’m not here to tell you what your financial situation is. Maybe you really can’t. Maybe there is literally not a penny of extra room in your budget. But the reality is that for most people, this is not the case.
If you want to afford essential oils, you can.
Our Financial Story
If you think I don’t know what it’s like to be on a budget, you would be wrong and I clearly need to work harder at helping that aspect of my life come across. Because I do.
But honestly, I don’t think about it too much. My husband and I live comfortably. We only buy high quality meats, we can visit my grandparents in Florida if we want, and we aren’t worried about a large, unexpected expense coming up. We know we can handle it.
But the thing is, we actually don’t have very much money. I filed our taxes this past weekend and it really hit home how little money we make. Not only did we get back all of the taxes we paid in, but our tax rate this year was actually -3%. That’s right negative three percent. We had enough expenses relative to our income this year that we receive additional credits totaling 3% of our annual income.
We live above the poverty line, but we certainly are not wealthy.
So how do we live comfortably? Part of it is that we have substantial savings. We should be using this to pay down our debt, but we need to have enough money to live on for a year in a savings account in order to get our visas for moving to Germany. In the first few years of his 20’s, my husband chose to live with his parents and rarely spent the money he was earning so that he could build these savings. We do not use our savings, but it is comforting to know they are there.
We don’t live extravagantly. It is important to us to only get high quality animal products, which means our budget only allows for eating whole chickens, ground beef, and eggs. We don’t spend more than $2/lb on produce, which means we only eat a handful of different veggies. We don’t buy specialty paleo food items. We eat a lot of soups and basically no baked goods, but this means we spend less than $250 a month for two people. Yes, even with eating a paleo (and currently GAPS) diet!
We live in a tiny apartment, get our books from the library, and rarely buy new clothes unless they are from a thrift store. We own cheap phones that cost $50/month combined. We don’t own a TV. We spend less than $100 a month on things that we don’t need. After food, housing, bills, and health care, we spend less than $500 extra a month. We live the kind of lifestyle where, despite making so little money, we have over $500 leftover after those staples to spend on other things.
I’m not trying to brag. I’m trying to demonstrate that even on a low income, it is possible to live a life that feels comfortable, healthy, and satisfying. You just need to change your mindset.
You Can Afford What You Value
When I first started using essential oils, I didn’t even have a job. I was a full time student and for months I paid for my oils with money I had earned over the summer. I didn’t eat out with friends, buy clothes, or anything like that. Instead, I saved that money so that I could use it for the two things I was placing value on: my wedding and essential oils. Sure, when I was getting started I was worried that I couldn’t afford essential oils, but I made it work because it was important to me.
And it isn’t just essential oils that must be valued, but also essential oil quality. You can’t just go pick up oils from the health food store or Amazon. Yeah, they are cheaper there, but there is a reason they are cheaper. Many therapeutic grade essential oils in fact contain fillers, synthetics, or other junk. Poor quality oils won’t change your life or your health, and certainly aren’t something you are going to value.
Essential oils that are 100% pure, grown in their native environment in beyond organic conditions, and are 3rd party tested to ensure not only purity, but also that they contain the best chemical makeup to provide the best therapeutic benefits are something you will value. When accompanied with an education on how to properly use these oils, you will quickly see how valuable these oils are. Learn more about where to find this quality of essential oils here.
Are essential oils important to you? Do you want to be able to afford them? Is there something in your life that you could cut back on to create room in your budget?
If something is important to you (cable TV, your iPhone, a daily coffee, this month’s Stitch Fix), you usually find that you have the money for it. Let me tell you, essential oils definitely cost less than your cable bill.
Fitting Essential Oils into Your Budget
Canceling cable, cutting out a daily Starbucks, switching from an iPhone to a cheaper (if less “cool” and “hipster”) phone, and that kind of thing aren’t an option for us because they already weren’t a part of our lives. But if we needed to, we could cut out those few remaining book and clothes purchases. We could apply to lower my loan payments. We could find ways to spend even less money on food, especially animal products (yes, it would be possible, even if it doesn’t feel like it).
If you are living paycheck to paycheck, what could you cut back on to make room for essential oils?
Continuing to Afford Essential Oils
Did you know that once you get started with essential oils, they are extremely easy to afford? You need to value the oils if you are going to find the money in your budget to get started. But once you get started, you will find that they are very affordable.
How much do you spend on doctor visits, over the counter medications or remedies, and personal care? Out of the budget. We still have non-oil health care expenses, but you will save a ton of money by replaces many of those visits and products with essential oils. When my husband had a throat infection, it took $20 to take care of. If we didn’t have essential oils, it would have cost around $200 to go to the doctor, get tests run, and purchase medications or symptom relievers. Can you afford essential oils now?
I was already making natural products from home, and essential oils bumped up the effectiveness of these products. If you have been unsure, try them now. Homemade products with essential oils are just as effective and much cheaper than store bought products, like this DIY repairing serum.
What about improved health? Maybe there is a health concern, like stress, that you aren’t dealing with now. What if essential oils could help address that concern? Would improved health, and therefore activity/productivity be worth the cost?
Earning Your Oils for Free
You value essential oils. You found room in your budget for a starter kit and you are saving money on many household products. They have changed your life. You will continue to find money in your budget for the oils or supplements your family relies on, but you certainly wouldn’t say no to them being cheaper.
This is where you can make a huge difference in your life. You can earn rewards points to be redeemed for free product. You can place qualifying orders and be sent free bottles of essential oil. You can get paid to share your experiences with others. You can replace and multiply your income. Suddenly, you no longer have to work your budget to afford essential oils. Suddenly, your oils are paying for themselves, and then some.
If you think you can’t afford essential oils, do not overlook this option. If essential oils are something you value and want in your life, there is always a way. Rearrange your budget, factor in the money you will save by switching to essential oils, and talk to me for details about how you can get your oils for free. For more information, sign up for my new Intro to Essential Oils course. And don’t worry – it’s free. You can afford free, right?
Are you still saying, “I can’t afford essential oils?” What could change in your life to help you afford them?
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