In an ideal world healthy food would be available en masse no matter your geographic region or socio economic class. Of course, reality falls quite short of that lofty ideal. It’s well known that many of the highest quality health and wellness items do come at a premium, but would you rather pay the cost up front at the grocery store or kick those payments down the road to your medical practitioner’s office?
Let’s face it – unless you can afford your own personal shopper (in which case you probably don’t care much about clipping coupons anyway), most people are too busy to shop around four or five different grocery and health stores to get the best prices. As a new mom, those days of hanging out in health food aisles reading labels are but a fond, distant-seeming memory. However, thanks to technology and the ease of online shopping, saving on health and wellness items doesn’t have to be such a drain on the little free time you have left. Below you’ll find some of my tricks for living the healthy life, frugally.
- Do Your Homework – This is numero uno for a reason. You need to do some initial research to figure out where you can get the best price on a favorite herb or mushroom growing kit. How anyone was able to do this pre-Google, I have no idea. But now, all you have to do is punch in what you’re interested in and viola! You’ll be able to scan multiple sites that carry that item and compare to see who’s offering the best deal. Three out of four times you’ll find the best prices are here.
- Be a Saavy Shopper – Companies realize that there is a booming market for health and wellness items. The competition is fiercer than ever, with many brands now offering their proprietary blends of your favorite products at a cheaper price in order to undercut the competition. Just check the labels. If the ingredients in the “generic” line are the same as those in your fancy brand name offering, you’re essentially getting the same exact product for a fraction of the price.
- DIY Baby! – This is probably my favorite way to save because you save money, learn something new and get the pride and satisfaction of knowing that YOU made something with your own two hands. You just gotta know where to get supplies. Whether you’re canning, making personal care products, dabbling in aromatherapy or brewing some booch (kombucha, that is), Lucky has got you covered.
- Pay Attention to Holidays – You can rest assured that during major holidays like Independence Day, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving and Labor Day, online health suppliers offer some pretty sweet site-wide sales. Take advantage of these times to order big ticket items that you’ve been eyeing up but have yet to take the plunge on. I saved big on what I call the “mother of all yoga mats” by waiting until Memorial Day to order.
- Check Your Inbox – Online health and wellness sites offer weekly and monthly sales constantly. It’s hard to keep up with the constant blitz of promotional emails, but it does pay to open them from time to time. You could be missing out on saving an extra 10% off your favorite brands or getting the newest products to hit the health scene for an extra 15% off. I know my mom friends were totally in awe of my Calm-A-Mama drops formulated to eliminate tension and promote positive vibes (even during teething.)
- Always Autoship’n – As a working mom, my brain cannot remember how much protein powder I have left, but my prayers have been answered with this Autoship program. Not only does my favorite protein powder come monthly with no effort on my part, but I get an extra 10% off!