Life on a budget
Life on a budget
Myth: Clean-Living (aka Young Living) Is Too-Expensive
“Living clean, ditching my store-bought products and switching to Young Living products is just too expensive…”
I hear it All. The. Time.
There is just no better argument than some solid math. So let’s get to myth-busting, shall we?!
I’ve spent some time researching average costs of most popular store-bought products, so I can bust this myth! You may be spending more or less than I have found to be the average on your products and would need to factor that difference in yourself, but similar to keeping a food journal when trying to lose weight, much can be learned about what fits into our budgets by looking at the specific numbers.
Did you know that you can actually pay LESS to go clean with YL products than you would if you continued to buy lower quality toxic products?! I know, it's hard to believe, but here's the math:
The MOST POPULAR store-bought products: (based on AVERAGE/ESTIMATED prices)
Shampoo – Various Brands = $15-30
Conditioner – Various Brands = $15-30
Body Wash – “Bath & Body Works” 10oz. = $12.50
Body Lotion – “Bath & Body Works” Body Butter, 8oz. = $16.50
Soap Bar – “Bath & Body Works” = $8.50
Hand Soap – “Mrs. Meyers” = $3.50 “Method” = $3.00
Laundry Detergent – “Tide” = $25.00 (.26/load)
Dryer Sheets -- $9/240 loads (.04/load)
Bug Repellent – “Repell Lemon Eucalyptus” = $7/4 oz.
Sunscreen – “Alba Botanicals” = $9/4oz
Deodorant – “Schmidt’s Bergamot & Lime” = $9 “Degree for Women” = $3
Facewash – Various Brands = $10-$40
Face Moisturizer – Various Brands Ranging = $10-$50+
Toothpaste – “Crest Whitening” = $3
Kids’ Toothpaste – “Tom’s Strawberry” = $3
Floor Cleaner – “Pine-Sol” = $3
Counter Cleaner – “Lysol Kitchen Cleaner” = $3
Window Cleaner – “Windex” = $4
Carpet Cleaner – “409 Carpet” = $2.50
Fragrant Candles/Sprays/Deodorizers -- Various Brands = $.50/day
Ok, our total “approximate” cost of purchasing these everyday products in-store/on Amazon, etc. = $217+/- (again, depending on YOUR specific products)
So, how does living a plant-based lifestyle with Young Living measure up?! Let's take a look at the prices of both Young Living ready-made, plant-based products and some of our favorite DIY recipes that can be found in Essential Living or requested at anytime:
Shampoo – “YL Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo” = $20.25
Conditioner – “YL Lavender Mint Conditioner” = $20.25
Body Wash – “YL Lavender Bath & Shower Gel” = $19.00 “DIY Bergamot & Lime Creamy Body wash” 10oz = $12.00
Body Lotion – “YL Lavender Hand & Body Lotion” = $21.25 “DIY Lavender Body Butter Recipe” 8oz = $14
Soap Bar – “YL Soap Bar” = $10.50 “DIY Patchouli & Lemon Oatmeal Soap Bar” = $5.30
Hand Soap – “YL Thieves Foaming Hand Soap” = $13.25 “DIY Thieves Foaming Hand Soap” = $2
Laundry Detergent – “YL Thieves Laundry Detergent” = $29.50 (.46/load) “DIY Thieves Laundry Detergent” = (.20/load)
Dryer Sheets – Dryer Balls with 4 drops of Laundry Blend (Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary) every other load = .14/load
Bug Repellent – “YL Insect Repellent” 6oz. = $38.75 “DIY Insect Repellent SPRAY” = $12.23/4oz.
Sunscreen – “YL Mineral Sunscreen Lotion” = $26.75/3oz. “DIY Mineral Sunscreen Lotion” = $8.00/3oz
Deodorant – “YL AromaGuard Meadow Mist” = $11.25 “DIY Lavender & Petitgrain Deodorant” = $5.00
Facewash – “YL Orange Blossom Face Wash” 4oz = $41 “DIY Foaming Orange Blossom Facewash” = $10/6 oz
Face Moisturizer – “YL ART Light Moisturizer” = $60.25 “DIY Jojoba Oil, Lavender, Patchouli, & Gentle Baby Serum” = $11.82/2oz.
Toothpaste – “YL Thieves Dentarome Ultra” = $9
Kids’ Toothpaste – “YL Kidscents Slique Toothpaste” = $7.50
Floor Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner Capful with 16 oz water = $0.75
Counter Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner Capful with 16 oz water = $0.75
Window Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner Capful with 16 oz water = $0.75
Carpet Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner Capful with 16 oz water = $0.75
Air Fresheners/Plug-Ins/Candles = YL Diffuser (approx. $50) + 4-6 drops of EO daily = approx. $1.00/day
Ok, here we go, let's compare totals!!
1) If you PURCHASE all of your products from YL, ready-made, you will pay $365.70 instead of your old toxic product cost of $217… the good part is coming, stay with me.
2) However, if you DIY the recipes I listed above, you will pay $194.55 instead of $217. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I like to win arguments.
3) Furthermore, you can save 10%, 20%, and eventually 25% on every month’s order ($365 just became $328, $292, or $274 and $193 just went down even MORE) if you are purchasing these oils and products via Essential Rewards. You go ahead and let that sink in. I’ll just wait here with a smile on my face.
4) Yep, that’s not even ALL the savings available to you… For each person I share YL’s AWESOME premium starter kit & wholesale membership with, YL pays me $50 for the referral. I’m going to repeat that… The simple act of sending my referral link to someone who purchases the premium starter kit (you remember, 825+ drops of therapeutic grade essential oils, a diffuser under warranty for a YEAR, Thieves household cleaner samples, ningxia red servings, and wholesale membership for just $160 – easily the best hookup you could give your friend, EVER in their lifetime?) will earn my money spent on personal care and household products BACK, $50 at a time. Does Target do that? Nope. Amazon? Nope.
With one friend's signup each month, my plant-based lifestyle could cost half the price of living toxic! I think you will find it easy to come up with 12 friends each year to send your referral link to :) In fact, I have found way more than 12 a year these past four years and even managed to build up residual income that will pad our budget for the rest of our lives. In fact, even after my death, I can will my downline (signed up members) to my children. Again, does Target or Amazon offer that? Nope.
5) Finally, and most importantly, these numbers do not calculate the benefit of improved health over a lifetime of using clean products instead of toxins, the reduced expense on medical bills, prescriptions, ointments, and so much more that can be saved and difficult to quantify in this generalized format. The real question might be, what's the cost of NOT switching to a clean-product lifestyle?