Saving Money by Going Natural

Dr. Bronner's

I am a bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t been couponing in a LONG time! I mean, in a way, that’s a good thing, it means that my stockpile has sustained us, but it also means that I am noticing because I am running low on a lot of things. It is about time that I really get back into building up my stockpile. As many of you know, I live on a very small income, one that might work for a single person, but generally doesn’t work for a family of our size. It helps that our house and van are paid off and that all of our regular bills are finally up to date, but I still don’t have much leftover to shop with, so couponing is a MUST.

Since we are making the switch to more natural, Earth friendly products, I find that I can usually barter with the items that I get from couponing, for things we can use. People are willing to buy me a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap, in exchange for about 8 bottles of Pantene. I know that may sound a little crazy, Pantene is around $4 a bottle and Dr. Bronner’s is around $16, but I find that in the time I would normally have gone through a bottle of Pantene shampoo AND a bottle of conditioner, I am only down 1″ of my bottle of Dr. Bronner’s because you have to dilute it like crazy and end up getting far more out of a single bottle.

Couponing isn’t for everyone, and if I have the time, knowledge and means to do it, I might as well get the items, even if I don’t use them. I know I can barter to get what I need. If I can generally stock up on Pantene for around $1 per bottle, then trade 8 bottles for 1 Dr. Bronner’s, I’ve just saved 50% on the Dr. Bronner’s, and the person trading with me has also saved 50%! It’s pretty much a win-win!

When I decided to make the switch to more natural products, I pretty much stopped couponing, but then I was spending more than normal and I began to do the math. So, I will be getting back into couponing and stockpiling, while adding bartering to the list, so that I can get the more natural products at less cost for me.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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