Is the cash in your wallet always mysteriously disappearing? Maybe you need to get a grip on your spending habits. Here are 7 things you could be wasting your money on.
Latte at your favorite coffee shop, like Starbucks. Not only are you supporting a global empire, you are wasting money. You can brew your own coffee at home and add your own nut milk to it....sweeten it with honey and voila! Tasty, cheap and made exactly how you like it. Free from high fructose corn syrup, free from pesticides (provided you buy organic) and you’ll save a couple of dollars. Make your own. Trust me, it’s loads better.
Milk. As a continuation of the point above. Do you know how easy it is to make your own nut milk? For one, conventional milk is loaded with pesticides, growth hormones, blood and pus, to name a few items. The cows are extremely mistreated (unless you are buying from a farmer you know) and the milk is pasteurized, removing any nutrition it’s raw counterpart has. Furthermore, nut milk you buy in a store has been heated to high temperatures (removing any potential nutritional value) and then put in a plastic-lined cardboard container and has been sitting on the shelf for who knows how long. Instead, make your own. It’s easy. It’s cheap. And you can control what exactly goes into it! Here’s an easy recipe to get you started.
Using the washer and dryer every day. Tossing just a few things in the washer and dryer is a huge waste of money and energy. In many countries, dryers are not common in the houses. They simply hang their clothes to dry either inside or outside. Especially in the summer months - nix the dryer.
CD’s and DVD’s. Who needs all that plastic packaging? With the ability to buy almost anything online via iTunes, Netflix or Amazon, I highly suggest you help the environment out and do so.
Restaurants and Fast Food lunches. Seriously, with the same amount of time it takes you to get in your car, sit in the drive through and then drive back to work on your lunch break, you could have spent the same amount of time making a healthy lunch in the morning. It will save you money and will save your health! Restaurants use microwaves, cheap oils for cooking, teflon-coated pans for heating items up, non-organic produce, the list goes on and on. And not only that - do you know if the worker has washed their hands? Do you know how long the food has been sitting out? Gross. There are so many factors you cannot control in a restaurant that I rarely go out to eat. If your health is a concern, you probably feel the same.
Gas. Ride your bike when possible. Walk. Not only will it save you money, it’s also a good way to fit a workout into a busy schedule.
The convenience store. How often do you pop into the 7/11 to grab a bag of chips, water, or cookies because you’re in a rush? Those impulse purchases add up over the course of the week or month. Instead, prepare yourself. Make a trail mix of nuts and dried fruits and keep it in your car. Bring your reusable water bottle with you and keep it in the car for when you are thirsty. A little bit of planning ahead can make a huge difference in money saving.
Follow the points above and save yourself some money and increase your health. It’s easy. Then you can use the savings on something you’ve been wanting - maybe a yoga retreat, a new bike, a juicer, you get the idea!!
Emyrald Sinclaire is a Holistic Nutritionist who specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Emyrald is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit PureRadiantSelf.com.