Raw fooders tend to talk about the high cost of organic produce, superfoods, raw nuts, and the slew of other raw goodies out there.
Where is the savings?
Not only do we as raw fooders tend to forget the ailments we used to have after “going raw”, but we also tend to not think about the myriad of ways we are saving money in other aspects of life.
Some not even directly related to raw food
20 Ways You Didn’t Know You Were Saving Money Eating Raw Food
- Toilet Paper – We’re not going to explain this one. Let’s just say we use way less than we used to.
- Tissues – Besides detox symptoms, we rarely use tissue paper any more. No more blowing your nose when nothing is in there.
- Food Costs – Ok, this has been a pretty big debate among raw fooders. It depends on what you are eating, but personally, we eat a lot less (in volume) than we used to. Besides the occasional superfood purchase, we can safely say that we spend probably 1/4 of what we used to on food, maybe even half. Sure, we ate more raw food in the beginning, but after years of eating raw, we continue to notice that we need less and less food! We didn’t believe that it was possible when we first heard about raw food…but for us, it has been true, and it has been a true savings!
- Trash Bags – If you compost (even just during the summer), you are going to save a lot of money here. Not like trash bags cost very much, but consider it part of what you are saving. Just think of all that stuff that doesn’t go into the trash bags anymore. Saving some money and saving the environment? Cool.
- Water – This isn’t about drinking water, because the cost of drinking water usually goes up as you seek higher and higher qualities of clean water. But how much less do you shower? How much less do you flush your toilet? What about not having to scrub pots and pans in large amounts of water? We both clean off in the shower extremely fast, shampoo goes through our hair like butter. Washing the Vita-Mix uses a tiny amount of water. Once again this is saving you money and being nice to the Earth. Nice!
- Moisturizer & Skin Creams – Besides the fact that most of these creams and lotions contain toxic chemicals, we both find that we rarely need to moisturize, and when we do, coconut oil, avocados, or some really good chemical-free cream or MSM cream will do the trick nicely.
- Deodorant – According to Heidi, I “no longer smell.” Hmmmm, never could smell myself, now that I think about it. But seriously, I use crystal deodorant, and not only does it cost so much less, I find that on some days, I don’t even need it.
- Cotton Swabs – We used to use at least two a day to clean our ears (we won’t get into details), but now we use maybe two a week. Our ears are so clean now, that it’s simply a waste. We still keep some in the house, but we hardly use them anymore.
- Green Savings – Just being in the raw “movement”, you begin to learn a lot about eco-living (if you didn’t already know). Just the amount of money we save using energy efficient bulbs alone is astounding.
- Lip Balm – For those of you that don’t live in the freezing tundra of Minnesota you might not be able to relate, but for those of us who do, our skin never looks forward to below freezing temperatures. As the years have gone by, we noticed that our lips almost never get dry anymore. Our skin still doesn’t like the cold, but it doesn’t crack or break at all. Heidi still loves her Burt’s Bees lip balm, but she no longer feels the need to put it on 10 times a day!
- Makeup – OK Ladies….it’s Heidi here! Once you go raw, you’ll notice that you are using less makeup, if any at all! Of course, this cost savings is for women (or married couples), but all you women out there know that makeup can be expensive if you use it everyday. Once you go raw, you no longer need for concealer for dark circles under eyes, or covering up acne that doesn’t exist now that you have clear skin!
- Shampoo – After being fully raw, you usually need less shampoo than you used to have to put in your hair every day. Depending on the quality of your water, you probably needed to use shampoo twice to really clean your hair. Now that you are raw, you might already be using a natural shampoo like Dr. Bronner’s shampoo. If you use Dr. Bronner’s to wash your hair, you’ll notice that you use a small amount, and it is cheaper than regular shampoo. Buy a gallon bottle of the good stuff and you’ll save a lot in a year!
- Conditioner – We both have long hair, so we both use conditioner. Yet once again, we both have noticed that we use a slightly smaller amount in our hair than before we went raw. We have our choices of conditioners, but we buy our hair conditioners online, and with some sites that offer free shipping we have noticed cost savings!
- Coffee – For a former coffee addict (Justin), this was enough to probably buy myself a nice used car every year. Seriously, though, coffee used to be a separate expense on my budget sheet. I can only imagine how much money I’ve saved from not drinking it (or even just cutting it down significantly).
- Soda, Cola, Carbonated Beverages – No matter how often you drank a soda here and there, it really would make a difference in cost savings to not drink it any more. And if you used to be one of those “64 oz. of Mountain Dew a day” kind of soda drinker…that is a huge cost savings! (And by the way…we live in Minnesota, so we call it “Pop”!)
- Clothing Costs – After losing all of my weight on raw food (Justin), my weight has stabilized and I no longer need to buy larger or smaller sizes. This is especially important for women, as they tend to gain and lose weight (throughout the year) much easier than men. Think about it!
- Medical Savings – And of course, doctor and medical bills. The stories we have heard (and our own experiences) are perhaps the greatest draw people find to the raw food diet. Heidi has cured herself of “incurable” migraines, arthritis, psoriasis, fatigue, back pain, and many more ailments. We will leave it up to you to ponder the cost savings in this very popular category. (Note: Our doctors and physicians are absolutely wonderful people who have your health and well-being in mind. Many of them just don’t know any better.)
- Restaurants – Unless you live by ten raw food restaurants, you probably rarely (if ever) go out to restaurants to eat anymore. This alone may be your biggest money saver of all.
- Tips at Restaurants – Not only restaurant prices, but also tipping, which can add up to huge costs throughout an entire year.
- Entertainment Costs – Don’t get my wrong here, we are both all about entertainment, but we have found that we don’t need the escape of constant entertainment that we used to. So many simple things have become incredibly pleasurable that we are constantly entertained by life itself!
There you have it! 20 totally real cost savings once you go raw! Take a look at this list and count how many of these things you used to spend money on that you aren’t spending money on any more. It will probably astound you.
For all those number crunching types…you might even want to take it a step further and look at previous budgets in past years and compare them to what you are spending now. You might even want to look at old bank statements and see what you used to spend your money on with your debit card. I know that we had a lot of coffee purchases in the past…and now that isn’t a part of our reality.
What are your cost savings? What are you saving the most money on?
If you haven’t, you should take a look, the results will astonish you.
Just one more reason to be thankful for raw food.