Finding the Balance between Thrifty and Natural

I try to be a very green person, but sometimes it’s not always possible to be green and thrifty. I wish my family could eat all organic, and exclusively use all natural products. Realistically looking at this from a financial point of view, there’s just no way to do this.
But there are many things that we can do to stay green and thrifty.

For instance, I clean everything with baking soda and vinegar! Lately I’ve been using some Melaleuca products that I found brand new in the packages for .50 cents each at a thrift store. Normally I wouldn’t use these products, because they are just too expensive. But, I have enjoyed using them lately. I still get soap scum out of the bath tub with good old baking soda.

Another thing you can do is cloth diaper (if you have little ones). This is so much better for their little bottoms, and it saves the landfills. Did you know the diapers you wore are still decomposing in a landfill somewhere? Disposable diapers take a long time to decompose. This is green, and it saves a lot in diapering costs.

I try to do as many natural things as I can, and don’t beat myself up over what I can’t do. For instance, I buy only organic or raw milk. I have a local farmer that sells raw milk for $6 a gallon. I get it there when I can. When I can’t make it out there, or when I can get it cheap in the store, I buy organic. I do hormone/antibiotic free meat as much as I can, too. But, there are many things I get that are not natural/organic.

I think there comes a point in all our lives where we have to choose between what we can do to be healthy and natural, and what we are unable to do. If we tried to do everything, there’s no way we could, financially. Unless of course you are Bill Gates or Paris Hilton….

Do what you can, pray a blessing over anything that’s not perfect, and continue to enjoy your life!

I truly believe that if we will do what we can do, then God will do what we can’t do. ~ Joyce Meyer

What kind of balance have you found in your life? Are there things you choose to go all organic on, and other things you don’t?

A special thanks to Alana at That’s Just Nifty Thrifty for making this for me.

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  1. I think it is great that you try to do both natural and thrifty as much as you can. The only thing I can’t seem to do is cloth diapers. Yuckky! How do you do that? Do you have a diaper service?

  2. Hey Holly! Cloth diapering is actually not as bad as you’d think it is. I wash all my dipes every other day. Check out It’s a community of moms, and there are a ton of resources there for you. Any and all questions have been asked there!! Let me know if that helps you out.

  3. Thanks Crystal! That’s really helpful. At this time we will still do disposable diapers. Both my husband and I work full time and our daughter is at daycare 4 days a week. I also did some research on what you mention about diapers in landfills and in my community all of our trash is incinerated and converted into electricity before being put into the landfill. Learned something new everyday!

  4. I buy organic milk and meat and organic peaches, strawberries and apples (the fruit that they say has the most pesticide reside). I don’t worry about the other fruits as they don’t test positive for pesticides. I also don’t buy beauty products that are organic (waste of money). There are some items that are worth buying organic and others that are just pure marketing (meaning you don’t need them to be organic).

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