I’ve been using essential oils for over a decade and I have learned to appreciate many of their amazing qualities. However, when I started using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, I was amazed by the difference in quality—the difference between therapeutic grade essential oils and cheaper brands claiming to be “pure.”

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As I learned more about their powerful constituents, and began to rely on them for my family’s daily needs, the next thing I wondered was how I was going to afford them; because frankly, just like any valuable product, you pay for what you get. Since I wanted to use my oils to improve my family’s health, I knew I needed the good stuff.

However, as a mom on a budget with a large family, I wondered how I could afford to regularly purchase all I needed. One of our goals right now as a family is to become debt free. How, I wondered, can I keep using essential oils when there just isn’t anything extra in the family budget? I’m going to share with you five simple ways to help you afford the oils you need.

1. Balance Your Budget with Transfer Buying

I got out a pen and paper and started to write out the various personal care products I had been buying.

Then, I looked up the ingredients in many of these items and considered their risks and side effects. I spent a few hours one day purging my cabinets. I couldn’t believe the amount of products that I not only didn’t need, but that I didn’t want in the bodies of my husband and children! Not only could my essential oils do the job, they could do a better job! And they could do it without harming our bodies with harmful chemicals!

I made a separate list of all the essential oils that I could use instead of what I had been using. CLICK HERE for my “transfer buying chart” to log what you’re spending now vs. what you “could be” spending on natural products!

I found that I could use peppermint for minor respiratory complaints, staying alert on a long drive, turning a posterior baby (read what happened HERE), freshening stale rooms, soothing an upset stomach, motion sickness, and the list goes on. I was able to wipe out a number of household products with just that one oil!

2. Give the Gift of Healthy Living

In addition to helping to support my family’s health and saving $$$ by not buying all the junk I used to buy, I began to use my oils as gifts for friends and family. Birthdays, Christmas, hostess gifts—essential oils became my new favorite act of kindness! I could drop a bottle of essential oil, or a homemade essential oil-based gift, into an organza bag and I had an instant present! I transferred the money I would have spent at Hallmark, or wherever, to my Essential Rewards order…and earned points for more free products! In addition, I introduced friends and relatives to the pleasing benefits of essential oils!

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3. Get FREE Oils! (AND discounted shipping!)

Would you like to know how you can get free oils? Essential Rewards (ER) is a program that offers discounts and reward points based on your monthly purchases. It is free to join and there is no obligation to continue; you are simply agreeing to purchase at least 50 PV (approx. $50.00) per month of whatever oils or YL products you’d like. This is a great way to budget, so that you can slowly and steadily build your family’s “natural medicine cabinet.” And, of course, you’ll want to change your order each month, so that you’re not always getting the same thing – there are so many amazing oils and health products to choose from!

Essential Rewards Benefits

  • Discounted shipping
  • Discounts on exclusive product packages (I love this!)
  • Essential Rewards credits redeemable for FREE products (Even better!)
  • Change your order each month to include whatever products you’d like (minimum 50 PV)
  • Choose your processing day, and change it whenever you like
  • Qualify for additional compensation and bonus rewards*

4. Make Your Own Personal Care Products and Household Cleaners

While I discovered that Young Living made a number of household products and cleaners that were natural and safe for my family (as opposed to the popular brands found in the grocery store) I decided that what makes YL’s products so amazing are the essential oils in them! So, I decided to save a few dollars by making some of my own products from scratch using these fantastic oils!

I came up with my own recipes for room sprays, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, window cleaner, facial cleanser, diaper cream, insect repellant, tub scrub, dusting powder, bath salts, and even breath spray! Though I enjoy many of Young Living’s personal care products and cleaners, I also know how to make my own essential oil-based products for a fraction of what I was spending at the grocery store! This saves me even more money—money I am able to invest in my Essential Reward order, which helps me to earn more points for FREE oils!

5. Refer a Friend and Earn Cash!

Your Young Living oils will sometimes pay for themselves because, as you use them, your friends will notice. And when they notice, they’ll want to use them too. And when they want to use them too, they’re going to ask you where they can get their own. And when they sign up under you, you may qualify for significant commissions and bonuses without even having tried.

In some ways, becoming a YL distributor is more like a well-organized referral program than a business. I don’t have to keep inventory, sell products, exchange money, deal with shipping, or handle book keeping. Young Living does all of that for me. I get to do the fun part: Use the oils with my family, as well as write and talk about them whenever I have the chance. Feel free to contact me if you’d like more details on how you can earn commissions and bonuses by referring others.

As you can see there are plenty of creative ways to afford essential oils; however, because of what I’ve learned about them over the years, and because of the wonderful way I’ve seen them improve my family’s health, it wouldn’t matter to me if I was paying a little extra for them. Thankfully, though, because of what I shared above, I’m not. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like help in figuring out a good plan to get started!

*Certain bonuses and commissions may require a minimum of 100 PV.