Starting a Natural and Frugal Life What Took Me Down This Path?

As a kid, my mom did some things naturally for my brother and I. She had a homeopathic kit and would give us echinacea and vitamin c when we were sick. So I got a good foundation in using natural treatments as a kid.

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When I was around 15, I started experiencing fatigue and muscle pain issues. Over the next several years I had some blood tests and a sleep study done. One blood test showed that my bad cholesterol was a little high, and because of my age(I was 27), the doctor didn’t want to put me on medication. When I got home and did some research. I began an aggressive vitamin/herb regimen. After 3 months my bad cholesterol was down 58 points. My doctor couldn’t believe it, and I was amazed, too.

After my sleep study showed nothing was wrong, the same doctor told me to take more naps and I wouldn’t be so tired. I have gone through phases where I slept most of the day, so I clearly didn’t need more sleep. At that point I was tired of doctors, so I did more research. I learned that gluten could cause many of the symptoms I was experiencing. I also learned there were vitamins and herbs I could be taking to improve my energy levels. (I’ll expand on the various things I have taken and tried in later posts.) Once I made changes to my routine and diet, I had more energy and could get through a day without sleeping for half of it. This convinced me that natural was the way to go!

A few years later, I contracted MRSA. I had painful abscesses on my legs, two of which had to be surgically drained at the emergency room. So-you guessed it-I did more research. I learned about herbs and essential oils that would help. The doctors wanted me to go on long-term, low-dose antibiotics. (In the interest of being fully honest, I did take a course of antibiotics. But just one course really messed me up.) I was not thrilled with the idea of long-term antibiotics. I worked out a natural routine and as long as I stay on it, the MRSA doesn’t flare up. Thank goodness for that, the abscesses are incredibly painful and usually come with a high fever.

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Learning to Be Frugal

As far as being frugal, I also learned a lot from my mom in that area. She was a single mom raising two kids on a very limited income. So I learned to shop sales, buy in bulk, go to thrift stores, appreciate hand-me-downs, use coupons, and make it myself if possible.

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When I got married, my husbandd made good money. Right before our first anniversary, he needed neck surgery and couldn’t work for about 6 months. His company had a disability policy, but it was only about two thirds of his monthly income. So I had to put those skills to good use.

Later we moved to a very rural area (90 miles from the nearest WalMart) where there aren’t a lot of jobs and the ones that are available don’t pay well. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I love living here. But again, those frugal skills that my mom passed on to me came in handy. We don’t have credit cards and we limit how much debt we accumulate. Both the cars we own are paid for, eliminating another bill. Our monthly bills (not groceries, gas, pet supplies) are around $400. I know that sounds hard to believe, but there’s a certain freedom in being frugal. We can live in a place we love and aren’t slaves to making payments.

So in this blog, I want to share some of what I’ve learned about cutting back expenses, making it work on a small income, and living naturally to improve health. Hopefully I can help you in some small way.

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