How to Buy Essential Oils on a Budget

by Kristi Kern on July 31, 2014

By Kristi Kern

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Have you heard about Young Living and their therapeutic grade essential oils and want to try them?

BUT you think you can’t afford them because the prices seem high?

You are not alone!  I was there and I can help!

My Journey with Essential Oils

When I started buying essential oils in 2012, I was a graduate student in engineering, living in Chicago, paying a mortgage on a condo that was worth a fraction of what I paid for it, and only earning approximately $1,800/month as a research assistant. During this time, I kept a very strict budget that left me with about $700/month in discretionary spending money after I deducted all of my necessary expenses. I couldn’t do much with that amount of money, especially in Chicago where everything is expensive!

At this same time I had made a significant diet change (Paleo diet) and was purchasing only organic/pastured/grass-fed meats and organic produce. These are not cheap, but I decided it was worth it in order to stay sharp in graduate school. (And boy am I glad I did because school was so incredibly difficult!) Of that $700/month, I spent close to $300-$400/month on food. I was also on two prescription medications for anxiety, three for allergies and two more for asthma ($25/each). Some of these medications I purchased monthly and others lasted longer than a month. Ultimately I had very close to zero money to spend on “fun” things. Choosing to purchase essential oils did not come on a whim – I struggled immensely with the cost. However, I also knew that if the oils did everything so many had claimed, then the investment would be well worth itI didn’t want to go with cheaper essential oils because I was looking for serious results.  I have learned that you get what you pay for.

It was the Spring of 2012 when I purchased my first oils. They were actually just samples of each oil that came in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit.  I was hesitant to spend $150 on the Premium Starter Kit, so I thought samples would give me an idea of how they worked. The sample bottles enabled me to remove a wart on my knee using frankincense and ease my allergy symptoms with lavender. I was immediately hooked and I wanted more! More specifically, I wanted the full Premium Starter Kit at $150 which contained 9 oils, literature, some samples and wholesale pricing on all future purchases. ***Currently the kit includes 11 oils and a free diffuser*** I wanted the kit so badly, but it took me about 4 months to save up the money to purchase it.

I finally became a wholesale member in November 2012. I dove into that kit so fast and was able to wean off all of my allergy medications (pills, eye drops and nasal spray) fairly quickly with lavender. I also weaned off my anxiety meds and used several oils (Peace & Calming, Valor, and frankincense) to help with that. I also discovered that two drops of frankincense followed by two drops of peppermint rubbed into my chest kept my asthma symptoms from flaring up. Without the need for 7 medications, I found myself with a lot more spending money. Score! I was also using the oils quite frequently, so after a few months I needed to purchase more.

I waited until I had an order of at least 100 PV and then enrolled in the Essential Rewards program. This program gives you discounted shipping along with earning a percentage of your purchases back in product credit. Double win! The program requires a monthly purchase of at least 50 PV ($50) to continue to earn credits. I was concerned that I would not be able to purchase 50 PV every month, but after looking at my finances I found $100 to be the amount I was comfortable spending every month on Young Living products. I had these extra funds because I was able to reduce medical expenses dramatically.

Another benefit of the essential rewards program is that it kept me constrained to only one purchase a month (something I likely would have cheated on if I had ordered every time I wanted something). Now I’ll admit that there were maybe one or two months that I just didn’t know what to buy. I wanted to remain enrolled in Essential Rewards, so I got creative by buying oils as birthday or Christmas gifts or asking family and friends if they would like to purchase something. This way I was fulfilling my obligation to stay enrolled in Essential Rewards (and accumulating product credit), but wasn’t buying stuff I didn’t need.  In the last 1.5 years, I have accumulated hundreds of dollars in free products through the Essential Rewards program and discovered some amazing oils, supplements, and personal care items.

Okay, well that all worked well for me, but what about you? I’m going to give you a step-by-step approach to get started:

1.    Create a budget and stick to it!

If you already have a household budget, that is amazing!  Too many people think a budget constrains you but it actually liberates you!

I love budgeting and was taught by my parents from a young age.  My fiancé, J, is wonderful but he was VERY resistant to a budget.  After about 1.5 years of dating, J started “keeping track of his expenses.”  It only took one or two months of tracking finances for him to see that he had a lot of money to work with. He then prioritized his spending and allocated plenty of money to his hobbies. This allowed him to always have enough money to spend on fun things and didn’t leave him saying, “Where did all my money go?!” After two months of following his new budget, in a moment I’ll never forget, he began to express how much he liked budgeting!  He found he could spend money on his hobbies without feeling guilty, because he knew everything else was taken care of.

Now you must stick to your budget in order to feel the liberation. It may take a few tweaks before you find a budget that works perfectly for you but take the time to do it and you will be impressed.

2.    Save your money!

Once you have your budget, you need to see how much money you have for Young Living oils/products. Is it $25, $50, $100, or $500/month? Next, find items you are willing to sacrifice in order to have the oils. I personally gave up buying new/expensive clothes (okay my idea of nice clothes is Target), shoes and all those frilly things that give me very little to no satisfaction. I’m perfectly happy buying clothes from the thrift store or getting hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law. Once you have the total amount you are comfortable spending on oils each month, write that number down. If this is less than the premium starter kit ($150 + tax and shipping ≈$165), you will need to save it each month until you have enough to purchase. If it is more, than you are ready to buy!

3.    Enroll as wholesale member with the Premium Starter Kit

The reason I advise to wait until you have the money to purchase the Premium Starter Kit is because it is the single best deal Young Living offers. If you’re on a tight budget, you need to make sure your money goes far and this kit will do that. It gives you 11 of the most popular oils as well as a diffuser and wholesale pricing on future orders. If you just went ahead and spent your monthly allotment on retail purchases you would end up spending MUCH more money than if you buy the Premium Starter Kit first. I made the mistake of buying retail for a few months and if I could go back and do it all over, I would!

Another reason I advise waiting to save the money is that you will enjoy the kit much more than if you had purchased when you couldn’t actually afford it. Saving the money gives you the freedom to enjoy your kit guilt-free! With the premium starter kit alone, you may be able to replace many of your household items and even medications! By replacing these items, you are freeing up more money to be spent on oils each month.

4.    Enroll in Essential Rewards

Of course oils do not last forever, especially when you are using them on a daily basis. When you start to run out of products, keep a list and wait until you are ready to purchase at least 50 PV in products. Then, enroll in Essential Rewards and place your order. I encourage you to wait until you have an order of 50 PV so that you qualify for Essential Rewards. If you continue to purchase 50 PV/month, you will stay in the program and start earning significant product credits.

The first 6 months, you earn 10%, the next 6 you earn 15% and one year in the program you earn 20% of everything you purchase through Essential Rewards. These credits can be redeemed for free product! It is a great program that has earned me 100′s of dollars in free goodies. Plus, you can cancel the program at any time. I think it is best to enroll in the program and cancel if you need to as opposed to waiting to see if you continue to make 50 PV purchases. If you wait, you would have missed out on all those product credits. Another important aspect of the program is that you select a day of the month (mine is the 3rd) to finalize your order. This means you have up to and including that day to change/finalize your order. The next day the order is processed and shipped out. You can change your order each month, as well as the processing day. This aspect is important because it makes it easier to budget one order a month instead of multiple orders. Of course you can always purchase more than once a month if you’d like.

5.    OPTIONAL: Share with others to earn extra bonuses and income

This is a completely OPTIONAL step for those that really want to increase their earnings/minimize their costs. Share the oils with others and earn referral bonuses and commissions. Every time you enroll someone with a premium starter kit, you will receive a $50 bonus from Young Living. In order to qualify to receive this bonus, you need to have a purchase of 50 PV within the month you enrolled someone. If you are already enrolled in essential rewards, you will already meet this requirement!

This may seem complicated and too “business-y” for most people, but I find that when you love something you naturally tell others about it. We all shout from the rooftops when we love a movie or a restaurant, so why not oils? The fact that you earn a bonus from Young Living makes it that much more fun to share. Referrals can really help reduce your out-of-pocket costs and even earn you significant money, depending on how share-happy you get!

My Life Right Now

Roughly five months ago, I graduated with a PhD in Engineering and am currently looking for a full time job. However, my search for employment has not been as smooth as I had hoped. I assumed I would be able to find a job within a few months. Well that has not been the case. In fact, it has been a very difficult 5 months (and counting) that some days I just break down and cry. On the bright side, I do take in some income through Young Living! If I had not been actively sharing Young Living with others for the past 1.5 years and been enrolled in Essential Rewards, I would have NO source of income. Young Living has been such a blessing not only for the oils, but also for the business opportunity.

We all have our own unique reasons as to why we want to try the oils. I think these steps are the best ways to get Young Living essential oils, especially if money is tight. Life is about making choices which requires prioritizing your time and money. Sometimes those choices are difficult. If you truly want to make a difference in your health, you need to put in a little effort. Sometimes the difficult decisions turn out to be the best ones!

I am excited to help any of you who eagerly want to get these oils! Whether you need help with a budget, saving money, ordering a starter kit, or growing a Young Living business, I love it all.



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With the purchase of this Premium Starter Kit you will get the 10 essential oils in the Everyday Oils Kit discussed in this article, plus a Stress Away oil, a FREE essential oil diffuser, and also qualify for 24% off retail price of all Young Living products.


Take the guesswork out of how to use essential oils! Enroll as a wholesale customer in Young Living this month with the Premium Starter Kit and I will send you a FREE copy of my book

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Alternatively, you can buy essential oils individually at the retail price by enrolling as a YL Retail Customer with Kristi, or also in the Essential Survival store.

Kristi Kern is a member of Julie Behling-Hovdal’s organization, YL Team Synergy.  You can enroll in Young Living with Julie here.


Kristi Kern headshot 150x150 How to Buy Essential Oils on a BudgetKristi discovered her passion for natural health and wellness while pursuing a graduate degree in engineering.  It started with a diet change that considerably improved her health.  One thing led to another and she was introduced to Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO).  At first she believed the oils were too good to be true, but started using YLEOs in the summer of 2012 out of curiosity.  The results blew her away.  She has been able to taper off all allergy and anxiety medication and continues to find new uses for the oils every day!  You can follow Kristi on Facebook as well as her website,  


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