You can save quite a bit by filling capsules yourself with the less expensive bulk powder options.
I did the math on this. Comparing the same brand of maca root powder (in pre-filled capsules versus filling capsules with the powder) we save around $10 per month on just one person's supply. This includes the cost of the capsules, too.
However, it doesn't include the cost of the handy little capsule filler machine; but we recouped that cost in less than a month when considering how much I use it.
Here's the whole scoop!
Breaking Down The Savings
(Keep in mind, prices fluctuate. While this is my current calculation, it's bound to shift over time.)
Though it depends on the actual supplement you’re using, the cost savings can be quite significant.
For example, let’s take maca root — which has many benefits and is a great food source of magnesium.
If you buy the capsules, you’re spending approximately 14 cents each. If you buy the powder and fill your own capsules, they cost about 6 cents each. And that includes the cost of the gelatin capsules, which must be purchased separately.
That’s a savings of 8 cents per capsule right there.
And those savings… they can really add up!
Let’s say you’re taking 4 of your home-filled maca root capsules each day (the equivalent of about a teaspoon). That means you save 32 cents each day or $9.60 over the course of 30 days.
Almost $10 savings each month? That’s significant!
In this example I priced out the same brand — it’s entirely possible to get the price even lower if you go with another brand of organic maca powder!
The Pill Filler Investment
Let’s talk about the investment in the handy capsule filler machine — or what I call a pill filler.
Though you can fill capsules by hand, it’s not very efficient, plus it’s hard to tamp down the ingredients to really fill the capsules densely.
So I do recommend a pill filler and here are the details.
At the Bulk Herb Store, a capsule filler machine costs about $16.
Remember you’ll save 8 cents each by filling the maca root capsules yourself. Extrapolate that out — you’ll make up the investment of $16 in about 200 pills.
Taking 4 of your self-filled pills each day, you'll reach 200 in less than 2 months. Bingo, you just paid for the machine!
And after this… it’s all savings because you’ve already paid for your pill filler machine!
The Time Investment
Does filling your own capsules take a lot of time? Some, but not a lot. If you have absolutely no extra time and you've got money to spare, go ahead and buy those capsules pre-filled and no guilt!
But if you have about half hour free once a week and want to stack up the savings on whole food supplements you're already buying (or want to finally afford…), then start filling your own pills.
About once per week, I pre-fill these capsules: maca, spirulina, and cayenne pepper. The machine does 24 at a time. It takes me about half an hour to make a few batches of each supplement. I do it in the morning (my most productive time of day) while I'm listening to music or a podcast. It hardly feels like work at all.
Want to see how easily I do it? This month, as a thank-you video, premium members at GNOWFGLINS get a video demonstration of using the pill filler!
So, who's with me on saving a bit here and there? If so, grab a capsule filler soon and start pinching those pennies. They really add up! And be sure to let me know your thoughts and experience with this!
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