I am on my journey to minimalism and becoming debt free, here are things I don’t spend money on. Some are things that I used to spend money on and others are things that I never bought because I didn’t see the appeal in them.
- Pop toys – I used to buy so many pop toys, i think at one point I had almost 50 pop toys or maybe even up to 80. I was obsessed with trying to collect them. I no longer buy these because they might only be $10 each but they add up. I kept a few of them and now my 3 year old plays with them.
- Hair products – I don’t do much to my hair, all I need is shampoo and hair conditioner. I probably spend maybe $50 a year on hair products
- Newest electronics – I only buy electronics when the ones I have no longer work. I never understood the need to upgrade a phone or smart watch every year. It seems wasteful to me, bad for the environment, and I can use that money for better things.
- Beauty procedures like botox, fillers plastic surgery – I am at the age where people start doing botox and doing things to their faces to look young. I am not judging people who do that, but that’s not something that I plan to do.
- Hair cuts and hair services – I get a haircut maybe once a year or every two years. I don’t go and get my hair done because that’s something that isn’t important to me.
- Nails done – I’ve never gone to get my nails done. Having nails done has never been for me and the kind of jobs I’ve had. I paint my nails once in a while, but don’t go to salons.
- Starbucks – Another thing i don’t understand is the people who go to Starbucks every single day. I probably go to Starbucks maybe one or twice a year.
- Lularoe leggings – Many years ago I had a collection of about 30 Lularoe leggings. The biggest reason I stopped buying them is because they are an MLM and I don’t support them. Another reason is that they are pricey and not the best quality.
- Makeup – I don’t wear makeup, I used to wear eyeliner but after the pandemic I became very lazy and just like to wakeup, brush my teeth, put on sunscreen, and head out the door.
- Water bottles – I like taking my reusable water bottle, so much better for my wallet and the planet.
I did ok in September financially, but I feel like I can do even better this month. Last month I spent about $430 on groceries, most of that was junk food and not necessities. I made it my goal in October to only spend $300. I also spent way too much on mobile games, almost $30, which isnt so bad as previous years. I would normally spend $50-$70 a MONTH on mobile games. What a waste of money. I once spent $300 on Candy Crush a few years ago. I quit playing after that. My main goal is to be intentional with my spending. Not only do I want to save money, but I also want to declutter and prevent more stuff from coming in my house.
- Limit spending in Target
- Limit spending on Amazon
- No using credit cards
- Limit spending in Walmart
- No new clothes
- No new soaps or skincare products
- No buying junk food from the grocery store
- No buying cereal, cookies, or drinks (I have too many at home)
- Use up what I have in the pantry and freezer
I am 2 months in to my low buy year and I am doing just okay. I am not doing as awful as previous years, but I am still buying unnecessary things unfortunately. I would give myself a C for now.
One good thing though is that I have cut back on buying things for my business. Last year I spent close to $4,000 on supplies like fragrance oils, mica, clays etc. A lot of it wasn’t even necessary. I bought so many ingredients that I can’t even remember what they were for and they have just been on my shelf all this time.
I have only bought myself one clothing item and it was a tshirt that I bought for the Knott’s Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration. I have bought my daughter 3 shirts, which isn’t too bad. I think I should definitely be able to get through March without buying her anymore clothes or myself. Though I might us shirts for Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival, if they are cute.
I have done a good job of not buying soap or whipped soap. Last year I bought way too much and ended up giving away so much of it to my local Buy Nothing group.
I have also bought some books from the library. I think I have spent about $20 total, which isn’t much, but each book was 25 to 50 cents, so I ended up buying a lot of books. To be honest, i don’t have much space for them, but I couldn’t pass up the good deals and had to add them to my collection of books. I think I have somewhere between 600-800 books from my childhood collection.
Next month I will try to be more intentional with my purchases. Target and Amazon are two places where I have spent too much money, so my goal is to cut back on shopping there.