In resent months I’ve been dabbling in living a more minimal life. I took a long, hard look at the things I had been purchasing and repurchasing and decided to make some adjustments according to what was necessary and what was not.
Not only have I saved a ton of money but I cut out a lot of clutter too. Which is super exciting!
I did this for a couple of reasons.
First, the environmental impact a lot of our things and purchases have on our planet. I’m falling in love with the idea of looking at everything through a conscious, or mindful lens. Being aware of the impact of my actions (or in this case purchases) have on the things and people around me.
Two, to save money of course. I didn’t realize how much money I was wasting until I stopped, buying these things.
And third, I was sick and tired of all the clutter all around me. I seriously wanted to look at how I could reduce the mess and like my parents always used to tell me: (I hate that they were right) Have less things.
So without further ado,
Here are 29 things I stopped buying
- Plastic Water Bottles – this is just a give in. Disposable water bottles are extremely toxic to the planet and they just cost so much money over time. Skip it, purchase a reusable water bottle and save your money.
- Magazine Subscriptions – I used to be obsessed with seventeen magazine and had a subscription to it for years. But most magazine articles are online anyway for FREE. Opting out of magazine subscriptions is also more eco-friendly.
- Artificial Fragrances – Meaning candles, body sprays, room sprays, wall plug-ins etc. The only products like these that I purchase are all-natural soy candles and sprays made from essential oils. Anything else it just chalked full of chemicals. And who else is guilty of a bath and body works shopping spree but never actually using all of the products in their entirety? yeah me too. Which is why I will never set foot in a bath and body works again.
- Drinks I can make at home – So coffee, smoothies. This is a recent decision but a very cost effective one. (Man, am I gonna miss booster juice) But I just know I can almost always make the exact same thing at home for a fraction of the price AND I have control of exactly what goes into it. Though I will admit I will indulge in the occasional seasonal drink but overall I avoid it at all costs.
- Disposable ziplock bags – While convenient, they aren’t good for the environment and buying them time after time is a total money sucker. I invested in some re-usable snack bags which are AH-mazing.
- Grocery bags – Same thing. Non- environmentally friendly and the constant need to repurchase them every shopping trip weighs on your wallet. I also opted to purchase a few reusable bags instead.
- Pre-cut fruits and veggies – Always wasteful and always over-priced. Buying pre-cut fruits and veggies in those plastic tubs is such a waste! I would way rather just buy a whole fruit or vegetable the way nature intended it.
- Greeting cards – Not that there’s anything wrong with greeting cards but individual cards are over priced and there’s always too many in a box set. So either I’m wasting money or paper when I could easily make my own for free. Plus it’s more special that way.
- Knick-Knacks – Oh boy, this one was a tough one to give up. I realized that I liked little things way too much and the clutter was becoming unbearable. Now when making purchases I like to make sure that it’s something actually useful and not something that will just sit and collect dust.
- Memberships – This one runs so deep. But most meberships I have ever had, have never gotten their full use out of them. Unless you’re an active gym person, best not to get a membership. You think you’re saving money but if you’re not using your membership, it’s unnecessary waste.
- Excess beauty products – What I mean by this is I don’t need 10 blushes. I don’t need 5 different foundations.I used to always do this and my makeup table was just ridiculously cluttered. Now I like to have one, maybe 2 variations of a single product and use those up before picking up any more.
- Jewelry – It was so easy for me to get sucked in my jewelry. Everything was so dainty and pretty and I just HAD to have it. Even though, I don’t really wear jewelry!! Crazy right? Now, I like to invest in a few quality pieces and nothing more. I don’t let myself get sucked in anymore. Related: 4 ethical Jewelry brands you NEED to know about.
- Notebooks – sigh. Another hard one on the list. I am a writer. Stories, poems, songs, blog posts. You name it and I write it. This is another hole i found easy to fall into. Pretty notebook? Buy it. Did I ever fill in every single page? Nope. So now I do what I do with makeup. Have one or two and wait to buy a new one when the ones I have run out. Seriously money and clutter saver.
- Processed meats – I try to avoid chain supermarket meats and opt for locally farmed meat. Not only is it more sustainable, it’s also healthier and great to support your local farmers. I just found it crazy how many ingredients or junk they add to meat. So from now on, processed meats are a no for me.
- Shaving cream – An item that to me is just not a necessity. I like everything in my life to be a necessity or serve an important job and shaving cream just didn’t cut it. I’m also just very conscious of the products I use on my skin. I find that coconut oil does the job just fine and leaves my skin super soft.
- Makeup wipes – Another item that is not necessary and not so environmentally friendly. Coconut oil is a great alternative or using a micellar water with re-usable cotton pads.
- Body products – Like lotions upon lotions and shower gels and shimmer sprays etc. Another money sucking product that will most likely just sit on a shelf in my bathroom and never be completely used up.
- Pop/Soda – Unhealthy and honestly just unappealing to me at this point. I’m saving money and my insides with this one. Plus if it’s not around. You’re gonna be less likely to crave it.
- Plastic toothbrushes – Or should I say, disposable toothbrushes. I’m really not into the whole”disposable” notion. I just think it’s such a wasteful idea. I’d rather have a product I know will last a long time than have to replace it so often and it’s no different with toothbrushes. I’ve made the switch to bamboo brushes and it was so worth it. I think the planet will think so too. 😉
- Mouthwash – Another unnecessary product that I almost view as a luxury. Something I can definitely live a happy and healthy life without.
- Sale items – This is such a broad term but I totally used to be the person who bought something because it was on sale. Maybe I could use it one day or maybe I’d never touch it again but at least it was on sale! Yikes. I don’t even need to explain this one. But that’s not to say I don’t buy anything on sale I just don’t buy things BECAUSE they’re on sale.
- Trendy shoes – Or excess amounts of shoes. I really don’t need 10 pairs of heels or 10 running shoes. I like to keep to a maximum of TWO pairs for each occasion and only purchase more when those ones are broken or shot.
- Apps – Another thing I just refuse to do. No app (in my opinion) is worth purchasing. And this means in app purchases too. Sure it’s only a dollar here and there but it can really add up over time.
- Pre-made meals – Similar to the pre-cut fruits ideas but this also includes microwaveable meals and such. I don’t like not knowing what’s in them/ Yes, I know they have the ingredients listed but still. I feel much more confident eating meals my own hands have prepared.
- Swimsuit – Just like with the shoes. I don’t need 12 bikinis. One or two will suit me just fine (get it??) and save me a ton of money to.
- Clothes – I try really hard to make a conscious decision about every. single. item I purchase. What kind of environmental impact did this article have? What about humanity? It’s also a new concept for me not need 20 items of the same kind. I don’t need 20 sweaters or 20 pairs of jeans. Since cutting my shopping shopping down drastically I have save literally HUNDREDS of dollars. Related: Why I’m choosing slow fashion and how you can too.
- Throw blankets/pillows – Ok, THIS was the hardest thing for me to stop purchasing but so, so worth it. I am such a comfort addict so it was really just an adjust in being content with the comfy things I already have.
- Plastic utensils – Whether it’s disposable forks and knives and spoons or cooking utensils. Plastic just isn’t a great material. I find it best to stick with wood or metal utensils.
- Trendy things/ Things out of your comfort zone – While it’s always good to try new things it can also be a waste of money. There were a few styles that popped up over the years that I so desperately wanted to rock so I bought the items and go figure, I NEVER wore them. I find I’m happiest and most confident when I’m wearing and buying what I know I feel good in.
And there you have it! My list of 29 things I have stopped buying to really improve my life! Would you add anything to this list? Let me know down below!
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