Money is important. It can get us necessities like food, water, or shelter. But that new iPhone? Or that new laptop? It can get us that too. But guess what? We don’t really need it. Shopping around and always waiting around for the next big thing is a glorified, expensive habit. I mean seriously, do you really need that new shirt when you already own 30?
It’s absurd, really, how we can just grow up thinking that we NEED something when we actually don’t. With just a few changes a day, it’s COMPLETELY possible to save more money, but you have to be willing to put in the effort. Here are some things that I cut out of my budget that I DON’T miss.
1. Cleaning products
I know what you’re thinking and, no, my house isn’t dirty. Instead of spending money of household cleaners with a ton of chemicals in them, I’ve started making my own cleaning products. It’s saved me money and I know EXACTLY what I’m bringing into my house.
After trying out some of THESE cleaning recipes, it’s safe to say that I’m not going back!
2. Storage containers
Storage containers made me feel like accumulating a bunch of stuff was okay, because, hey, I had room for it. It took me a while that this was a HORRIBLE mindset to have. It got me to buy stuff that I didn’t need and it was just a bad idea overall.
So what did I do? I got rid of all of my storage containers (all except for 2). Now, if I ever wanted to, I could move to a different CONTINENT in a few days. Pretty sweet, huh?
My mom has always been a fan of candles, but me? Sorry, but count me out. (Please don’t disown me).
There’s a lot of chemicals that go into a lot of candles and it’s something that I’m just not willing to bring into my house. The idea of making homemade ones seems much more enticing for me, but honestly, I don’t love candles enough to actually do it.
4. Apps and In-App Purchases
Spending money to buy virtual things that don’t help me solve my day-to-day issues or make money? I’m trying to be more productive, so spending more money on entertainment that doesn’t build me a better future is a no-go.
Half of it is fake and, regardless, I DON’T need to know the celebrity gossip. Sorry, Kim K.
I can create a playlist on Youtube, so buying from iTunes is a big waste of money. My taste is always changing and what I listen to now may not be what I listened to 6 months ago so why bother? I used to spend a lot of money buying from iTunes, but I don’t WANT to have the music on my phone or laptop.
When I buy the music, I can’t bring myself to delete it, so it just takes up a lot of unnecessary space on my laptop. Yikes.
7. Beauty products
These products aren’t going to make me look like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel and I don’t need to look like one anyway. I can take care of myself and look presentable WITHOUT all the fancy beauty products.
Besides, who even knows what’s in them? I’d much rather go bare-faced than spend $50 on a who-knows-what makeup palette.
8. Water bottles
I’ll be honest, I’ve been using non-reusable water bottles for years. Why? It’s convenient, but it doesn’t do much more than that. I’ve invested in a reusable water bottle from Tree Tribe and I’m pretty sure that I’m not going back. It’s sleek, modern, and doesn’t get all squished when I put it in my backpack.
9. Christmas decorations
I don’t ever want to buy decorations again. I know, it’s a pretty lofty statement. About a year ago, I gave away all of my Christmas decorations. Lights, ornaments, stockings, and all. I gave away what I didn’t use and even gave away what I DID use. I don’t regret it.
Having to lug around two giant bins of Christmas decorations everything time I move isn’t something I want to do. I don’t even have decorations in my room, except for a few plants and TWO photos.
If I ever want some decorations, I’ll probably just buy the string lights that my neighbors purchased recently. Festive enough without screaming “Hey, it’s Christmas!”
10. Travel-sized toiletries
So, it takes me $3 to buy the whole package, but it takes me $1 to buy that teeny weeny little package? That just doesn’t seem like a great investment. Hellooo capitalism.
Sure, they might look cute, but I’ll pass. I can only use those teeny weenies once before I run out of the bottle and have to get more. I’ve been using reusable travel-sized containers and they’re a much better investment.
11. Cute pajamas
The last time I had pajamas? I was maybe 5. Pajamas are so expensive and I’d much rather use some good ol’ comfy t-shirts and sweatpants. At least this way I can go to the store without looking like I just woke up.
Besides, I don’t need to sleep with clothes 😉
Vending machines are evil. Seriously, getting you excited about unhealthy food only to have it get stuck is just plain barbaric. I mean, don’t play with my emotions that way.
I’ve stopped buying food from things like vending machines, not for this reason, but because the snacks in there are usually overpriced. And most of the time, they’re just not what I’d rather be eating. I’ve been making my own snacks lately. They’re WAY healthier and I can take them ANYWHERE.
13. Paper towels
Paper towels are simultaneously one of the best and one of the worst things that have ever been created. They’re useful for a lot of single-use clean-up situations, BUT they’re also single-use and produce a lot of waste.
I still purchase paper towels, but in much smaller quantities. I wouldn’t purchase them at all, but, hey, I have a dog and I REALLY don’t want to clean up dog urine with a towel.
Instead of buying paper towels, I’ve invested in some high quality reusable microfiber dish towels. They’re super easy to clean and a lot nicer looking.
14. Brand new clothes
Thrift stores get a bad rap, because, well, you’re purchasing used. I get it, but while there ARE benefits to purchasing new, I do prefer to shop at thrift stores.
For one, older clothes have stood the test of time. People have worn them and you KNOW that they’ll last a long time. Two, they’re a lot of name brand clothing that you can get for $5. I’m not going to look like a hobo with clothes that don’t fit me. You can LOOK expensive AND save money.
Besides, thrift shopping is on trend these days, so you don’t have to worry as much about the stigma that comes with it.
Lastly, thrift shopping is more environmentally friendly. The current fashion industry produces a lot of pollution and waste that it just dumps in random places. Not cool. ):
Two or three years ago I chucked my TV out the window. (Not actually). I wasn’t planning to get rid of it, but my house got remodeled and, low-and-behold, my cable got taken away. After not having a TV for maybe a year, I found that I was way more productive anyway. Surprise, surprise I didn’t miss it.
Whenever I want to see TV shows, I watch on my laptop. Let’s just say: Netflix is a wonderful thing.
If you still want to watch movies and such on a bigger screen, my friend bought a projector which is pretty sweet for movie nights.
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