The following post is a Guest Post from Kate Moore.
As I started minimizing my life, I realized that I was doing a lot more than wasting money when buying things. I was wasting energy and time. I was looking and obsessing over things that I didn't even need. I was creating unnecessary stress over objects that didn’t matter at all.
Living like a minimalist isn’t just about getting rid of things, you also have to stop buying and spending time on things you don’t need! There’s no point in de-cluttering your life, just to fill it with more crap, right?
We need to realize that we have more then enough. It’s okay to not have the newest version of something and it’s fine to wear the same dress out a couple weekends in a row. Your happiness doesn’t need to come from the type of car you drive, the shoes you wear or the phone that you have. It comes from within.
You will save yourself a whole lot of money by minimalizing, trust me.
Here are 5 tips that will help you stop buying things you really don’t need & live a more stress free, productive and relaxed life:
Track your spending.
If you want (or need) a reality check, go back through your bank statements for the past month & have a look at what you are actually spending your money on. Write it all down – groceries, eating out, coffee, clothes, makeup etc. Put it into two categories: Things you needed and Things you don't. Add up the cost of the ‘Things you don't need’ list & see how much money you could have put into your savings!! Then try better it the next month :)
You know all those emails you keep getting from stores that let you know all the great deals they have on? It’s time to get rid of them. Unsubscribe. If you aren’t already actively looking for something to buy, you don’t need to be receiving emails trying to tempt you into buying things you can easily do without. Think about how much easier it will be to check your emails when you aren’t going through trying to sort them all from your important emails or spending your time browsing through online catalogues.
Have a look at what you already have.
The next time you are wanting to buy something, go have a look at what you already own. Do you really need new bedding or are the 3 sets you already have in your cupboard actually fine? If there is a party coming up and you think you have to buy a new shirt for it, have a look at what is in your closet. I can’t believe the amount of times I nearly had (ok did have) a meltdown because I had ‘nothing to wear’ when in reality I had something like 30 dresses (gasp!!!). SO ridiculous!
When decluttering your home and clothes, narrow it down to the pieces you love the most. When you only have items you think are totally epic, you won’t feel as though you need to buy new ones.
Give yourself 48 hours.
Try giving yourself a couple days before spending money on something. Think about the item you are wanting to buy & if it is really necessary. Most of the time, the feeling of want will pass & you will continue to live your life quiet happily, without that pair of shoes that are 20% off. This brings me to my next tip…
If it wasn’t on sale, would you still buy it?
A lot of people impulse buy when they see something on sale. If you wouldn’t buy the item if it wasn’t on sale…don’t buy it!! You obviously don’t love it and it won’t bring a lot of value to your life. It will end up unused, taking up space, gathering dust in the back of your closet. Speaking of sales, if there is an item you actually NEED, but not right away, try waiting patiently until the item IS on sale. This will save you some extra money.
*Bonus tip: Be grateful.
The only way you are going to be able to truly stop spending money on stuff you don’t need is by learning to appreciate and love what you already have. Be grateful for everything in your life & acknowledge how lucky you are to have the little things that we take for granted everyday.
“The secret to having it all is realizing you already do.”