If you haven’t read my post What I Learned From A Year Of Minimal Shopping I talk about just what the title says. I went a year without spending any real money on shopping. I didn’t set out to do it, it just kind of unfolded into over a year, but I learned some things that I share with you in that post.
However after sharing that post I realized I had more to say, specifically more to tell you guys about how wrap your head around and get started minimal spending. So I decided to write today’s post on mindset shifts you’ll have to change or go through in order to be successful at becoming a minimal shopper.
I hope it encourages you and you have an opportunity to challenge yourself to make some changes! continue reading
This time last year my husband had just left a job that had been paying him prevailing wage. Our budget was already smaller than it really needed to be because we were still saving for a house, but once that income was gone we decided to minimize our spending even more.
The main thing we did was cut out our “shopping budgets” which was essentially $25 a month we both were allowed to spend however we wanted. (I broke down how I spent my $25 in a couple of posts here.) Once he left his job we decided it would be better if we cut that extra unnecessary spending out and focused on only buying what we needed or had to buy.
At first I was pretty sad. I agreed we should do this but I also hated the idea of not being able to buy any clothes for awhile (My $25 was most predominately spent on clothing!) and mourned the loss of Saturday afternoons spent thrifting.
Though I still wish at times I could go and spend a little dough it’s been about a year now of living this way and it actually has completely transformed my perspective on money, shopping and spending in general. I’ve always been cheap or “money savvy” but going to minimal spending has really challenged everything I thought I knew about money. I decided today that I would delve into those changes and what exactly I learned from this year in hopes to either encourage you to do the same or give you the insight I learned without you having to go a whole year. Because, I’ll help a friend out! ;) continue reading
I wrote minimalism and productivity into this title because I think they go hand in hand. When we cut back the clutter in our life we can focus on the more important things to us. This in turn helps us be more productive towards those things.
I’m really passionate about spending your time and money wisely, growing as a person (especially us millennials) and working towards goals and dreams. This topic seemed to fit a lot of those things and was something I wanted to write for you guys.
Let’s get into it! continue reading
Have you ever heard about a friend going through a hard time and wished you could help? Have you ever heard of someone’s car trouble and wished you could pay it for them?
But then you look at your own finances and you think you can’t really afford it?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret! You have the money, it’s just going other places.
It seems in life we are always on the hunt for the next thing. We are always wishing for something else something different than what we already have. It’s a cycle that never really brings contentment. Instead we get something we wanted and then quickly move on to wanting something else.
One of the first steps to moving towards minimalism is minimal spending. One of the first steps towards minimal spending is learning to want less and to be content with what you have. You’ll most likely never be a minimal spender if you continually want newer things. Today I want to help you work towards getting over that. Today I want to talk about ways to help you be content in life. continue reading