5 things I don't buy anymore


Today I wanted to talk about money. I know this topic is a bit taboo for some people but I think it's very important to have that chat every now and then just to see where you're at with your finances.

A few months ago I wrote a post about the shopping ban I was imposing on myself and how I was doing at the time. I mostly talked about how I was trying to save every way I could, but for the past year I have also tried to stop myself from buying things I don't really need to help me put that extra cash on my savings account.
Now, these things I'm going to mention are just things that I don't find necessary for my day to day life but I'm not going to say I haven't picked up a couple of them a few times or that you should stop buying them too. Everyone is different and what I doesn't bring me joy could be someone else's most favourite thing in the world so take it with a pinch of salt.

1. Clothes. I talked a bit about this on my shopping ban post, but I gave away half of my wardrobe. Primarily because I was moving and packing would have been a nightmare but also, my lifestyle here is a lot different now. I wear a uniform to work 5 days a week and I don't really go out much anyway so the amount of clothes I have is fine (and I still think I could live with less).
Although I had to invest in a coat because winter in this part of England is a lot colder and the only coat I had was my work coat but other than that I've done pretty well.

2. Takeaways. This one was really easy to cut down completely. Since I was a kid my parents taught me that takeaways were a treat and we rarely had them. I can't bring myself to spend £20 on a pizza when that's almost the same amount of money as my weekly food shop. 
I'm not going to say no to it if we have friends coming around, like we did for Christmas, but most of the time we try to make dinner ourselves because it feels good when they say they liked your food.

3. Coffee. And by this I mean takeaway coffee or coffee when I'm out. 
I make coffee for a living and I know that yes, it is very nice going to a cafe and order your latte but is it really worth £3.50? sometimes even more! At home I've got a coffee machine and a thermos, so if I know I'm going out I take my coffee with me. And if I'm actually going to a cafe to meet a friend I try to order something I can't make at home so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth.

4. Magazines. When I was a teen I used to be obsessed with them, I refused to throw them away because I felt like I needed to have the issues in case I wanted to reread them but then I realised what is the point? the information you get on magazines is something you can just google most of the time and they get outdated really quickly.
But if you love magazines and want to keep buying them, why not try the digital version? save on space and paper!

5. Make up. Let me explain this one. I love make up. I love it. Do I wear a full face everyday? No. Do I even wear a bit everyday? No. Realistically, as much as I love every shade of red lipstick under the sun... I'm not going to use it. And I don't even wear foundation, ever. I didn't need half of the products I had before I decluttered my drawers
This was also an environmental decision. I'm trying to go full cruelty free when it comes to make up and skin care, so as I run out of the products I kept, I will start investing in new ones.  

These are the things I stopped buying over this past year, and to be honest, I haven't missed any of them one bit. 
Have you guys cut down on something? Let me know in the comment!

2 comentarios

  1. I'm with you on the takeaway coffees. I used to buy one before work everyday and realised I was spending like 40 pounds a month on takeaway coffee when we had a perfectly good machine at work. What was I thinking! Now it's an occasional treat at the weekend.

    xo Sarah | Oomph London

    1. I know right! Specially if you have a Costa or Starbucks near you ... it adds up. I think the last take away drink I had was a hot chocolate at the Christmas market hahaha



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