Simplifying life and living minimally is the path I’m going on. Once I started with a more minimalist lifestyle, I felt more content and less stress.
Minimalism looks different for everyone and there are many ways to be a minimalist. For me, I’m happy living with fewer possessions by stop buying unnecessary stuff. I don’t have to deal with tons of clutter at my home anymore. I now have more time to spend with my family and more enjoyable at home.
With the minimalist mindset, it helps me get to know what brings me value into my life. It lets me focus on what is important to me and changed the way I spend my time and money.
Eating healthy through meal planning. DIYing our household cleaning supplies to avoid the hidden toxins from the store-bought cleaning products. During the process, simplicity is the best. I saved thousands a year by not spending money on something which is not good for health and the environment.
Who doesn’t want to save more money? Today, I’m going to share 16 things I’ve stopped spending on as a minimalist. Okay, let’s dive in.
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16 Things I’ve Stopped Buying as a Minimalist
Store-bought Makeup Remover
Aiming to live simply and eco-friendly, I was looking for another alternative to remove my makeup. Now, I’m not spending money to buy the conventional makeup remover anymore. I use coconut oil instead.
Some conventional makeup remover can be harsh on your skin. Before you spend money on buying a name brand makeup remover wipes or lotions, why not try using the coconut oil?
I haven’t been using a store-bought deodorant for a year now. I was looking for something better for my health. Homemade deodorant is so easy to make, and you only need 3 ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils. Try this homemade deodorant recipe. Do something good for your breast health by spending less than 5 minutes to DIY your own deodorant. It’s totally healthy and cost-effective.
We only keep 1 pack of disposable water bottles at home for an emergency. On normal days, we have this water filter pitcher at home for our daily use. When we go outside, we use our own reusable water bottles. I always prefer a glass bottle over the plastic one.
Processed food is not good for your health. Most of them especially the frozen meals have excess sugar, fat and sodium. In order to simplify my diet, I chose to eat real food. Eating real food in its original form makes us know exactly what it is we are eating. By keeping things simple, even just a few ingredients could make a delicious meal.
My family loves eating fresh fruits. Store-bought pre-cut fruits are a convenience but never my option. They always come in plastic packaging which is not environmentally friendly. And, obviously, they are more expensive. I always like to use glass food storage containers to keep our fruits and veggies fresh for longer.
Store-bought Chicken Stock/ Bone Broth
I make my own stock and broth. It’s very easy to make without tons of work and it’s much healthier.
Put bones, celeries, onion, carrot, garlic, and herbs all together in cold water. Bring to boil and simmer 3 to 4 hours. Then, a large pot of nutrient chicken stock which is full of flavor is ready to use.
If you can’t use up all during the week, freeze them for future use. I love to add the stock to the stir-fry or cooking Asian noodles. It adds so much flavor.
Store-bought Fruit Popsicles
My daughter like eating ice pops but every time after she ate the store-bought pops, she kept saying thirsty. I hate those additives, artificial color or flavor and added sugar. I know there are some all-natural pops in the market. But I found out that homemade ice pops are so easy and have so much fun with our kid. And the most important, they are much healthier! Get your popsicle molds set here!
According to the Harvard Health Letter, “bottled dressings are often rich sources of saturated fat, calories, sodium, and added sugar.” It’s much better you make your dressing at home for your healthy diet.
I stopped buying store-bought dressings for a few years already. By using a few ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper can bring out the flavor. You may also like to experiment using balsamic or other vinegar, dijon and spices.
It’s just a personal preference for using bar soap instead of body wash. It’s just much cheaper and less packaging. We’ve individual bar soap for everyone in our family.
I found out bar soap and conditioner both work well. It’s always good to save some money when you don’t have to buy something that you’ve already own and could use it right away. Plus, no extra stuff need to occupy my bathroom space.
Conventional All Purpose Cleaner
I’ve stopped buying all-purpose cleaner for a few years. Just because it’s so easy to make, and cost pennies. By adding a teaspoon of dish soap and water in a spray bottle, shake well, and it’s ready to use. Add 10 drops of essential oils if you like. This homemade cleaning solution can actually remove any grease and dirt effectively on most surfaces.
Conventional Bathtub Cleaner
My homemade bathtub cleaner is simple and effective. In a spray bottle combines one part dish soap and one part vinegar and mix well. Spray on the surface and let sit for 15 minutes, wipe with a sponge, rinse and wipe dry, done! It removes all soap scum and grime.
I haven’t used my dishwasher for a long time, maybe 3 years already. Please keep in mind that we have a minimalist kitchen. We cook simple meals. We adopt “clean as you go” habit in the kitchen. Hand washing dishes is quick and easy for me since we have fewer dirty dishes to clean after every meal.
I love to read magazines, especially the home decor and interior design. I used to subscribe to the monthly magazines and was so excited to get them from my mailbox. I usually flipped through once when I received it. Then, I put it away and think I would read it later. But the truth is all the magazines got a pileup and I never touch them again.
I canceled all the subscriptions last year and I was so happy that I did it. My local library has tons of magazines that I can go online to borrow.
Full Price Clothing
I only shop the sales and never buy full price clothing for myself and my family. I check the price online first and see if there’s any coupon code before going to the retail shops or online shopping.
I have been cutting my daughter’s hair for many years but not mine until last year. I’m so happy that I tried and did it. I’ve never looked back. It really saves me much time and money.
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How’s your minimalist mindset change the way you live? Did you stop spending money on something that helps you save money? Just leave a comment down below and I’d love to know.