50 Things She Doesn't Buy Anymore as a Minimalist

by Simplify

Marissa has been living frugally for decades and has lived a minimal lifestyle for the last five years. She explains that she used to be more sentimental about possessions, and tended to hoard items.

Now, she buys less. She feels happier, freer, and is a more present mother. Her passion is to help others reclaim happiness through a minimalist lifestyle. Here, she shares 50 things she doesn't buy anymore.

One way Marissa saves money as a minimalist is by not buying anything that she can get for free. People throw away great stuff all the time, and there are often ways to get high-quality clothing, furniture, and other items completely free.

There are also groups, like Freecycle, for swapping and sharing items. Instead of buying apps, she looks for free alternatives, and she uses digital planners to save on paper planners.

When she can’t get something for free, Marissa tries to find it for a discounted price. Most items aren’t urgent and they can be put on hold until the item goes on sale. Or, if you shop around you can find them for cheaper.

Camelcamelcamel is a website that will alert you when the items you are looking for are on sale and can help with saving money.

As a minimalist, Marissa is mindful of the beauty products she uses. For example, Marissa doesn’t buy hair products. She also rarely gets haircuts and dye jobs, going once a year at the most. Instead of spending money on lotions, expensive skincare products, and body spray,

Marissa only uses Cetaphil, a cheaper option. Instead of lip balm, Marissa uses Aquaphor. She also doesn’t pay for manicures and doesn’t spend money on nail polish. Marissa is frugal with makeup. She doesn’t buy perfume, disposable razors, fast fashion, jewelry, special occasion clothing, purses, or shoes.

50 Things to not buy anymore

Marissa doesn’t understand gag gifts. Why buy something for a quick laugh, that will just be thrown away? Same with birthday cards; they just end up in the trash five minutes later. Marissa and her husband stopped getting each other anniversary, Christmas, and birthday gifts. Her kids get one Christmas present and one birthday present only.

Marissa tries to be mindful of household items. For environmental reasons, she stopped buying plastic containers and uses glass instead. She also doesn’t buy bottled water. She has pots and pans that last, and doesn’t buy new ones. Marissa hang-dries clothing, and saves on dryer sheets. She also doesn’t buy expensive china.

Some other items Marissa doesn’t purchase include: movie tickets, DVDs, CDs, souvenirs, cheap plastic hangers, takeaway coffee, brand-name foods, pre-sliced food, sugary sodas, fast food, frozen dinners, air fresheners, knickknacks, and more.

50 Things to not buy anymore

Marissa explains that not buying these 50 items lets her think about whether she owns the item, or the items own her.

How do you save money? What are some things that you can live without buying? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Fis32652766 Fis32652766 on Nov 29, 2023

    I don’t know the author and do not make any judgements on her- this is just a cautionary note.

    A person can make an idol out of anything. While some Minimalist are checking to make sure their stuff is not controlling them- at the same time the very act of minimizing becomes an obsession or possibly OCD. It is the other pendulum swing to hoarding & still can be a mental illness. I know a minimalist who stopped buying toilet paper and insisted her family use cloth rags. :P

    I think the key to life is to find a balance. God bless you all on the journey- May you find peace.

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    • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Mar 03, 2024

      I wish the author well, more importantly her kids memories of growing up without any joy in their lives. I agree with all of the comments you folks made. Going to the extreme why do they all have to march to mom's tune? I wonder if her husband is grilled over every cent he spends away from the house.

  • David Sherrod David Sherrod on Jan 20, 2024

    I’m guessing no vacations - they are such a huge waste of money and no fun.