9 Things I Don't Buy as a Minimalist That Help Me to Save Money

A Millennial Grandma
by A Millennial Grandma

Today, I'm sharing 9 things I don’t buy as a minimalist. One of the things that I've had to do along the way was to take a hard look at my own personal lifestyle and figure out where my money was going and what I was spending it on.

Of course, we're all individuals, so this is in no way telling you that you shouldn't buy these items, but I hope they serve as an inspiration in your journey to see what you can live without. Let’s get started!

Things I don't buy

1. Trendy clothing

When I was younger and worked really hard at a cafe, all that money I made went to buying clothing at a trendy boutique nearby. I would only wear those things once or twice.

I’ve learned that there are certain clothing styles that I love and colors that I gravitate to. Before I purchase an item of clothing I ask myself three questions:

  1. Will I wear it more than once or twice?
  2. Will I wear it a year or two from now?
  3. Does it pair up with anything I own now?

If that item checks off all the boxes, I’ll consider buying it.

Why do I buy things I don't need?

2. Cheap jewelry

I used to own a bit of cheap jewelry because I thought it would make my outfits look more pulled together. But after wearing a piece a few times, it would tarnish or turn green. I now stick to pieces that are classic and meaningful pieces that look good for the long term.

No longer buying plastic water bottles

3. Plastic water bottles

I drink a ton of water and I was going through plastic bottles of water like crazy. I now have a larger stainless steel water bottle that I refill as needed. 

Replacing magazines with online resources

4. Magazines

I used to have subscriptions to magazines that I’d get in the mail, flip through for inspiration, read a few articles, then let them all pile up in a stack. Now information is at our fingertips and we don’t need stacks of magazines collecting dust. With Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube for inspiration, I don’t have a need for magazines. 

5. Uncomfortable underwear

I no longer buy uncomfortable underwear and push-up bras. I have a small chest, so I used to wear push-up bras when I was younger, but they always felt so uncomfortable. As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned to love my body so I don’t need to show any cleavage or look any more endowed than I really am.

No longer buying shaving scream and razors

6. Shaving creams and razors

I used to get laser hair removal in my 20s. I’m in my 30s right now. Ever since getting laser treatments, I don’t have to shave my legs every day anymore. Now I shave about once a month. I just use my husband’s shaving cream and one of his disposable razors.

How can I stop buying things I don’t need?

7. Dryer sheets

I use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls make your clothes dry a lot faster. You can get them anywhere, such as in-home goods stores.

Things I don’t buy anymore

8. Nail polishes

I used to buy so many bottles of nail polishes to try them out. But once I put them on, the polish would come off because I’d bite or chip my nails, which made my nails unhealthy and look terrible. Because I have that bad habit, I stay away from nail polishes. One exception: I had a manicure done for my wedding!

9. Pads and tampons

I own reusable pads that are washable. These washable pads work the same way as regular pads. I just wash them separately after they are used. They have helped me save a lot of money and a lot of trips to the store.

I am curious about using Thinx sustainable menstrual underwear and a menstrual cup, too. If anyone has used any of these, please let me know how they are by leaving a comment below!

Things I don't buy as a minimalist

I hope you enjoyed this list of 9 things I don't buy as a minimalist. Let me know what things you have stopped buying that you don’t need anymore. Thanks for joining!

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  • Robert Moeller Robert Moeller on Mar 20, 2023

    Refrigerators. Replaced an 18 cu ft fridge w/freezer. Bought two 4.4 Cu Ft minis w/no freezers. Now I don't havta buy frozen Junk anymore, everything is fresh. The minis cost was $427 tax included at Best Buy for the 2 and combined they use less electric than the Big-Old-One that Cost $1,200. I set them on a new counter top so now I don't hafta bend down or reach in back for old buried foods like I usta w/the Old Clunker. Now, Everything is Fresh right there at standing-height Easy to See & Reach.

  • Laurie Stephens Laurie Stephens on May 11, 2023

    shopping online I add stuff to my cart and check reviews on the item, check if returns free, then I leave it in the cart or take it out save it for later to think if I really need it or want it. No more walking aisles and bringing home just stuff because it may be on sale. Everything I buy I must love. Bring 1 item in and 1 has to leave.

    Also no more recycling items such as jugs, clamshells, instead pods, fresh grown or made. ( gardening, home made breads ,pancake mixes. sauces )