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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  • Janet Conroy-Link Janet Conroy-Link on Sep 01, 2022

    I have also used the cup and sustainable underwear. I like them both so much better than commercially made pads and tampons.

  • Dho5035708 Dho5035708 on Sep 11, 2022

    Paper towels. Newspaper (free) for windows with vinegar and water, and for coffee grounds or food scraps in the sink to compost. Make small cloth hemmed rags out of old towels or other rag material for those minor wipe ups in kitchen etc. Works like a charm. I keep them stacked near the potholders.

    BIG savings.

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