7 Things I Stopped Buying & Started Making Myself Instead
I want to share with you seven things I stopped buying which resonate with my desire to practice simple living. My sole intention for choosing a simple lifestyle is to minimize unnecessary expenses, allowing me to work less. I have found it easier to stick to a goal if the intention is clear.
Also, sInce I'm spending less, it opens up more free time to do things I love, such as go out in nature, create new recipes, paint, crochet, or nap. It's not about extreme minimalism but living simply and intentionally.
Here are the seven things I stopped buying for the purpose of frugal and simple living.
The first one is milk. I used to buy almond or soy milk, and although they're great for my body and taste good, the cost adds up quickly. I decided to stop buying milk and make my own using oats.
I make oat milk with my high-powered blender using rolled oats, water, coconut sugar, and pure vanilla extract. I usually make 600ml, and it lasts for three days.
I use it to make cafe latte, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, or an addition to a bowl of breakfast oats. A pack of rolled oats costs under $2, and I can make about three liters of oat milk with it.
On the other hand, a liter of ready-made oat milk costs $3. That's a significant saving for me.
Other things I stopped buying are cookies, crackers, and snacks. I like snacks and sweets, but they can be expensive and unhealthy too. I decided to make snacks instead of buying them.
We don't have an oven here, but we have a blender, and that's more than enough for making desserts. The Nutribullet is perfect for making cakes, cookies, waffles, brownies, and more.
When I make cakes, I use oat flour, which is cheaper and healthier than white flour. I grind rolled oats to make oat flour, which I then use to make chocolate mousse cake, tiramisu cake, chocolate cake, and so on.
I love tea and used to order several kinds online, which can be very expensive with shipping and import fees. I realized local herbs are just as good, if not better than those pricey imported teas.
I also make my coffee, and we occasionally buy at a coffee shop. Whenever we go to a coffee shop once a week, we go to a small family-owned coffee shop. We like to support small businesses where we live.
6. Greeting cards
I love writing letters and sending greeting cards to loved ones, but I realized that although store-bought cards are pretty, they don't hold as much value as handmade cards. I started making my greeting cards. The love and positive energy put into making these cards make them extra special, and making them is cheaper and much more fun.
I used to spend hundreds of dollars on clothes each year, but for about a couple of years now, I have started making my clothes instead of buying them. I also made my jacket and sweater, and I love them a lot.
Ever since I learned how to crochet to make clothing, I have even been making my bags and purses, which allowed me to be more creative and resourceful while being more frugal at the same time.
7 Things I stopped buying & started making
These are just some of the things I stopped buying and started making. You can stop buying things and live simply, all while saving money. I hope I've given you a few ideas to help you start easily living as a minimalist.
Jodi Murray Hendon on Sep 03, 2022
How are you saving money by making your own clothes? I used to sew all the time, but the cost of patterns, fabric, notions, even thread are so much more expensive than just buying off the rack or from catalogs.
My niece had a skirt she’d borrowed from a friend and she asked me to help her make one like it. The friend had bought it at a discount store for about $8. I showed her how to draw a pattern from the skirt, so she saved money that way, but by the time she bought fabric, zipper, trim, and thread, it cost $18. The last time I bought a spool of thread, it was $4.