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.