10 Things I Don't Buy as a Minimalist (Minimalism Made Simple)

by Simplify

Vera, the founder of Simple Happy Zen, says there are ten things you never have to buy again once you decide to become a minimalist.

When it comes to things I don’t buy as a minimalist, she says, it’s all about deciding what I truly value enough to spend my money on. And she wants to help you make the same choices by sharing what she has cut out of her budget over the past few years.

Wondering what things minimalists don’t buy? Electronic gadgets are a perfect example. Vera says most gadgets are a solution to a non-existent problem, they’re expensive, and they just take up space. So, you really don’t need them even when you think you do.

Other things I don’t buy, says Vera, include gag gifts because they’re useless, and they just end up in the landfills quickly after they're given anyway. No one actually wants them, so try to buy gifts with an actual purpose from now on.

Vera’s minimalism made simple mission also includes you no longer feeling the need to buy things like too many skincare products, single-purpose kitchen appliances, or gaming apps for your phone.

Scaling down on kitchen appliances

And that’s because a simple skincare routine works just fine, single-purpose kitchen appliances are hard to clean, take up space, and aren’t used very often, and none of us need more excuses to spend additional time on our phones.

Her specific plan for minimalism and simple living also means never having to buy tons of kid’s toys, junk food or unhealthy snacks, and clothes that don’t fit perfectly.

The last two things I don’t buy as a minimalist, says Vera, are items that make your home smell nice, like perfumes and air fresheners, because I prefer the smell of fresh air or exercise clothing.

Things I don't buy as a minimalist

For more minimalist and frugal living stories, discover these minimalist life hacks for your home or the worst things to buy at Dollar Tree now that prices have gone up.

For more videos, check out the Simple Happy Zen YouTube channel.

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  • Mle27721766 Mle27721766 on Oct 28, 2022

    Thank you for your useful tips.

    I will definitely give things a go. Xx

  • Marna Marna on Oct 29, 2022

    I agree about the skinny stretch jeans--or any skinny stretch pants, for that matter. They wrinkle on your legs, they are hard to take off and--admit it--most of them are just plain uncomfortable. I also won't buy low cut pants. I'm not a large person, but these pants give me a muffin top that is not attractive. No more! Also not buying clothing that doesn't fit perfectly.