Minimalism every day

minimalism every day

I have decided! By the end of the year, I plan to "redecorate" my space and ... start saving.

What is my main motivation to direct my thoughts to the tracks of minimalism? Looking at the bank statement, I came to the conclusion that I was working too hard to spend so much. After looking through the list of payments, I started to wonder what I bought and do I really need it all?

I gave myself a month to analyze the situation. From 1st to 1st. From paycheck to paycheck - although we operate, we make a regular payment ourselves. I watched purchasing processes and decisions. In addition to buying out of need, which I will not elaborate on today, I managed to stand out 7 worrying buying situations.

1. Shopping on impulse

Have you ever wondered if you buy too often on impulse? A beautiful photo on Instagram with a link to the store, and you already feel that you cannot live without this nail polish. Or you don't feel anything, you act instinctively, you enter, put into the basket, pay. In a moment you do not remember what you bought, and only the courier's visit reminds you of it. Sounds familiar? And on the account minus PLN 45 for paint and shipping costs.

2. Purchases after receiving the Newsletter

Free shipping today. It is a pity not to take advantage of it, you come in to see what is interesting. It is a pity not to buy anything. And if you buy two things - the third will be free. You gain so much! Minus PLN 150 on the account.

3. Shopping by the way

You buy pants, but you also add two blouses and a dress. Because it's cheaper together. Because if you're already here. You came for mascara, but this lip gloss shimmers so beautifully. And this promotion.

4. Purchases due to the right of return

You buy, give it back the most.

5. Shopping to try on at home

You buy, although you are not sure if it is worth it. You pay, take home, show your mother, partner, friend. How often do you give away?

6. Shopping for promotion

You will buy two items and you will receive a 20% discount, and you will get a third 30% discount. So much good. It doesn't matter that summer is over, it will be as good as it is next year.

7. Shopping for walks

For a Sunday walk you go to the gallery, it is raining, and it's nice for your child to ride a cross-country bike. And new needs are constantly being created in your head, bargain offers are fighting for you. You never leave empty-handed. You arrange similar walks in… online stores.

 

After analyzing my purchasing decisions, I came to the conclusion that very often the entire purchasing process is on my mind. That it is not the needs that lead to purchases, and the purchases create the needs that are not always true.

So I decided to plan the changes and implement them:

1. Unsubscribe from all store newsletters - well, almost all of them, because, for example, I do shopping in Sephora only when there is a -20% promotion.

2. Rubble the house that is, look at every room in the house and eliminate those things that I do not use for various reasons, I do not need, and they do not have too much sentimental or decorating value.

3. Fix the buying mechanismthat it is initiated by real needs and not situations. Make a list of the things I really need and not buy anything that is not on this list.

And all this in order to buy less, save more and work less.

Don't worry, I'm not going to throw away all souvenirs and documents, leaving only photos of them (or not), or fit everything in an area of ​​10 square meters. But I want to buy less and buy smarter, focus on quality rather than quantity, consciously read my own needs and satisfy them (or not).

In the next post, I will show you how I dealt with my dressing table and all the cosmetics in it. Be sure to let me know if you like the new series of posts. Or would you like to join me in my challenge?

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  • 09.06.2020

    Our approach to money is often shaped in childhood. If someone grew up in a thrifty family, he will also be more frugal in his adult life. But on the other hand, the consumer culture also shapes our habits. I catch promotion the easiest. But it's always worth asking yourself, "Would I buy it even if it wasn't on sale?" Sometimes it works. 🙂

  • 26.11.2019

    nowadays it's hard not to surround yourself with unnecessary things, but small steps forward

  • twomeaningfullives
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    24.01.2017

    One of the obstacles in cleaning our environment of litter litter is the inability to get rid of impulsive purchases. Spending money just to cheer yourself up or to reward yourself for a mean life. We have to break the temptation to react immediately, unproductive to discomfort and satisfy it with another purchase. Anthony Ongaro describes it well in his blog "Break The Twitch" - we recommend it. Eating high-calorie snacks has an identical mechanism. Well, you have to fight it. Marta & Olek.

  • 11.10.2016

    About half a year ago I did "play-off actions and change the approach to purchasing. I threw away a lot of unnecessary things, stopped buying on impulse and our life became so much better. We have much less and we are happier. Finally, our house is not one big mess. this practical minimalism is great

    • 11.10.2016

      oh, I'm striving for it, I just want to do it in stages, unfortunately I don't have enough time to separate the whole house at once and change my habits, but I really need it 🙂 I just threw the catalog from Sephora without even looking at it 😉

  • 07.10.2016

    I used to have a problem with it too. With buying too much and working more and more because I didn't know where my money was going. Although more than 6 years have passed since my sobering moment, I am still working on myself. Fortunately, in the meantime I was able to put it away for home (so for a home in 6 years). And he doesn't feel at all particularly limited in expenses. It is important that spending growth does not go hand in hand with expenditure inflation.

    • 07.10.2016

      Indeed! However, it is usually the case that we earn more, buy more or the same, but we focus on higher quality and we spend more. Personally, I think that the best solution is to buy less but higher quality and thus keep the level of consumption relatively constant. Congratulations on your home!

  • Agnieszka
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    06.10.2016

    Agnieszka, I will gladly join you. I like this challenge very much. Control your finances and excess is a wonderful prospect. I will gladly find out how you dealt with cosmetics.

    • 07.10.2016

      Thank you Agnieszka, I am very happy 🙂 I can't wait for global changes and the first steps give me great joy 🙂

  • 06.10.2016

    I lose in online stores .... paying by bank transfer does not hurt as much as cash, great joy and couriers already call me "you" ... I also struggle with it, but somehow not very effective ..

    • 06.10.2016

      Oh how familiar it sounds! For me, the first successes after unsubscribing from newsletters and uninstalling store applications on your phone, Ania, are you already behind these steps?

    • 06.10.2016

      Oh no, and I don't know if I have the courage to do it. I like to browse so much…. Ah! I know I should, but it's probably an addiction and it won't be that easy ...

    • 06.10.2016

      I understand. Everyone has to find their right moment, maybe yours has not come yet, or maybe it's worth taking the first step and see how cool it is? As I embraced the subject of the dressing table and it absolutely gave me wings and I look forward to the next changes and rooms.

  • 05.10.2016

    Standing orders make a lot of saving. Thanks to this, we don't have to fight with ourselves every month and wonder how much (and whether it's worth it) to put down. This solution will work for everyone who has relatively regular income. 🙂
    Regards and good luck in saving 🙂
    Dawid

    • 06.10.2016

      I absolutely agree! My husband and I have several purposeful accounts and a few transfer orders for such large expenses as car insurance or heating the house in winter, on holidays, but it's more collecting than saving. I must make a transfer order for savings. Thanks!