I’m reading a book at the moment called “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright. The main character lives in a rubbish dump and her family have for generations. The well-written illustration of the waste society generates is a powerful visual image we could all learn from.
The purpose of this blog has always been about living with less. Living intentionally. Minimalism. Just less. But the problem facing us is overcoming impulsive buys that clog our homes and drain our wallets.
So how can we stop buying so much stuff?
- Don’t go shopping – sounds simple but it’s true. Don’t meet up with friends for a coffee near the shops, if you need something, see if you can borrow it or buy it second hand, take your kids to the park or museum instead of the shops.
- Try journalling – try evaluating your impulsive habits by writing about them
- Learn a new hobby – take up a new hobby so you don’t go shopping!
- Make some household rules around online shopping – oh yes, it’s convenient, but make some rules. Both parents have to agree, only for certain items that you need, have to check 3 shops to see if you can get it secondhand, ask your friends if you can borrow it first? Whatever helps you to stop the ‘save to cart’ and buy cycle. Give it a go!
Make a goal for 2020 by either doing a ‘no spend’ month or year, try making a list of the items you know your family will need and sticking to it. Try using my system below to curb your spending.
Our 2020 shopping list
|clothes for our eldest (op shop / secondhand bulk eBay)||May||25|
|bike parts and maintenance for husband’s hobby||monthly||50|
|running shoes for me||asap!||200|
|gifts for boys birthdays||April & July||100|
|gifts for family and friends||as needed||250|
Maybe your priorities are different but when you are intentional about your spending, whether you write it down or not, you have much greater control.