10 Things I Have Stopped Buying So Far

Shopping is a therapy for most women especially when they are stressed…well at least I used to be one. Now the time has changed and what I’m enjoying the most now is “Un-shopping”.

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Maybe it’s part of adulting or maybe I just came into my senses that not all the things I buy are of high importance and when I think about it, most things I have bought in the past were just craps.

Nowadays I can say that I have eliminated many things I used to often buy and will still continue to eliminate things as I go along but for now, these are the Top 10 Things I have stopped buying…so far.

1. Fast Fashion

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I think fashion is part of everybody’s life. It kind of defines how you carry your self physically because it’s the first thing people will see in you. How people see that way you dress up and carry yourself impacts how people perceived and treat you socially which for me is really absurd. Going back to the days when I was still single and always worry about how I look I was into fast fashion, whatever is in season or trending in clothing, footwear and accessories, if I see it and liked it, I will buy it. The bliss these seasonal things give last only for a short time and will definitely end up wasted in the end. Now I have become practical and realize that cutting this item out of me doesn’t have any cons at all. Now I have decluttered 75% of my clothing, accessories, and footwear. I am now slowly investing in timeless fashion in a very minimal manner. Timeless Fashion is something that you can wear any time of any season.

Pros:

  • Fashion Style that lasts the whole year round regardless of the season.
  • Saves you money.
  • Less clutter.

Cons: None that I can think of πŸ™‚

2. Books

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Books were the ones I had a difficulty cutting out since I like buying books. I remember I used to buy books every month and it is something I have gotten used to since I was young. The problem with me is that I buy books and I read them so fast, the faster I read, the more books I buy and that means more book piles. One day I was introduced to eBooks and I wasn’t a fan of it because I still feel nice reading hardcopy books and eBooks look boring. Then I told myself to give eBooks a try so I can solve the book clutter dilemma I have. So I tried 2 eBooks and I got used to it. Now I have decluttered 90% of my books and have donated them in places where they want to still use hard copies of books. I still have books but I only have those books that I use for references and I am no longer buying anything and I have switched to eBooks instead.

Pros:

  • eBooks can be read everywhere at your own convenience. You can have a copy of your Ebook on your laptop, phone, table, Kindle. Ease of access to it is really convenient.
  • You don’t need to carry heavy books in your bag.
  • Saves you money since there are many eBooks that are available for free.
  • Less clutter.
  • Environment-friendly because you save a lot of trees. Do you know thatΒ one tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets?

Cons: None that I can think of πŸ™‚

3. Magazines

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Magazines were my “must-have” items from teenage to early adulthood. I think my obsession with glossy magazines were crazy from boy hands magazines, fashion magazines, cake magazines, crafts magazines and fitness magazines. I used to make sure that I buy the monthly issues of these magazines by hook or by crook. Thank Goodness, the Internet is born! I can get all these same stuff from these glossy magazines all across the Internet. I stopped buying these magazines since then. If there is one thing I can use to replace my magazines, it is Pinterest. Pinterest is now my “must-have”. No more magazines in my shelf πŸ™‚

Pros:

  • Saves you money. No need to pay for those monthly subscriptions.
  • Less clutter.
  • Again, environment-friendly because you save a lot of trees. Do you know thatΒ one tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333.3 sheets?

Cons: None that I can think of πŸ™‚

4. Takeaway Coffee

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Okay, no offense to the fans of the famous coffee joints but I think home-made coffee is way better . I asked one friend of mine who works as a barista in one of the famous coffee joints all over the world and he said that 90% of the consumers don’t even know the taste of the coffee they order. Most of the consumers drink and buy coffee from the coffee shops out of social status, again not all of them. Though I have cut down my coffee consumption I still drink coffee but I only make them at home. If I need to bring some with me I just pour it on my trusty coffee tumbler. The same thing applies to my matcha drinks (I’m obsessed with matcha…ssshhh!).

Pros:

  • Saves you money. Home-made coffee is way cheaper than takeaway coffee.
  • Environment-Friendly. Imagine that cups and stirrers you can cut out when you don’t buy takeaway coffee.

Cons: None that I can think of πŸ™‚

5. Hair Conditioner

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How many times I have bought bottles of hair conditioner and only used it after 2-3 pumps and ended up not using it at all… a lot of times. So I decided that I really don’t need conditioner. I wash my hair with Shampoo every day so my hair is soft and shiny so no conditioner required.

Pros:

  • Saves you money. You can stop buying shampoo+conditioner all the time.
  • Environment-Friendly. You cut down using the plastic bottles used in conditioner packaging.

Cons:Β Only if you’re heading to the beach and you need something fast to soften and untangle those sticky and tangled locks. Actually, shampoo will do the tricks as well πŸ™‚

6. CDs/DVDs

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Thanks to iTunes and USB Ports I finally have stopped hoarding CD and DVDs whether music, movies, and series. I am not a collector so ditching these is not difficult at all. I remember the time that I buy CDs and DVDs of my favorite musicians and movies, it became a problem the moment it piled up and I ran out of shelves to put these CDs and DVDs. I still own some but I am not adding any more to what I have. Storage becomes a problem after owning these CDs and DVDs. My husband same as me now owns aΒ  cabinet of CDs and DVDs and not adding any more to what he already has because of storage.

Pros:

  • Saves you money, definitely.
  • Environment-Friendly. You cut down usage of plastics used for making CDs and DVDs.

Cons:Β None that I can think of πŸ™‚

7. In-App Purchases

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There’s a lot of convenience these Apps have been providing to us especially those Apps for Productivity and as well as those games we play as well but these Apps also come with In-App purchases that if you are not careful will end up debiting amounts from your credit cards. One time I was playing this game and I ran out of life and I ended up purchasing life for 1$ and it started there until the sum piled up and amount debited from my credit card is 100$. Since then, I stopped buying In-App purchases because it is a total waste. I just always keep in mind that before, I don’t have all these Apps and I survived and not having certain features and functions of these Apps will not do any harm.

Pros:

  • Saves you money, definitely.

Cons:Β Not having the full features and functionality of the App but it’s not a biggie πŸ™‚ Always remember, before there is no App and we still survived.

8. Greeting Cards/Gift Tags

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Eliminating greeting cards and gift tags gave me mixed emotions because, to be honest still the feeling of getting an actual card compare to getting it digitally is way better. On the 2nd thought I realized that people now are so linked digitally and sending the greetings via email, social media or messaging is way more practical than buying Hallmark greeting cards. Saves money and saves the environment. For gift tags, I started practicing putting gifts in a reusable bags so it will be useful as well for the recipients of the gifts. No need to worry where to keep the leftover gift wrappers and gift tags.

Pros:

  • Saves you money, definitely.
  • Environment-Friendly. You cut down usage of papers for making those cards and tags.

Cons:Β None that I can think of πŸ™‚

9. Pen Drives

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Who needs pen drives if we already have clouds? Me and some other people I guess. Seriously for me, it’s a waste of money buying all these pen drives now since we already have the Cloud that can take care of our digital storage needs. If you need an actual storage drive I suggest investing in something that can store more files such as those network storage drives.Β  Sum up the money you pay in piles and piles of pen drives and it will be more costly than buying a network storage device that can store up to 8TB of data. I still go for clouds though because you can access your files anywhere and anytime and all you need is just an Internet access.

Pros:

  • Saves you money, definitely.
  • Environment-Friendly. You cut down usage of plastics and metals for making those pen drives.

Cons:Β None that I can think of πŸ™‚

10. Phone Cases

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Phone case is something you can find anywhere and with thousands and thousands of cool and cute designs, I myself can’t help but grab as much as I can. Every time I see something nice I will buy it but once these phone cases started piling up then the problem of where to store them starts. Another thing I learned apart from causing a storage problem and waste of money when I frequently buy phone cases is that I normally change my phone model after 2-3 years and ended up throwing all my old phone cases and it’s just a total waste. Now I have stopped buying phone cases and just settling down with what I have until it’s totally worn out.

Pros:

  • Saves you money, definitely.
  • Environment-Friendly. You cut down usage of plastics for making those phone cases.

Cons:Β None that I can think of πŸ™‚

These are just some of the things I managed to eliminate and thinking of keeping it this way. I am still in progress of eliminating some more unnecessary things I consume to keep me from wasting money, cluttering our house and harming the environment.

What about you guys? What are the things you have eliminated so far that helped you to save money, save space at home and save the environment? Put your answers in the comments section so we can share learn from each other.

I hope this post will help you all in decluttering most unnecessary things in your life.

Until my next post!

Love lots,

Ann

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