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Issues I No Longer Purchase to Save Cash


Whew, it looks as if in every single place we flip, the costs of on a regular basis issues proceed to extend. From groceries to leisure, from transportation to journey – I get the sensation inflation may be very a lot right here to remain. That’s why there are particular issues I not purchase to economize.

So, what can we do about rising costs? Nicely, we’ve to reassess our budgets to see the place we are able to shave pointless spending, or make more cash! Since making extra money often entails both getting a better-paying job or getting a facet hustle, I’m going to make this text simple by sharing the issues I not purchase to economize!

Issues I No Longer Purchase to Save Cash

Bottled Water

Not solely am I attempting to be extra environmentally acutely aware, however as somebody who lives alone and works remotely, a pack of bottled water can actually do some harm to my grocery finances! I solely purchase a 6-pack of bottled water after I know I’ll have visitors over (and I retailer them within the fridge), however I don’t purchase usually.

Questioning what to make use of as an alternative? I’ve an enormous Brita water pitcher that I refill each day, and I even have a gallon water jug that helps me keep hydrated all through the day! I save a lot cash by doing this!

Paper plates/utensils

I dwell alone so I’ve no downside with handwashing or using my dishwasher. I simply discover that I’m creating extra waste by throwing away a number of paper plates and utensils. Now, at any time when I do Uber Eats and meals include paper plates/utensils from the restaurant, I be sure that to avoid wasting them!

For me, paper plates/utensils are extra for when I’ve visitors over and I’m entertaining them with meals…then once more, that’s what potlucks are for! 😂

Fashionable Make-up merchandise

If you happen to’re a daily CGS reader, you recognize that I’m a “magnificence fanatic”, however as I’m getting older and extra subtle/traditional, I understand that I don’t have the will to leap on each make-up development. Throughout 2020, I had time to mirror on my private make-up type to find out what merchandise I wish to preserve in rotation, and I noticed that I purchased make-up only for the traits.

I touched upon this in my article, “7 Methods to Save Cash on Make-up”, however I’ve been “buying my stash” and discovered that I can create just about any look with what I have already got…and are available on, I actually don’t want to purchase one other eyeshadow palette with comparable colours LOL!

{Costly} Health club Membership

Oh sure, like lots of people, I made a decision to cancel my fitness center membership in mid-2020 and I haven’t regarded again. As an alternative, I make the most of a free fitness center known as YouTube Health! However for actual, I dislike common cardio like operating on the treadmill and ellipticals – I might relatively dance!

Normally, at gyms, there could also be a dance class or two, however you might have to join them prematurely or wait. Nicely, I can simply discover a enjoyable dance video to train on YouTube at any time when I need! I’ve additionally purchased some weights that I can use as nicely, with a energy coaching video on YouTube. Severely, what isn’t on YouTube lately?

Now I’ll say, after I get my energy up, I want to rejoin a fitness center sooner or later (perhaps I’ll meet a wonderful and match man there lol), however I’m not speeding it. I did like seeing folks work out as motivation, however I feel I like saving an extra $20+ a month extra!

Seasonal Décor, Each Season

Hear, I really like holidays and seasons like everybody else, however my goodness how a lot is a Christmas tree lately? After I moved into my goddess pad, I used to be adamant that I might stay intentional with my decor and stick with dwelling a minimalistic way of life. Due to this fact, no matter decor I’ve, that’s what I’m going to make use of for each vacation season. Passion Foyer and Michael’s have seen my pockets too many occasions up to now!

Issues Not on My Grocery Record

I’m going to maintain this quick (like my grocery checklist lol): If it’s not on my grocery checklist, it’s not moving into my grocery cart haha! I suppose I’m thought-about “old-school” as a result of I nonetheless write down my checklist and take it with me to the grocery retailer and cross off every merchandise with a pen!

Retaining with the grocery theme, there are different objects from the grocery retailer that I not purchase:

  • Pre-Lower Fruits and Veggies – I’ve been launched from the chains of the comfort of shopping for pre-cut produce when it’s cheaper to purchase produce and lower them up myself! Oh, and this system has been a lifesaver for me!
  • Contemporary Produce Weekly – As a lot as I really like fruits and veggies, I simply don’t eat them as rapidly as I ought to (or perhaps it’s as a result of I dwell alone and feed simply myself). Now I simply purchase what I do know I’m going to eat for the week (perhaps it’s solely strawberries, not each strawberries and blueberries) and no matter I don’t eat, I merely freeze and use them for smoothies, and defrost when wanted.
Mani/Pedi Each 2 Weeks

Just lately, I’ve discovered to do my very own nails and I’ve been getting higher at making use of press-on nails! The extra I do them myself, the higher I’m getting, which instills extra confidence in my beautification expertise. Now, I could get them professionally performed for large occasions and/or holidays!

For my pedicures, I now solely get them within the summers (I dwell within the Chicago space), and I be sure that I preserve them painted myself! 😉

Hopefully, sharing my very own checklist of issues I not purchase may also help encourage you to take a deeper take a look at your finances to see what you may lower out to economize. Extra importantly, I hope our economic system will get a bit higher!

Associated: 10 Issues You’re Spending Too A lot Cash On

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-Lena
The CGS Crew



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