Yes it is true, I’ve started buying some things since becoming minimalist! Since becoming a minimalist, I’ve stopped spending in certain areas and started buying in others. This post is kind of a “part two” based off of my other post- “3 Things I’ve Stopped Buying Since Becoming a Minimalist” Basically, I’ve shifted my spending into a different area where I find spending money more meaningful.
- I’ve started buying more experiences. I’ve learned through my journey thus far that I want to spend my money doing things and going places with people I care about. I used to put a lot of time, effort, and money into things. I’ve grown up thinking and putting a lot of meaning onto objects, possessions, and memorabilia. Part of this was how I was raised, but since turning 20, I’ve started thinking more about how I want to live my life and how I want to one day raise my family. I want to live my life caring about others and having good memories enjoying simple things, than having a lot of nice stuff.
- I’ve started buying better food. When traveling or just hanging out with friends, I used to put food aside and save my money for clothes or trinkets. I would put my stomach on hold so I could buy more “stuff” that I really didn’t need. Now I’m not afraid of spending a few bucks more to get guacamole or Starbucks when I’m going shopping. My focus is to spend less on unnecessary things, so I wont spend ALL my money buying fancy expensive food, but I’m now putting food and my health before having money for new shoes.
- I’m buying quality clothes and shoes… when NEEDED. I used to spend my money on a lot of cheap clothes that would snag, fall apart, or break easily. I’ve since then sold/ gave away many of my clothes and shoes that I didn’t love or didn’t fit. Now if I need something new, I look into buying higher quality so they can last longer. Its amazing looking back to how often I would go shopping and buy things I didn’t need for for. Now when I need something, I put in research by looking at quality brands I like and seeing if they have what I need, then I wait til my friends or family want to go shopping, and buy new items then.
So although I am buying new stuff now, I’m still making sure I’m not buying excess things that will add stress to my life. Currently, I am a college student. I may not be buying MANY of these things all the time, but they are what I am dedicating my money too.
What do you think about minimalism? Are you a minimalist? Let me know what your ideas and tips are as I am adjusting my lifestyle to be minimalistic!