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How to Minimise Shopping and Save Money

Minimalism is not just a design aesthetic - it is a lifestyle. To become a minimalist, start with your shopping habits first. Here's a list of how you can stop shopping and save more money in the process.

Minimalism is more than just a design style or aesthetics. It can also be a way of life. Minimalism as a lifestyle can save you lots of money, lessen clutter in your home, and be a way to focus on things that truly matter in life.

If you want to practice a minimalist lifestyle, start on minimising your shopping habits first. If you are a chronic shopper who is ready to spend money after getting your paycheck, then stop and check your priorities first.

Check the list below to find out how you can minimise your shopping the next time you’re ready to swipe you card or hand over your cash.

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  1. If you see something you like, ask yourself if it’s a need or a want.
  2. Ask yourself: Do I have something like it already? Chances are you already have something similar to it. If it’s an eyeshadow palette, you maybe have the same palette with neutral shades. If it’s another white top, count how many white tops do you already have in your closet.
  3. Avoid sales like a plague. If you buy something on sale that you did not really need or truly wanted for $75 instead of $100, you did not save $25, you spent $50.
  4. Before you buy something, check for reviews online first and weigh out the pros and cons. This gives more value to the thing you are going to buy and see if it really is the right fit for you. The last thing you need is spending money on a product you will only use once.
  5. Do not buy something right away. Add it to your wish list and revisit that wish list a week or a month later. Chances are, you already forgot that you want the product or you’re off to the next new thing out in the market.
  6. If you can borrow or rent an item that you want or need from friends or family, then do it. But make sure to give it back every time.
  7. Before you buy an item, compare it to your hourly wage. Ask yourself this: How many hours do I have to work in order to buy this item. Is this item worth the time I worked for?
  8. If you really need an item but you have limited budget for it, try looking at pre-loved items online first. Some people just want to get rid of them and you can buy it at a cheaper price. There are also some people willing to give away their items because they are decluttering. You can check out your local Craigslist or some local zero waste groups where they give out items for free.
  9. Another tip when buying stuff is prioritising quality over quantity. Buying an item for a cheap price you will only use a few times is not a good investment and will cost you more as time goes along. It is better to buy something that is a little bit more expensive but has a better quality and which you can use multiple times.
  10. Unsubscribe from promotional emails and newsletters. Not only are you getting rid of digital clutter, but you are also getting rid of unwanted temptation from sales, special offers, and new products.
  11. Always have a shopping list when you go grocery shopping or going to the mall. Stick to the list. If it’s not on the list, don’t buy it.
  12. Always have a budget when shopping and stick to that budget. Moreover, when shopping, be sure to carry a list of the things you need to buy so you can avoid unnecessary purchase.
  13. Carry cash with you instead of a credit card. You are more reluctant to spend money that way.
  14. Learn how to do the 3R’s: Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce- Do not buy excess. Do not buy what you already have a lot of. Reuse- Keep reusing something until it wears out or until it breaks down. You can also convert some stuff for a different purpose. For example, if you don’t like the shampoo or body wash you’re using, you can use it as hand wash. It saves you money on the handwash. Recycle- do not be ashamed to DIY stuff. You can also upcycle furniture and other household items.
  15. Lastly, do not keep up with the Joneses. You do not need to have the latest gadget, fashion, makeup, car, or any other new stuff on the market. Other people usually don’t know or don’t care. I love makeup and fashion. A LOT. but it doesn’t mean i have to buy the latest stuff out there just to keep up with other people.When I put makeup or when I wear an outfit, 99% of the time, nobody knows the label or brand of what you’re wearing or using. Nobody knows if you’re using Kylie Cosmetics lipsticks or if you’re wearing Zara or Topshop. Most of my nice pieces come from the thrift stores and online shops at a super cheap price. It’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. It’s now about what make-up brand you’re using but how you do your makeup.

Just like what Tyler Durden said in the movie Fight Club, “Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.”

Do not succumb to shopaholic tendencies. Be a minimalist. Live sustainably. Change your lifestyle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Balad is the digital strategist for hPage.com, a website service where you can create a free website. Let her know how this article resonates with you; you can find her on Twitter @annebalad.


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It's really hot outside right now - and sometimes the question is, what are we going to do now to offer the kids something despite the heat? We have some tips for you, maybe you can use them with your little ones.


Water fun in the pool


We have a pool in the garden, but it is not very big, about 3 meters in diameter, in our eyes absolutely sufficient for a fun or quiet cooling. Surely you can not swim in it, but in order to "dive" for an object, or "water dances" or just to relax, it is definitely enough.


One should not forget that also in the water to the sun protection must be thought. That means, as in the outdoor swimming pool: do not forget to apply creams. In the best case, the pool is in the shade or is protected by a larger parasol. Ours is in the sun - we hold the children in strong heat and sun to regular water breaks, so that they can then stay in the shade. Sometimes they do not see it directly, but with some persuasion and an ice cream or drinking break, it works.


Water fun without pool


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Not everyone is in possession of a pool, has no garden or simply lacks the money for the purchase. Alternatively - as with us earlier - a small pool of water or an old bathtub can be set up and filled or even just a bucket of water, where it quickly sets the fun, namely, if you use small syringes and injected each other wet.

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Or fills bombs and plays catching, at some point they are sure to break and depending on how cold the water is, in some the screaming is certainly great.


Do you have gradients on the property? Then try a waterslide. A tarpaulin is laid out, at best a slightly longer one, filling a bucket of water and sliding down with or without a butt-end slide. Or build a shower or a sprinkler, where you can also refresh yourself wonderfully. However, this is more likely if you can take the water from a well or rainwater collection tank. Tap water is too expensive.


To eat and drink


You should always encourage the children to drink. Of course, they only do it when they are thirsty, and then it is already too late. There is then already a lack of fluid in the body. For example, 10-year-olds should drink around 1.2 liters a day. In case of heat, sports or illness this need increases. Outdoors, the glasses or cups should always be capped, as there is a risk that bees or wasps will fly in. The safest are lockable plastic water bottles.


Our favorite drinks are:


  • water diluted with water
  • Springs of any kind
  • sometimes cold tea (fruit tea, slightly sweetened)
  • water


To eat at noon in such a heat often nothing hot, but rather fruit, pudding and cold dishes, cereals with fruit, yogurt, milk and other things, which falls into our hands.


What you can do with children when it's really hot


Summer is finally here, and that's right! In the meantime, if it's too hot outside for you, we have collected a lot of ideas for "cool" activities with big and small children - whether at home or on vacation.


If the outside temperature is more than 30 degrees Celsius and the sun is burning, you should do the same to the inhabitants of southern countries: stay inside during the day. Unfortunately, it is rarely as pleasantly cool in Central European apartments as in a Moroccan riad or Spanish patio.

Our hot-tip game tip: Turn on the fan and spray each other with a water atomizer - the wind adds a great deal of "glorious cool" factor and the spray is so fine that the floor does not get really wet (and slippery).


Funny for smaller children are also soap bubbles, tissue paper snippets or light cloths that can fly in the vortex of the fan; the elderly may try to keep folded aircraft in the air with the help of the fan.

 

Summer Idea Number one: bathing, splashing and swimming


On the beach and the sea you have to do without - or at least wait until it finally goes on vacation? Well, it would be too hot for your little ones anyway.

Even on the smallest balcony fits a wash basin for prattling. With watering can, pots and scooping tools, little children are busy for hours. And if it is too hot even there, just sit in the bathtub with your child.

 

Tip for shower-only users: An inflatable paddling pool can be squeezed into the lowest bath.

 

Do you have a yard or garden, where the temperatures are reasonably bearable, then you can declare this area to the water playground (a meadow in the park is of course also). A garden hose with spray attachment, a few water guns from the toy store (which should be sold out, Amazon often provides the very next day) and self-filled depth charges are the basic equipment for a day full of "Aqua Fun".

Your imagination knows no bounds: homemade glitter-glibber , bodypainting with finger paints or ice cube massage - you'll probably find more "cool stuff".

 

On the way in the city it gets really unbearable on hot days - the children sweat and nölen, playgrounds lie in the sun and on the slide one burns up the A ... In many cities public fountains offer a splendid refreshment.

 

Experience report thoroughly before you let your offspring climb into these facilities:


How is the soil under water - overgrown with slippery algae, sharp-edged or with tripping hazards?

What is the water quality? (if it is not drinking water, infants should not bathe here)

How strong are the fountains, is there a risk of injury or are the facilities even endangered by playing children? (You have the duty of supervision! If your children break something while you are supervising them, the liability insurance does not cover the damage.)

Are there signs or prohibitions for the use of the fountain? Where many tourists are traveling, bathing children are often not so welcome.

Is the fountain in the shade? When playing in the sun, while they are pleasantly wet, children do not notice the heat and get a quick sunburn or sunstroke.


 

For reasons you should not let your kids play naked in such actions; instead of a bathing suit or bikini, T-shirts and shorts get better, which you then exchange for dry ones. After all, you use the fountain quite by accident and not specifically as an outdoor pool, right?

 

By the way, much cooler than bathing lakes are brooks - if you come to one (in the city area many small watercourses are unfortunately completely embedded in concrete or laid underground), then enjoy the ice-cold foot bath.


 

If you really want to take a good bath, the early morning hours or the time just before the closing time are ideal for a visit to the outdoor pool. If you jump into the pool first, you will enjoy cool temperatures, more space and shade on the sunbathing lawn; the soil is not yet so heated and the ozone pollution of the air is still low.


After work or a kindergarten visit you are best left with a visit to the outdoor pool, even if you really want to swim. At 6 pm, most of the outdoor guests are slowly packing up, the area is empty and you can enjoy the water until the end.

Tip: pack a light picnic and have dinner in the bathroom. Then you can put your clean, well-fed and well-made children directly to bed at home.

 


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