Mindful spending

Mindful spending

Mindful spending

So, I have thought about this over the past day or so, and the rules for my decreased spend month are, essentially, quite straightforward. I will only buy food that is absolutely necessary, using up what is in my cupboard first, and I will refrain from buying any new clothes, make-up and toiletries, unless I absolutely need to. This is not about utter deprivation, but it is about spending more mindfully. For that reason, I will not spend on new material goods, other than essentials, but I will use money (as wisely as possible) on travel and experiences that simply

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Shoestring September

I only have time to write briefly, on the short train journey to work, but I wanted to pledge my promise to seriously curb my spending this month, sticking to only absolute needs and pre-organised events.  I should clarify further by saying that my focus is on cutting out the additional material objects and focusing more on experiences.  So £40 for a train journey to meet my friend for a weekend camping trip is allowed.  £11 on random food on the way home from work, when I already have food in the cupboard, is not. I will write more this

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Don’t be a minimalist snob!

When you first discover something that excites you or makes you feel good, it’s perfectly normal to want everyone else to feel that way too. Whether it’s meditation, budgeting, running, religion, a new album, good coffee, clean eating or minimalism, it’s easy to become evangelical about it and to want to share the thing that is transforming your life with everyone else.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that–that’s how people discover new things, and make positive changes in their lives.  That’s what I’m doing, in part, with this blog. But, while there will undoubtedly be some who jump on

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Three mistakes beginner minimalists make

Now, it’s true that minimalists come in all shapes and sizes, and I definitely don’t subscribe to the idea that there is a criteria for being a minimalist–but I would like to talk about three things that I have caught myself doing at the beginning of my minimalism journey that are not necessarily helpful.  You might recognise these behaviours, too! 1.  Believing that buying a certain kind of object makes you a minimalist. Yes, I have done this.  I have searched on eBay and Amazon for ‘minimalist jewellery’ or ‘simple tea light holders’.  I even bought myself a Daniel Wellington

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