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Things I Stopped Buying

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I’ve spent a lot of money on home renovations lately, but other than big ticket items like mortgages, utilities and bi-weekly groceries I just don’t open my wallet up much these days. There are a lot of things I no longer buy. Here are just a few that top that list:

  • Nail Polish – I never spent a ton of money on this, but I do have a large box full of bottles sitting in my closet. More than I could ever use or need. Also, I never seem to find the time to paint my toe nails.
  • Decorative Towels – Yeah, this is a strange one, but I used to buy a towel for every season and special occasion; pumpkin towels for Halloween and Santa towels for Christmas. Now I buy plain old ordinary towels in one solid color. They can be used year round and look good no matter the season.
  • Holiday Decorations – I used to be a sucker for cute Christmas bowls and little Santa Clauses. The home section of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s were a magnet for me. These days the Scrooge in me avoids that area of the store. I don’t need any more decorations that only come out once a year.
  • Clothes – I won’t buy any clothes while I’m exclusively nursing. I love the nursing tops I currently use and although I am more than sick of looking at them I see no need to switch over to anything else. After my nursing days are over I would like to restock my wardrobe. Hopefully I’ll lose a couple of pounds between now and then.
  • Knick-Knacks – I have no desire to fill the house with anything that requires dusting. The house looks a whole lot emptier than it used to, but I prefer the open space to a bunch of stuff that sits around unused.
  • Lotions, Potions and Other Things That Smell Wonderful – The lure of apple scented soap no longer lures me into Bath and Body Works or the Body Shop. I typically purchase standard, unscented, Eco-friendly products and use an entire bottle before opening another. I always check the EWG Database before buying any of them.

How about you? Have you stopped buying anything lately?

little miss moneybags

Saturday 22nd of August 2015

Nail polish and clothes here, too! I'm so looking forward to my wardrobe reset when I'm done nursing, honestly. I haven't bought any clothes not related to pregnancy or nursing in three years.

I am trying to stop buying one-off sodas and get the larger cases which are so much cheaper per ounce. Ideally I'd quit buying soda altogether but it's a start.

Also, toys for the kids. That's what grandparents are for!