You don’t need to spend a long time looking at my blog to get the distinct impression that I’m a bit of a hoarder. Yes I’m definitely guilty of spending a bit too much of my disposable and OK sometimes not so disposable cash on vast amounts of material goods. My main issue is (shockingly) clothing but everyone has their own vice. I have piles and piles of things I’m never gonna wear again or have never worn in the first place. And its an ever growing collection. So a few weeks ago I decided to make the rather uncertain decision that enough was enough. That experiences are way more important than things…. That the minimalist lifestyle is the way forward…. Right?
Anyway here are a few of my kinda unrefined saving tips. Any other clever ideas would be mucho appreciated too!
1. Set a Goal
My personal goal that I am saving towards is to see more of the world. I want to spend the next year travelling more- Japan here I come! Of course we all have different things we want to save for but the point is set a goal and stick to it. I am saving an undisclosed amount by March next year in order to make my dreams come true. If you know what you’re working for it’s always going to be easier to get there.
2. Cut Out your Worst Spending habit (temporarily)
Today marks two very long months since I gave up spending money on clothes. For someone who was starting to lose control just a little (OK maybe a big) bit I think that’s a pretty proud achievement. It hasn’t been easy but I haven’t felt any real loss. If you want to be super good at life you could try doing this for 6 months/ a year/ forever. I’m not that good unfortunately.
3. Say No to Coffee
Or no to (your favourite snack here)… I use coffee as it’s probably the most popular and pricey everyday habit. But that’s gotta be an extra at least like a tenner a week. Plus it’ll probably be healthy for you too.
4. Become Obsessed with £2 Coins
I totally stole this one- probably from another blogger. It seems like a really clever idea which simply involves saving every single £2 coin that comes into your possession. Genius and a little bit obsessive which is right up my street. NB this would work just as well with £1 coins!
5. Sell your Excess Goods
I say goods, I don’t actually have any goods. What I do have is loads of stuff I no longer wear. If you do make anything particularly awesome though this will potentially work for you too. My platform of choice is Depop but there’s loads of others out there. I was recently recommend an App called Carousell which has no sellers fees. You could even sell your stuff in pop up shops or events if you’re like good with people and stuff…
6. Avoid the Sales
Many a time I’ve walked into a retail outlet all like Oooo look this is only £5 I can at least afford to buy 10 of these and I’m definitely still saving money. To state the obvious to myself mostly: spending money is not the same as saving money and spending money on things that you don’t need or want is especially not saving money. That’s why sales are best avoided.
Love Eleanor x