Was sorting out laundry the other night. I pride myself on being that girl who’s a bit of a nomad - I can pack everything into a single suitcase.
Nuh-uh. No longer. Well, technically, I can. If I squish everything together really tight. But this scares me a bit. I don’t need a lot. But I have a lot. One full suitcase is a lot.
Seriously. My clothes scares me. I don’t like the overflowing-ness of my wardrobe!
And I was thinking I needed new stuff. Pfft.
It’s great starting a new hobby, finding something you enjoy. I recently started cycling and after four weeks I find myself really enjoying travelling to work this way. The trouble is I also find myself on the Internet looking things up like cycle routes, etc. this inevitably leads me to looking at bikes and what a new one would cost me.
I have a perfectly good bike which is light and comfortable to ride. Perfectly suited to a 4 mile round trip. I do not need a new bike.
The internet is a great place to learn about things, especially new hobbies, but it is littered with adverts and promotional writing. I haven’t bought anything yet and I don’t expect to. I think the trick is understanding that, whether directly or indirectly, you are being sold to on the internet so try to take the information that you need and leave the desire for new things where it is.
When I discovered my passion for personal finance and minimalist lifestyle, it seems like in order to start I felt like I had to buy something, which at the time, defeats the whole purpose anyway.
Frugal tip #37823 - Use and finish what you already own and have! Here’s a device to help you to finish using up what you have! (Example: Toothpaste squeezer)
Frugal tip #82375 - Track your money! Here’s the top picks of budgeting apps, starting at only 99 cents! (I use a free app called MyBudget which works GREAT. You can also use free budgeting softwares available online).
And therefore I conclude this post.