11 Surprising Things You Should Stop Buying To Save Money

Nov 15, 2018 | Master Your Money, Save Money | 0 comments

Saving money is tough when we live in a world that is constantly shoving new products in our faces, tempting us to purchase with words like “need,” “can’t-live-without,” and “limited edition.”

This overwhelming need to have the newest stuff can lead to poor spending habits and maxed out credit cards.  Which, in turn, leads to huge financial stress.

So, to stop living paycheck to paycheck and stressing about money, cut these 11 things out of your budget.

We saved hundreds of dollars every month as soon as we cut these things out of our budget.

Bottom line, you must stop buying to save money!

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Cutting unnecessary spending from our budget was the smartest thing we ever did for our finances.

To get an idea of where we needed to stop spending, we tracked our spending in our financial planner for a couple of months – spending per normal.  Then, we sat down with our planner and saw how much money we were spending on specific things like paper towels and coffee.

With this very clear knowledge of what we were spending our money on, it was easy to stop buying these 11 things to save money.

If you spend a lot of your money on the same items, cut them out of your budget to save money and stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Stop buying + start saving!  (Not getting a coffee from Dunks every morning is soooo worth not being stressed about money.)

1  //  STOP BUYING…WATER

Buying bottled water can add up…quick.  

I mean, if you were drinking the recommended 64oz of water every day, you’d need three cases of water a week.  That’s TWELVE cases of water for a family of four every week (given you’re drinking enough water).

Don’t make this silly spending mistake!

Instead, invest in a long-lasting water bottle like a Hydroflask (I’ve had mine for 2+ years and it’s still going strong).  Also, invest in a water filter for your faucet or a Brita water pitcher.

This way, you have unlimited fresh water forever for a low one time cost.

My family of four saves at least $30.00 per week since we stopped buying bottled water to save money.

2  //  STOP BUYING…ALCOHOL

Who doesn’t like to end their day with a glass of wine?  I know I certainly used to.

But, let’s face it.  Alcohol is expensive and just plain ol’ not good for you. 

A decent bottle of wine can run you upwards of $20 and nevermind the prices local bars and restaurants charge for alcohol.

So, to improve our health and fatten up our wallets, we stopped buying alcohol.

We save at least $50.00 a month since boycotting alcohol.

3  //  STOP BUYING…MEAT + DAIRY

In case you haven’t heard, eating meat and dairy is killing our planet, you, and your wallet.

The average American household spends over $100 per month on animal products.

And, as I said, meat and dairy are terrible for you and the environment.  The top three leading causes of death (cancer, heart disease, and diabetes) are all increased for you when you eat meat and other animal products.  And, methane – the gas that is primarily produced by animal agriculture – is a leading cause of global warming.

Fruits and veggies are where it’s at, peeps.

So, to save you, the planet, and your wallet, stop buying meat and dairy.

We save over $100.00 every month since going Vegan a year and a half ago.

4  //  STOP BUYING…NEW CLOTHES

I used to shop so excessively for new clothes.  And then I realized something – I only ever wear the same, like, five outfits over and over again.

So, I stopped shopping.  And then, once the kids came, I continued to not shop for new clothing.

Especially for kids who grow out of clothes so quickly, buying anything new is a total waste of money.

Instead, shop local thrift stores for new clothes or, my mother-in-law’s favorite way, in Facebook yardsale groups.  You can score an entire winter wardrobe for less than $30 by shopping second hand.

We’ve easily saved hundreds of dollars over the years since we stopped shopping for new clothes that we did not need.

5  //  STOP BUYING…PRE-PACKAGED + PRE-CHOPPED FOODS

Stores will always try to sell you on convenience, but DON’T BUY INTO IT.  (Eh, you see what I did there?)

 My grocery store likes to sell lose produce and produce that has been packaged for you – for the ease.  They also sell veggies that are already chopped, again for the ease and convenience. 

However, you’re always going to pay more for pre-packaged and pre-chopped fruits and veggies, so stop buying them to save money.

I mean, you can chop a few carrots, right?

6  //  STOP BUYING…PAPER + PLASTIC PRODUCTS

Not only are paper and plastic products expensive and bad for the environment, but you also go through them constantly.

Things like:

  • paper towels
  • storage baggies
  • paper plates/bowls
  • paper napkins
  • plastic utensils
  • plastic cups

Although these items are handy when you’re in a pinch, avoid stocking them in your house regularly.

We easily save $50.00 a month since we stopped buying them to save money.

7  //  STOP BUYING…MAKEUP

I rarely wear makeup, but would find myself purchasing new makeup items all the time.

So, I created a minimal makeup routine (including 4 items) and only ever purchase something new once I’ve run out of a product.

This keeps my spending on makeup and skincare items in check and has saved me tons of money since I stopped buying makeup years ago.

Trust me, you do not need to have your “face beat” for everyday life.

8  //  STOP BUYING…PROTEIN POWDERS (AND OTHER FITNESS GIMICKS)

Ugh, protein and other health powders.  I get the intrigue.  Who doesn’t wanna add a spoonful of green youth to their smoothie every morning?

But, don’t be fooled.  You can get every damn nutrient you need from fresh fruits and veggies from your local market.

You do not need powders to get enough protein to build muscle.  You just need enough healthy calories from fresh fruits and veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, etc.

These gimmicky fitness powders can run you upwards of $30!  So, stop buying to save money.

9  //  STOP BUYING…GYM MEMBERSHIP/APP

Keeping up with your physical health is so important, but it doesn’t need to come with a high price tag.

Gym memberships are crazy expensive, and personally, I find exercising in the comfort of my home (with no peering onlookers) way more enjoyable.

You can get your basic gym equipment (such as weights and resistance bands) on Amazon and still have a kickass workout.

Not to mention the wealth of fitness + yoga videos available to you for FREE on Youtube.  My favorite channels are Fitness Blender (for cardio and strength workouts) and Yoga With Adriene (for yoga).

So, cancel your gym membership to save hundreds of dollars a month + get your groove on in the living room!

10  //  STOP BUYING…BOOKS

So, no.  You shouldn’t stop buying books.  (Come on, guys, I’m not a monster!)

But, you should stop buying NEW books.

You can find cheap books:

  • at thrift stores
  • at second-hand bookstores
  • at yard sales
  • on Amazon
  • from friends + family

And of course, go to your local library to enjoy books for free.  (But, I know the feeling of needing to own a book you’ve read so you can add it to your collection ;))

Depending on how much you read, you could be saving hundreds of dollars a year!

11  //  STOP BUYING…YOUR WANTS

To wrap up the post, let’s talk about the easiest way to save money that you can initiate immediately.

Before making a purchase, evaluate if it is a want or a need.  If it is a want, don’t buy it.  If it is a need, buy it but find your cheapest option first.

There is a lot of pressure every day to buy new and on-trend things – Don’t get sucked up into the promotions. 

Living a simple life, free from the pressure to have the coolest stuff, is far more fulfilling than spending your every dollar on useless stuff.

These 11 things that we stopped buying to save money helped us to stop living paycheck to paycheck, eliminating the money stress in our life.

So, we hope you give it a try and stop buying these things to save money, too!

Anything else I should stop buying to save money?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy saving,

xx Michelle

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