10 Things To Stop Buying To Save Money

May 4, 2020 | Save Money | 0 comments

Updated On May 4, 2020

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Saving money from day to day is hard ass work.

Especially 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 and coolest stuff can lead to poor spending habits and maxed out credit cards.

Which ultimately leads to huge financial stress.

So:

If you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck, worrying about money, and feeling like you’ll never get ahead, you need to stop spending money on stupid stuff.

The proof is in the pudding:

When we stopped buying these 11 (stupid) things, we saved over $500 a month!

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Here’s the deal:

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

Now, to understand where we were overspending, we tracked our normal spending in a budget binder for a month.  Then, we sat down and clearly saw that we were spending an arm and a leg on (stupid) things like paper towels and bottled water.

Having a clear picture of what we were spending our money on made it super simple to stop buying these 11 things to save money.

So, bottom line?

Keep reading to find out what YOU should stop buying to save money!

1.  BOTTLED WATER

Buying bottled water can add up verrrryyyy quickly.

I mean, if you are drinking the recommended 64oz of water every day, you need three cases of water a week.

Meaning you need TWELVE cases of water for a family of four every. single. week.

12 x $3.99 = $47.88

Yikes!  You need to stop making this silly spending mistake!

(Not to mention how utterly terrible it is for the environment to be throwing away this many plastic water bottles!)

Instead, invest in a long-lasting water bottle like a Hydroflask and a Brita water filter pitcher.

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

If you are a family of four you will save yourself $190 a month when you stop buying bottled water.

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $190

Hint:  This hydroflask dupe is on sale RIGHT NOW and, come on, could it be any cuter??!

2.  ALCOHOL

I mean, who doesn’t like to end their day with a nice, tall glass of wine?

Psh, I know I used to!

But, let’s face it:

Alcohol is expensive and just plain old not good for you.

With a decent bottle of wine running you upwards of $20 and a case of beer about the same, spending money on alcohol adds up quickly.  (And don’t even get me started on the prices at bars and restaurants!)

So:  To improve your health and fatten up your wallet, you need to stop buying alcohol!

I know you’ll be surprised by how much money you’ll save when you stop buying alcohol.

We certainly were — (we were spending $150/month on wine and beer!)

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $340

3.  MEAT + DAIRY + EGGS

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

Here’s the deal:

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

And, as I said, meat, dairy, and eggs are TERRIBLE for you and the environment.

This is crazy, but:

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 the 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, dairy, and eggs.

We save over $100 every month since going vegan 3 years ago. (A.K.A. $3,600 to date!)

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $440

4.  NEW CLOTHES + SHOES

I used to shop for new clothes and shoes at an excessive rate.

And then I realized something – I only ever wear the same, like, five outfits over and over again.  (I know you’re the same way!)

So, I stopped shopping for new clothes.

Instead, I started shopping at local thrift stores for new clothes for me and the kiddos – only when we NEEDED clothes.

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $600

Hint:  thredUP has the world’s largest online selection of thrifted clothes and shoes!  Get 50% off your first purchase by clicking here.

5.  PRE-PACKAGED/PRE-CHOPPED FOOD

Here’s the deal:

Stores will always try to sell you on convenience, but DON’T BUY INTO IT.

(Eh, you see what I did there?)

I’m sure your grocery store is like mine – there is loose produce and pre-chopped/packaged produce.

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?

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $650

6.  PAPER + PLASTIC PRODUCTS

Not only are paper and plastic products expensive and bad for the environment, but you go through them constantly, making your monthly shopping bill skyrocket.

These are things like:

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $700

7.  MAKEUP

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

You too?

Because of this, 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.

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $750

8.  PROTEIN POWDERS + OTHER FITNESS GIMMICKS

I totally get the intrigue of protein/health powders.

I mean, 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, and grains.

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $780

9.  GYM MEMBERSHIPS + APPS

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 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 and yoga videos available to you for FREE on Youtube.

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $840

Hint:  Fitness Blender & Yoga With Adriene are my favorite YouTubers for fitness content!

10.  NEW 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
  • on Amazon
  • at yard sales
  • from friends & family

And of course, go to your local library to enjoy books for free.

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

MONTHLY SAVINGS POTENTIAL: $860

Hint:  I recently signed up for Used Books Monthly and I’m in looooveee.  For just $5/month they’ll send you one book each month in the genre of your choice – And I’ve never been disappointed in a book I’ve received.  Click me to get your first book!

BONUS:  STOP BUYING EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY

Let’s talk about the easiest way to save money:

Stop buying every damn thing you want.

Before making a purchase, evaluate if it is a want or a need — And if it’s a want, don’t buy it!

I know:

There is a hella lot of pressure to buy new and on-trend things, but living a simple life is far more fulfilling than spending your every dollar on useless stuff.

These 11 things that we stopped buying to save money helped us stop living paycheck to paycheck and eliminated the money stress in our lives.

So, do the same for yourself by stopping buying these things to save money!

Need to start saving money fast?  These are 10 stupid things that we were wasting hundreds of dollars on every single month.  Click to see what 10 things you should stop buying to save money. #savemoney #frugal #saving
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HAPPY SAVINGS!

– Michelle

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Need to start saving money fast?  These are 10 stupid things that we were wasting hundreds of dollars on every single month.  Click to see what 10 things you should stop buying to save money. #savemoney #frugal #saving
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