Five Things I Could Stop Buying

When discussing, reading, or learning about minimalism it is easy to constantly see things that are geared toward consumption. But one thing I’ve thought about recently is what are things we buy, but would could stop buying. However, we don’t stop buying it because we don’t have too, or it’s convenient.

There are a lot of things that I could stop buying, I’ve tried to stop buying, or just want to buy anyways. So, I’ve complied l list of things that I could stop buying, but haven’t. I’ve been slowing transitioning to a more zero waste lifestyle, but I still find myself slipping back into old habits. Because I’m human – and we all buy things.

To me, minimalism should be however you define it for yourself. Because everyone’s definition of it is different. Buying isn’t the enemy. Consuming to a point that is not necessary, or unhealthy is. A few of the items below I would like to stop buying, but for now it’s convenient and convenience is hard to beat.

five things i could stop buying:

1 | body scrubs

I like to make my own products. Most of the time I do. I’ve tried some body scrub recipes, but I haven’t found/made any that compare to the Shea Moisture Olive & Green Tea Hand & Body Scrub. It’s my favorite and until I can make one better than this, I will continue to purchase it.

2 | makeup remover wipes

For a while, I switched to using Jojoba Oil instead of makeup remover wipes for my eye makeup. I do think that the oil was making my eyelashes grow, however, it was a hassle to use. I felt like it got in my eyes a lot and it felt so uncomfortable.

For now, it’s super easy to grab some Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes or the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes to remove my eye makeup. Especially after a long day and I don’t feel like going through my full skincare routine.

3 | cotton pads/balls

I rarely use cotton balls, or cotton pads. But when I need some, it’s so easy to run to Target and grab a pack. I’m trying to use up all of the ones that I currently own and move onto DIY reusable cotton pads. It’s convenient to buy a pack of cotton balls to use when removing my nail polish instead of taking the time to wash reusable cotton pads.

4 | household cleaners

Cleaners are similar to cotton pads for me. It’s really convenient to go to my local TJ Maxx and purchase a pre-made natural cleaner. Instead of making my own DIY all purpose cleaner. I would like to get back to making all of my own products, but it is so time consuming.

5 | starbucks

I don’t drink coffee, nor do I like coffee. However, I buy Starbucks sometimes and lately, it’s been a lot. It’s super convenient to grab a frappuccino, or tea before heading to work. Instead of taking the time to get up earlier and make it myself.

One thing I’ve noticed is that convenience prohibits me (and I’m assuming you) from getting rid certain excess in my life. If take two weekends a month to make a few items instead of buying them, then that would save me money in the long run. So, I want to get back to making products because I enjoy it.

Like I said, you shouldn’t feel bad for making purchases. We all do it and it doesn’t make you any less of a minimalist for doing so.

what are some things you could stop buying?

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Parul G
Parul G
2 years ago

I agree with your point on Starbucks. I’ve always felt that buying coffee outside is such a waste. Most of the time I don’t even like that coffee. I can’t really seem to understand this whole coffee cafe culture, especially Starbucks.

Cheers!
Parul | http://girlinchief.com

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Parul G

I believe that it truly comes down to convenience.

Jae (@gorjaeous)
2 years ago

Based on personal experience, quitting Starbucks is the easiest! I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I do love sweetened tea, and I quit that some time in June/July last year. The cost of buying Starbucks drink add up eventually, I realized!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

Yes it does and being out of college for almost 2 years now and traveling for a living post-grad. I think, I’m still used to getting it for convenience. But lately, that’s changed.

Michele Renee
Michele Renee
2 years ago

I am making it a point next year to start making my own things. Even though its time consuming, its kind of more exciting then just continually buying products. I have been making my own coffee recently with a french press and it is easier for me to do that than traveling all the way to Starbucks to wait in line.

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Michele Renee

Oh nice! I enjoy it too, to see what I can make and see if I think it’s better than store bought products.

Jacklyn
2 years ago

I have the BEST thing for removing eye make up. It’s called a “Warsh” cloth. Pretty much looks like a regular wash cloth, but with no soap or scrubbing it is a breeze to remove all your eye make up. Seriously it was such a game changer for me, and no need to buy make up wipes!!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Jacklyn

I’ll look into that! What’s funny is ‘warsh’ is how a lot of Kentuckians say wash haha

Summer @ Coffee With Summer

Starbucks doesn’t get pricey – it’s funny, I don’t like their coffee. Only their teas and a latte once in awhile. I don’t have one conveniently near me (living in the mountains and all). I make my coffee at home each day!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

Oh, nice! I bet living in the mountains is amazing though, I love nature.

Rachel @ STCL
2 years ago

I haven’t heard of that oil but I do certainly buy a lot of makeup removing wipes! Definitely something to look into!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Rachel @ STCL

You should! Just like I mentioned before to Erica. I always get 100% organic pure jojoba oil from Trader Joes. However, grapeseed oil from Whole Foods is a great alternative as both of these oils are for sensitive skin and they are non-comedogenic.

Jasmine Maria
2 years ago

Buying household cleaners is a must for me. I always stick with my favorites. Lol

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine Maria

There’s nothing wrong with that at all!

Erica @ Coming up Roses

I’m curious to try jojoba oil instead of makeup remover wipes now – I’m alwaysssss rebuying My wipes so maybe the oil would be worth it!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

Yeah! Try it out. I always get 100% organic pure jojoba oil from Trader Joes. However, grapeseed oil from Whole Foods is a great alternative as both of these oils are for sensitive skin and they are non-comedogenic.

Jess // Foreign Room
2 years ago

Coffee is a big one for me! Like, I have a coffee maker and I have to-go cups and there’s free coffee once I get to work…so why do I go to Starbucks so often?! I’ve really been trying to cut down on that one. I agree that convenience usually does win!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

Exactly and taking the time to make the coffee will probably take the same amount of time as it would to go and buy some.

Crystal @ Dreams, etc.

That’s so true! Convenience is a big part of some purchases for me. I should really cut out Starbucks, although I’ve cut back a lot. I go through spurts where I’ll get one every week or two, and then I’m there all the time. I like it where I’m there periodically… it makes the entire experience feel more like a treat instead of, “Why am I doing this???”

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

I love your perspective of making it a treat! That’s what it used to be to me, then I go just because my coworkers will pick it up for me.

Samantha
Samantha
2 years ago

I always think about something for a few weeks before I decide if I buy it. Usually the urge to buy something passes after I think about it for a while haha I’m definitely with you on Starbucks…need to cut back!

Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Samantha

I’m the same way, but also honest about how sometimes our impulses take over.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago
Felicia Renee
2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Exactly! I couldn’t agree more! Also, I plan on making the DIY for reusable cotton pads on here in the next few months, so make sure to check back!

Kaitlyn @ Everyday Kate Blog

Wow, I love this! I’ve honestly never considered things I could stop buying, but I’m sure there’s a lot of things. Starbucks is definitely something I could cut out.

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

Right! I decided after this post to stop buying Starbucks once I use up the money that I’ve already put on the app and start going to local places for tea.

La Shell Reid Hoilett
La Shell Reid Hoilett
2 years ago

Makeup for sure. Scented candles and fast food. I’ve gotten into the habit of getting my nails done. The cost adds up over time but i love having my nails pretty but I don’t care to spend my time doing them myself. Definitely something that can be cut out.

Felicia Renee
2 years ago

If it’s something you enjoy, I agree – don’t cut it out!

& candles – that’s a good one! I had that on the list, but I removed it because I’ve decided to burn all the ones I have and move onto essential oils.