14 THINGS I DON’T SPEND MY MONEY ON

1. Mouthwash

Mouthwash doesn’t fix bad breath, oral hygiene does. I brush my teeth, I floss every day and visit the dentists every 6 months. That’s it.

2. Shampoo on a bottle/body wash/body scrubber

I’m using small towels that I have for ages as a scrubber, a way cheaper bar soap, and a bar shampoo that lasts up to 3 months. It’s a low waste too and good for the environment. It is a win-win.

3. Packaged Food

I slice and make my own food with youtube. It’s cost-effective and healthier.

4. Hair Dye

I’m embracing my natural hair colour, though sometimes when I see photos of my dyed hair I kinda miss it. But no, I can’t. It’s too much work maintaining it and it’s costly. Besides, black hair is cool, too.

5. Trendy Items

I never buy them anymore. I’ve learned my lesson when I was decluttering my stuff and found the items that I bought because at that time it was on-trend. You forget about them in a matter of weeks and eventually will toss them. It’s sad, don’t do that.

6. Getting my nails done

I’m doing them myself. The amount of time I came home disappointed because the shape wasn’t right against the fact that you paid for it, is just a little bit much.

7. Stationeries

I am the type of person who used to write on actual papers, loved to stick cute post-its on the wall and just fancy collecting beautiful looking notebooks or journals. Up to these days, I am still trying to finish up the ones I have accumulated over the past years. I never buy them anymore.

8. Subscriptions

I only have one subscription now and that is the Lightroom that I use to when I edit photos for my Instagram and blog. I terminated my Netflix subscription plus the multiple photo editing apps subscriptions because honestly I don’t need them and I can sort on some other ways totally for free. Like watching movies online or youtube.

9. Knick-knacks

They make the space looking cluttered and they do not serve a purpose at all. They collect dirt and have to spend time cleaning them. So, no.

10. Alcohol

I don’t do alcohol anymore. I had my time during school days.

11. Meat

Fruits and vegetables are way cheaper and packed with nutrients.

12. Coffee Shops

I have minimized my consumption of coffee to only if I’m on night duty and that my ways of having to stay awake aren’t working. Thus, coffee shops serve a purpose no more. I write or read at home or in the park.

13. Sugary Beverages

I don’t drink soda or processed juice or anything of such. I drink plain water and fresh juices on occasion.

14. Taxi Fares

I don’t know if it’s just me but I don’t like the smell of a taxi, it makes me dizzy. Here in UAE taxis are unreasonably expensive! I don’t mind taking the bus. I can take a nap, listen to a podcast or just be alone and take time to read or think. Bonus point, it’s cheap. You’ll have to make time though, but it’s doable. I can make time. *wink*

 

These are the things I don’t spend my money on anymore. Things that I have completely stopped buying, replaced with healthier option or more affordable option. Whatever works for me might not work for you. I hope you found this helpful.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Jinky xx

When I became interested in a minimalist lifestyle, decluttering physical things was the first step I did to get to know what I need and don’t. Today I’m sharing 50 Things To Get Rid of, that might jump-start your spirit if by any chance you want to declutter.

  1. Borrowed items
  2. Flyers and business cards (store them digitally)
  3. Knick-knacks (mine’s a bottle opener I bought in Malaysia that I NEVER USE, among other things)
  4. Receipts (again digitized them)
  5. Paper bags and plastic bags
  6. Pens that aren’t working
  7. Expired certificates (everything is digital, don’t print and save the planet)
  8. Plane tickets (I mean who else is printing plane tickets? Well, I used to and glued them in my memory book. But now I have my memories in photos)
  9. Shoe boxes or any boxes with the thing that it comes with (you will not need those boxes in the future if you don’t have so much stuff)
  10. Sentimental items (I mean surely you can treasure someone by their good heart rather than by a physical item)
  11. Things you keep holding on from your ex-friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband (unless you’re using them and they’re serving an actual purpose)
  12. Chargers or wires of old gadgets
  13. Alarm clocks (use your phone as your alarm)
  14. Not working hot tools
  15. Extra hair brushes/hair ties/hairpins
  16. Expired hair products
  17. Expired makeup products
  18. Broken or wacked makeup products
  19. Empty bottles of lotion
  20. Free samples
  21. Empty perfume bottles
  22. Perfumes that you don’t like
  23. Dirty and unused makeup brushes
  24. Empty lipsticks
  25. Skincare products that you are allergic to
  26. Skincare products that break you out
  27. Skincare products that never used
  28. Dressers and vanities (keep and fit everything in one closet)
  29. Extra garbage bins (you consume less, you produce waste less, you will not need tons of bins)
  30. Decorative rags
  31. Mismatched pillowcases
  32. Uncomfortable pillows
  33. Extra blankets/sheets
  34. Mismatched socks
  35. Old and loose underwears
  36. Ill-fitting clothes
  37. Never worn clothes
  38. Free and promotional t-shirts/hats you will never wear
  39. Bags you have never used for a year
  40. Coloured belts
  41. Extra sunglasses
  42. Broken hangers
  43. Uncomfortable shoes
  44. Extra mugs
  45. Extra plates
  46. Kitchen gadgets
  47. Duplicate tools
  48. Expired goods
  49. Foods with mould in the fridge
  50. Empty bottles of shampoo, conditioner and whatnot

Here are some ideas you can do with your decluttered stuff:

  • sell them
  • donate
  • re-purpose
  • give to your friends and families
  • simply throw them away and don’t repurchase

I hope you enjoyed reading this list, found it inspirational and gave you some ideas of the things you can declutter. Whatever isn’t serving a purpose in my life might be serving a purpose in yours.

Thank you for reading and please don’t keep more than you need!

Love,

Jinky xx

 

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50 THINGS TO GET RID OF TODAY