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Have you heard of the term ‘minimalism’?
If not, you probably will soon. Minimalism is a rising movement that cherishes experience over possessions. Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist describes minimalism as “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”
Now, this blog isn’t really about minimalism, so if you want to learn more about it I’d recommend clicking on the link above or doing a quick Google search. You’ll find tons of great blogs all about the minimalistic way of life. But I do want to share with you some ways that minimalism can save you some serious money.
1.) Save on Housing
Even if you don’t want to sell all your belongings and live in a tiny house or a travel trailer, minimalism can save you money on housing.
Has your house started to feel more like a curse than a blessing? Are you throwing away hundreds of dollars a month on a mortgage that you’re struggling to afford? Are you just plain ol’ sick and tired of cleaning 10 different rooms that barely even get used?
Consider selling your house and downsizing to something a little smaller. The payments will be lower, you’ll have less space to clean and upkeep, and you might realize you can breathe easier with a little less room.
2.) Save on Clothing
The last time you looked in your closet, did you feel overwhelmed?
I know when I am trying to figure out what to wear for the day, it often feels like I have nothing to wear, even though my closet is packed full with clothes.
See how good an emptier closet can feel and get rid of some of those clothes you never wear. Then, commit to not buying any new clothing for the next few months. Your wallet and your space will thank you.
3.) Save on Organizing
If you’ve ever tried to de-clutter and organize your home, you know how strong the pull is to buy all those pretty bins and organizing containers.
But once you own less items, you have less things to figure out how to store and keep picked up. Instead of buying containers to fit all your stuff in, consider getting rid of the things you were going to store but don’t really need. You’ll save money on containers and storage units fees.
4.) Save on Food
Did you know you can apply minimalism to your menu?
If cooking is not your passion in life, consider sticking to a small menu for a while. Instead of trying to create different meals every night with a main course, two side dishes, and dessert, stick to meals you can create with just a few ingredients. Here are a few ideas:
- Make a casserole/soup and eat on it for a few days.
- Cook a lot of meat at once and use it for multiple recipes throughout the week.
- Keep your busy, weeknight meals easy. Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are a hit around my house!
5.) Save on Your Commute
The biggest way to save money on your daily drive would be to not drive. It may sound crazy at first, but could you make do without a vehicle?
Do you live in an area with a good public transportation system? In some cases it may be even easier for you to take the train, bus, subway, etc. than driving and navigating traffic yourself.
If you don’t live in a big city though, public transportation is not really an option. In this case, could your family work with just one car instead of two?
If you do still need multiple vehicles for your family, how could you cut costs on your driving expenses? Here are a few ideas:
- Get rid of the car payment. Find a cheaper, but still reliable, vehicle that you can save up and pay cash for.
- Once you’ve stopped paying a car note, you can lower your insurance if you’re comfortable with it.
- Run all your errands at once and limit extra trips to save on gas.
Have you ever considered minimalism?
Even if you don’t consider yourself a minimalist, you can still use these tips to save you some serious money each month. By cutting your costs on housing, clothing, organization, food, and your daily drive, you’ll find some serious new room in your budget.
Imagine how much fun you can have with the money minimalism can save you!