Three Tips For Buying Things as a Minimalist
Buying things and minimalism seem like very opposite things. Besides the necessities like food, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper, it seems a little pretentious to call yourself a minimalist and then go shopping. Minimalism isn't just a label, it's a lifestyle (and I don't mean that ironically). Before you go shopping as a minimalist, consider these things...
1) Do You NEED it or WANT it?
Make this differentiation in your head when trying to decide to get an item. By acknowledging that you want to buy an item when it seems unnecessary, you are making a conscious choice about how you spend your money. Sometimes we get suckered in to those little items near the register (I'm looking at you, Sephora) even though we don't need them solely because they are cute and cheap. If you want to buy a miniature mascara, GO FOR IT! But don't do it mindlessly. Look at your motives for purchasing and make sure that it is something that you really want to do.
2) Will It Make You Happy
Not to go all Konmari on you, but I truly believe that you need to surround yourself with good vibes. Don't spend your money on things that will make you insecure or unhappy. For example, don't go buying a dress two sizes too small with the intention of motivating yourself to get in shape if you know that it'll only make you sad or stressed in the long term. Instead, spend your money on positive things. Maybe use that money on a fun workout class with a friend or on a juice at that new place down the street. Life's too short to be anything but happy, so don't spend your money on things that will purposely keep you unhappy.
3) Is this the Best Choice?
If you're a minimalist, chances are you're not shopping all that much. While it's tempting to be frugal, sometimes that's not necessarily the best way to live. If you're going to buy something that you will use a lot (be that clothes, appliances, technology...), make sure that it's the best choice! It is always better to spend a little more on something durable instead of saving money up front, but spending more to replace it in a couple weeks.
Lastly, consider this. "Minimalism" is not a set definition. You can own a hundred things and be considered a minimalist or you can own three hundred things and still be a minimalist. Guess what, if you consider yourself a "minimalist", then congrats! That's what you are! Spend your money the way that you want, but try to be mindful. Remember, things don't make you happy, experiences do!
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