I have always been pretty good at saving money because I was taught by two good money savers, my mum and my dad. I’ve always known that you have to work hard for what you want in life and that nothing is guaranteed. 15-year-old Emma knew that she would like to buy a house in the future with her own money, so she got her first part-time waitressing job working evenings and weekends around school work. With this goal in mind, I managed to buy my first house 10 years later.
Of course, I still try to save money for the future, but it’s very challenging when you have a constant flow of bills coming out of your bank account. I’ve had to find a balance between paying bills, saving money and treating myself sometimes as well. In a way, I’ve had to become quite minimalistic, but I feel like this becomes easier with age as you learn to be content with what you have.
Here is my list of 10 things I don’t buy or do any more to save money. I hope this post is beneficial to you in some way!
How do you save money?
I am an avid watcher of beauty videos on YouTube; as much as I would like to buy every product that is recommended to me, I financially can’t do this! Instead of having 10 of this and 10 of that, I use one product up at the time before I buy another. For example, I have one mascara, one eyeliner, one blush palette etc.- if I had more than this, I would never use everything up. I feel like I am saving a tonne of money from doing this, and no products get wasted from expiring.
Everyone knows that going to the cinema is expensive, yet it’s still a very popular pastime. I’m not saying it’s bad to go to the cinema because it’s nice to go with family and friends. At one point, I used to go to the cinema once or twice a month just for the sake of going, even if I didn’t particularly want to see the film. I only go now if there’s a film I REALLY want to see. If I do plan a trip to the cinema, I go on a Tuesday Or Wednesday to make the most of the Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 tickets…and I sneak in my own snacks!
I used to be such a clothes hoarder! It is good to shop for clothes in charity shops, but I just bought too much stuff I didn’t need. I also used to buy a lot of fast fashion and cheap clothing from the high street that didn’t last very long. To keep my wardrobe under control now, I only buy what I need, if it’s good quality and if it’s at a reduced price. Clothes should last for years, so why buy so many? Happy wardrobe, happy purse!
Have you been to a car boot sale or a charity shop before? If not, you’re missing out! They are the two best places to pick up used (or even new) books, DVDs and CDs at such cheap prices. Of course, you’re not going to find new releases, but you never know what you’re going to discover. Once I have finished with an item, I take it back to the charity shop so it can be sold again. If there is a new release film/book/DVD that I want to own, I make sure I shop around to get the best price.
I used to go to the hairdressers every four months and pay £80 to have my hair highlighted. I haven’t had my hair coloured for two years now because I wanted to save that money. My hair is also a lot happier and healthier for it as well, so it’s a win-win situation. In the 2 years of not dying my hair, I have saved £320! I did a post about my hair journey, here, if you missed it. I do miss my bright blond hair sometimes, but I know it’s for the best.
I’m quite a simple person when it comes to the number of toiletries and skincare products I use, but why I have got so many that I don’t use? Well, I used to have a lot of unwanted products, but I recently sold them at a car boot sale. I like to try new products sometimes, but I tend to stick to what I know and love. I want to use one product up at a time now, as I do with makeup. It’s nice going out to buy a product when you need it, instead of having a cupboard full.
We all know how expensive perfume and jewellery is! I’m talking about the good stuff here, not cheap perfume and costume jewellery. I try not to have too many perfumes on the go at once because I worry that the fragrance will go off. I recently sold a lot of my jewellery that doesn’t have sentimental value because I don’t wear it anymore. Having said this, I do like to receive perfume and jewellery as gifts for special occasions.
Some magazines are cheap, but others can be very costly! I have stopped buying magazines now because £1 here, £2 here and £4 here really starts to add up. The only time I buy magazines is if I’m going on holiday abroad to give me something fun to read. If there is something you would like to read and find out about, you can look it up on the internet instead. You’re basically throwing money away; most magazines end up in the recycling bin after all.
I have been guilty of this before! I recently realised that if you buy something in the sale that you don’t need, then you’re spending money, not saving money. If you’re like me, then you probably have 5843573 e-mails a day shouting at you to say there’s a sale on. Don’t click on them! Because you will probably end up buying something you don’t need. Before I make a purchase, I ask myself, do I really need this?
I have always been good at keeping grocery shopping costs to a minimum. I hate to see food wasted, so I only buy what I need. I have a nifty little meal planner notebook from the brand Busy B; it allows me to plan my meals and shopping lists in one convenient place so I don’t buy too much. To save money, I also just buy what’s on promotion and look for bargains in the reduced section.