Money has been on my (mad) mind a bit…you know, ever since I upped and quit my job last summer. Sure, I got a new job (with a handsome boss) but the pay is lots less than what I was making before. And in truth, money has always been something I’ve thought hard about, even as a little girl. I can get all ninja psychoanalyst and tell you the root of why I feel the way I do, but let’s not waste your time. Since you’re already here though, I thought I’d start a running conversation about some ways I am trying to cut spending, save greenbacks, but still live life in between.
Last time we chatted, I talked about going down to one car not only to save money, but also to pay for our very spendy move to Colorado.
Today’s topic: Using stuff up
Deep, eh? Although a seemingly indifferent undertaking, using stuff up has actually allowed me to save a tinkle of coin. You see, the moment we decided to move, I started obsessing over our stuff. I began sorting, donating, trashing, paring down and last but not least, using stuff up. My main goal was to move a little as possible. But, lets be real, I *still* moved expired food – wth is wrong with me?
Anyhoo, the three main categories this using-stuff-up applied to:
- toiletries (fear not, I still restock toothpaste)
- crafty goods/deliciousness
- food (obviously I still buy staples like waffle mix)
For example, take a gander at my lip candy collection:
These products are all in various stages of being used up and although I’ve been oogling everything under the sun at Sephora, I’ve made a pact to use these *all* up before repurchasing anything new. Same goes for lotions, body sprays, stickers, craft paper, etc.
Using stuff up is not really the key to my money saving strategy. But, the process has changed my buying habits. I no longer peruse the Victoria Secret semi-annual sales, Michael’s clearance racks, and Bath and Body clearance events to stock up on great deals on more stuff (most of which I didn’t even know I wanted). For now, I’m holding off on buying anything until I am actually out of it. It’s not rocket science and kinda aligns with my OCD tendencies, so I feel like this is a good exercise for me now. Are y’all doing anything, rational or obsessively, to save money these days?