Minimalism and the Video Store

I know that I have written a few posts about my birthday, but well here is another one! One of my friends gave me an extremely thoughtful minimalist gift that I thought was a great example to write about. Let me explain. In a gift bag, she handed me a variety of my favourite gluten…

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The Ikea Phenomenon

My boyfriend and I needed some new pegs to hang out the washing with. He is a particular fan of the ones from Ikea so we decided it was time to head out there into the Ikea jungle (yes, I call it a jungle) and make a purchase. It was planned and didn’t exactly break…

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Frugal Swaps

Keeping grocery costs down is something that is very important to me, particularly for the lunches I take to work. Sometimes even when a meal has been cheap, I’ve worked on ways to try and make it even cheaper. One of the most successful ways I’ve found of doing this is to swap out the…

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When Impulse Buying is a Good Idea

A minimalist and frugal living lifestyle does not normally lend itself to impulse buying. This particular form of purchasing is normally associated with an ‘in the moment’ purchase that has not been well thought out or considered. It generally also equates to spending money unnecessarily on products that aren’t needed and seem to end up…

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Use Things

Over the years I have been given things and bought things that I have never used, but kept. The reason being is that I thought that these items were ‘too good to use’. I didn’t want to use them up, wear them out or get them dirty. Which seems ridiculous when you really think about…

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Consuming Less

Last night my other half and I had burgers for dinner (frugally home made of course) but a decision I made at the time really got me thinking about the idea of consuming less. In my day to day life I try to shop less, live with less and purge my home of useless stuff…

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Value for Money

I have often talked about finding bargains and living frugally but I don’t believe so far I have mentioned value for money. Finding value for money is something that is very important to me as there are some instances where I don’t believe the cheapest option is necessarily the best value. Value is so much…

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Receiving Minimalist Gifts

I know it’s late January, but there still seem to be some Christmas discussions floating around as I catch up with various groups of friends after the holiday period. One conversation recently got me thinking about one of my favorite minimalist gifts. In a previous post here, I discussed the minimalist gifts I gave (among…

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The Lure of the Sales

Ahh it’s that time of year, post boxing day sale and the final markdowns are happening. ‘Take an extra 20% off already reduced items” or “No item over $20” are splashed all over television ads and social media. The lure of discounts is enticing as items up are up to 95% off are often too…

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Post-Christmas Thoughts

I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Christmas 2018 from a minimalist angle. This Christmas I decided to ask myself- Is a minimalist Christmas even possible in such a consumption driven society, where we place such a high level of importance on exchanging consumer goods? Christmas can be an expensive time of year,…

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