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  1. Elita Teague says:

    Your website is so helpful! Thanks for sharing all the tips! I especially liked the info about how to repair your own clothing. I need to get better at doing that. And the 10 second and 30 day rules are good, too. Often, I need to just take a little time to rethink my first impulse to buy something. If I wait, I usually decide I don’t actually need it and thus save money! 😀 Also, I definitely need to get an insta-pot! 

    I go through my closets a lot and donate clothing to Goodwill. Do you know if it’s worth it to list that on my taxes to save money? 

    Thank you!

  2. I like your topic! It is really important to think smart before buying things that are not really needed. I do apply some of the tips you have here to myself. I always make a list of what to buy. When I see something that I like and it is not in the list, I always ask myself if I need it. Great tips and great post.

    1. Thanks for your comment Pecilla. A list is a great place to start to avoid returning home and have no place to put all of the stuff purchased. LOL.

  3. Autofreak says:

    Not really, no one should feel insulted by reducing spending on meat, because if you don’t have a solid savings plan then how do you invest? And if you’re not investing your money into the right businesses, how are you going to retire early in life? All of these tips in your article seems very long but the in real sense, they are things that one need to consider in order to gain financial freedom.

    1. Thanks for your comment Autofreak. I agree saving money and investing is something almost everyone should be doing.
      Some time financial freedom can be attained by curtailing your wants. Almost all of us have everything we need and many of our wants.

  4. Matt's Mom says:

    I love these tips!  I had not thought about the  30 day rule.  I do have some things in the back of my head that I “want”.  Would jotting them down and waiting the 30 days still be similar?  I try to live frugal, but I see there are some things I can do to be even more so.  I know that when I go grocery shopping, I go to the grocery store…not WalMart or Target.  I find myself purchasing things I don’t need at these two stores or things definitely not on my list.

    1. Thanks for your comment Matt’s Mom. I agree the 30 day is a good one. Everyone could modify the days to fit their needs.
      Shopping at a regular grocery store instead of Wal-Mart or Target to avoid overspending and returning home with extra junk is Genius! The new rule, I love it 😉

  5. Thanks for the great article. My wife and I have always been very interested in finding ways to save money, and many of the things you listed are things we already do. We are not big impulse buyers and we plan for meals a month in advance! One thing we could improve upon is being more minimalist in the amount of stuff we keep around. It is hard to let go of some things, especially if you are thinking they may have a use in the future, but all it does is add to the clutter and add to the frustration! I will look to implement some of the suggestions you made that I hadn’t thought of before!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Steve. Sometimes having a clutter-free tranquil place to retreat to is more important than saving money.
      You know the feeling just after the house and yards are cleaned from top to bottom?
      The floors, countertops, and tables are clean and clear. My goal is to declutter my possession to the point where it is easy to achieve that feeling every day. LOL.
      I hope you and your wife achieve your goal.

  6. Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    Wow, you have so many good ideas for saving money!I really need to do a little de-cluttering I know. When I find items that I no longer want or need, eg clothes, if they are in reasonable condition I usually put them up for sale on Ebay. It is surprising how much extra cash you can make by doing this. Even if you don’t get much per item, selling several items soon mounts up. `Where do you sell yours?I do agree that you can save money by eating a little less, and you will be more healthy at the same time, especially if you no longer waste money on sugary drinks, etc.Many thanks for a great article Chrissie 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Chrissie Spurgeon. EBay is a great place to recycle and give new life to items you no longer use.
      I hate to say my clothes live a hard life and cannot be resold. LOL. They end up as cleaning rags, donated and yes some end up in the trash ;-(

  7. Thank you for the very practical money saving tips in this post.  I particularly like the 10 second rule. It is good to stop and think, do I really need this. This also applies to impulse buying of digital and physical products online. It is so easy to get caught up in all the advertising hype and fall victim to a purchase you did not need. I am a bit of a sucker for some digital products which have me believing I can make x amount of dollars if only I have this or that program or plug in. 

    Making a shopping list is always good advice. We live 40 kilometers from town and if I don’t have a list I might forget something important I needed and then have to make another trip. The other reason for a list is that it reduces the risk of buying things you do not need. 

    You have made a comprehensive list of money saving tis and ideas for minimalist living. Thank you for all the thought involved and for sharing. I will be adopting some of these. 

  8. hey Tony, first let me say two things. Great article here and it is an honor and a privilege to find this post and comment on it especially after reading your profile on your site. I really enjoyed reading your post as it offers up some great, practical tips on how to live a minimalist life. Yes, it is true, we, the consumer are beset on all sides with the spend, spend, spend encouragement in advertising. When you live a rural or remote lifestyle it’s easy to see how little we need to survive.Great work here in countering the mass consumer cycles forced upon us.

  9. Autofreak says:

    Not really, no one should feel insulted by reducing spending on meat, because if you don’t have a solid savings plan then how do you invest? And if you’re not investing your money into the right businesses, how are you going to retire early in life? All of these tips in your article seems very long but the in real sense, they are things that one need to consider in order to gain financial freedom.

  10. Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    Wow, you have so many good ideas for saving money!

    I really need to do a little de-cluttering I know. When I find items that I no longer want or need, eg clothes, if they are in reasonable condition I usually put them up for sale on Ebay. It is surprising how much extra cash you can make by doing this. Even if you don’t get much per item, selling several items soon mounts up. `Where do you sell yours?

    I do agree that you can save money by eating a little less, and you will be more healthy at the same time, especially if you no longer waste money on sugary drinks, etc.

    Many thanks for a great article 

    Chrissie 🙂

  11. Matt's Mom says:

    I love these tips!  I had not thought about the  30 day rule.  I do have some things in the back of my head that I “want”.  Would jotting them down and waiting the 30 days still be similar?  I try to live frugal, but I see there are some things I can do to be even more so.  I know that when I go grocery shopping, I go to the grocery store…not WalMart or Target.  I find myself purchasing things I don’t need at these two stores or things definitely not on my list.

  12. Saving money can be so difficult at times especially when the cost of living is expensive. Apart from saving in the banks, I normally make use of piggy banks, they’re cheap and easy to use. Though, it takes some level of discipline. These tips you have just listed in this your post is also useful and helpful. I’ll make sure to make use of it. Thanks

  13. Thanks for the great article. My wife and I have always been very interested in finding ways to save money, and many of the things you listed are things we already do. We are not big impulse buyers and we plan for meals a month in advance! 

    One thing we could improve upon is being more minimalist in the amount of stuff we keep around. It is hard to let go of some things, especially if you are thinking they may have a use in the future, but all it does is add to the clutter and add to the frustration! 

    I will look to implement some of the suggestions you made that I hadn’t thought of before!

  14. I like your topic! It is really important to think smart before buying things that are not really needed. I do apply some of the tips you have here to myself. I always make a list of what to buy. When I see something that I like and it is not in the list, I always ask myself if I need it. 

    Great tips and great post.

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