I’ve been enjoying writing blog posts about simple, intentional living and our families’ minimalism adventures, offering my thoughts/experiences on it as I go. I’ve been sharing a lot about my minimalism style in the form of outfit posts and lately- tips on starting a minimalist closet. But today, I wanted to share beyond clothing.
This one simple act helped reduce clutter, eliminate waste and help combat consumerism for us. What did we do?
We canceled our newspaper subscription.
We only got Sunday newspaper delivery from the start, but felt it wasn’t doing us much good. So we canceled it and never looked back. And it’s been awesome.
So…why did we cancel our subscription?
1) We never read the newspaper. We get our news from other sources like the Internet, radio and TV.
2) It’s a waste of paper. We ended up recycling 99% of it every week (I say 99% in case we clipped some coupons). Didn’t need the extra waste in our home.
3) Most importantly: we don’t need those Sunday ads. We can combat that “need to buy all the things” when we remove the temptation to begin with. (Admit it- Target and plenty of other retailers do a fabulous job of marketing things we don’t need: perfectly photographed bathrooms with plush towels and decor, a playroom filled with the latest and greatest toys or the cutest outfit with accessories to boot.) If we really need something, I can go online and look at the ad, compare items and prices, etc. Not having those ads to thumb through each week has really helped curb our consumerism…and freed up some time to focus on what really matters.
And what about those coupons? Quite frankly, I don’t want to devote time to find and cut them, let alone remember them and keep track of those tiny pieces of paper with a toddler in tow. Plus, most of what we get at the grocery store doesn’t offer coupons (produce, meat, etc.) But if it’s something like diapers when there is a great savings to be had, I can always borrow the coupon inserts from a friend, family member, or neighbor.
Plus, we saved over $50 by canceling– and who doesn’t love to save money?!
All in all, I’m so glad we made this simple change that has reaped numerous benefits already. Totally worth it.
Do you have any tips to combat consumerism? Tell me in the comments!
Like this topic? Here’s another great article on cutting shopping habits. (I know #1 has helped me a ton, along with un-following some product-heavy style bloggers that I used to read religiously).
Looking for more minimalism resources? Check out my round up here.
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