What have you eliminated, that you do not miss?

No more spending wrote a short, but sweet post about what she has cut out and does not miss any longer.

Thought it was a fun exercise, so here goes.. starting from her list:

(Green = I agree and have done the same thing)

  • Beauty Treatments
  • Wash, cut and blow dry; now just dry cut (Every 6 months)
  • Paper towels (Working on this. Haven’t bought any new paper towels in 5 months)
  • Fabric softener
  • Ready meals
  • Magazines
  • CD’s/Music
  • DVD’s
  • Buying lunch (99% of the time when I work)
  • Afternoon sugar fix(BIG FAT NO for me! I sometimes chow down a choc bar when I work)
  • Fizzy pop
  • Credit card interest (Misleading. I’ve never paid any)
  • Newspapers
  • Cell phone(My only contact #. Must have it.)
  • Gift wrap
  • Jiffy bags
  • Bottled water
  • Cleaning items; use vinegar
  • Handbags (Another big fat no for me. I love bags, shoes and jewellery. What can I say?)

Now for my own personal list of added items:

  • Student Loan interest debt (WOO HOO! I am debt free!!)
  • Hair styling products in general (Apple Cider Vinegar is my only hair product)
  • Feminine products (I only use the re-usable Diva Cup now. Review coming soon.)
  • Cable TV
  • Books (I get them sent to me for free for review and am kind of hankering for an e-reader)
  • Any kind of fruit juice or sugary drink as a regular grocery item
  • Paper Statement (Saves me $1.00 each cycle, as per my corporation’s bank)
  • Accountant fees (I do my own taxes with UFile — dead easy, and QuickBooks for my corporation)
  • Gym Fees (I cycle and walk)
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Starbucks (Got violent motion sickness last time & now associate that taste with nausea)
  • Cupcakes (Ditto. Belly hurt after overdosing on cupcakes.)
  • Paying for fees to check in bags when I fly (I never check anything in. 2 carryons, max.)
  • Tissue Paper as Napkins (Bought cloth napkins.)
  • Car insurance & leases ($300/year in full, bought car outright in cash)
  • Organic foods that have thick, inedible skins (What’s the point?)
  • Pens/Paper/Pencils (I have enough stock to start my own elementary school)

That’s all I can think of, off the top of my head.

What about you?

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.