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My top 5 tips to save money


Since I became more interested in the minimalist lifestyle, I also started paying more attention to my expenses. Minimalism for me means living my life with intention, paying attention to the things and people that really make me happy, which for me is experiencing new things, travelling and being around the people I love. Buying materialistic things don't make me as happy as before, maybe a very brief "happiness".  I won't lie, I'm like any other girl, I do feel tempted to buy that cute dress, that trendy shoes or that lipstick colour that everyone is using. But now I learned to control myself and I really think before buying something. I ask myself: Do I really need it? Do I really like it? Do this look good with the other stuff I already have? And so on...

Sometimes I will wait some days to see if I still want to buy that thing, and most of the time I don't. At the end of the day, minimalism has saved me a lot of money. Moreover, it thought me a lot about the value of it. Since I got my degree and the fact that I'm not a full-time student anymore, it also made me think more about my expenses and worry about my future. I think saving money can be a great thing to anyone, especially if you are just starting your career. Saving money can help you build your career, travel to that place you always wanted, buy a home or a car, pay for your retirement and much more. Here are a few ways that help me to save money:

1 - Do your workout at home: Not having to pay the gym can save a lot of money. There are many ways that you can use to exercise, and you don't even need to buy any equipment if you don't want. I have a small one, but most of the time I don't even use. You can find on youtube an infinitude of exercises, from dancing to cardio or yoga and so on, or you can also go for a walk or run in the park, on the beach or any other nice place in your neighbourhood. For me, the gym can be useful only if you want to make friends or need a professional monitoring for health reasons, but if that isn't your case, you can skip it like me.

2 - DIY beauty: Cut your own hair, do your own manicures, pedicures, waxing, makeup (I'm talking about those makeups for special occasions that we usually pay for a professional). Those things require some skills, but everyone can do it with some practice. There are plenty of blogs and youtube tutorials that can help you. I used to pay for my manicure and pedicure every week, and also to blow dry straight my hair. My waxing I would do once a month. And if I had a special event to go, I would pay for a makeup artist. If you put all of it in a paper, you will see that at the end of the year you'll have spent a huge amount of money only for beauty stuff. Now I can do all those things by myself. I still go to a hairdresser sometimes, but like once or twice in a year when I  need a chemical treatment in my hair or something else that I only trust a professional to do.

3 - Don't buy magazines and newspapers: With all the technology of today's world, I don't even have to explain this topic. We have plenty of free options online to have access to news, trends and to get to know everything that is happening in the world.

4 - Sell your old stuff: Selling things you don't use anymore or don't like is a great useful tool for getting some money and then putting it into your savings account. It's better than accumulating old stuff that will only get dust in your home. Nowadays it's much easier to sell things online. There are options such as Ebay, Depop and here in Brazil, there are OLX, Mercado Livre (similar to Ebay), and Enjoei (similar to Depop), etc. I like to use Enjoei and you can check my store here. :)

5 - Create a challenge: Every once in a while do a commitment to not waste money with coffees, little snacks, or anything else that you usually buy when you are outside home and that you can stay without it. You can bring your own coffee in a coffee mug, your own water in a water bottle, your own homemade snacks and fruits, your own juice, your homemade lunch, or if you go to a restaurant, skip the drink and dessert options. And then, put the money that you would use to pay for those things into your savings instead. You don't need to do it all the time obviously, only if you want :).

These are the top 5 things that I do to save money. It's tailored to my lifestyle. I'm not saying you have to do the same. I just want to show that if you look into your lifestyle you'll find a lot of ways that can help you reduce your expenses, even if just for a short amount of time until you achieve your money goals.

Did you like my tips? What do you do to save money? Tell me in the comments! I'd love to learn some new ways! :)

See you in the next post!

xoxo,
Andrea

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