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How to Save More Money

Lately I have been trying really hard to save more money. This is something I struggle with often as I am constantly surrounded by things I want to purchase either for our apartment or something pretty for my closet. I have been trying out two different methods that so far seem to be working well. The first is I put myself on a strict monthly budget. I am trying to alot only $200 a month for non necessity items. This means I put more thought into my purchases and I know I have to save for a few months if I want something a little more expensive. I went through and looked at how much I was spending on smaller items like candles, throw blankets etc. and realized I was buying things I didn’t need. This goes hand in hand with my post on the Art of Decluttering. I want to simplify my life yet I still shop constantly, so being more thoughtful about items has in turn made me more frugal.

The second thing I do is sell items I no longer want. This helps keep clutter to a minimum and makes it feel like I always have new things. I don’t need 40 purses, so if I really want a new bag I might sell three in order to get that. Websites like Tradesy and The Real Real make it super easy and I also use my Insta Stories when I want to sell things quickly. When I want to replace furniture I will usually sell the old piece on Craigslist or head to Instagram again to see if someone would like to a local pick up. I would love to hear some of your tips for saving money, especially if you’re like me and can’t stay away from pretty things!

  1. Chrissy McDonald says:

    Thank you so much Sarah! I am totally guilty of that too, it’s definitely a fine line and I always try and be really conscious about the balance between talking about products and encouraging others to not spend all their money. I think it’s important to talk about the financial side more as a lot of us are in the same boat!

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks for this. So many bloggers are constantly pushing the need to buy more (and I get it, this is one of the key ways they generate $$), but for those of us that are trying to pare down, be more thoughtful about how we spend our money and what we surround ourselves with, and be more responsible, we need to be talking about this more.

  3. Chrissy McDonald says:

    Thank you Carol! Wow, I wish I could say the same thing.. it is so hard, but definitely love selling furniture and clothes!

  4. Chrissy McDonald says:

    It’s always so hard, but worth it!

  5. Carol says:

    Love this. I am doing/thinking the same way lately. Haven’t purchased one article of clothing in January (HARD) and I’m currently selling some furniture and decor I don’t love on CL. I also sell used clothing on Poshmark.

  6. Eileen Stafsberg says:

    Great ideas that I will definitely start practicing!

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