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!