My “Do Not Buy” List

An effective way I’ve found to curb shopping impulses is by creating a “Do Not Buy” list. This is a list of things that I’ve bought that have gone to waste or went unenjoyed for various reasons. Reminding myself of what these items are and, more importantly, why they didn’t work out (whether it be a certain type of clothing or food) keeps me from accumulating unwanted items. Truly the first step to reducing waste is by purchasing fewer items to begin with.

Food/Drink

Dark chocolate: I have a sweet tooth and as much as I try — I find dark chocolate far too bitter… these usually end up accumulating in the pantry until my husband eats them all.
Excessively flavored tea: I love tea but am mostly drawn to black, builder tea — the stronger, the better. I’ll occasionally do a light herbal blend or an Earl Grey. But outside of that, I don’t need to get too fancy with it.
Flavored balsamic vinaigrettes: While I love flavored balsamics, they usually come in a massive bottle that I struggle to use up.
Non vanilla-based ice cream: I’m a vanilla girl. Sure, I’ll get crazy flavors when out and about, but, at home, there’s no way I’ll finish a pint of something purely chocolate.
Most cookies: Give me all the cakes and pies — cookies I can pass on.

Personal Care

Hairspray: I’ve had the same bottle for years — I have incredibly thick, mostly hard to control hair. No amount of hairspray can change that.
Conditioner: For every conditioner bottle I use up, I’ve probably gone through 4-5 shampoo bars. I don’t use enough of it to justify the purchase. I think coconut oil pre-shampooing should be enough.
Nail polish: I love having my nails done. I suck at doing them myself. And, no matter how much I practice, it never looks as good as when I get it done at the salon. I’ll leave it to the professionals.

Clothing

Boat neck shirts: Doesn’t look good on me.
Empire waisted dresses: Doesn’t work on my petite frame.
Shirts/dresses with halter straps: Makes me self conscious about my shoulders.
Jeans without stretch: Not comfortable.
Trench coats: Looks cool. Completely impractical in the Texas weather.
Tight shorts: Too old to feel comfortable in these.
Fancy compression workout leggings: I love my Nike Leg-a-see Leggings and gravitate towards them. Everything else feels too tight.
Black loungewear: Three cream/golden dogs who love to shed. Don’t wear black in my home.
Expensive shoes: I have flat feet and do a number on my shoes — doesn’t matter how expensive they were. There are plenty of affordable options out there.
Non black/grey/nude undergarments: I see all these cute colors and prints but they just aren’t practical!
Dress socks: I work from home. I have no need for these… no matter how adorable they are.
Bracelets/watches: I hate anything on my wrist.

Home Items

Beachy or linen scented items: I prefer warmer, sweeter scents. I don’t like to feel like I’m inside a washing machine.
Blankets or pillows with poms on them: Three dogs and poms do not mix.
Non-cotton blankets: My cotton blankets have outlasted every other material and are so much more comfortable (and compostable!).
Pure white bedding: These end up looking grimey and yellow pretty quickly in our home. Only gray bedding moving forward.

What would be your “do not buy” list?

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Link Round Up #51

Got back this week from a glorious 5 days in Oahu for much needed R&R. Nothing like a little travel to get your head back on straight!

Favorites from the past two weeks:

Family meals that have been loved to death. I love this article for the comments… so many dinner ideas!

How long should a $1,000 iPhone last? Something I ask myself anytime a new phone comes out.

The case for curiosity.

The best ways to find stuff on eBay.

Are our clothes doomed for the landfill?

Living within your means.

10 ways to lower your fixed costs.

Why sustainable feminine products are important. In case you needed a reminder!

Finally trying this little guy out from Lush!

Things To Do Instead of Online Shopping

Mindless online shopping can definitely be the enemy of anyone trying to live a more mindful, minimal lifestyle. It’s just SO EASY to purchase anything your heart desires. And let’s not even get into the dopamine surge that comes from shopping. I’ve definitely been guilty of this as well. I’ve found that the best way to curb this unnecessary spending is finding other things to do at home that doesn’t cost any money but leaves me feeling happy, fulfilled, or productive. Here are the 25 things I do instead of online shopping. What about you?

  1. Take a bath (and use up all my bath bombs!)
  2. Paint nails
  3. Do workouts or yoga found on YouTube
  4. Bake something with whatever is in the kitchen
  5. Prune, fertilize, de-weed garden beds
  6. Do a puzzle
  7. Read a book from the library
  8. Listen to a podcast
  9. Find old clothes to sell on Poshmark
  10. Learn how to make a new cocktail
  11. Practice new hairstyles using YouTube tutorials
  12. Surf Pinterest for life inspiration
  13. Do paint touch ups around the house
  14. Binge watch Korean dramas (I loved Descendents of the Sun!)
  15. Work on adult coloring books
  16. Vacuum up all the crumbs and dust in drawers
  17. Stretch!
  18. Send an email to a friend
  19. Look up events going on nearby (I use GuideLive here in Dallas)
  20. Change/wash bedsheets (because nothing beats clean sheets and I guarantee you aren’t washing them as often as you need to)
  21. Run around with the dogs or teach them a new trick
  22. Dance party
  23. Watch music videos
  24. Spend time deleting files/organizing computer (and minimizing digital life)
  25. Schedule necessary appointments
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