Now that I am reigning in my spending there are now some things that I have found are unnecessary for me to spend my hard earned money on and things I no longer crave to buy like I used to. Now some of these might not suit your lifestyle but even if you take one of these ideas on board you can save yourself some money that you will not miss.
Once I used up all the perfume I had I couldn't bring myself to spend £40-£50 on another bottle. I felt like it really was not worth that much just to smell nice. I know they last a while but I just couldn't make the initial investment. Now instead of buying pricey perfumes I actually buy the cheap ones aimed at young teenagers, now it is a little harder to find a scent sometimes as they can be a bit juvenile but they do have lovely smells and they usually only cost around £15. I actually love some of the Zoella scents and always look out for her new sprays each time she releases them because she has good taste.
I used to be a stationary addict like most girls my age I think. I would spend hours on Kikki K looking at all of the beautiful stationary and would do YouTube-worthy hauls of their all of their new collections. Now though I know that this abundance of notebooks I have is not useful. I cannot write fast enough to fill them all up and make it worthwhile. You get the idea. Now instead of getting my stationary from these expensive stores, I like to make my own or look on Etsy for some downloadable workbooks I can print off that are much cheaper! I created my own day planner that I use to plan my daily habits and to do list. Download it for yourself below.
Again I am a sucker for books and I love purchasing new ones for my collection however so many have just ended up in the attic in boxes, unlikely to be opened again. They have now been transferred to my "Carboot Sale" box and I got myself a Library card for the library next to my work where I now go for all my books. It is completely free and their selection is amazing. You definitely need to get a library card if you don't have one. Now I do occasionally treat myself to beautiful non-fiction books that I know I will also be able to display on my bookcase as some decor as well or Recipe books but I don't think I will be buying any fiction books for a while.
To be honest this one isn't too difficult for me because most of the time I drink water anyway and I don't drink hot drinks, but a nice cold can of Diet Coke was becoming a more frequent habit and each time I would go out for a meal I would treat myself to this soft drink. Now as this habit was getting more and more regular I knew I had to give it up for my health and my wallet. Now I never buy drinks, not even bottled water but I fill up a bottle myself if I know I will be out for a while or when I am going to the gym. I will only drink water at home and will ask for tap water with ice when out at a restaurant. If you are like me and just drink to quench your thirst and not for enjoyment then I would definitely recommend making this cut.
What things have you given up to help your finances and would consider any of these?