Save more money: Financial minimalism and shopping


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It is said that clothes make the man. One hears less often: clothing makes you richer and more productive. But those who live and shop in a minimalist way benefit from both effects.

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More productive thanks to minimalism

In any case, the increase in productivity depends heavily on the choice of the right garment. Since I've been traveling a lot for work, I've noticed how important it is to choose the right clothes. Not so much because of the occurrence - although this is of course an important aspect - but rather for practical reasons.

Since I am here on one day and there on the other day, I have no desire to carry a huge suitcase with me. Of course, I still want to be adequately dressed. For example, on press trips, it is not unusual to go hiking at lunchtime and eat in the 5-star restaurant in the evening. The right clothing is required for every situation.

Simplify - let's do it like men

Men tend to have less of a problem, as I have found: a suit for the evening and trousers and a shirt / T-shirt for the day are enough. But wait a minute, who said that it always has to be that complicated for women? For women, for example, a black dress - combined differently depending on the occasion - and jeans for the day are enough.

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Both utensils have become my favorite items of clothing: the black dress because it offers endless combinations. The jeans because they don't wrinkle and also look dirty (yes, this can happen on the way!).

Focusing while shopping saves money and space!

Cait Flanders has this aspect with her book title “Have less, more life”, published in 2019 by MVG, very nicely put into words. And tells how to do it, to buy less or nothing at all:

The rules for the shopping spell seemed very simple: In the coming year, I was not allowed to buy new clothing, shoes, accessories, books, magazines, electronic devices or anything for the apartment. Consumer goods, groceries, hygiene articles and petrol for the car were allowed. I was allowed to buy anything that was on my “approved shopping list”. These were a few things that I knew I would need in the near future. I was also allowed to replace things that were broken or worn out when absolutely necessary, but only when I disposed of the original part. On certain occasions I was allowed to go out to eat. However, I was no longer allowed to buy coffee to go. He was my biggest addiction and something I no longer wanted to spend $ 100 or more on every month. When I decided that I shouldn't buy anything new, I also decided to get rid of everything that I no longer needed. A look in every corner of my apartment showed me that I had more than I needed and didn't appreciate any of it. I wanted to use what I already had. I wanted to feel that everything had a purpose, and everything I would carry through the front door in the future should also have a purpose. If that wasn't the case, I could get rid of it.

The same dress for a year?

Millionaire Meike Winnemuth also dared to experiment with the same dress (in three identical designs) for a year, each in a different combination, and documented this year. You can see that women's fashion doesn't have to be as complicated as we always think. “Simplify your wardrobe” is the motto!

So my solution to avoid unnecessary luggage is to buy practical clothes. Without extra overs. And easy to combine. A positive side effect is a cleared out closet. Hours of thought "What am I going to wear today?" not applicable. One grip and you have something suitable. Choosing the right clothes actually makes them more productive. Try it.

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Living minimalist requires exactly the right things

The only problem with the whole story: It is not that easy to find the right clothes. If there is something suitable, I also like to buy in stock. Most of the shops, however, are full of shrill junk and wildly patterned trousers, which you will never wear in the end because they cannot be combined, and which will end up in the old clothing collection as an expensive mistake.

For example, find simple black dresses. Or the matching simple, black and comfortable (!) Shoes. With this actually simple wish, I recently almost drove a shoe seller to despair. The only thing that helps is to sharpen the view and focus precisely on the selection: What do I want? What suits me What fits to what? Actually, just like in other areas of life. Setting the right goals saves money and, in this case, space.

Create fixed rules

It can therefore be helpful to draw up a corresponding list, as Cait Flanders also suggests in her book. She has laid down fixed rules for a year of shopping spells and has written them down. But of course this is also possible for all other rules.

What I can buy:

Food and kitchen supplies • Cosmetics and hygiene articles (only when they are used up) • Cleaning agents • Gifts for others • Items from the approved shopping list

What I can't buy:

Coffee to go • clothes, shoes, accessories • books, magazines, notebooks • things for the home (candles, decorative items, furniture, etc.) • electronic devices

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Approved shopping list:

A dress for different weddings (a dress and a pair of shoes) • sweatshirt (I only had one and it already had many holes) • sweatpants (I only had one) • boots (I didn't have any suitable for autumn / winter) • Bed (mine was already 13 years old and urgently needed to be replaced) • I can buy everything that needs to be replaced; the original product must be thrown away or given away.


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