Kindness, calm, happiness, and comfort can come and go based on our level of stress. And what has the potential to bring us more stress than money?
I may not have the solutions on how to instantly pay off my student loan, or how to stop bills from coming (they don’t), but I do have tips on how to spend less while still remaining happy, content, and satisfied.
Buy less books.
I learned this one by doing. I have an obscene amount of books, and I had even more before moving! One day, my incredibly wise boyfriend said something that stopped me in my tracks.
“You learn more by re-reading the same book than by reading several of the same topic.”
At first I hissed and shielded my books with my entire body. Hahaha 😂 No, I didn’t, but you know the feel. I read a lot of non-fiction, and I thought… maybe he’s right. So I gave it a try. I re-read a nonfiction book.
And, what do you know? I absorbed much more than I did the first time around, and a lot of the concepts really stuck in my mind.
Now, before buying yet another book, I look for books I already own and haven’t read, or books I could re-read again.
There is beauty in having just one.
Think back to when you were young. You had a favorite toy (just one), you had a favorite CD (just one), you had a favorite necklace, or earrings, or blouse (just one).
Having just one of something makes it truly special.
When I have just one, I cherish it. The item gathers the sparkly dust of nostalgia. And when I look back and see it in photos, a wave of sweetness flows through me, because the item has memories attached to it.
You can’t really do that with fifty necklaces, or shoes, or whatever it is you like and can’t get enough of.
Trust me on this one. It is beautiful to have just one.
Dig in the back of the closet.
Do I REALLY have nothing to wear, or have I just forgotten the novelty of all the clothes I have? But, no problem. This one has a quick fix. I just find something I haven’t worn in a while and add a little something to it.
Adding a scarf, or cardigan, or any other accessory to an old piece can make it look and feel new.
I like the challenge of mixing and matching, too. It’s fun to deconstruct outfits and try to make something new out of them. I have plenty of clothes, if I am willing to look at them all from a new angle.
Thrift stores are magical places.
Some people go “eww” like the stuff isn’t clean 🙄 Like they don’t put restaurant forks in their mouths that several people put in their mouths too.
And when someone says “you might be wearing a dead person’s clothes!” I just find them that much more special because every life has value.
Thrift stores are cheap, you can find unique/vintage pieces, and you can splurge with as little as $20.
I’ve bought Vera Wang, 90’s vintage, 70’s vintage, and one-of-a-kind altered pieces at thrift stores. I have bought entire wardrobes for less than $50.
And it’s always great to get compliments and people asking “Where did you buy that??” Even better seeing their faces when you say “A thrift store” 😉
I suppose they’re not for the proud– the person seeking some sort of status or societal acceptance, but that type of person is probably not reading a blog on true happiness, anyway.
I hope my tips help you alleviate some of the stress money may be causing you.