Three Ways Shopping Conscious Saves Money - Saltbox Sash

Three Ways Shopping Conscious Saves Money

“Buy less, choose well, make it last.” - Vivienne Westwood

One of the benefits of being a conscious consumer is the positive impact you will inevitably have on your bank account. No matter your income, once you decide to participate in conscious shopping and mindful behaviors, you will have better control over your finances. By pulling the brakes on your spending and reserving those funds for the items you truly want and need, you'll be in a much better position not just financially, but overall. You'll find yourself with less stress, and more time to focus on the things that truly matter to you. Today, we've outlined three ways shopping conscious saves money.

No More Mindless Shopping: Have you ever gone shopping and found yourself buying things you weren't really looking for, but somehow they ended up in your cart? I know I've found myself in this position many times and to make matters worse, I actually purchased things I KNEW weren't what I wanted, but because I didn't want to walk out of the store empty-handed I bought it anyway. Ugh! Huge waste of time and money. The way I combat this now, is to make a list and stick to it, and even if I find something I like along the way, I wait it out. If I really want or need it, I can always go back, but most of the time, I don't. This method has saved me so much money and makes the experience of finding the things I really want and need that much more rewarding. 

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Quality Over Quantity: Somewhere along the way our world began to place value on an overabundance of just about everything. Stocking up has become the norm for many household items such as food, clothing, toiletries, decor, tools, kitchen gadgets, etc. We've seemed to have lost the value of our belongings resulting in a throw-away world where anything can be tossed or replaced with just a few clicks. When you become a conscious shopper, you'll begin to look at everything you purchase with a deeper appreciation honoring your money and hard work, rather than haphazardly acquiring and discarding. You'll find yourself with funds you can reserve for high-quality items that will stand the test of time. Quality may cost more upfront, but it will save you money in the long-run. 


Use It Up: “Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without.” This idea and way of of living was very common during the Great Depression as many families were struggling to make ends meet. In those lean times, families learned to become very resourceful and did not take anything for granted. The vast abundance of just about any product one can think of has made the above idea an old notion few follow today. However, we can all learn from those times and apply the practices to our everyday lives. Have a leftover night instead of ordering out, take the time to repair household items, learn how to mend clothing, and use up personal care products instead of acquiring more will save you time and money.

I hope you found value in the above ideas and apply them to your everyday life. Let us know what you think!


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