Low Spend vs. No Spend

The picture today of my coin purse is an Etsy purchase that brings me joy. Even though I am a great fan of the frou-frou I am a bit fascinated by minimalists. There’s a lovely young woman on YouTube called Ana She lives in Siberia who has particularly grabbed my attention. She vlogs about mindfulness and creativity from her high rise flat. Thanks to her, all my misconceptions about Russians being oligarchs have now been thrown out of the window.

There’s no way that I can use the minimalist label here. With the merger of our homes the house is filled with Hot Stuff’s crap. Or ‘valuable possessions’ as I’ve learnt to refer to the mountains of stuff that he moved in if I want to avoid an argument.

All is not lost though. One of our projects this year is starting a major house renovation with storage that will swallow everything up. Any idea about a ‘No Spend’ year is consequently out of the window. It seems that we might be buying a shedload of timber amongst other building and decorating materials in the coming months.

In terms of personal expenditure on top of all that DIY outlay I wonder if ‘Low Spend’ rather than ‘No Spend’ is the way to go. So what would that look like? Mindful consumerism seems to be the way forward. Impulse buying will be a rare occurrence. But I will be allowed to replace or repair what is broken, a common occurrence in a house full of klutzes And with this outlook, I have permission to treat myself and others, at the same time supporting makers, charity shops, ethical companies and local businesses. This seems like the perfect middle ground between wanton consumption and an unacceptable state of self denial. With a few tiny tweaks it doesn’t seem to be very much different to what I’ve been doing for a long time anyway!

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  1. I’m going for intentional consumption. I’m making lists before going into stores and hoping that curve’s the impulse to throw more in my basket. We too have a couple major projects that will eat up so much of our long term savings. We don’t need anything but food and water and replacement cleaning and toiletries as everything else is already here in abundance.

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