‘No Tip Will Save As Much Money As Simply Not Buying Anything’

‘No Tip Will Save As Much Money As Simply Not Buying Anything’

When it comes to personal finance, there’s no end to the advice you can get to save money and be more frugal. However, there’s one tip that rules over all of them: Don’t buy stuff.

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Of course there are some things you absolutely have to buy. You have to eat food. You have to pay for a place to live. You have to have some amount of clothes to wear to work, and you have to pay to get there. Outside of that, most things are negotiable. And even those things can be reduced. Finance blog Frugal Woods explains how this applies to the author’s clothes-buying habit:

Quite simply, I don’t need more clothes. But that’s never stopped me before. So why am I stopping now? I’m a thrift store maven and I have a bag of tricks on how to get a good deal at goodwill, but, still. Truth is, I love clothes. Can’t help it. Not going to lie. I love finding thrift store steals and pairing them up with garage sale belts, hand-me down cardigans, and shoes I’ve had since the late ’90s. I’m as frugal a dresser as they come, but still…

Every frugal tip in the world isn’t going to save as much money as simply not buying anything.

Does this mean you should always feel guilty for spending a dollar? Of course not. But it does mean that getting a better per-unit price on an item you’re never going to use is throwing money down the drain.

If you’re trying to save money, start by identifying the areas where you shop compulsively (as opposed to necessarily). In the author’s case, clothes shopping was a weakness as well as a budget-suck, so she came up with a simple two-step process to reduce her spending:

To achieve this goal I follow the below process:

1) Do not enter a thrift store.

2) Do not think about entering a thrift store.

Boom. Savings galore. It sounds silly, and it’s not practical for everything you spend money on. But unless you’re living on poverty-level income (which is a legitimate and separate problem), chances are there’s something you can eliminate entirely to reduce your monthly expenses.

Why I’m Not Buying Any Clothes in 2014 [Frugal Woods via Rockstar Finance]


  • It’s the same for loosing weight… If you don’t push that chocolate donut down your neck you won’t have to worry about how you’re going to get rid of the fat it has. Easy.

    • So, are you a nutritionist? Or just someone who’s successfully clawed their way back from obesity?

  • I’m someone who sees the wider population eating themselves to death, yet refuse to do the basics to help themselves. Like you, they seem to think you need to be a “nutritionist” to make a common sense statement.

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