5 Things to Stop Buying

Taking small steps is the easiest way to work toward a minimalist lifestyle. Here's a list of 5 items you can quit buying now to start!

Practicing a minimalist lifestyle has many benefits: decreased clutter, less waste, more saved money… the list goes on! However, it’s understandable that starting out may feel overwhelming. One practice you can implement right away is to take notice of your spending. There are some things you simply don’t need, and others have an eco-friendly alternative that can last longer.

Here are some of the items you can quit buying now!

Disposable Plastic Storage Bags

Instead of opting for resealable plastic bags that are bad for the environment and you have to constantly buy, find a reusable alternative. There are many different kinds made from food-grade silicon that you can wash and keep using. If you don’t mind taking up more space on your counter or in your fridge, just use reusable storage containers!

Paper Towels

I know – how can someone stop using paper towels? It’s actually easier than you think! Put your plethora of kitchen towels to work, buy reusable napkins, and even cut up some old clothes to keep around and use for spills or messes. This way, you’ll find a second life for fashion items you don’t wear anymore and won’t contribute to textile waste.


Unless you’re getting full benefits from your memberships, they usually aren’t worth it. If you’re looking to exercise, you can always do it at home or outside, where you can get the added benefit of some fresh air. Make one-time purchases for weights and other workout equipment you think you might need. This is almost always more cost-effective than paying for a monthly or yearly membership.

Precut Fruits and Vegetables

While convenient, precut produce is typically more expensive than uncut. Save some money and take an hour or two to cut up all your fruits and vegetables at once so you don’t have to spend time doing so before every meal. Your wallet will thank you!

Plastic Straws

Save the turtles and invest in reusable metal straws. Plastic straws aren’t biodegradable, which means they won’t break down for years or they break into smaller pieces, which releases chemicals into soil, air and water. They also end up in our oceans, which is harmful to the environment and sea-dwelling creatures.

Taking small steps is the easiest way to work toward a minimalist lifestyle. Save money, save the environment, and save yourself some time and energy by not worrying about purchases that are ultimately unnecessary.