I’ve been watching a ton of YouTube videos lately on minimalism and saving money. One of the largest things I noticed was that everyone says to cut subscriptions and subscription boxes. I never had cable so I felt pretty good, until I started adding up all of the other subscriptions I have. Right now every month I’m paying for internet (definitely a necessity), Netflix, Amazon Prime (that’s paid for annually), Beachbody on Demand (also annually), Texture, Audible, and Ipsy. I realized total that was about $100 a month going to subscriptions. Some of these I really love and utilize, but I’m making a change to cancel other ones.
I have loved getting makeup every month, but not everything I get works for me. I’ve gotten the wrong shade before, and it’s starting to take up a lot of space in my make up drawer. For only $10, it’s been so much fun to get to try new products, especially skin care, but after a year of having Ipsy I’m cancelling it for now.
Texture is a magazine app, which I totally thought was worth it because it had Money Magazine. I wound up getting a free trial for a year of Money magazine in print so I no longer need the app. Now I can just use my local libary Zinio app to get magazines. That’s another $10 savings. Make sure to check out your library for programs like Zinio.
Audible is much like Texture for me. I wanted to listen to books at a discounted price while I cleaned my apartment. I actually bought these affordable headphones from Amazon that have made a huge difference in my routine. I connect them via bluetooth and then can clean my apartment while listening to books, podcasts, and music. For $20 I couldn’t pass on the headphones, and would definitely repurchase them. The $15 a month for Audible I can definitely pass on. My library offers the app Overdrive. This way I can check up to 5 books and audiobooks out at a time.
Overall, these small changes will save me $35 a month. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it makes a difference at $420 a year. For a comparison, that’s how much I spend a year on my cell phone and I really like my cell phone plan.
What changes have you made this year? Are you moving towards minimalism? Let me know!