Creative Ways to Downsize Your Life

Downsizing your life may bring you surprising benefits including more personal time and greater happiness. There is much you can do for little money without having to live like a pauper. The following suggestions are a good start towards downsizing your life:

  • Cancel pricey appointments & services. Take time to evaluate those expensive salon visits. Pick your poison–if getting your hair done is non-negotiable then how about learning how to do the manicure and pedicure at home?
  • Ditch the dry cleaning. Get rid of clothes that need to be dry cleaned, unless they are for a special occasion.
  • Cut back on extra activities. Giving those extra activities a break for a few months not only saves money but also reduces stress.
  • Reduce social obligations. Take a look at which friends bring the most to your life and which ones drain you emotionally and financially.
  • Buy second-hand. Many items can be purchased second-hand and are just as good as getting brand new.
  • Reuse. Before you throw anything away, stop and think about how you might re-purpose it. This habit will save you money, keep clutter in check and help the environment.
  • Make gifts. A handmade gift often means more to the receiver than one bought at a store.
  • Say no. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. It will only stress you out.
  • Family time. Learn to prioritize so you can spend time with the people you love every day. Have dinner, play games, exercise, or just sit down and chat.

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About Jody Thompson

I'm going to blog about my many shopping escapades. Whether it is a used book store, a thrift shop or a consignment shop-- I'm here to tell all about my experiences. When I find great stuff-- I'll let you know. I'm sending good karma to all the thrifty shoppers out there!
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One Response to Creative Ways to Downsize Your Life

  1. I can totally relate. I’m trying to spend as much time with family as possible, even if it means working out at midnight. Great tips Jody!

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