Yes, I do practice minimalism and I am proud that I am quite a frugal person. If I could delay buying something, I would. We just have enough stuff at home, but that doesn’t mean that we are deprived. It’s actually the other way around. By cutting back on many other things, I get to spend (and splurge, sometimes) on the things that are most important to me. Here are 5 things that I don’t feel guilty spending money on:
1. Travel and experiences
The Mister and I make it a point to travel at least twice every year, whether it be an international or local trip. We actually agreed to not give each other anniversary gifts and to just go on a trip instead – plus maybe a nice anniversary dinner 😊 During our trips, I usually don’t allot a huge budget for shopping, unless we know that shopping will be a fundamental part of our itinerary. I also don’t mind staying in a small room in a hotel or AirBNB, as long as we have our own bathroom (non-negotiable!) and we are close to public transport. However, I do spend on experiences such as dining (the Mister likes to try different cuisines), and tickets to whatever attraction or tour that we want to see.
2. Our couch and mattress
The couch and the mattress are where we rest after a tiring day at work. This is where we relax and recharge. I would be happy to pay for a good couch and mattress, as long as we can lounge and sleep comfortably.
I only have a few rings, watches, and necklaces, and I love them all. I don’t need a lot of accessories – I am actually about to declutter a couple of fancy jewelry that I haven’t worn in a while. But the few ones that I keep on using are of good quality and will last me many years.
4. Sunday brunch
Sunday brunch dates have officially replaced date nights 😊 We cook and eat a lot at home, and we pack our lunches for work. But on Sundays, we like to have a nice brunch in a nice cafe. So yes, these are one of those little treats that I am happy to pay for. Oh, and now that we have a Zomato Gold membership, we can get 1 free main dish on some of the coffee shops! 👍
5. Gifts for the family
I can be very stingy when I try to buy things for myself, whether it be clothes, or skin care, a spa treatment, etc. I will usually be at a mall or a weekend market, I’ll see some things that I would like – perhaps some handmade soap or a Himalayan salt lamp – but I won’t buy it, just because I know that it’s more of a “want” than a “need”. However, when it comes to buying gifts for family members, I usually allot a bigger budget and I do have a lot of flexibility on this, especially during Christmas time. It’s one of the things that I do enjoy spending money on. When they love the gift that I bought for them, it makes me super happy too.
So yes, apparently a minimalist can still splurge on some stuff. The bottom line is to be intentional with my purchases. What we lack in quantity, we make up for in quality, and that’s how I want it to be. How about you? What are the important things that you are willing to spend on?