Hi there! My name is Jo and on Enough is More I write about Food, Money, Freedom and Productivy.
In order to save money I have embraced a minimalist lifestyle. I love this so much that I want to share tips and tricks in order for more people to climb out of debt and create a more stable financial situation.
Whether you make a lot of money on a permanent basis or have a more unstable and/or low income, no matter the situation, there are always routes toward a more fulfilling, happy and balanced lifestyle.
Money isn’t everything, all the money in the world won’t be worth a dime when you have poor health. And a 6-figure income may not feel all that nice when you have to work many long hours, be stand-by day and night, or just simply won’t be able to spend time on friends, family, and hobbies.
Time is one of the most valuable things we are given, and yet most of us tend to thoughtlessly exchange it for money by taking on a job we don’t like in order to buy things we don’t need (or even want).
It was this realisation that brought me to my senses. Why should I continue to buy lots of clothes when I only wear a small percentage of them? And don’t even get me started on shoes … Why ‘go shopping’ for useless decoration that does nothing more than collect dust on some cabinet that was also just bought to ‘fill up the corner’?
I felt it was time for change and read a few books and many posts on minimalism, budgeting your income like a business, creating a capsule wardrobe and sticking with it, the tiny house movement, FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and figured: heck, if others can do it, I can do it.
So I went through my stuff, decluttered, sold what was sellable, used a few items as gifts and donated the rest to charity. I moved to a smaller apartment with lower rent and lower costs for heating. I ruthlessly cancelled unused subscriptions, minimized my budget for groceries (this is work in progress by the way) and moved insurance to cheaper companies.
As a minimalist I still shop, but not as often as I used to and mostly in thrift stores. I still spend, though not as much as before. I still own too many items, but luckily developed a new hobby called ‘declutter when and where possible’.
I still splurge every now and then, overdo things sometimes, and can at times be clueless as to how to attain happiness. Yet I’m on my way, and even though the early retirement option is something I still need to explore for plausibility, I’m already a much happier person than I was a few years ago.
I’m on a journey, now more than ever, and what’s better than exploring new horizons? Exactly, sharing your discoveries with others!
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I’m taking action to create the life I want to live, by being productive and positive, and hope to inspire you on the way!