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6 Tips for Shopping Less


Last Updated on January 23, 2024

As a former shopaholic, I am excited to bring you my tips for shopping less! I tend to go through waves. There are times when I’m super good, but there are also times when I’m not so good.

I think we’ve established that I used to have a shopping problem…

But, these are the six tips that never fail to bring me back on track. ESPECIALLY #3! You can get all six tips in the video down below.

I used to buy a lot… and I mean a LOT of stuff. Especially clothes. You can read about this in depth in this post about how to make a small wardrobe work for you.

In this post I talk all about my shopping problem, but the post itself is all about the time I tried an 18 piece wardrobe and totally failed.

Surprise, going from shopaholic to an 18 piece wardrobe wasn’t the smartest idea!

One of the best things I did to curb my shopping habit was implementing a personal 30 Day Buy-Ban on all new items coming in.

That in combination with the tips below have been my ticket to shopping less – which is honestly one of the best things you can do for the environment.

Yep, shopping less really is one of the best ways for you to reduce your impact on the environment because we tend to buy a lot of stuff that we don’t really want or need. You can read about that here in my Beginners Guid to Zero Waste Living.


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  1. I haven’t heard that last tip before (would I buy this at full price?) I think that is a great way to curb the ‘but it’s so cheap!’ thinking I get into sometimes when I’m secondhand shopping. I’ll have to remember that one. Thanks 🙂

  2. I don’t know what it is but your videos never show up for me, is this a web engine issue? I am on Google Chrome and I see no video! Is there another place to watch?

    1. Do you have an ad blocker installed? Since there’s an ad typically at the beginning of the video, it might be blocking it? You can also head to my YouTube channel, they’re all there as well.

  3. There are many Zero waste lifestyle blogs, and website, but I do like yours best. You seem to research a lot and I like how honest you are about the things you struggle with. I have learned a lot by reading your posts. I don’t have a thing for make up, barely ever even wear it, or even clothes for myself, but things for my toddler…. that’s something else, have you see how incredibly cute things are for little girls? There’s where this post, actually really help. Thanks for your insight.

  4. Great article !
    I’ve started to reduce my waste a year ago ! And it all started with a bea johnson video on youtube
    A revelation ! Not easy to be perfect, but it’s really a step by step method, to one day produce the least amount of waste..