Being minimalist isn’t just about eliminating excessive material goods. It’s about going green through total life simplification. Do you really need all the services you subscribe to? What services can you take care of yourself? Can you scale down on subscriptions to keep paper waste down? Could basic cable meet your needs? Remember, every unused service costs you money you could be spending on things you do need. Plus, some could save energy and resources. Consider these alternatives when eliminating unused services.
Subscriptions are wonderful, when you use them.
Becoming minimalist gives you an opportunity to assess all your unneeded spending. How often do you read the daily news? Could that subscription be canceled? How about those magazine subscriptions? You initially bought them from that kid working his way through college. Do you really need to re-new them every year? It doesn’t benefit him to do so. If you don’t read read them, it doesn’t benefit you either. It’s just more paper in the landfill.
Do you utilize your memberships?
Canceling online trade memberships can save hundreds per year. If all you do with them is browse the forum every couple months when you’re bored, why are you paying for them. You could simply chat with real life colleagues for the same benefit.
How about that health club?
When was the last time you visited that health club you pay for monthly? Staying in shape is always a good thing. Paying to stay in shape is a bargain. That equation changes when you’re not getting your money’s worth. If you can’t, don’t or won’t use the gym you pay for regularly, dropping that payment from your life can be a better financial strategy.
Do you really need all those channels?
Bundling is for people who need it. If you only watch TV for a couple hours a night, have no home phone and don’t need ultra high speed internet, stop paying for things you don’t use. Bundling isn’t a bargain unless you would have already used all the bundled services. If basic cable is all you use, it’s all you should be paying for.
Who needs a housekeeper?
If you pay someone to clean your house, minimalism can save you money too. When you have less clutter, cleaning house becomes a task even the manliest of men can do for themselves. There’s less to move when dusting, less to clean and less to pick up. Even the laundry pile gets smaller. When life is simplified, you don’t need a maid.
Could you do your own lawn maintenance, etc.?
Becoming minimalist carries over even further into the DIY zone. Do you pay to have your oil changed, your lawn mowed and your trash taken to the dump? Did you know you can do all those things for yourself? It will save you money and inspire you to get up off the couch. Plus, learning new skills gives you a sense of accomplishment. That’s good, whether or not you’re a minimalist.
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.