How having less money is leading me to Minimalism

December 30, 2016

Minimalist Living is all the rage these days. Few months back, it was a mystery to me but as I am trying to delve into it, its becoming simpler.

Having less money to spend can be painful but nothing else can teach you some indispensable Life lessons. It brought me closer to Minimalist Living.


For the next 365 days, we will keep our expenditures low on unnecessary household things, ready to eat food items and entertainment purchases.

Its not that we will zero out on the fun but we will try to enjoy in a way where we consume less. We were already cutting out our expenses because times were tough , but now when it becomes a routine- we will continue practicing this habit of less Consumerism and Minimalist living.


I once said- “Shopping makes me happy even in saddest of the times“. But when I think over it now, its not true. I realize that its a hollow statement because when I was not in the best of my moods, every other thing seem joyless and shopping is no exception.

For our generation, Spending is becoming a favorite pastime. We are so much involved in buying that we are not ready to handle any financial emergency.

Almost everyone has this wish to die without any debt, leaving a nice inheritance to their children. But who knows when its the time to bid farewell. I want to live my Life in such a way that if I die even today, my Soul would not be burdened by the outstanding debts.

More things means more maintenance, more management and less time for yourself.


Start here to follow minimalist living : A-Z of How to start the journey


Make a list of Items you do not really need

Start from basic things- tissue paper rolls, plastic zip pouches, paper sticky notes etc. The list may vary for you but I think you get my point.

Think of Alternative Ways

Repair before replacing the worn and torn out things.

Fill your free time with a walk or a hobby rather than with a trip to the mall or the purchase of the latest gizmo.

Gift your loved ones -the experiences rather than things.

Win over the attractions

Do not fall prey to the luring advertisements and teach your Kids the same.

Limit your visits to stores offering everything-under-one-roof .This force us to indulge in compulsive buying


To consume is a human need but excessive consumerism is an evil. It may appear normal to us due to the consumption culture that surrounds us but its not.

It would need intentional efforts to break this vicious circle as we are already living the blindfold life of consumerism from long time now.


Not only limited to my own buying, I also want this habit to extend to my Kids starting with buying less toys and decluttering them. Its a battle within ourselves and each one has to win this independently.


No research done till yet can prove that buying really makes you happy but yes, multiple researches clearly shows that buying less makes your life less stressful.

1 year is not enough to attain minimalist living but today is when, I begin this Lifelong journey. Welcome 2017.


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  • A very interesting post. I try my best to live as a minimalist, but it is so hard when everywhere you go and see there are bargains everywhere! I will need to teach myself self control or what you have it is: “Win over the attractions”. Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • Hey Sorry for late reply. You know what I stopped going to malls. I am learning each day and will be sharing my chalked out journey in April A-Z challenge. Stay tuned.

  • What a great word for the year. I am a huge fan of The Minimalists and I love their motto “love people, use things, because the opposite never works.” I too am looking forward to living more with less this year and plan to buy less and declutter more.

    • Hey Sammie, I will sharing my journey plan as A-Z of Minimalism in April. Hope to see you around through April.

  • Sarah Stockley

    The precise reason we tend to spend most of our weekends out walking is that we can’t afford to spend/waste money. I do enjoy spending – not going to lie – but I try and embrace this lifestyle too. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  • Jessica Foley

    I would love to live with less “stuff!” In fact I’m slowly sorting and purging things we’re not using. I’m finding it quite freeing! Best of luck to you attaining your minimalist lifestyle. It’s hard to change our habits. I wish you every success!

    • Thanks Jessica. I am just a beginner who is chalking out the journey for herself. I will be sharing A-Z of how to start the journey this April. Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned.

  • Burnished Chaos

    I think almost everyone could learn a lesson or two from this. It’s so easy to waste money (and time) on things we don’t need, and this is a great lesson to teach your kids. Looking forward to hearing how you get in through the year. Best of luck x

    • You are right Alana. We all need to apply this in our lives. I hope you can join me through April as I will be sharing A-Z of Minimalism for the April challenge. Thanks for commenting.

  • CrazyJoggingGymLady

    We have been cutting down our shopping for a while and it has not made us dull lol. I am trying to declutter a few parts of the house at the moment, but I am not buying anything for the house, it looks much tidier without all the stuff we don’t really need.

    • I am on the same lines Becster… I am cutting down by buying to minimum.Yes, its more clean this way. Thanks for visiting and taking time to comment.

  • We’re not that commercialised in this house. We buy very little and the things we do are often charity bought. We definitely have a lot of stuff but often say it’s cos our house is small! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • Glad to know this Karen. Happy to linkup after a break.

  • Tammymum

    Oh I like this. Yes sometimes I have to take a step back and think I really need to cut back the next week or so feeling like I have made too many unnecessary purchases or eaten out when we have perfectly good food at home! We can live well without living to excess. Thank you for sharing at #familyfun xx

    • It was the case with me too Sarah but I changed with time. For food, I always prefer Home cooked- healthy, lots of option, budget-friendly.

  • Menaka Bharathidasan

    I am one frugal person Upasana! I never spend much, I somehow feel that the hard money has to be spent only on things that can not be done without. I would rather spend in improving the life of a student than on an expensive suit. This though sometimes may look to minimalist, I have found it to be a way of my life. I loved your minimalist lifestyle. Lots of love and hugs!

    • Its great to know the person whose way of Life reflects Minimalism so effortlessly. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Menaka.

  • Ramya

    I have been readung quite a lot about minimalism , Upasna. The Japanese are famous for this you know. I try learning but like you said spending has become like a hobby , although I have reduced spending, at times it’s peer pressure. I am on my way to minimalist living as well. Maybe together we can help each other?
    May all your goals come to life this year Upasna.

    • Yes Ramya, I am reading a lot about Japanese practicing this art. Yes, we must help each other to attain our goals and if we have common goals, its great and more easy. I have been cutting off on candies and chocolates at first. Will share the list as it goes. Happy new year. Thanks for your wishes and time you took to comment.

  • Amazing article which let us to connect to our roots. No matter how modernize we become we should always remember where we are & don’t spoil us coz of that

    • Right Bushra, our ancestors were far from extra consumerism. They always act as our inspiration. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Geethica Mehra

    Upasna, I totally agree upon the point that there is no proof that shopping makes us happy but yes it makes our life stressful. also that going to multiple consumer stores makes us an impulsive buyer

    • Me and my husband stopped going to Malls. Its been more than an year we have been there and nothing seems missing. W e are loving it. Thanks for backing up my thoughts Geethica.

  • Kala Ravi

    Upasna I truly laud you for thinking of taking up Minimalism as your motto for the year. In today’s times of over-abundance and over-spending this is indeed the need of the hour. The simple pleasures of life stem from great values, good relations and love for fellow beings….rest is excess! Wish you a wonderful year filled with all the happiness you wish for and some more!

    • Thanks Kala. I agree with you on this. Excess is something we should get rid of. Happy new year to you too.

  • That’s a great thing you are doing, Upasna. Less is more many times. All the best to follow a minimal living. 🙂

    • Thanks a ton Vinitha. With a Toddler at Home, its more challenging but I am in.

  • That’s a great way to lead life and start the year with – more doesn’t necessarily mean better or brings in happiness. Rather, it actually teaches you value of money!

    • Right Alok, wish is something else and need is another. I stopped wishing for things but experiences.Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts.

  • Richa Choudhary

    Hi!!! everything written in this article is so true, We have beocme such a spendthrift we really dont care what we end upto with a lot of debts!!!

    • Ya, credit cards are spoiling us. You know what- I have dumped my CC. Thanks for being here.

      • Richa Choudhary

        That’s so true credit cards are the worst enemy financially.

  • Ilka Emig

    Hi Upasna!

    It really became the normal lifestyle to spend lots of money. My parents still lived on a tight budget, I’ve been blessed with more wealth. However, my kids struggle with impulse buying. This post is very helpful to switch values from materialistic to more creative and loving. Thanks 🙂 – Ilka

    • Hey Ilka, Welcome to my space. Our Parents generation had a tough time managing so many things and that is what made them – Watchful buyers. But we need to control our buying instincts irrespective of the resources we have in hand, for the environment we live in. Imparting this learning to my Kiddo inspires me more each time I lean.

  • Deepa Malhotra Gandhi

    Agree with u Upasna..Its important to go with minimum as we often overspend on things which we don’t need. I am actually guilty of going overboard with clothes as I love shopping but this year will try and control it. 🙂

    • Do not be guilty Deepa – I am sure you must be saving on something else not so important for you. After all, you are a parent to young Kids and you have come a long way managing funds. I thing we Ladies can start from our Kitchens to apply the minimalism theory. Thanks for your comment.

  • Simplicity is the lifestyle I embrace. 🙂
    Happy 2017!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Lux. Happy new year to you too.

  • Good luck with living a minimalist life! It’s always good when necessity drives us to cut down our buying. I’ve been trying to do that with clothes for a little while now after going on a splurge some years ago. It does get harder when you ca now buy things with the click of a button. Hope you have a great 2017!

    • I am doing this for Kitchen items, edibles and even my Kid’s toys. Yes, its difficult with everything online but I think I am still away from online shopping. I did it 5 times in total till now. Thanks for your wishes, I need them to be strong.

  • This is what I try every day too.Less stuff means less cleaning up.I don’t like buying too many clothes because then I have to take time to throw away stuff to make space. Great initiative.

    • I agree Amrita, each day is more closer to the change. Whenever I walk past a store, I have to stop and remind myself. Thanks for the appreciations and sharing the post.

  • Meera

    I am trying the same.. Welcoming post for the new year 🙂

    • Wish you good Meera. Thanks for taking time to comment.

  • I find it extremely hard … although I do try. This is a great resolution 😀 Wish you good luck 😀

    • Thanks Rajlakshmi. Yes, you are right its hard but small steps will make a difference. First step is not to buy things promptly i.e. at first glance. Thanks for wishes.

  • Alana Mautone

    I was a lot better at minimalist living many years ago, when my husband and I lived out in rural Arkansas and tried (not successfully) to become more self sufficient. I wish you success. It’s such a worthwhile goal.

    • Yes, self sufficient is what I am aiming for and I am alone in this. I wish for the day I grow my own veggies. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Though I live in a city, I still want myself to be away from consumerism. Its a long battle. Hope to see you here again.

  • Thank you for sharing – this sounds like a very worthwhile goal for 2017. Happy New Year, and all the best to you! 🙂

    • Happy new year to you too Laurel- I adore the name- Alphabet Salad. It sounds something fun. I need encouragement for this goal of my mine.