No to Black Friday but no cold turkey either!

I have found Black Friday to be a major disappointment this year. I was hoping to pick up a few bargains, but everything I wanted was excluded from the sales. I bought a few Christmas presents for others but compared to last year, I showed a lot of self restraint (On a side note, I think the offers were so much better last year – or is that just me??). It got me thinking, however about what I am spending my money on and why I am actually buying ‘things’.

black fridayI realised that a lot of the time, I have been buying things I like just because they are on offer. I don’t actually need the goods, I just like them. I then remembered this feeling I had when I was on a coach in Greece. I observed the locals, especially the older generation who seemed to live a simpler life. This is by no means an insult. They just seemed happier with less. It made me crave a life where I didn’t want to buy designer handbags, expensive trainers or a brand new laptop.

I have tried to make changes in my life to be more minimalist. I have reduced the quantity of clothes I buy, to the point where I actually need to buy more T-shirts and jeans! So many of mine have have holes in or are unsightly faded from washing.

I am also thinking about the environmental impact of buying less, especially in Black Friday sales. For example, I have made some eco swaps around the home including using soap instead of hand wash, choosing refillable products in glass jars or buying biodegradable/compostable alternatives eg. toddler wipes.

The first step I have made is to UNSUBSCRIBE. The temptation is lessened if I am not aware of the daily promotions in my inbox. I am also less exposed to new products this way, as I am sent a lot of emails saying, ‘Have you tried this?’ as a result of previous purchases.

I am keen to spend less in December but I am obviously worried about going cold turkey (quite apt for the festive season!). I am toying with the idea of a monthly system where I can set a limit to treats for myself. I am not sure of how much that should be but I will definitely let it roll over, so say it was £20 per month but I didn’t redeem it in January, I would have £40 to use in February. I think this would be more achievable than going ‘without’ for a month and then splurging later and spending triple as a result.

What do you think, have you tried ‘no spend’? Did it work and if so, for how long? Bx

My Christmas Wish List

I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to think of gifts ideas at Christmas. I tend to buy things as I need them so when it comes to Autumn, I am doubly stuck as I have my birthday and then the festive season not long after. I find Pinterest useful to compile a mood board of presents that I would like to see under the tree. This is my Xmas gifts for her wish list but I may need to do a ‘his’ of the special men in our lives too (no, not my bit on the side! One for fathers, uncles, brothers etc.).

Gift ideas for her

I use flasks a lot as I have been conscious of the environmental impact of using disposable cups and bottles etc. since I received a ‘reduce waste/save the planet’ book at the age of 10. This book had a huge effect on me and I have always tried to recycle and minimise waste. I saw this gorgeous rose coloured travel mug from Anthropology which would be perfect for me to take my coffee to drink at after school clubs.

Forget the year of pig! 2019 has been the year of gin. I tried it in previous years and didn’t like it until Andy bought a bottle of Hendricks and it was a total game changer. Since then, I now love Whitley Neill’s flavoured gins, Tanqueray Seville and Gordons Pink Gin. I don’t own a gin glass but this rose and gold rimmed one from Anthropology is super cute.

I recently discovered the luxury brand Diptyque. This is definitely not a company I buy many candles, perfumes or body washes from as it is very high end. I treated myself to the Philosykos eau de parfum for my birthday because it smells amazing. It has a fresh fragrance with fig notes and it is the ultimate perfume. The Figuier scented candle is a perfect gift for ladies, who like me love Greece and any scents that remind me of my holidays there.

All the links to my gift ideas for her and more are on my Pinterest page so click on the link if you see anything above but I haven’t mentioned it in this Wish List post. What is on your ultimate Christmas presents wish list? Bx