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Hi friend! Happy Friday! Today’s Friday Favorites is focusing on things minimalists no longer purchase!

I rounded up some of my favorites for you, as well as a bonus of sharing things I no longer purchase since I became a minimalist. Are you as excited as I am?

Minimalism helps you see how little you need. In turn, it helps you to quit purchasing things you don't need. Here are a few things I no longer purchase as a minimalist.

One great thing minimalism did for me and many others is remove the need to purchase so much! I used to shop frequently for the most random things, such as books, home decor, clothing, accessories, etc.

Now, I am so thankful that I have been able to pull away from consumerism and only purchase things I need! I have also tried my best to repurpose things I already own, so that I do not create an unnecessary need in my home.

Things Minimalists No Longer Purchase

Each of the ladies listed below share different things they no longer purchase and why. I challenge you to check each of them out and see if you maybe able to find inspiration to either replace a product with something else or eliminate it altogether!

My Green Closet

Melissa Alexandria

Sarah Nourse

Normally for my Friday Favorites, I share things that inspire me. However, this week, I have not only been inspired to share this information with you, but also share 5 things with you that I no longer purchase since I became a minimalist.

If this little bonus is something you would like to see more often, let me know below in the comments.

5 Things I No Longer Purchase

1 // Seasonal Trendy Pieces

Having a sustainable wardrobe is key for me since becoming a minimalist. Purchasing pieces that only last one or two seasons creates an excess in not only my home, but it also creates a bigger demand for Fast Fashion.

I will not go into details about in this post about Fast Fashion, but if you are curious, I suggest to research it. You may change your mind in purchasing these pieces, too!

Related Post: My Capsule Wardrobe: Project 333

2 // Wax Warmers, Candles, Aerosol Sprays

These all may smell great, but they are full of harmful chemicals that I no longer want to breathe. I have since switched to essential oil diffusers, and DIY room sprays.

Now my home is full of pure, natural products that I do not fear breathing in and at the same time I am able to purify the air in my home!

If you are someone who just loves candles, there are organic, soy or coconut waxed candles made with pure essential oils. You can find a lot of small businesses who make these on Etsy or Instagram. Just do your homework on the ingredients before you say it is safe.

3 // Non-quality Products

Minimalism’s main focus is to reduce consumerism in your home. When purchasing non-quality products, consumerism is inevitable.

However, it is less likely to occur when spending a little more money for a product that can last multiple times longer. This also helps the shopaholic that lives inside of me stay deeply buried.

4 // Conventional Household Cleaners

Like #2, these cleaners are full of very harmful chemicals. These chemicals are not only toxic to ingest, but also toxic to breathe.

Since changing to organic cleaners, I have noticed a big difference in how my home. I also do not have to worry if I leave these cleaners where my dogs can reach them. [While they do are not inside dogs, if they ever did slip inside, I have no worries!]

Another bonus is all of the money I am saving by not purchasing these overpriced cleaners! Can we say cha-ching?!!

5 // Satellite/Cable TV

I used to think we had to have all of these channels with hundreds of options. Overtime I realized that I did not have all of the options I thought. I began to waste time finding something to watch.

One day, I decided enough was enough. I was tired of overpaying for TV I did not watch! I cancelled it, paid cancellation fees, and switched to Netflix.

Now I have the freedom to watch what I want, when I want. The best part is I am paying a sliver compared to what I was paying. So again, can we say cha-ching?!!

Related Post: 27 Things to Cut Out of Your Budget for Good

Minimalism helps you see how little you need. In turn, it helps you to quit purchasing things you don't need. Here are a few things I no longer purchase as a minimalist.

I love getting to save time and money on things I no longer purchase, because it has grown the quality of my life. In my home, the focus has shifted from material possessions to quality time together or working on passion projects.

We are also increasing the quality of things we do have, so when something needs replaced, it is done so in a higher quality, healthier way. We actually think about the things we need to replace before heading to the store to settle on whatever they have.

If you have experienced the feeling of no longer needing to purchase something, let me know in the comments what happened and why you no longer purchase that thing.

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52 Comments

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    Ashley Stephenson
    October 21, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I love my wax warmers though 🙁 but you are so right! I want to get rid of cable so bad but I live in my dads old house and just took over his bills and our Time Warner Cable account has all of our employees emails associated and if we get rid of it – the email addresses go away too so my dad won’t let me!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

      I did not want to get rid of mine, Ashley! I had such a hard time, but after much research, I could not imagine having them still.

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        Pam
        February 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

        I agree. Actually check out the roku. Free tv…

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          Erin | A Welder's Wife
          February 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

          How do you get free tv with the Roku, Pam?

          • Pam
            February 9, 2018 at 6:24 pm

            There are 100s of free channels for the roku. I bought. Roky player for about 30.00 it was less than the cheapest antenna. Right now i am watching the olympics on nbc sports channel. Check out roku website for all the free channels abc nbc cbs so many. All you need is internet. Youtube also has information on the roku. I just talked two more friends into purchasing the roku. They are more than happy with what they are able to watch. Also available is news weather sports and of course you can use netflix. Amazon prime and hulu. Also use spotify or pandora among others for your music. There are even holiday channels for holiday music scenery etc.

          • Erin | A Welder's Wife
            February 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm

            I had no clue! Thank you so much for sharing, Pam!

          • Pam Anderson
            February 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm

            Hi Erin, I went to my laptop rather than trying to add the website for the Roku; https://www.roku.com/index . I bought the Roku Express at Walmart. It was about $30.00. I could not even buy the smallet antenna they had for this price. Please check out there website as they are tons of information there about how it works, what types of Roku are available and all the channels that are available at this time. There are updates almost daily of new channels available. One nice thing is that you can add channels that you pay for if that is something that interests you. I find more than enough to watch for free. Also are you all familar with Amazon Prime. If you are a student you get this for half price which is about $45.00. When you sign up, you are given the first 6 months free, after that you will be charged for one year membership. Check this out too as you not only get movies, videos, but you also get free shipping free music, Also free reading of magazines and books!! Hope this helps~

          • Pam
            February 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

            Check out: openculture.com for lots of free….

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      Mary Paitsel
      February 26, 2018 at 8:07 am

      You can frequently scale back your cable service. I kept Xfinity internet and they give me basic cable for free. I use Amazon Fire sticks on my televisions and get my programming through PlayStation Vue. I tried Hulu which was a little less expensive but Vue is easier to use. I have gone from over $200 a month to just under $150 for tv programming, cable, and Blast internet. I gave up my home phone. I wasn’t using it. No PlayStation is needed for PlayStation Vue.

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        Erin | A Welder's Wife
        March 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        Where I live, the internet and phone are a package you cannot split apart. The co-op is our only option currently. We went from paying close to $200 a month to $90. I love the savings, but the lack of TV options, such as the History or Discovery channel is taking its toll. We enjoy a lot of those shows, so I am thinking about purchasing them individually.

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          Mary Paitsel
          March 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm

          Services like Playstayion and Hulu are not too pricey and have many channels. You can stream Vue on up to five devices at a time

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      Michelle
      May 14, 2018 at 10:34 am

      You can export the email addresses from the address book, just Google how. There is usually an option near the address book to export and then you can import them into a new gmail or similar email address or even just excel

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    candy
    October 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I am trying to cut down and haven’t been shopping in ages. I wish we could get rid of the cable but hubby refuses. Maybe someday.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:27 am

      That is great, Candy! Shopping is something I enjoy a couple of times a year, but I have definitely cut down on how much time I spend “looking around” at different stores.

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    Lauren @ Imperfect Adventures
    October 21, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    These are great suggestions! We are slowly trying to become more minimalist and I think my next step will be to have a less seasonal wardrobe. I will have to look into fast fashion.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thank you, Lauren! Having a less seasonal wardrobe is a great start! I was blown away with all of the things I found out about sweat shops and the resources it takes to produce clothing. I now try to focus on second hand shopping or purchasing things made by ethical brands.

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    Jenna
    October 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Numbers 1 and 3 went hand in hand when we started with minimalism. Just those two simple concepts had huge ripple effects – fabulous ones!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:31 am

      That is great, Jenna! I definitely agree! At first I tried to purchase basics second hand, but you do not always find quality clothing that way. If I have to search elsewhere, I make sure the piece is made by an ethical brand.

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    Rebecca Hicks
    October 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I need to get an oil diffuser! I LOVE candles, but had never thought about the harmful stuff it puts into my air. Thanks for these awesome Friday Faves 🙂

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:32 am

      I did not think about them until after I purchased my oil and diffuser kit. It just is not something that is talked about often. I am glad you enjoyed these favorites, Rebecca!

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        Jen Farrell
        March 12, 2018 at 10:57 pm

        If you are buying organic, soy wax candles made with only pure oils and no chemicals, I’m curious to know what the concern is with the candles. ?
        Thanks!

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          Erin | A Welder's Wife
          March 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm

          Jen, that is a great question! Within this post, I am only referring to conventional / chemical filled candles. I need to make that distinction, so thank you for addressing it! 🙂 When it comes to organic, soy wax candles made with only pure essential oils, I do not see an issue. At the time that I wrote this post, I did not know these candles existed, which was not that long ago. It shows you how quickly things can change when the demand for it is there.

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    Belle
    October 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    We do have cable as well but doesn’t have everything we want.

    One Awesome Momma

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

      I feel the same with Netflix sometimes, Belle. My husband and I both enjoy shows from the History Channel and Discovery Channel. But with all of the options Netflix offers, we always have something to watch.

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    cara
    October 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I know this might come as a shock, but I completely agree with the first rule on not purchasing trendy/seasonal pieces. Leggings with halloween cat print on them might be cute, but as far as practicality goes you probably wont’ get much wear out of them. I try to steer clear of trendy items like those for that very reason. Great post!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

      You are right, Cara! I am a little shocked, but I do see what you mean. I think a lot of your pieces on your blog are trendy, but not so trendy that you cannot make them work for a few years. I think having personality within a wardrobe is just as important and finding pieces that will work until they have no more wear in them.

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    Rachel Lynn
    October 25, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been debating cutting cable for a while now. I live with three other roommates, so I wouldn’t be able to do that while I live with them, but it’s something I’ve seriously considered for when I move out. Anything I watch, I can just find on Netflix or the internet!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      October 27, 2016 at 9:47 am

      That is definitely a great goal if you ever move. Between the internet and Netflix, I bet you are able to find anything you would want to watch, Rachel!

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    Marette Flora
    December 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I need to make my own room sprays. Do you have an how-tos on this?

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 9:07 am

      I do not currently, but I can definitely come up with something in the near future! I have been meaning to do it for a little bit, but I wanted to play around with different smells before I shared a few favorites.

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    Sarah Jean Althouse
    December 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    To point #4, I had friends over last night who said they clean EVERYTHING in their house with just white vinegar, water and essential oils. Everything…from the stovetop to their windows. I am definitely going to make this switch this year and no longer buy regular cleaning products.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

      You definitely need to try it, Sarah Jean! I enjoy cleaning tight spaces much more now that I am not breathing in toxic chemicals. I can clean my shower in one go, instead of taking breathing breaks! For me, that is HUGE!

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    Erica Nicole
    December 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I liked you switching it up to things that you don’t purchase anymore. I’m to minimize the consumerism in my house and I’ve also taken a few of these things out of my life. I haven’t done the household cleaners yet so this makes me want to get on that.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you, Erica! I enjoyed switching it up a bit as well! If nothing else, I would definitely suggest switching out household cleaners this year. You will be amazed at the difference of how clean your home is by using natural products.

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
    December 14, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    We haven’t had cable in probably 3 or 4 years and I don’t really miss it all that much (except for Food Network and HGTV!). We have Amazon Prime Video and Netflix and it’s been great for us, plus a big money saver.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I agree, Shani! I love the switch, but we do miss the Discovery channel. However, the money back in our pockets is well worth it!

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    Kathryn | Fashionably Frank
    December 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing these things that you can live without. Growing up, I never had cable of any kind, AND I never had Netflix, etc. With so many ways to watch TV without paying a crap ton of money these days, it’s so good to not order a cable package that will swindle you.

    xo Kathryn
    http://www.fashionablyfrank.com

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you, Kathryn! Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to grow up without cable. I can only imagine what my imagination would be today.

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    Stephanie Jeannot
    December 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    That is actually a great way to save money. Good for you!

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    Elisabeth
    December 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    love these ideas – I’ve mostly ditched the candles (although I’m a sucker for christmas tree candles this time of year) … and next on my list might need to be the cleaners!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

      I completely understand, Elisabeth! I am a sucker for a pretty candle, but I don’t like to burn them, just look at them! Haha!

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    Keating | Why Hello Lovely
    December 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

    We currently don’t pay for cable either, but not for financial reasons. Simply because there are zero good cable companies where we’re currently living haha drives me insane. And I will always be a huge fan of candles. My husband and I have so many of them in our home.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      December 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I know what you mean, Keating! We live in a rural area where there is only one internet provider. I can understand being a fan of candles. I used to be, but now I use an essential oil diffuser and love it!

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    Julia
    April 13, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I know this post is a little old but I just read it and loved it so much. I just recently began the minimalist journey for my family and it has been so good for us! I appreciate that you are going chemical free as well because I feel the two go hand in hand!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      April 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Julia, this is post is one of my favorites! I do update it from time to time so that it stays relevant, and I am glad you enjoyed it, too! They definitely do go hand in hand. It is crazy how much our mind shifts as we start our journey, even if all we originally wanted to do was declutter our things a bit.

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    Suzanne
    May 1, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for sharing! It is amazing how many things we can really live without. So much more time for other things!

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    Vanessa
    May 1, 2018 at 9:25 am

    This was a good read! I agree that many things we buy aren’t even good for us. There is a lot to rethink!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      May 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Thank you, Vanessa! Yes, it does take some rethinking. It also takes practicing and implementing new habits, so always remember if you slip up that it is okay and you can always do better the next time! 🙂

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    Ali Taylor
    August 13, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Great tips !! Beware soy and essential oil candles, they are still not great options. Beeswax is the really only truly safe option. Great podcast about this on Low Tox Living.

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