melbourne vegan

Jaclyn McCosker

Blogger, social entrepreneur & freelance copywriter

Australia

My last 5 purchases #3

My last 5 purchases #3

For the third time, I am stopping what I'm doing, going back through my bank statement and assessing my last 5 (non-food) purchases. I never know what I'll find and it's done completely at random to hold myself accountable. The goal? To ensure I'm living up to my own minimalist lifestyle standards as outlined: here.

This month I'd finished paying off a large investment so had extra cash to burn for the first time in memory, so I picked up a few items that had been on a long-standing shopping list.

Will I live up to my own values or flunk out?

1. Macrame wall hanging

I found a $40 cotton hanging on sale from a Brisbane Etsy store. Because it matches my decor and this has been on my shopping list for several months, I have no regrets. I love blank empty walls, but as it's cream it blends in nicely.

Justifiable purchase? = YES.

2. Adidas leggings

I tried a few resources to search ethical activewear and settled on Adidas as having good ethical production standards while being in the realm of affordability for me, so I ordered some off ASOS for $40. Other more Fair Trade brands cost double for the same product, which just wasn't an option for me. I'd needed longer leggings for the Melbourne weather for months, so no regrets again!

Justifiable purchase? = YES.

3. iPhone chargers

A necessary evil as my current one is falling to pieces, I grabbed 2x off eBay from an Australian store. A good trick to minimise my resource consumption is always setting search parameters to Aussie stores only.

Justifiable purchase? = YES.

4. Printer/scanner

After holding off a year of wanting/needing one for business use, I finally sprung for a $40 machine from Officeworks. Another necessary evil, but at least it's tax deductible!

Justifiable purchase? = YES.

5. Hemp doormat

This was such a necessity! I found one for $45 on eBay after a few months of searching. I wanted hemp as a sustainable fabric and it took a while to find something that wasn't made of wool, an extremely cruel fabric. We have a professional cleaner come in but our floor is always dirty by the next day because we didn't have an indoor doormat, so hopefully this takes care of that problem!

Justifiable purchase? = YES.

All-in-all I was happy when looking back at my purchases and relieved I resisted some totally unnecessary impulse buys. I still have impulses all the time but I stopped acting on them a long time ago by living this minimalist lifestyle, because while buying things can be a short-term stress relief ultimately it won't bring you happiness, just debt and too many possessions that you don't have time to use.

See my last two similar posts here and here.

Minimalist and Zero Waster!?

Minimalist and Zero Waster!?

My Last 5 Purchases #2

My Last 5 Purchases #2