A materialistic cleanse mindset can fuel a life of plenty.

I have been on a journey since I stepped off the treadmill in 2012, my quest on less, a minimalistic, less materialistic less consuming cleanse. I have re-ignited my understanding of money, value, quality and fairness. I have re-discovered Luxe and what it should mean.

Eliminating waste across my entire spend profile and reigning in needless consumption from clothes through food means that I now have more for the things that really matter including time.  All of this is common sense but I think that many of us forget, we get sidetracked by life and spending more for convenience depletes our choices elsewhere.

Increase your wealth of pocket and life.

Spending is often a mark of status and perceived respect. The idea of spending less or making do as a way to increase your wealth seems counter-intuitive but what would you be missing “stuff” that’s not life. Life is experiences, memories, fun, less stress, having the money freedom to make choices. Putting more meaning in your life, not more stuff.

It’s a simple recipe of less is more.

Taking back control of that wallet of yours, can fuel your dreams if you let it. Don’t get seduced by the looks or the marketing of a product but by the quality and value. Validate that you need those daily spends which if held back could fuel your future and your dreams to make them a reality

For me if you break life down to what you really need with a bit of Luxe thrown in “at the right price” you have a recipe for success. Don’t you think ? With less stuff there is more time and less stress, more freedom and choice and clarity with less material shackles weighing you down.

Don’t let your money slip away

I am a little bit zealot in lauding the love of all the tools that can give better value; a sale, a Coupon, a Groupon, Supermarket points, Credit/Debit card cashback as well as using all of the offer and comparison apps. With interest rates on savings at an all time low and more people with credit card debt than ever before we all need to earn and save wherever we can. Making what we earn work for us and getting better value alongside quality has the consequence of a better quality of life. We really are letting money slip through our fingers if we don’t do the research and use the opportunities to spend less when they come along.

Challenge yourself, make a budget & list and reap the rewards.

So if you want more then start challenging yourself to spend less and have more. Be in control by setting a budget and a key list to deliver those needs and a few lustful luxeful wants?. Knowing your numbers and your benchmarks (what is the realistic market price for an item). Swapping things to get things and also looking for deals on what you buy = win/win…….

An approach that works.

This time last year I purchased an entire capsule wardrobe for the price of 2 or 3  take-out cuppas a week. I have always shopped around but I set a limit on items. I practice what I preach, well most of the time.   I have a box that I keep price tags in and I share this with my clients. It opens up minds to what you really can get for less.

I constantly get asked for style and purchasing advice,  my look is high end so you’d
never guess how little I spend and when I tell friends the prices they are usually surprised. It is very important to take care of what you have (trends come back so
why buy something twice).

For my capsule wardrobe I shopped around (no vintage, all new) checking out the high street and supermarket clothes as well as online and sales, timing it for reductions only buying what I needed and loved is how I get the best for less less less. Oh & not forgetting to use cashback & points cards as well as coupons to save and earn as well…. Putting clothes on your Xmas present and birthday lists can help as well.

The benefits have been more than I expected
Luxe for less, no tat, a reduced footprint more local involvement with less stuff, less stress, more money for dreams. I am an unconsciously competent shopper who drinks and eats less takeout. I love to cook but I have expanded my repertoire and tend to choose more local and seasonal produce. I buy from markets and use paper bags (no plastic wrapping on my watch). I’ve lost weight too down from a 12/14 to a 10 as my changes has transformed me holistically.

Feel free to join me virtually but only if you have a list and a budget and are willing to make a change by action, I’m always happy to help …. come on you know you can, every journey starts with one step!  www.freeyourflourish.com let’s cheer-lead each

Originally published at freeyourflourish.com