Don’t drain your savings

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Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 13

Product: Another product you can buy less of is water. I’m not talking about bottled water, we already covered that. You can save on the water that’s coming out of your taps. Depending on your current usage you might not save all that much but every bit helps!

This is especially true when it’s changing a habit you do every day. Those days add up.

Say, brushing your teeth. Do you leave the water running while you are brushing your teeth? You should try visiting a country where you either have to brush your teeth with bottled water or where the water just drizzles out of the taps. That bit of water is precious, let me tell you.

Three drips of perfectly wonderful water.

Four drips of perfectly wonderful water.

You can also do showers instead of baths, only run the dishwasher when it’s full, limit watering your lawns—all things you can learn by paying attention to the news in California. Just pretend you’re in a drought all the time. Then, if you should every find yourself in an actual drought you won’t feel put out.

Poet. Know it.

Reason to buy less: When you finally make it big and become a Harlem Globe Trotter you will need to be able to travel light. Find out the bare minimum that you need so you’re ready to get up and go at a moment’s notice. You don’t want to miss your big chance!

Suggestion: I told you yesterday you can shoot for buying used but there’s another pocket friendly option. Buy refurbished.

This is the cool version of dumpster diving. It’s someone else’s garbage but you sweep in and save the day by offering to pay someone a small fee to fix it for you instead.

This is often the way to go when it comes to electronics. Electronics age so quickly sometimes it stinks to wait until someone is ready to sell their product second-hand because then it’s out of date for you.

There are options outside of buying things new. It may take a little more time to find exactly what you want but that is also a good way to make sure you aren’t buying things you don’t really need. Put in the little bit of extra effort. It’s good for you, I promise.

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