The great news about simple living is it is just that- more simple for us! This means we don’t need to buy extra things and we don’t need to spend money changing our lifestyle or adapting our homes. We can live a more straightforward life right where we are and with what we have right now and that is a lovely thought! Just as self-care isn’t the self-care industry, slow living doesn’t need to be expensive either.
The very heart of the ethos is to let go of extra habits that take our time and very often our money for little to no benefit. In recent years, there has been (rather ironically) a consumerist approach to living more simply because when companies see a lifestyle gaining momentum, they will work out how to profit from it. For example take home cooking. There has been a lovely shift towards eating healthier, using less ready meals and having more whole foods. This change has also been accompanied by a multitude of extra gadgets- juicers, blenders, air fryers, dehydrators, slow cookers, rice cookers, spiralisers, and the list goes on. In the past when people lived from their own gardens more and ate local, fresh produce, they did not need all of these appliances, so what is it that makes us feel we need to?
Of course, over time we may want to replace worn out things with more eco-friendly versions or if we are starting a project that will have a good result then we may need to invest in new planters for growing our own lettuce, to give an example. Don’t overthink though and don’t feel the pressure to suddenly transform all you own into eco products. It’s much better to use your current things up and then look for better alternatives.
I think people associate slow living and whole food eating with a middle class way of life and I’m determined to show that this way of living can be for all ages, all budgets and can be adapted for all lifestyles. Even the busiest of families can benefit for a few changes to live more simple.
Here are my top ways to live more simply on a budget!
Hope you find these tips useful! As always, they are just my thoughts and things I do myself. Take up what you feel drawn to and leave anything you don’t find useful. Let me know how you get on with a little comment, I love chatting with you all!
Best Wishes and Deep Breaths,
Originally hosted at: https://breathewithbexi.life/2021/02/27/free-ways-to-live-more-simply/
Written by Bexi Owen
Welcome! I'm a UK based wellbeing facilitator and run sessions on breathing and music for wellbeing. I love encouraging people to connect with themselves and believe breathing is such a powerful way into this, as well as time spent in nature, and other joyful practices!