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5 Items I Will Not be Buying in 2021

I want to share with you 5 items that I won’t be buying in 2021. Every year something that I like to do towards the end of the year is just go look back and reflect on the previous year. Then, I’ll plan ahead and look forward at what I want my next year to look like. As I’ve been doing that over the past few weeks, I’ve identified several items that I want to try not to buy over the next 12 months.

These are all things that I either have enough of already and just want to keep the amount that I currently have or they’re things that I’ve waisted money on in the past and thus want to challenge myself not to buy any more of. This is actually something that I did last year too and I just found it to be a really helpful process and goal to stick to! So, here are 5 items I will not be buying in 2021.

Cheap Furniture

In 2021, I want to stop paying for cheaply made furniture. I’ll be honest, right now this one might be a little bit of a challenge. Especially since I struggle to pay any more than $200 for furniture items. But that being said, as I’m getting older, I’m looking to invest in solid furniture pieces that I’m going to be able to have for years to come.

A lot of the furniture that I have right now is cheaply made and I bought it because when I first moved in, that really was all that I could afford. But, fast forward a few years to now, several of the pieces that I have are beginning to fall apart. So, as I go into 2021, I’d really like to start looking for solid furniture pieces. This definitely doesn’t mean you have to buy new. There are lots of ways to find affordable furniture that are in great condition or with minor faults, but are still pieces you can keep forever. If you’re into DIY projects, this is definitely for you!

Places to look for furniture:

  1. Craigslist
  2. FaceBook MarketPlace
  3. Garage Sales
  4. Estate Sales
  5. GoodWill

Re-Usable Water Bottles

I’m a water bottle hoarder. It’s kind of bad. I tend to think I need several different types of water bottles for different occasions, when in reality, I need one. I’m also the type of person that wants my items to stay looking new; however, when you buy cheap items, they will start to chip and peel. So, once I’ve used my water bottle up, I’ll put it aside and buy a new one.

My collection has grown to 10 re-usable water bottles. TEN. Who needs 10 water bottles? Definitely not me. My last water bottle purchase ended up being from Target. It’s a re-usable water bottle with a straw. Since I’ve noticed that I drink more water when there’s a straw involved, I decided this may be the best one for me. It’s a heavy metal, it is solid and almost even feels like a Yeti bottle! By finding one bottle that I know I can re-use and does exactly what I need it to do, there’s no reason for me to purchase any other bottle.

Check out my new water bottle here: Simple Modern

Cheap Clothing

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I’m a shopaholic.

I’ve noticed that I will make purchases throughout the year, but by the end, these items are already starting to go bad because they’ve been worn throughout the year. I would end up having to donate or get rid of the item because I wouldn’t want to keep it for next year. Buying clothes that only last you a year will lead down a continuous path of non-stop buying. So, how can we fix this?

Buying cheap clothing is easy to do because they are 1) so affordable and 2) trendy. We all want to buy the latest trend, but the thing about this is that trends fade. New ones keep coming and that involves more purchases. So this year in 2021, I am making a pledge to only purchase essential pieces that I see myself keeping for the long run. Pieces that I can re-wear in different situations and mix and match with different items. Items that are made from materials that I know will last, such as wool, silk, cashmere, and 100% cotton. These material items can be very expensive, but there are plenty of ways to find these pieces at an affordable price!

Here are a few places to find affordable pieces:

  1. PoshMark
  2. Mercari
  3. eBay
  4. Depop

Specialized Kitchen Gadgets

I love to cook. Cooking is a hobby I love because it lets me relax and unwind. I’ll open a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and cook a yummy meal. Do I use the 15 new items that I purchased online on a whim throughout this passed year thinking I would need them? Nope.

I’ve purchased items that are single use items that you can only use for one specific thing, such as a lime squeezer. You can only use it on limes and lemons and you can only use it on one lime or lemon at a time. I love having lemon water, so it seemed like a practical purchase for me. But that being said, even though I don’t regret this purchase and do use it, I generally like to avoid buying specialized kitchen gadgets that are not multipurpose. So in 2021, it’s going to be something that I’m going to be adding to my no buy list.

Store-Bought Vitamins

I’m a biochemist by trade and have studied about how store bought vitamins can be useful, and how they can also not be useful. Our bodies typically have enough vitamins and tend to not need the excess that we take with store bought vitamins. Honestly, most of the vitamins we take leave in our pee. Before learning about this, I would buy vitamins constantly. I would think I needed that Vitamin B or Vitamin E, but in reality, my body has enough of it.

A great way to start this year off is to get a blood test. Ask your physician to test for the vitamins in your body, as well as the typical lipid panel. This way, you can see what vitamins your body is deficient in and what you may need to supplement with. You’ll learn more about your body and what you may need to do to help it, as well as saving money from constantly buying store bought vitamins. I learned that I was slightly deficient in Vitamin D. Now that I know this, I have started to go outside more often to get some sun and I’m taking Vitamin D once a day to make sure that my body stays sufficient in this Vitamin.


These are the 5 items I will not be buying in 2021. What are some items that you are going to try to stop buying this year?

Interested in reading my last post? Check it out here: 6 Easy Minimalist Habits to Start Saving Money

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