My Year of Less {1 Month Update}

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Last month I wrote about how this year we were planning on having a year of less. A year spending less money, focusing less on material things and making more of the things we already have.

The last month has been like an epiphany for me. I’ve been really aware of every time I’ve spent money, every time I’ve clicked on an advert online or started browsing an online store. I have consciously closed so many browser windows before making a purchase and I am proud of the step change I have made.

Just by not spending needless money and organising trips out before or after lunch rather than across lunch we have saved over £500 this month. That is an insane amount of money and I knew when I started this that we had got into a spiral of just spending money because we could, because it was easy and because we never stopped to take stock. That is what our year of less is all about – taking stock.

We haven’t bought toiletries or cleaning products at all this month as we had enough of everything in the cupboards already aside from carpet cleaner which ran out so I bought one everyone is always raving about – and it’s fantastic!

However this month I have also bought a camera for work – business expenses are pretty necessary and they aren’t part of our typical family budget or spending pattern. It’s something I have separate savings to finance.

I also bought a new shoe cabinet from IKEA which was included in our spending. It’s nice to know that we can still do things to the house, make plans and have little goals whilst budgeting.

I have cut back massively over the last month and I can’t wait to see how much we end up saving over the course of a year. I won’t update you monthly now but I will let you know how we’re getting on in a few months time.

One thing is for sure, I feel like a weight has been lifted. It’s like the commercialised part of me has been turned off. I have no urge to buy things, no urge to spend money and it feels so much more rewarding reusing and saving. I’m definitely enjoying this project.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Wow £500 is an incredible amount of money to have saved over a month, and really makes you think how much money you waste on needless products and just ‘stuff’ you just don’t need. I am definitely going to try and be more mindful about what we are spending on x

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