Living with less is the motto of minimalism. All you need is to drop all the bad habits picked up while growing up in a consumerist culture. One such example is Debbie Ryan from Brooklyn, New York who is a housewife and a mother.
Debbie Ryan decided to become a minimalist as the COVID-19 pandemic caused panic and financial turmoil for her family. While her family is going fine now, she believes that becoming a minimal mom was nothing short of a blessing in disguise for her.
“Once I took control of what I spend my money on, whether it was groceries, clothing, or anything else, I realized I never needed almost half of the things I was buying,” said Debbie
How Debbie Became a Minimal Mom
As Debbie narrated her story to me, she revealed that the outbreak of coronavirus sends her husband into working part-time with a severe cut down in the household income. With a limited income and too many mouths to feed, she decided to budget the rations and scrupulously started to shop for bargains whenever she can.
“I knew I had to prioritize what was important for us to put the food on the table and to fulfill our most basic and necessary needs on a day-to-day basis.” She further added that “during my journey, I came across the concept of minimalism through the book “The More of less.”
As she read other people’s reviews how they were succeeding being minimal, Debbie knew this is exactly what she needed to do for her family’s wellbeing.
How You Can Become a Minimal Mom
Here are a few pointers that Debbie shared with us about how she started her journey to become a minimal mom. Let’s hear from her how she became a minimalist and became debt-free.
Debbie’s Journey to Financial Stability through Minimalism
I made a list of all the items lying around in my household that we did not need immediately. These also included many things we barely or never used. From clothes to toys, old gadgets and appliances to clothing and shoes, I started to get rid of them all.
I did not just throw them away. Instead, I decided to put them on Amazon and eBay. To my surprise, these things started flying off the shelves, and I was getting money back for all this waste lying around in my house.
Before I knew it, I had a good sum of money that was enough for me to reduce my debts and even pay off some smaller ones. It was then when my husband and I decide to change our frivolous lifestyle of the modern society to only have what we needed.
Fast forward, it is 2021, and we have paid most of our debts and even managed to put some money on the side for an emergency.
Tips to Become a Minimal Mom
If you are a mom who wishes to become a minimalist to save money and get out of debts, here is all you got to do.
- Set rules for how minimalist you wish to be. (It can be different for everyone depending on your current needs, financial conditions, etc.)
- Start from scratch and get rid of all the junk and things you never used or will ever use. If you believe selling some of that hoarded junk may bring in a few bucks. Stack ‘em up on your Amazon or eBay seller store.
- Remember the golden rule, if you do not use it, then lose it.
- Create a list of your priorities in whatever you buy, such as grocery, clothing, toiletries, etc.
- Think harder and push yourself to give up the bad habits. There is no room for frivolity if you wish to become a minimal mom
- Bring in less.
Follow these steps, and you will not only save like our minimal mom Debbie but may also get rid of any debts.