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Monthly purchases of a minimalist family, May’s report

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Here is probably the longest list of minimalist shopping reports posted here. I bought a lot of new things this month, but all of them where real needs.


Below I publish the list of all our May expenses besides the apartment bills, an enormous in our country bill for trash (sorted by us), Internet, two prepaid phones, food and private purchases of my Husband (which are not many anyway).

Minimalist shopping – May

consumable items

  • 2 water filters
  • toilet paper, 8 rolls. There wasn’t my favorite in the store when I needed, the gray in a thick roll. There were only the white, bleached, thin, delicate papers. Sometimes not everything goes how we planned.
  • 6 ordinary soap bars. I did not know that my men consume so much soap. And I’m still using the Marseille soap.
  • a plastic razor. It came out again that I’m not so eco-friendly in everything I could. For me, disposable, plastic razor is more pleasant in use than a metal razor and for now, this argument wins.
  • a pack of diapers. As above. Not so eco-friendly. I’m a bit sad that I couldn’t potty train our Younger son at the age of around the second birthday, like the Older. But I’m happy that even if it takes months, he’s making progress. Now, we need a diaper only for naps, nights and longer trips when a nap in the car is possible.
  • paper towel. I buy a thick roll once a couple of months. I wash the dishes, pots and the cutting board with a sponge. I clean countertops and a dirty or flooded table with a reusable cotton cloth. I wipe my wet hands or wet clean dishes with a different kitchen cloth. Dirty hands and faces most often go to the bathroom to be washed. But sometimes we use disposable paper.
  • perfume. Because I wanted. I still had a bottle in my house, but another favorite fragrance was discounted, so I bought it. For years, I am usually like a puritan (purist?) in the subject of (not) putting on my body everything that has a nice bottle. But from time to time, if I feel like it, I do not refuse myself a perfume, or having in my bathroom one terribly chemical, but with a nice scent, gel for a pleasant bubble bath.
  • dishwasher tablets. I’ve probably had 90 previous pieces for two years, so that’s what it looks like at my home. I do not use a tablet for every wash. Ask yourself how much you can be sure that the dishwasher, which often can not clean the coffee sludge, certainly rinses the chemistry out of the dishes. Does it sound delicious and healthy? (If you would like to learn how to take care of your body and care of your house without chemicals, remember about the time-limited possibility to access 40 ebooks and ecourses with knowledge about the safe use of herbs and essential oils)
  • tissues, 10 packs. It will be enough for almost a year.

new items

  • 2 thermoses. To make it easy for us to make trips, even if it is going to be very cold in May, as it was this year. 1 liter (34 oz) each, stainless steel. One for coffee, the other for children. And I want to stress here that if you’re buying a thermos for kids, it does not have to be plastic, pink, with ears, tentacles, lights, and Cars movies characters. Really.
  • a cotton blanket. To make it convenient for us to make trips!
  • 2 long flower pots for our balcony, soil, and flowers. Yes, now I am playing the perfect housewife role, not without joy. I have flowers for the first time since I have children, meaning at least for five years.
  • scissors. We always had one big pair of scissors at our home. They were many years old, probably more than our marriage, until they were broken. I could buy glue and repair them, but for the environment, it’s probably similar pollution, whether we produce new scissors or glue, and maybe even with scissors the planet is happier.
  • a notebook. Every three weeks I come up with a new life system. I suddenly need to write down other things in a different way. Soon, I’ll share with you my current productivity system, based on Phylicia Masonheimer’s ecourse Grace Based Productivity for Christians. (Regular price of this course is about $120 but for a limited time it’s included in the Productivity Bundle which you can get for $49.97).
  • plasticine for Boys – a non-drying modeling clay
  • sandals for Older Son
  • 4 undershirts, 2 for each Boy. So that the back is covered even if a t-shirt isn’t long.
  • 2 bedding cover sets. The previous ones after eight years were just falling apart.


  • Audible subscription – if you don’t know it yet, you can get 30-day free trial with 2 free audiobooks of your choice.
  • Productivity Bundle 2019 – I had the access earlier but May was the time when I’ve started to work with it seriously, to improve taking care of my home as I want it to be, to remove unnecessary stress and to go step by step toward fulfilling my dreams. I’m very happy that I have these resources.


Again! We are so sociable 😉

And if you want to know what we bought for Boys for Children’s Day, this text will explain everything to you.

Previous monthly shopping reports:

January 2018 | February 2018 | March 2018 | March 2019

If you’d like to also cut your money expenses, I encourage you to learn more about the minimalist lifestyle or to check the money saving systems from real-life people.

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