5 Things I won’t be buying in 2020

Now that 2020 is well underway, there have certainly been some moments where I have wanted to make a purchase. I am a pretty frugal woman, but even I can get swept up in things that I want to purchase, it happens to all of us. Here are 5 things I have talked myself out of buying or replacing in 2020.

A new bread tray.
In 2019, we purchased a new (second hand) tray for baking bread in the oven. We thought it was stainless steel but it turns out, it was actually painted, and when I went to bake a loaf of bread the other day, the paint had transferred onto the loaf. We have decided that we don’t need a special tray for baking bread, and can simply do it on a regular oven tray for now.

A new pasta machine.
Well, unless it breaks, because I don’t think I would cope very well without pasta. This past week, I saw that the brand of pasta machine that we own had released a new version, this time in a beautiful, slick black shine, that simply looked better. My first thought was that I really wanted it, but on second reflection, it was exactly the same as the machine that I already had, and buying a new one would simply be wasteful.

Pens and notebooks.
That’s right, an update on my stationery collection. More than 2 years into this journey and while I am closer to using up what I already own, I am still nowhere near close to the rocket notebook that I will only allow myself to buy once everything is used up. For more information on my journey from a love of new stationery, to love of the feeling of finishing a pen, you can click here.

A new phone.
My phone is over four years old now, and a couple of people have been asking when I am going to upgrade. The truth is, I am not going to upgrade until my phone is absolutely falling apart and will not work anymore. I do not need a phone with a better camera, or a new way to unlock it, in fact, sometimes I think that I would be happier in my life with a phone that only made calls and sent messages. Sometimes, even I question my decisions because of the decisions being made around me, but the truth is, I simply don’t need one.

Any new books.
That’s right, I read about 2 books a week, but in 2020, I will not be purchasing any books. Why? Because I have a membership to my local library, who has thousands of books and will often order in a title that I want to read. Local libraries are an amazing resource though, with more than just books. Click here for more on local libraries.

Those are just 5 of the things I have decided I will not be purchasing in 2020. Have you decided that there is anything you won’t be buying in 2020? List it below in the comments!

2 thoughts on “5 Things I won’t be buying in 2020

  1. I have experimented with a few different bread recipes, depending on the size of the bread I want to make, but I always make a few modifications to any online recipe I find. If using wholemeal flour, you might need a little more water, and no matter what the recipe says, I always use warm water and put the yeast in it till it activates. A lot of the recipes say to just add in the yeast with the flour, but I find it never works quite right unless I activate the yeast first. I will do a post soon on the exact measurements/recipe for the bread I am making at the moment. 🙂


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