In 2017 I watched Minimalisim and just as it did many, it spoke to me. I removed 8 bags of “stuff” from our home, sold clothes and donated larger scale items to family members. Once I began removing things there was no stopping me and once I saw the rewards to living with less I was hooked. We frequent Disney, staycation in Florida often, and travel with family as often as possible. I am often asked how I go go go; I have a few answers for this but the main one is that we live with less to staycation any time we want! While this isn’t preferred by everyone, we put emphasis on Disney resort staycations, overnight stays all over the state, and spur of the moment adventures over anything else in life. I am obsessed with travel and adventures in Florida. Central Florida offers so much alone, so why stay home? Here is 12 things to live without to do more traveling and experience Florida life at its finest.
Once a year vacations don’t exist in my book, so I am willing to make many changes to come and go as I please. These tips can be applied to anything. If your thing is clothing or home decor or food apply some of this accordingly to put all your energy into doing the thing you love more often.
12 things to live without to do more traveling
- Cable. We are not home enough nor do we spend enough time watching tv to have cable. It felt so good to cut that bill out. We do have what seems to be the worlds supply of Disney movies, so we are set for life.
- Lawn Service. I now consider a form of exercise to mow the yard and I love doing it! We set aside yard days to mow, pull weeds, and trim trees. It doesn’t take as long as I thought it would and the boys are always game for outside time while we do yard work.
- Private School. While I love my sons private school and think every child in the world should go there just for the amazing care, we took 2 years off. The boys are 1 & 3 so they don’t HAVE to be in school, plus I love having them home and able to travel anywhere at any time. Lincoln (3) will go to pre-k in 2019, so we have time before I cry my eyes out when he returns.
- Weekly Sitter. My work (writing for websites, creating content, photography, etc) was a full time job for many years. I worked so many hours I needed child care once a week outside of half day school days to keep me afloat. I cut back on work to spend more time with my boys before they grow up and don’t want to spend time with me and it offered a savings. Monthly Savings: $100
- Clothing. This might seem like it shouldn’t be on the list, but I have reduced my closet so much (thank you Minimalists) that I made $$$ selling clothes and still occasionally do when I decide to purge again. I also sell items in the home that we don’t use often enough to justify having (furniture, baby items, etc). I also limit my clothing buying as I have what I believe I need in my closet.
- Cleaning Service (auto and home). I used a cleaning service for both our home and cars and it was such a blessing. When you’re a parent the time you have is so precious that it helps to have others do the things for you. I do have more on my shoulders as I have to clean the house and cars without paid services but I am blessed enough to have family visit quarterly and beg to help us out with daily tasks.
- Starbucks. Full disclosure I do sometimes treat myself to coffee, but more so during a client/work meeting. Prior to adjusting our budget I got coffee every.single.day. through a drive through. Outside of a set meeting/occasion I have coffee at home and even bring some of our own coffee when we travel!
- New Home Items. Outside of making required updates and painting we do not buy new items for our home. I dreamed of having a farm house inspired dining table and gushed over the $2000+ tables in magazines. We found a similar table at a thrift store for $60, sanded it, stained it, and painted the legs white. While I’m no thrifting pro, I do believe there’s power in painting something to make it your own instead of giving thousands to large companies.
- Boarding (Dog Care). Each time we do a staycation (which is typically 4-6 times a year at minimum), we paid $120-$220 for dog sitting. We worked out a system with our friends and have 3 different friends who can all take turns watching our little dog while we are away. Some Disney resorts allows dogs too!
- Spa (Massages + Pedicures) Between chiropractor visits, massages, and pedicures I spent about $100 a week on spa related services. Pedicures are now a gift of sorts and very rare. I take pride in doing a mean pedicure and manicure on myself thanks to products from the beauty store.
- Hot Spot Service. We paid $30 a month for hot spot service to have internet every where we traveled. Now we take advantage of free internet services or simply unplug.
- Eating Out. When we travel/staycation we always pack some portion of what we will eat. Lunch, snacks, and water bottles are things we pack almost everywhere we go. Breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day, so outside of bringing my own coffee with me we do splurge on breakfast. We don’t typically eat out for dinner but if we do we tend to allow the boys to split a meal and I eat smaller portions (all my favorite foods happen in the morning). You can bring small coolers, bottle water, snacks including chips + fruit almost anywhere. Limiting our eating out budget saves us big time. In truth eating out takes a lot of time and when you have 2 toddlers hours of eating a meal isn’t fun.