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01/24 Minimal Monthly β€” How Many Subscriptions Do You Really Have? πŸ’Έ

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January 2024

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Hi Reader,

Are you unknowingly part of the subscription silent majority? It's a club many of us join without even realising it.

I thought I was spending around thirty bucks a month and was a bit taken aback when I did the math: it's closer to $80. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Subscriptions, those sly little expenses, have a way of quietly slipping under our radar and accumulating in the corners of our bank statements.

Think about it: When was the last time you checked how many subscriptions you actually have? Hulu, Spotify, Disney, that app you downloaded for a free trial and forgot to cancel... they all add up quickly.

You might be underestimating the chunk these digital hitchhikers are taking from your wallet each month. And if you're trying to budget this year, it's worth doing a quick subscription audit. Set up a simple Excel or Google Sheet, or create a dedicated note in the note-taking app of your choice to track them. Or just add reminders to your calendar set to go off one week before expiry dates. That makes it easy to re-assess whether or not you want to cancel.

I've got tonnes of good stuff for you below but before I forget, I have a favour to ask:

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Blog Updates

  • ​Tidymalism's annual year in review culls readers' favourites of 2023 (aka the year of Google's Hellish Content Update) and runs through some bleak back office expense accounting. 😬
  • Tired of your bedroom decor and want something lighter, calmer, more textural? Zen Bedroom Ideas on a Budget walks you through eight tweaks you can make without having to rob a bank.
  • Let's talk about clutter shifting. I think a lot of folks get into the pickle of shuffling boxes of stuff back and forth because they have a hard time letting go, or simply don't know where to start decluttering. This post has answers.

Stuff I've Loved

  • US readers, heads up! If you sell your clutter on the likes of eBay, Poshmark or any other online marketplace, you'll want to stay abreast of the changes those twats your pals at the IRS are making to your taxable income thresholds for online sales. Things have been ping-ponging between a wild range of just $600 all the way up to $20k. Here's what the situation looks like currently, and what you need to know for your 1099-K when you do your 2023 return.
  • Declutter guru Peter Walsh goes into our obsession with consumption, microplastics, the hoax behind recycling bins, and talks about "stopping stuff at the doorβ€œ as part of the decluttering process in this good interview on The Declutter Hub.
  • Possibly the most calming video I watched all month: mindfulness coach Connie Riet on frugalism, contentment and living with less for simplicity – so much more than just saving money.
  • Speaking of money, CNET reported quiet luxury is out. Loud budgeting is all the rage now. At least on TikTok. Yay for the pushback on flashy spending. The kids are alright after all.
  • Are your weekends great? The WSJ has some super science-backed tips for making your time off really rewarding.
  • What to avoid at Ikea in 2024, and what gives you unbeatable value for your money: architect Daniel Titchener runs you through the best and worst Ikea furniture buys in this video.
  • I work with AI imagery nearly every day, yet I bombed this quiz. Can you tell how many of these faces are real or not?
  • Not that I'm into body-building, sports or even particularly Schwarzenegger for that matter. But the three-part docu ARNOLD on ze Netflix had me grinning from ear to ear. There were so many feel-good, truly inspiring takeaways in here and I had no idea Arnie’s such a Stoic. All you got iss your mind. Haf a wision. Vork your breeches off. Follow zrough und moove forvard. Ze moment you haf a mission, you got no time to play ze wictim.

That's it for this month. Feel free to share this newsletter with a friend, and enjoy February! ✨

Thank you for reading. If you have any comments or feedback, hit reply and drop me a line.

Have a great month ahead,


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