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  1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I have a little Clarins, Rituals, and Chanel to use up too! I love it when I finish something because I get to open a new treat from my box.
  2. After today, I'll be halfway through my February No Buy month. I've been a litte bit bad. I made a beauty purchase. I rationalized it so that I felt I was not breaking my No Buy, but I could have done better. All of my wristwatches died, and I really needed a new watch, so I decided to get an Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Valentine's Day set at Macy's, because they have a free watch as GWP. I told myself this was not breaking my No Buy, as I was getting something I needed, and it was efficient to get some other things at the same time. I could have done better--I could have had a new battery put in one of my old watches, or I could have purchased a ten dollar watch from Avon or Wal Mart. But I'm happy that after I competed this purchase, I felt satisfied and did not feel the need to buy more. I'm getting more and more organized. I looked up and printed out my free credit report. I organized my Glossybox of face cream minis. I went through my diaries, order histories, and beauty sites to try and figure out when I had acquired each one, so that I can use them in order of oldest to newest. That took some doing. I have 26 face cream minis. I'm almost finished with the first one (my L'Occitane Shea Butter Face Cream from the brand's 2016 Advent Calendar). In the second half of February, I'll be using cream number two, my Organic Pharmacy cream, which I received in the December 2016 Birchbox. I'll also soon be finishing a St. Ives travel size body wash, and in the second half of February, I'll be using my PLANT Apothecary shower gel sample from October Petit Vour. For financial goals, I only have $33 left to pay to get my credit card down to $150 by the end of the month. If I do this, I'll easily be able to pay the card off in full by the end of March. That's a payment of $16.50 for each of the next two Fridays. I love paying things off and I am very motivated. I'm excited for the second half of this month!
  3. I have completed the first week of February on my plan, and I am doing really well. I have already finished paying off my debt that had a balance of $60.01 left. [I made my minimum payment of $25, and two extra payments of $17.50]. Next, I will begin working on a credit card that has a balance of $221.86. My goal for the rest of the month is to make my minimum payment of $23, plus two extra payments of $25, so that my balance will be down to $150 by the end of the month. I continue to work on using up my deluxe samples. I'm glad I'm using things up little by little. I don't want to run out of things and have to shop again any time soon. I think when it comes time to buy replacement items, I will try to get things that come with samples or free gifts, to keep replenishing my collection with minimal cost and effort. I don't miss shopping, because it's overwhelming to choose from all that is on the market. I love the feeling of having things that I can live on for a long long time with no buying effort or spending while paying down debts. I'm not depriving myself of my favorite foods and drinks, but I try to stay away from dinners at restaurants. A little lunch at a restaurant is okay. I try to find free entertainment and go to the library rather than buying books I want on Amazon. I'm finding my project really fun and not hard in any way. The hard part is working every day to earn the money!
  4. I am committing to another strict No Buy for the month of February. BEAUTY GOALS Begin working through Glossybox filled with deluxe size skin care samples​. These are samples I've collected between November 2016 and December 2017. I am going to try to use them based on the date they were acquired. I believe my oldest sample is a L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream with Shea Butter - I think it is left over from the 2016 L'Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar. I also have a L'Occitane Dry Skin Foot Cream with Shea Butter that I believe is also from the calendar, so I'll use those first. Hair - use up conditioner foil packs (4). Use up travel size shower gels (5). Work on Glossybox containing sheet masques and masques in sachet pouches. Continue to use Borghese mascara mini almost every day. I believe this is my oldest mascara mini, and I have been using it for about three weeks. FINANCIAL GOAL First half of February - pay off debt with remaining balance $60.01. LIFE GOAL Have fun and relax, and enjoy the peace of mind that a No Buy brings.
  5. I am so grateful for support I have received here. It has helped me, and I have done well in No Buy January. I did not spend money on anything except bills, food, gas, and essentials, and I was able to save a final total of $164.86 extra money to pay off debts. I used up all of my skin care foil samples except for one eye cream, all of my body lotion foil samples, my foundation foil samples, and some other things. I learned some new things about what products I want and need in future (see The Official Used It Up Thread for all of the details). I feel happier, more at peace, and feel I am doing something to take control of and improve my life. I was able to relax more this month, and watched tons of films and TV shows, something I could not focus on when I was shopping all the time. I am very pleased with how this month has gone, and I am preparing to commit to a great February No Buy. Will start a new thread soon with goals!
  6. The official used it up thread!

    Empties collected during my strict No Buy January, concentrating on using up foil pack samples SKIN CARE Foils ​COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate - I was impressed by the research on cellular immunity behind this product, but it is to be used before serum and moisturizer to make them work more effectively, a step that seems too much to me. Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream Sisley Neck Cream Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect First Serum Three packets of Yves Rocher Sensitive Vegetal Soothing Moisturizing Cream Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles and Lifting V Shaping Care Full Size Elizabeth Grant Supreme Cell Vitality Cleansing Mousse - I bought this years ago, in 2014, I believe. It was big milestone to finally finish it. Most likely to repurchase - Sisley Neck Cream (or an affordable dupe for it if I can find one). Before testing this sample, I thought neck creams were just designed to remove wrinkles on the throat. But this cream promised to reduce fat and puffiness around the jawline, with caffeine extract! I found this a wonderful concept and will be on the lookout for special neck creams in future. MASQUES One pack of Wilma Schumann European Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads One TONYMOLY Egg Pore Nose Strip HAIR Foil pack Davines MINU Hair Serum Full size Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo - I just happened to finish this; it has been my normal shampoo for a while now. SHOWER GEL Deluxe Sample Bottles Yves Rocher Grapefruit Thyme Energizing Bath and Shower Gel Yves Rocher Mango Coriander Energizing Bath and Shower Gel Yves Rocher Raspberry Peppermint Energizing Bath and Shower Gel Adored the Grapefruit; hated the Mango - too sweet! BODY LOTION Foils Two packets of Sisley Restorative Body Cream Sisley White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Silk Body Butter MAKEUP Foils Sisley Phyto Teint Eclat Foundation Yves Rocher Youhtful Glow Foundation PERFUME In the spirit of using EVERYTHING, I am gathering all of the magazine strip testers in any old magazines and catalogs in my room, and working through them. Avon Haiku Reflection - aquatic - not for me - prefer powdery florals Avon Rare Pearls - loved Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Michael Kors Wonderlust - I loved the almond milk note In researching these, I read that Walgreen's has a really good dupe for Cashmere Mist for around $12.00 - may look into that after my No Buy.
  7. @@mandys nice to see you here. I am getting my plans ready for February. I need to start using my deluxe/travel samples next. I used almost all my foils, except for hair conditioners. I have baby fine hair and they take me forever to use.
  8. I don't have subs now, but later on, I am going to let myself have Birchbox again, and maybe Sisley. Can't wait. That will be allowed after I've used up more samples. It's so hard to narrow down sub boxes, but I foresee myself needing skin and hair samples more than makeup samples in future. I paid off my debt number three of $76.98! That makes $147.23 of extra debt payment so far. Next debt to work on is $77.51. There is still some time in the month - one more payday and two more Sundays. Since New Year's Eve, Sunday has become my day to use a masque. Still time to get a little but done before February. I can pay maybe $25 or so on my next debt before February, and maybe finish a few more little items. I am almost to the end of a really large cleanser I've had for years; I'm working on a clay masque in a sachet, a conditioner packet, some skin care packets. Hope to finish the month well so I can start anew in February and do even more. Thanks so much for your support, @@Reija and @@jesemiaud!
  9. Almost halfway through January, and I'm doing really well. I had so much money left at the end of this week, I was able to pay off my second debt, in the amount of $42.93. That amounts to $70.25 total extra debt payoff for the No Buy so far. Next goal is to pay my next largest debt of $76.98; I plan to pay $25.66 on each of the next three Fridays, and have it gone by the end of January. I'm making good progress on my Birchbox full of foil samples. Each one has a couple of uses. I'm enjoying using them up. I feel more relaxed. I'm able to watch lots of films and TV programs, which I was not able to concentrate on before I began the No Buy. I just relax in my room before and after work and enjoy my samples while watching films on my computer. I cancelled Netflix for the No Buy but have a few weeks to go before my last month ends, so I'm watching all I can. Future plans: I thought I might continue this No Buy every month until I feel caught up with paying off debts and using up products, then continue here forever with a Low Buy Maintenance Plan. The Low Buy Maintenance Plan would consist of me buying replacements only, plus subscribing to one or two beauty boxes. Looking forward to that.
  10. I am happy and doing well on my No Buy! I have paid of my smallest debt, which was $27.32. I had one payment of $13.66 due in March, and one payment of $13.66 due in April, but I've paid them off already, and that debt is gone! It's a great feeling to have that done, even though it's little. I've been enjoying using up products. It is cozy to use up lotions and creams on cold January days. In general, I find the organizing activities that go with this project very relaxing. I'm using my foil samples, cutting them in half or quarters to scrape the last drops of product out, then taping them back into one piece with Scotch tape when they are empty, so they will be neat and easy to keep track of in my empties bag. I'm looking forward to posting them in the official used it up thread at the end of the month. Plans for the rest of the month: My next debt is $42.93. I have three payments of $14.31, due February, March, and April, but I am planning to make the payments in the remaining three Fridays of this month. I am going to have extra time for myself this coming week, so I'm going to try to add more products to my routine and use more. I'm looking forward to it.
  11. Tuesday, January 2 Almost 6 am, and time for a long hard work week; holidays over. I was dreading this morning, but I feel happy! Yesterday instead of shopping online, I found some great films to watch. I discovered a new tea at the grocery store to bring to work (a canned iced tea that is traditional Japanese Green Tea - in the sushi department). I love iced tea. (Food does not count as part of the No Buy.) I'm looking forward to using some beautiful samples this morning, which I would otherwise be hoarding. I have a grapefruit shower gel and some nice face cream. I love grapefruit scents. I'm excited for Friday, when I will pay off that first little debt and get it out of my life. It's going to be a great feeling.
  12. Happy New Year! It just passed midnight in my time zone, so I am officially on No Buy! As soon as midnight struck, I made an online debt payment to my smallest debt. It's a debt of only $27.32. I paid $13.66 tonight, and I plan to pay the remaining $13.66 Friday. It seems really small, but it's something I would usually just let go, pile up, take a few months to pay off, just doing the minimum, while getting all the latest beauty boxes with my extra funds instead. I have a bad habit of letting debts pile up. I am going to work on my foil samples to begin the panning process. I have seven face cream samples, one eye cream sample, one throat cream, two foundations, four body lotions and five conditioners all in little sachet packs. I am starting with easy goals to give myself early momentum. I have a bad habit of letting beauty products pile up. I'm glad No Buy is here, and I think I will let go of a lot of stress and gain a lot more enjoyment out of life while on it. Best of luck to everybody in the New Year!
  13. 2018 I Can Do It!!!!

    New Years Eve - less than 24 hours until no buy begins! I am so happy New Years Eve is here! A magical day of hope. I have been so looking forward to my new project. My plan of attack: I thought I would take the no buy one month at a time, and (I hope it's okay), start a new thread on this board for each month. Each month I will have a financial goal. I will start with a small goal the first month, and build each month that follows with a larger goal. In general, I will be implementing a Dave Ramsey Snowball type plan, starting with my smallest debt and working up. I will systematically use up products and collect empties, and thought I would post those at the end of each month on The Official Used It Up Thread. I plan to use up small things at first (travel size skin care, etc.), and each month will build on using things up, panning makeup, etc. My hopes: To free up money of course, to eliminate debts and find financial freedom. To get more enjoyment and use out of things I have. To free up time and mental space in my life by eliminating shopping, so I that I can relax more and do a wider variety of things. I don't think of this as a deprivation, but as a relaxing time. I visualize it as similar to going to a wonderful spa or retreat for a fast which is relaxing and healing, strict but fun. I know I will feel FOMO and regret if I see some wonderful new item, gift with purchase, or special beauty box, but I feel the program will be very rewarding. All that it can do for me remains to be seen. I look forwarding to discovering these rewards!
  14. Birchbox January 2018 *Spoilers*

    Curated box looks great to me. I was drawn to the Oribe samples and the Clark's Botanicals cream, as those are really nice luxury samples. I was not sure I wanted the Laura Geller eyelash primer - seemed to be something I would not want to bother with - but the description says you can wear it alone on low maintenance days, as it is black tinted, not white. That sold me on it.
  15. 2018 I Can Do It!!!!

    Christmas Day Still so excited for my no buy/use it up project. One issue I have is that I just don't use my cosmetics! I buy them and hoard them in stacks of Glossyboxes, but at the same time I have the most low maintenance beauty routine ever - or no beauty routine - and do not wear makeup. I've been analyzing why I do not use my things. The reasons are: Laziness, lack of time, especially in the morning; Feeling products are too pretty and nice to use and I must save them up; Feeling disappointed that product's don't work, but I don't stick with them long enough to see results (for skin care) or to learn to apply them well (for makeup); Spending all my time looking for something new to buy, distracting me from what I have. Having a goal to use all my products up will help with all of these behaviors. I've slowly started to use some little skin care sample packs and some perfumed shower gels. Lately I've been using Yves Rocher Clementine and Spices Shower Gel from the Holiday 2016 collection, which I purchased last year. I've really been enjoying the little things I have been using. I'm having a wonderful Christmas now. I'll be sad when it's over, but I look forward to New Year's Eve, when I will have a cozy night at home, give myself a facial, and further plan my No Buy! I find that being on total No Buy is a sort of relief, and the break from shopping does alleviate a lot of stress for me, and I enjoy it.

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