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  1. I have been backsliding, but backsliding in a better way than before. The money has felt tighter than normal lately. I decided not to be too hard on myself, because part of that was from losing my second job due to COVID. Also I joined a new church, and really want to keep up with the tithing. That has become important to me. I found I need to tighten the budget and cut back on too much takeout/delivery [Door Dash is my vice]. That's hard for me. I was not budgeting well, and I found myself the week before Father's Day with not enough money for gifts and food that week, so I opened a new credit card. I used that to buy gifts and food, then some more food and takeout. I feel really badly about that. BUT my old self would have just kept the card, and gone shopping for beauty items with it too, and I would have given up on my No Buy/Project Use It Up. NOW I caught myself after about two weeks of this backsliding, cut up the card, took the card number out of the computer. Because if it's there, it's too much temptation. And I kept right on using my old beauty stuff, I was not even tempted to buy new beauty stuff, just food! Now I will wait for the bill for the new credit card to come in the mail and work on paying it off. The fact that I am rebounding like this instead of going back to my old behavior is a really good sign! I do need to work on the eating out. Getting Nutrisystem was not such a good idea. The dry food is hard to eat and it is pretty expensive too. But I will keep trying to change my food habits. Until now, I have not really had to do that to achieve my goals. We're moving into the higher goals now.
  2. My little Nutrisystem box is coming today. I HOPE I like it!!!! I got a big box before, years ago, and I did not like it. So did not stick to it. But I'm so tired of my overspending on food (Door Dash) delivery. When I get restaurant delivery, I don't even end up liking the food that much. If I get fast food, it's good, but when I order from a restaurant, the food is much less appealing and good than when you eat on site. The kind of food I get (partial to fried foods) makes me thirsty, tired. I've gotten to the point where I am so fed up, I'm just dying for the Nutrisystem box. That's the way I am when I go on a beauty No Buy and it ends up being successful - fed up with my behavior, feeling like I can't wait to change. It's nice Nutrisystem now has these little boxes you can get at Target and Walmart to try out and you don't have to spend over 200 up front and get a subscription. I'm going to try different things with food each week until I figure out a plan to cut back. This will be harder than beauty No Buy for me.
  3. Me too! I really need clothes and shoes but won't buy them for myself. If I do have money I just want to buy cosmetics. I really don't use them either, but on my plan at least I get to enjoy the skin care and bath and body products!
  4. Some progress and some backsliding. Progress - used up the following - Dove Rose Petals Deodorant Ouai Wave Spray 1 ounce mini Bodycology Cherry Blossom Lotion 1 ounce mini I have three 1 ounce hair treatment products left, and I've used all my 1 ounce mini body lotions. Progressing now to the 1.5 ounce body lotions. Making great progress on using my Yves Rocher White Botanical cleanser, toner and cream. I am seeing good results and seeing the difference from using up full sized skin care products instead of samples. I used to always want to get samples from beauty boxes and GWP or PWP because I thought they saved me money. But my project use it up showed me that skin care minis only last ten days on average and you don't get results from them, so hopefully I'll break the need to spend money to get them. Also good: I needed a new watch again and got one from the Publishers Clearing House catalog. This watch I wanted really badly and waited a whole year to get it. I ordered it with their buy now pay later, but I only got that one thing. And I paid my bill right away. I did not order a lot of things [though I saw some I wanted], and pile up a big bill like I did in the past. I feel like my beauty spending is really under control .... BUT I feel I am spending too much on food. I have really gotten into ordering Door Dash really excessively. Sometimes on the weekend I'll get it three times a day. I'll pay $20 to have some sodas delivered. I feel ashamed when I do it. And when I go to the grocery store I spend too much but still don't feel I have the food I need. So I got a little Nutrisystem box to try to help with that. At Target, you can get a little 5 day box for about $50.00 so you don't have to commit a lot at once. I'm going to try that out - not to lose weight, but to learn to control food spending, because it gives you a structure. You still have to buy things to go with it like salads but I'm hoping it will help me buy less. How do you go on a No Buy for food? It's hard!
  5. I already bought something in No Buy Year 3, but it's only a replacement for my deodorant. My deo is running low, so it's allowed. But I made the purchase a little "extra," and got a 3 pack from Avon that has Far Away, Haiku, and Imari roll ons! It was only five dollars and change. It's called "A Far Away Dream Deodorant Trio". It's my treat for myself. I feel sorry for my Avon rep, having a replacement only No Buy person for a client!
  6. I'm now ready to begin a third year of No Buy! I want another year of using up what I have and paying off debt. I need to work harder on using all of my products up. Last night, I began using my full size Avon neck cream, and a $200 Dead Sea eye serum that I got in a Glossybox a long time ago. I get nice things and I just store them away. It's a bit harder now with the debt snowball and the project use it up, as I am on kind of a plateau. I have paid of my small debts, and now am working on the bigger balance debts in my debt snowball. I've used up all of my skin care samples (except for toners and masques), and am now using up full sized skin care. The goals are going to take longer to achieve this year. But this also is a sign of great progress. I found on YouTube a lady named Jessica Lee who actually completed 3 years of No Buy. On June 23, 2019, she published No Buy Update 2 YEARS!!! / 24 Months. In this video, she talked about wanting to shop, but also wanting to complete a third year of No Buy. And she did complete that third year!
  7. I have now passed the anniversary of being back on my No Buy, so I have completed Year 2! To recap, I went on a No Buy at New Year of 2018, and it was really successful. I used up a lot of things, and paid off a lot of debts. Then, in late January 2019, I crashed, and started shopping again, way too much, and got piles of new things. I felt bad about it, but could not stop. I started to slow down a bit in the spring, and then, on June 12, 2019, I was looking at my bills, and just began setting goals again and easily went into remission from overspending and went right back to my No Buy habits. It was a great feeling. I've been good all year, paid lots more debt, only bought deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush. I did get a Beauty Advent calendar, but I managed to just get that one thing without going on a spree. I still have the box and many of the products from the Advent calendar, and intend to refill and reuse it at the end of the year. No Buy Year 2 was a success. The last few items used up in No Buy Year 2 Pack of Delon cotton rounds Mini bottle Sisley Tropical Resins Toner - very delightful Mini Mamonde Rose Water Toner - Mamonde is a branch of Amore Pacific, all about skin care from flowers, very romantic Mini Nest Sicilian Tangerine Body Cream Mini Kani Moon MIlk shimmering body oil from past Petit Vour box Full size cleanser - The Creme Shop Double Cleanse 2 in 1 Facial Foam witch hazel/lemon/green tea
  8. I'm in Month 12 of the second year of my No Buy! I've done well this year. I paid off a lot of debts. It was a great decision to go back on my No Buy last June 12. I do miss shopping and am nostalgic for shopping. But still so far from using up my stash and paying off all my debt. I'm going to switch it up soon and use up full size skin care products instead of minis. I only have minis in the following categories now: Leave-in conditioners and hair treatments Body lotions Makeup Perfume Masks Toners - ALL other mini skin products USED UP after much hard work I am almost finished with a full sized cleanser, and then I will have five full sized cleansers left: four different types from Yves Rocher, and one from Principal Secret. Each one has a matching full sized face cream. It will be my next project to finish those. Excited for that! I've worked on minis for two years, and still have not used them all up. Of course, I replenished a lot, as I had five months backsliding between No Buy Year one and Year two!
  9. I paid $100 on my credit card, and now I'm at about the $1210 mark - almost down to the 11 hundred level, and that is my May payment done early. I used up Avon Rare Pearls Deodorant and mini Mario Badescu Drying Mask. I had the little mask jar for a year, and it was all dried up solid. I added hot water to it and let it set, and was still able to use it. It did work to make my skin clearer and cleaner, but it does not have a great smell. I'm now using up my mini Sisley Tropical Resins Toner, and after that is done I'll use up my mini Mamonde Rose Water Toner. I got baptized and confirmed and it was awesome! It was a private service due to the stay at home. I visit with people of the new church by phone and they instruct me. I've made new friends. I'm working at home and miss going to my office. I still have the work, but no office. The office is a nostalgic faraway place - who would have thought, lol.
  10. I am now in Month 11 of my second No Buy Year. I now have five credit card debts left to pay. To recall how far I've come, I had 16 credit card debts and a tax debt when I began No Buy Year one, in addition to my student loan. I've come a long way. It's a huge improvement, and the debt snowball plan combined with No Buy and Project Use It Up has definitely worked for me. The next debt in my snowball is about $1300. It's great that I am now able to focus on this one - it's an old debt (2003) with a high interest rate. I'm working on finishing Mario Badescu Drying Mask mini now, and after that I get to use up the last of my Sisley samples! I have a mini toner and rose masque.
  11. I finished Month 10 of my No Buy. I did get my stimulus check from the government, and completely paid off my credit card ($500). Also with that money I got ahead on my other payments, and got my father a $100 gift card for his birthday, and got groceries. I did not buy anything not necessary. I'm getting ready to be baptized and confirmed and I got a white dress at Target and white shoes. Also my deodorant ran out and I got a new Dove Rose Petals deo. I used up the following items: Foil pack DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - I got another DHC catalog in the mail with four foil pack samples. This is always a great treat. Foil pack DHC Cleansing Foam Foil pack DHC Velvet Skin Coat - This is a primer. Foil pack DHC Platinum Silver Deep Moisture Sample vial of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W - This is an exfoliating toner lotion, a French classic. Mini bottle of Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion - This is a toner for oily skin. It has a great powdery smell and is refreshing. Mini bottle Briogeo Rosarco Milk ***** Amazing for my fine and tangle prone hair! Mini tube Yves Rocher Aloe Lotion Full size Nuria facial cleanser - I got this in a Glossybox a while ago, and it lasted forever.
  12. Got a lot going on! I am working on some profound religious studies I've been wanting to do really badly. I got paid and I have my credit card down to $500 - it is halfway paid off now. Today was my first day of working remotely. I won't be going out, so I'm not going to try to use up all my mini primers, or any other makeup now. Instead, I am going to use up all my mini toners, starting with the smallest one I have, from Biologique Recherche.
  13. Nice to meet you!
  14. It's Sunday. I don't feel said about anything, except for worrying about by elderly father catching coronavirus, because I could not stand to see him suffer, and feeling sad when I hear about the people who passed away. I feel lucky I still have my job, and they even gave my full hours back. Hours have been cut pretty much since December. My Dad asked me to find out when senior shopping time is, and my heart went out to him. Then he came back from shopping and he was happy, because he found cleaning wipes and groceries. He got me M&Ms. Maybe I get my love of shopping from my folks, lol. All I can think of is that stimulus check we're going to get, how if my job keeps on, I can use that to pay a credit card off, oh, that would be so amazing! And trying to use up my 2017 samples. My little hopes and dreams are surviving. Last night I went to visit my friend who lives alone. She said, I'm so depressed because I'm alone in the house. I said, that's what you need to stay alive right now. It is an advantage. But she did not see how that was a good thing. Also I was watching a Sophie Shohet video on YouTube and in the comments someone had a good tip: keep nails really short, as long nails can get germs under them that may not come off when you wash hands.
  15. This weekend I will stay home and entertain myself using old beauty samples: Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme mask - this is one of my older samples. I got it in the October 2017 Petit Vour box. It smells great. I will give myself a facial. Kani Moon Milk - this is also from the October 2017 Petit Vour box. It is heaven. It's a beach vacation in a bottle. It is a jasmine tuberose body oil with shimmer and can also be used on the hair ends and as a highlighter. I really love it. Petit Vour sent me generous and costly samples. Nails - maybe I will use a nail polish. I'm not good at doing nails, but I do have a few nail polishes and I need to use them up.
  16. I want to mention a great YouTube channel that was really inspiring to me recently. It is Study with me - law. In case you have not seen the study with me genre of YouTube videos, these are people who live stream long study sessions so others can follow them in real time and stay focused on work. This is the channel of a young Italian attorney who is working for a judge and also studying for the judge exam. During the crisis in her country, she is working and studying at home all day every day. She will usually work on her job in the mornings and study in the afternoons, with a break every 90 minutes or so, and longer meal breaks. Her schedule is not too easy and yet not too difficult, and her videos really helped me to keep motivated when I had my second job working at home. Sadly that job was cut short by the current crisis. I wish I could live like this young woman - with her studious life and huge, beautiful law books.
  17. This is a great idea. I watch YouTube every day - no TV, just YouTube. I subscribed to your channel. I like it because it has food and travel as well as beauty. I liked your images of Berlin (and the food in Berlin!) and also your nighttime skin care routine. The rice milk baby lotion that can only be found in Asia looks really nice, as well as the cleanser with the green tea leaves in the bottom.
  18. I went to London and I went to Boots every day. I am from US. I loved the beauty section in Boots and also Selfridges. I would love to shop in the French Pharamcies. I also loved the crisps and sandwiches in Boots. I love shopping and treats.
  19. Hi Reija nice to see you! I was hoping you were doing okay in these times.
  20. Hi, thanks so much for coming to talk to me. Well basically I love shopping for beauty products so much, I just get too much all the time. I have too many products, and I owe debts, so the idea is not to buy anything new, just try to use all the things I have up to the last drop, and use the savings to pay off debt so I won't have so many bills! I make a fun game of it. I have used up a lot of things and paid off many debts! Thank you for asking about me. I am safe, still going to work and getting food and no one near me is sick. I hope you are doing well too. Good luck on your house! Do you like beauty shopping?
  21. Nice to have you here
  22. Little beauty samples last forever. Used up: finished all of my six belif face cream foil packs (3 True Cream; 3 True Cream Aqua Bomb) two Avon Rare Pearls catalog scented sample pages (I keep pages from catalogs and magazines to use) mini blow pro weather girl hair serum mini Yves Rocher body scrub mini Yves Rocher Argan Rose shower gel mini Eve Lom Rescue Mask Secret Paris Rose Deodorant
  23. My new resolutions to stay healthy Drink at least one entire bottle of water per day (don't like water - always drinking soda) At least 30 minutes of cleaning a day at home - includes disinfecting bathroom, computer desk, and my face with face wash, no more being too lazy to wash face before bed, wash bedding and clothes more often At least 30 minutes outside every day to get vitamin D Put hand sanitizer mini in purse and use it - I don't like hand sanitizer - but I got a mini one for Christmas *personal opinion not official advice
  24. EdithS2

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    Yes we'd love to talk with you. Welcome to the club. I think it would be nice to have grey or lavender contacts.

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