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  1. Will I do better in February?
  2. I'm excited for No Buy June! My Products: Nature Queen Shampoo and Conditioner deluxe samples Erno Laszlo Firmarine mini facial bar Mary Kay "Boss Moss" eye shadow sample duo card Borghese mascara Kenet MD mini massage bar soap Tata Harper Resurfacing Masque mini Sisley eye contour masque foil pack; Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion mini; and Eau de Campagne Body Lotion mini. These are from the June 2017 "The Long Weekend" beauty subscription box, so I hope to have fun using these on the weekends this month, and I hope they will inspire me to relax more. Goal: The next debt in my snowball is: $529.45. Goal is to start paying it off this month, as I would like to have it paid off by the end of July. I would really like to succeed this month and be able to celebrate one whole half year on No Buy!
  3. I can't believe it's May already, and I've been working on this project since last December. This is a crucial month for me. I've been trying for years to successfully complete a No Buy and Project Pan. In 2007 and 2008, I started on New Year's and made it to the middle of May both times, and that was the longest I've lasted on a project like this. I want to break my own record. In both of those prior attempts, I was happy on my No Buy; I felt in control, and was making progress. Then May would arrive, I would see something I wanted very badly, and I would give in. I felt so bad when this happened, and then I was not able to get back on my project. It was like I had been under a magic spell that was broken, and I couldn't get back into the No Buy state. I would go back to my old way. I had not been on the No Buy long enough to make the lasting changes I want and need for my life. May goals: Pay off a debt of $443 I am still working on my Glossybox of face cream minis. I am using an average of three minis a month. I am currently using l'Occitane Divine Oil, in an adorable tiny glass bottle with a little dropper. I am also working on: Crabtree and Evelyn shampoo and conditioner minis; Clarins travel size cleanser; Natura Bisse eye cream foil pack; Doux Me masque deluxe sample; Borghese mascara mini; Mary Kay eye shadow duo sample card in Onyx; Estee Lauder eye makeup remover; l'Occitane Almond bath soap; l'Occitane Terre de Lumiere body balm deluxe sample; and Dollar General brand cotton pads. I MUST work hard on my second job this month! That's it to start! I hope to be back with good updates soon.
  4. Hi guys, hope this post finds you very well. I am beginning another no buy (replacement of any needed essentials only) and project use it up (focusing on deluxe samples) for April 2018. I'm going to spring clean my life. Products I'm using up to begin the month: Mary Kay eye shadow sample card - Real Teal Estee Lauder Eye Makeup Remover - left over from the 2014 Holiday Blockbuster makeup set! Skin Iceland Glacial Facial Wash mini - from Ipsy Tocca Bianca Body Scrub mini - great Birchbox sample 111 Skin minis - I received a mini of the Cryo Activating Hydro Gel in a fabulous Space NK GWP last May. I also received a mini of the line's Space Defense Bright Eye Lift Gel in an Ipsy Offer last year. I was excited to try the line. The products originated with a plastic surgeon in London who worked researchers studying the skin of astronauts, as aging is highly accelerated in space. I used the products last night and I'm not in love with the scent or the way they feel on my skin, but I'm going to use them all up. By not buying anything but essentials, I'm hoping to spring clean from my life another credit card this month. This particular card is not particularly good in terms of fees and interest rates, so I want to pay it off and close it completely. I have already paid my minimum payment for this month and my balance now is: $376.85. Yesterday I received in the mail my statement showing the zero balance from the card I paid off last month. How clean and crisp the paper appeared, and how good it felt to look at it. I felt I had worked hard to earn that paper, and felt proud.
  5. So excited to be back for another No Buy month. My main goal for No Buy March is to pay off a credit card - balance is $150.00. I want to have it completely paid off by the end of the month! I will start the month working on using up the following items: Full size White Rain Apple Blossom Shampoo (used half up last month) Foil pack Yves Rocher Sleeping Care (this is a leave in conditioner to use before bed, and that does not need to be rinsed or washed out) Full size Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil for Face and Eyes (I bought this back in 2014, and used most of the bottle up last month. I just have a bit more to go.) L'Acura Cuvee Royal Refine Serum Vial (this is a little glass vial left over from an Advent Calendar I got at the end of 2016. It is supposed to be used in one day, half in the AM and half in the PM, but I am finding it to contain a few days' use.) After this is done I will try a deluxe sample of Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum. Mary Kay eye shadow sample card in Honey Glaze (a peach-pink shade I am looking forward to trying) Borghese mascara (used all of January and February - will need to discard after this month) PLANT Apothecary Get Happy Body Wash travel size (used half last month) Finally, I got a temporary second job this month, and I'm very excited about it. So My third goal is to work hard and achieve well in this new job. I will be busy this month.
  6. 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.
  7. Hello, I was wondering if everyone would like to have a monthly thread for anyone pursuing any type of project pan, use up products project, low buy, or no buy? Please let me know what your ideas are and what you would like to do. I started a project two weeks ago and find it helpful to write about it here. Isn't it exciting that October is here? This is the time of year I really like to shop, so if I stay on course with my plan I will be really proud. Current plan is a no buy/using up foil packet samples and paying off my smallest debt. I am starting with the easier goals.
  8. Not exactly a no buy, but a challenge. To give up online shopping and to operate on a cash basis. To withdraw seven twenty dollar bills each week ($20 per day) from the ATM to cover groceries, eating out, cosmetics, and entertainment. To leave all other money in bank to cover bills. I wonder if I can make this a fun adventure, and if this will actually allow me to enjoy things more?? This is kind of a necessity for me now, but I am trying to make it a creative endeavor. So with this plan I CAN buy beauty products, but not online, as I will be operating on cash, and they will have to be in budget. Not only do I have debt, but I have had my card hacked recently from online shopping. That was a truly awful experience. I will try, but I am not a frugal person at all. No, not at all!!!
  9. I thought I would start up a no buy thread for each month from now on, for anyone new who may join, and also for me. Because I was on 100 day no buy, January 1-April 10, but I've decided not to stop at April 10, but to continue indefinitely. I'm just getting started! For March, I hope to finish up my project of using up all my foil sized samples, and put together a box of spring products (floral scent, pink blush, etc.) to focus on using up next. One thing I always liked in my shopping days was buying new things when the seasons change. Hopefully this time, I can find items for the new season in my existing collection.
  10. Ask and ye shall receive! Welcome, Friends, to the December Low-Buy/No-Buy Support Thread!!!! We know that this can be one of the hardest months to resist spending- not just for ourselves, but for others as well. There are lots of temptations- sales, the need to find the perfect gift, getting caught up in the spirit (which isn't a bad thing in itself), and then there are decorations, food, drink, parties, etc. Let's try to keep a clear head while spending this month! Go forth and share your goals for the month, and have a few holiday treats here while we commiserate together! Also, check out my tags for this thread up at the top- help me think of some other funny ones we can use!
  11. Now that we're moving into the latter part of the year (only ~5 months left in 2014) I'm going to urge everyone to reevaluate how they are coming on their goals. At the beginning of this year we all set out to be in control of our spending. See your goals here: http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/127423-no-buy-low-buy-goals-for-2014/ We all had changes this year, some were expected, some unexpected. We did the best we could to deal with those changes. And now, we can reevaluate how we are doing so far, and see if we want to make any changes for the tail end of the year. This is probably when people spend the most money- the holidays! So keep your head up and start thinking about it early, get yourself some goals. Let's talk about our game plans!

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