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Since I like shopping - a bit too much - its evident I like acquiring things. Since I have a significant stash of makeup and other beauty products its evident that I like having things. Though in sharp contrast to acquiring things and having things - I'm not using enough of the products I have so the accumulation has gotten a bit out of hand. Having a low-buy or a no-buy goal is only going to resolve half of my problem. My personal challenge - as listed below - is going to help me start to reduce my stash and I hope the reduction is significant. After all what's the point of having something -- unless you're going to use it?!?! In the first 100 days of 2015 - I want to generate at least 100 empties. My rules are as follows: Full-sized products and Deluxe-sized samples count as one item used. Two foil packets count as one item used (i.e. one shampoo foil + one conditioner foil = one item used). This is sort of a personal incentive to use the foil packets and just make them go away since I generally dislike foil packets and don't normally use them - hence the accumulation. That said I definitely don't want the majority of my empties to be from foils. Some products need to be tossed and replaced like eye lash primer, mascara, and liquid eyeliner though they may not be used until the product is gone - I generally toss and replace these products because I see them as expired. I will consider a full-sized pressed blush or a full-sized pressed eye shadow 'used' when I hit pan because I want to put a serious dent in my blush & eye shadow collection in 2015 and this is a good way to get started. The vast majority of products have to to be used until they're gone in order to count. If there is a sample that I don't like and don't use until its gone - I will toss it and it won't count for this challenge. If I accumulate 100 empties before 100 days is over, I will not stop. Rather, I will see how many additional empties I can generate. Through out the course of this challenge my empties are going to go in an empty identical bin so I can keep track of my empty container progress one item at a time. I will provide updates periodically and a final tally at the end. Sorry for the short notice ladies -- is anyone else up for another challenge?
By putting a plan in place for a low/no buy - what are you hoping to achieve? Reasons may include and are not limited to one or more of the following: save money short term (i.e. vacation) save money for long term (i.e. retirement) limited storage space therefore having fewer belongings use products before they expire pay down unsecured debts (i.e. credit card) using products until they're gone before replacing them have less stuff/clutter in the home pay for post-secondary education extra money for a hobby response to reduced hours at work or lay-off pay off a mortgage or car loan faster saving money for other household expenses (i.e. new furniture, home repairs) increase in child-related expenses saving for a rainy-day fund taking a cruise or trip loss of interest in cosmetics and related items pressure from spouse/significant other to stop buying and start saving What are YOUR reasons for wanting to decrease expenses/consumption by participating in low/no buy?
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