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I have decided that on January 1st, 2015 that I will undertake a 100 day no-buy challenge. My stash is monstrous, it needs to be used, and I need to stop the mentality of "saving it for something special". My Momma and Ninny always saved things for something special, when Ninny died all her nicest things were untouched, unused. My Momma is bedridden and disabled, this year I am going to use her best china, crystal, and silver for the holidays. They have never been used since purchased back in 1962, two years before I was born! This stops with me. I am special enough to use my nice things. I will not worry about "messing it up", makeup is meant to be used, not treated as a genuine Faberge egg for Pete's sake! I've started using my best perfumes on a daily basis already and it makes me so happy! My rules will be: 1.No beauty/makeup purchases whatsoever for 100 days, commencing on Jan 1, 2015 2. Current subscriptions can be kept, but no new subs can be added. 3. Can participate in Circular Swaps or Secret Exchanges 4. Can only purchase basic hygiene items, toothpaste, deodorant, Cetaphil Cleanser when they run out. 5. Use things from my stash daily, even if I am just staying at home. I would love to have company and friends on this journey. Whether you want to do the challenge, or just give support, I hope people will join this thread. If you want to be in the challenge, please pledge yourself!
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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