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May 2013 No-buy/Low-buy thread

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Anyone up for another month of no-buy/low-buy?

 

I think I'm going to stick to my 5 item limit again this month.

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I like the idea of an X amount limit. I'm going to try for 5 and see what happens. So, a low buy, regarding amount of products. I already know I need to get a cleansing oil, plus I ordered a mystery bag from Llarowe.. but that was a few days back, end of April.. to count or not to...? Lol. Good luck everyone!

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I feel off the wagon in April with The Balm 50% sale and Chic Week at Sephora, but this month I am going to be better. I will still get my Birchbox and my Ipsy bag, but other than that I won't be buying any makeup or beauty products unless I run out of something I use daily. The only thing I foresee that happening with is eye makeup remover. I have so much stuff, I need to use it up!

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I am definitely committing to a no buy that only includes exceptions for: a new eyelash curler, small scissors (to cut my eyelashes and eyebrows), a new powder brush (to replace an old one), and essential makeup items such as concealer, powder, and mascara.

 

I've "researched in advance for the specific items I want and have found ones that cost less than $5 each and still should perform well.

 

I am also working on items that I have hit pan on and a few items that I no longer love, but are to expensive to toss.
 

-19Ten20

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I'm going to attempt a no buy this month with the exception of my 3 subscription boxes - Birchbox, Eco Emi and Julep.  Gulp. 

 

I don't need anything, just need to resist any sales and impulse buys.

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Yeah I really don't need anything either. I want to do a no-buy but I'm afraid of failing at it. 

 

The only sub boxes I have for this month are PopSugar, Birchbox, and possibly Naturebox. I feel like I should just buy snacks from a grocery store instead of subscribing to a snack box.

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I'm afraid of failing a no-buy as well, as I've never done it successfully.  However, I've put myself on a strict budget with every dollar spoken for, so failing the no buy will mean I go in the red for the month.  Hopefully, that will be incentive enough, but we shall see.

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I'm going to be on a low buy of sorts. I've already decided what I'm going to buy for this month, and after that I'm limiting myself to things that I cannot talk myself out of with a witness (which means that I cannot buy things without asking someone else if it's a good idea first).

 

Things I'm buying:

the mini set of the OPI bond girls

a bunch of polish from my fav indie polish maker (that I promised her I was buying as soon as I got paid) - set of 8 neons + the remainder of the holo collection.

my sub boxes which should be paid for (ipsy, birchbox, squarehue, starlooks starbox)

a tarte eyeliner as part of a group order

ticket to the tour of st louis for my convention in July

 

Things I am NOT buying:

konad tools even though my stamping set is garbage

the opi bond girls not in the mini set

any cosmetics that I do not go physically out of my way to shop for (e.g. no random stuff at walmart)

julep mystery boxes

my sub boxes which are already paid for (goodies.co, love with food, seasonsbox)

a little black bag

indie polishes other than those from ellagee which I have committed to

eyeshadow at all

 

Commitment: go!

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No buy for me with the exception of one nail polish blog sale purchase that she is holding for me with payment due on the 10th.

 

I am getting 2 kittens this Friday so hopefully the expenses associated with that (I already had to lay down over $200 for supplies and there will be an adoption fee too) will keep me in line.

 

I'm actually trying to no buy anything but food and things I might need for the kittens unexpectedly this month.  We'll see how I do.

 

I am keeping my sub boxes but skipping any that have an easy skip option (Julep, LBB).

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Wow it's May Day!

 

I reeeeaaaaaaally want to try a no-buy this month but I'm scared to.  I started my first ever low-buy in January and I think over the months it's helped me build up resistance to impulse buys and sales and realize that I just shouldn't buy MORE stuff.  But I get so much enjoyment out of shopping for beauty products and especially trying new things I'm kind of scared of stopping that cold turkey.  

 

Maybe I'll try it for a week and see how it goes, lol.

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Ok. I'm going to do this for real this time. After Chic Week (stocked up on essentials) and the Balm Sale. I gotta go on a beauty low buy! I just fell in love with the Tarte Bb Primer thing (I feel like every makeupy word is in its name...) so I am going to get that and limit myself to 4 other items or a certain dollar amount - whichever happens first. I can do this!

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I'm in! I totally slipped when it was chic week! My goal is to keep my buy under 3 items and no compulsive buying (since April was an all around fail for my no/low buy). I separated my sample stash that I want to keep and what I'm willing to trade and I hope to use up a good amount of samples this month.

 

Godspeed and good luck to us all!

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I'm not sure if i could handle doing a no buy month (being an Avon rep.). I am interested in doing a low buy. Any suggestions of how to set a good starting limit?

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Originally Posted by bookie7 View Post

 

I'm not sure if i could handle doing a no buy month (being an Avon rep.). I am interested in doing a low buy. Any suggestions of how to set a good starting limit?

 

Not buying your way up to your $50 min for AVON by yourself. ^_^ -learnedthatlessonthehardway-

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I'm officially in a very low buy for half of this month. Gotta save since I'm going back to Cali :) YAY

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This is the first time I'm attempting a no buy, except for my subscription boxes (Birchbox, Goodebox, Eco-Emi, Daily Dose of Green, Green Grab Bag, Barkbox...yes quite a few!). I bought too many things during Sephora Chic Week, theBalm 50% off sale, Caudalie F&F 20% off, huge Tatcha order and god knows how many other small purchases. 

 

Absolutely no buy - I am well stocked up on all my essentials and not-so-essentials as well.

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Originally Posted by tulosai View Post

 

No buy for me with the exception of one nail polish blog sale purchase that she is holding for me with payment due on the 10th.

 

I am getting 2 kittens this Friday so hopefully the expenses associated with that (I already had to lay down over $200 for supplies and there will be an adoption fee too) will keep me in line.

 

I'm actually trying to no buy anything but food and things I might need for the kittens unexpectedly this month.  We'll see how I do.

 

I am keeping my sub boxes but skipping any that have an easy skip option (Julep, LBB).

 

Post pictures of the kittens when you get them! 

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Originally Posted by Lulubelle107 View Post

 

 

Post pictures of the kittens when you get them! 

I  will!

 

I already endured my first buy temptation this morning- Birchbox Discovery dash.  Took a pass, pretty proud of myself :)

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It's my birthday month so I'm not restricting myself. I don't have anything I need or really really want thanks to Chic Week though. Ulta sent me a $10 off coupon in my e-mail and they've got some nice GWPs but I don't know that I'll be purchasing anything.

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I'm giving myself 3 items from the upcoming MAC summer collection, and that's it. Maybe 4 if I'm really, really good until then. After that, the month will be focused on not buying anything else!

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Welp... Bought a car today (out of necessity) so there goes my make up fund, and nearly all other funds for that matter! My low buy will now be a no buy! I don't really *need* anything and I won't be working for a whole month until my summer internship begins so I guess I should be smart with what I have left until I get paid again!

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Originally Posted by tulosai View Post

 

No buy for me with the exception of one nail polish blog sale purchase that she is holding for me with payment due on the 10th.

 

I am getting 2 kittens this Friday so hopefully the expenses associated with that (I already had to lay down over $200 for supplies and there will be an adoption fee too) will keep me in line.

 

I'm actually trying to no buy anything but food and things I might need for the kittens unexpectedly this month.  We'll see how I do.

 

I am keeping my sub boxes but skipping any that have an easy skip option (Julep, LBB).

 

yes yes!  please post pictures of your kittens!  i bet they are totally adorable!

 

my hope is that your adorable kittens can distract us all from our makeup buying urges this month :D

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For the first time ever I am going to attempt a low buy this month. I have been doing a big spring cleaning and seeing just how much makeup I have is borderline repulsive. I have begun throwing away products that I never use and have also come across so many great products that I rarely use just because I have so much makeup. From now on whenever I am considering buying something I will ask myself if I already have something similar, if the answer is yes (I'm assuming 99% of the time the answer will be yes) I will just not get the product. I will try to give myself a 5 item limit this month, it will be hard since there are already 4 things I was planing to buy. It will be tough but my motivation will be that I do not want to fill another train case full of products I just end up throwing away. In adition eye shadow and nail polish will be a strict no buy. I have way too much eye shadow and just threw away a bunch of nail polishes and do not need any more.

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I'm seeing things I would like to purchase, but what I'm going to do is make a wish list of items during my no buy month.  Then, the next month will be a low buy month where I will allot myself 3 items (let's say).  If nothing else, I think this will lead to a more controlled and curated approach to buying stuff.  It also gives me enough time to really decide what I want to get, thus cutting down on the impulse purchases.

 

So far, my wish list includes:

1) Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream

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