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January 1 2015, 100 Day No Buy Challenge

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I'm on board. I've quadrupled my makeup stash in the past couple of months. My SO was injured and off work for 5 months. We went through our savings really quickly and had to live off credit cards, and we got pretty depressed and ambivalent about the debt we were racking up. We did the worst thing we could do, and used shopping therapy as a way to cope- we were in the mindset that we were already going into debt from basic living necessities, so what was a $100 more here and there? It was a really poor and immature mindset, and it put us in a lot of debt. We didn't really pay attention to how much we were spending and what we were spending it on. At least $500 of that debt was beauty purchases. Probably even more than that, actually. I'm pretty ashamed of the whole thing.

 

SO has been back at work for about a month now (thank God) and we have worked out our monthly budgets and made plans for building back up our savings and paying off our debt. This is especially important to us because we want to move by summer. This is my really long winded way of saying that I NEED this no buy challenge! I have way more than I need and I don't need to spend any more on makeup, skincare, or frankly anythinguntil at least my birthday in May. Here are my rules:

 

1. No makeup purchases for the entire duration. The one exception would be a new Beautyblender, but only if mine becomes unusable (it's showing quite a bit of wear and tear).

 

2. The only new clothing purchases I can make are new work pants if mine become hole-y and ONE nice spring shirt if I find a good deal.

 

3. No new hair care, skincare, lotion, hand cream, perfume, or other personal items (except necessary purchases, like tampons or deodorant if I run out).

 

4. No new subs. I can keep my one Birchbox.

 

My reward will be extra money toward savings and debt payment, and hopefully, a new house come summer!

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Today I saw a banner ad for one of my favourite brands so I clicked on it.  There is a new GWP and they still have the holiday PWP which is a good deal.  I looked at it and realized that the GWP and PWP includes stuff I already have and/or definitely do not need.  The next time I can foresee actually needing something (my HG eyeliner) isn't for about another six to eight months.  That banner ad can appear 100 times and there's no way I'm going to make a purchase.  Rather than buying things I will continue to focus on using what I have.

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I went to Target last night and did not even stop in the beauty section.

 

I did buy disposable razors because I can't go for three months without shaving under my arms and the one I was using was really dull.  But I only bought them after emptying my entire linen closet looking for extras (sadly, I did not have any extras).  So I don't count that as a fail.  And the only other thing I bought was spray to clean cat barf out of my carpet.  I got out for under $20 (which is, in itself, amazing).  So, day 3 and I'm still good.

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I went to Target last night and did not even stop in the beauty section.

 

I did buy disposable razors because I can't go for three months without shaving under my arms and the one I was using was really dull.  But I only bought them after emptying my entire linen closet looking for extras (sadly, I did not have any extras).  So I don't count that as a fail.  And the only other thing I bought was spray to clean cat barf out of my carpet.  I got out for under $20 (which is, in itself, amazing).  So, day 3 and I'm still good.

Good job!  Success feels good!

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I finally have my rules ready!!! Be warned, this is going to be super duper long!

 

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Rules: No-Buy for Personal Items from January 1st until April 10th (or during Sephora’s Chic Week if it happens before the 100th day (expected to be sometime in early April)).

 

 

Includes: Anything I’d get personal use out of that isn’t a necessity.

Makeup, skincare, haircare, nail polish, self-pampering items, body care items, jewelry, treats or snacks (excluding ones I bake myself), clothing, shoes (excluding running shoes), beauty tools such as brushes, clippers, and hair ties, music, movies, DVDs, toys, stationery, books, coffee or tea, beer/wine, dinner out, or anything I would get personal use out of, etc.

 

Just to be clear ( I know I’ll try to trick myself later) this does not include the following categories: gas, healthcare- prescriptions and appointments only-, vet costs, bills, or food. The miscellaneous category in your budget is the tricky one, the devil is in the details. Same for food- junk food is going to be part of this.

No overspending in other categories to compensate. Basically, spending only what I need in this 100-day challenge, nothing to make me feel better, nothing I want.

 

More detailed rules:

 

  • Do not, under any circumstances, visit the following: Sephora.com, Ulta.com,

    Beauty.com, Dermstore.com, Makeuptalkforums: Shopping sub-forum, or other forums or blogs. Not even to play ‘cart roulette’. Avoid ‘hauls’ and product reviews.

 

  • Participate at least weekly in the following threads: 100-day No-buy thread,

    Monthly no-buy support threads, Pan that palette 2015, the Monday club, Taking Inventory, 33 Days of Decluttering, Official Used it Up thread, I hit pan on thread, and start a ‘weekly look’ thread.

 

  • Make a list when shopping, and buy only what is on the list. Also set a goal for how much I’m willing to spend.

    If have a set goal, make sure to buy giftcards and don’t go over the amount (Kroger, Walmart, Target, Gas stations, Sephora, Ulta, TJMaxx, Gap, etc.) Use ‘giftcard granny’ for deals on giftcards.

 

 

Only exceptions allowed:

 

  • May purchase up to a $25 Sephora item in January (my birthday month), using $17 store credit.

    Plan to get the Anastasia brow brush #12

  • May buy movie ticket or restaurant meal only if going with friends. No snacks, appetizers, dessert, or drinks. Water only.

 

  • May buy gifts for friends/family for birthdays and other occasions.

 

  • May make 2 small (< $25) purchases on organizational items.

 

  • May buy replacement necessities only: skincare, hair conditioner, concealer, hand cream.

    (I expect to need to replace: cleanser, toner, exfoliant, vitamin c treatment, retinol treatment, acne treatment, spf, moisturizer, facial mist, hair conditioner, hand cream, cuticle oil, toothpaste, cotton face pads, feminine pads, body moisturizer, scented candle for bedroom, cold sore treatment, lip balm, sunglasses, eyeglasses with updated prescription, running shoes.)

 

Obtaining new products:

 

  • This can only be done through the following venues: swaps, trades, free samples,

    dumpster diving, garage sales or thrift stores, profit from selling any belongings.

    That’s it. No buying anything. Hence, the no buy.

 

  • I can obtain new products by purchasing, but only through selling my other unwanted ones. Can sell on ebay, blog sale, and makeuptalk forum. Any $ I make from those sales are fair game.

 

  • If purchase online for necessity replacements, make sure to use Ebates or Mr. Rebates, plus search for coupons on RetailMeNot.

 

  • Regularly request samples from companies, especially in the search for HG spf, eye cream, and hand cream. This will hopefully keep my need for spending and getting new packages down.

 

 

Positive reinforcement:

 

  • Every 10 days can have a mini celebration for getting 1/10 th of the way closer! Not sure what this will be yet. Not making a purchase, but maybe something… like, well, not sure! Any ideas?

 

Other parts of my game plan:

 

  • Use up products: Nail polish, perfume, eyeshadow. Create go-to looks. Play with your makeup so you are familiar with it and know how to make yourself look good.

 

  • Get an accountability partner and check in several times a week through PM. Requesting ‘tough love’ partner. Anyone in?

 

  • Weekly spa day on Sundays to destress, use up products, and pamper myself.

 

  • Get obsessed about saving money again:

    Go to MAGFED bank party in January, read GetRichSlowy, TheSimpleDollar, and The Non-consumer Advocate blogs. Keep up with Mint.com and my online bank account. Also regularly check on credit score and on investments. Use Mint.com to track spending and use your spreadsheet budget. Also, consider doing envelope method again, this time paying more attention.

     

     

     

    • Also focus on other goals: reading, quitting bad habits, writing,

      visiting, DIYing, excercising, enjoying life!

    • Give to a charity monthly-

      can pick a new charity every month. Start out small, with $10 a month. Keep up with Kiva again!

     

     

    Things to keep in mind:

    • Don’t break your rules- don’t trick yourself into having a exception that you ‘forgot’ to add into the rules.

     

    • Remember: That purchasing __________ (fill in the blank with whatever you’re lusting after) will not change your life. It won’t even make your day better. It won’t up your game. It won’t elevate your beauty routine. It won’t make you more of a lady, more put-together, more yourself, more beautiful. It’s just another thing out of the countless things you’ve tried. You’re still the same you.            

     

Ok so I haven't read this entire thread, because I can't right now...I was skimming (looking to see who's committed) and I saw the calendar on this post...and started crying.  The calendar hit me VERY HARD.  My first grandson is due April 7th.  They live in NC and I will be flying out there when he is almost here/here/immediately after he is here depending on how much notice I get.

 

I've placed 12 orders since January 1st and have a trip planned to three stores this afternoon.  Oops.  I need to save for trips to see my grandson, until we can live closer (they move frequently in the Army).  I need to rein it in...so I subbed.  I'll lurk and not commit right now, but I really need to hear from you all about what you're doing and try to remind myself that I don't need everything I see.  I don't just have samples of things, I have enough samples of any one thing to fill little jars.  Double Oops.  I mean, it was kind of by design so that I could enjoy sampling something long enough to see if I like it, but that was before I actually settled on my go-to products.  Now that I've done that, the samples just look at me...all sorted and pretty.  TONS of Philosophy (because for some reason I won't buy it, but I hoard it, and don't use it, but just look at it  :ph34r: ).  Same with L'Occitane.  LOVE L'Occitane except I do use that stuff...but I digress and you get the gist anyway.

 

I'm watching...and learning from you that have more willpower than I do.  I don't know if it is because my grandson isn't here yet that I have a hard time planning, or if it is because he is so far away it isn't a constant reminder that he is coming...either way I want to spend as much time as I can with him, spoiling him, and loving him.  I need to save up for my future trips!!

 

Maybe I'll print that calendar and put it on my laptop.  Actually yeah I think I'm going to do that when I get to work Monday.  (no printer at home...ok the printer is at my other place, and I'm STILL NOT FULLY MOVED OUT OF THIS ONE...since like what...November 1st???   Ok, I have serious priority issues...UGH).

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@ It might help you to keep a picture of your son/daughter around, or if you have a pic of the babies ultrasound. Keep it around where you generally are when you shop (near your computer for online, or on your dashboard for driving around) so that way you think about your future grandson (So exciting!) and remember that you need to save up for those trips to see him instead of buying more makeup, which isn't going to ever replace spending time with your family. We're all here for support, so definitely come on here if you are being tempted by something!

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@@goldendarter thanks for that - yeah I have pics on my phone, on my fridge, at work at my desk, on my computer...I am the appearance of the doting grandma to be...until I see SALE AT SEPHORA or ULTA or (fill in the blank) and poof!  I'm off to the races!!  But I'm watching...and reading...and resisting temptation!  I haven't made a single purchase after checking out this post earlier today!

 

But, if I'm being fully and totally up front here, I've eaten like a pig, and I've been eating when I'm not hungry all day.  I have heartburn now - and I haven't done the eating when not hungry thing since I decided to leave my ex (aka the food police).  I dropped 100 pounds in about 4-6 months after I left - I didn't even realize it but it kind of fell off once I didn't have someone constantly asking me "are you going to eat that" and I left him in 2011 and maybe fluctuate 5-15 pounds here and there but otherwise have kept it all off!  So today, yeah apparently I'M GONNA EAT THAT!  Hmmm...makes me wonder if my buying isn't because I want it, but for some other reason.

 

Sorry to just kind of ramble but now I'm kind of wondering if I've got something else in my brain going on that shopping for makeup has been helping me deal with, because...yeah...I'm currently about done with a pint of Haagen Daaz.  And I feel kinda sick. UGH. 

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@ I truly have an obsessive personality. If it is not one thing, it is another. Since I am trying to get rid of my obsession with buying makeup, I am replacing it with healthier obsessions - first, a makeup/skincare no buy, which is honestly easier for me than a low-buy. I am also focusing on reducing our over-all spending. It took me many years to realize it, but if I am going to get rid of one obsession, I have to have something else that is better for me to take its place or I will fail. This very well may only apply to me, but I thought I would share.

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@ I truly have an obsessive personality. If it is not one thing, it is another. Since I am trying to get rid of my obsession with buying makeup, I am replacing it with healthier obsessions - first, a makeup/skincare no buy, which is honestly easier for me than a low-buy. I am also focusing on reducing our over-all spending. It took me many years to realize it, but if I am going to get rid of one obsession, I have to have something else that is better for me to take its place or I will fail. This very well may only apply to me, but I thought I would share.

I've been looking back at my habits since I left my ex, and I think you are on to something...I have found a way to make sure come my next pay day, that I spend all my money.  First, it was sending boxes to military personnel overseas (my son was deployed at the time and that included holiday boxes too).  Then I bought lottery tickets (scratchers), I think I got started on those because I would buy here and there for fun but then I won $500 and kept buying more and more.  Then when my roommate moved in and commented on it I thought oh gosh yeah I do buy a lot and stopped that...and started with makeup.  Then day before yesterday I made a comment 'I wonder where all my other boxes are' and my roommate said WHAT OTHER BOXES???  I just went  :blush: .

 

So with these habits, they are always curbed once I am out of cash, but then when pay day comes again I just do it all over again...and I am a giver too, so I am perfectly happy, and I daresay happier if I can gift away what I buy...when my dad was down here for Christmas and saw some of my packages that I sent out to others he said I am just like my grandma...he said she would put food on 50 other tables before she would put food on her own, and he said that is good and bad and to think about it.  I think he, too, was on to something.

 

Oh it is so difficult to have all this self assessment and try to figure things out at my age!  LOL!  I think because for so long I was mom, wife, etc. that I never really figured out 'me' and now that that is all I have to stare at everyday, just me, I feel kind of like I don't know who that is.  Does that make sense?

 

And I'm sorry but I just have to add, that I am again STUCK in my brain, because I have packages that are about ready to go out to people as part of the Secret Santa exchange (another thing I do is wait until my brain says the box is perfect and ready to go) and most of the recipients are on this no buy!  So...is that bad that I want to gift to no or low buyers?  Is that enabling and a bad thing?

 

It seems that you all are getting rid of stuff and here I am ready to add to your stash/collections!  Oops! 

 

My new favorite thing to say on here - that I read on here before - is HAAAALP!!  I get this image of a cartoon character at their wits end trying to get info and just tossing their hands up saying HAAAALP!!  And it totally cracks me up!  But, I am to that point so HAAAALP!!  Hahaha!

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I went to Target last night and did not even stop in the beauty section.

 

I did buy disposable razors because I can't go for three months without shaving under my arms and the one I was using was really dull.  But I only bought them after emptying my entire linen closet looking for extras (sadly, I did not have any extras).  So I don't count that as a fail.  And the only other thing I bought was spray to clean cat barf out of my carpet.  I got out for under $20 (which is, in itself, amazing).  So, day 3 and I'm still good.

 

 

Personal hygiene items and basic household cleaning supplies are basic necessities.  You are far better off buying carpet spray in a timely fashion to remove the stain rather than waiting and risking needing to replace carpet.  My belief is the spirit in which the low-buy is intended is not to force participants to feel deprived of their basic necessities, rather it is to curb the urge to buy unnecessary luxury items.  You're doing great because you were in a place where you could have been tempted and you resisted the urge to buy any unnecessary beauty items.  Very nicely done! :)

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Is it too late to join? Is it appropriate to post here if I want to go on a low-buy (meaning, for me,  some items, like inexpensive indies are allowed, while expensive Sephora etc items aren't) or should I stick to the low-buy thread? Please excuse me, I'm new. I'm getting a huge walk-in closet in my new home and I want to shop my stash and go through some of my palettes/make my own palettes before buying any others.

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Is it too late to join? Is it appropriate to post here if I want to go on a low-buy (meaning, for me,  some items, like inexpensive indies are allowed, while expensive Sephora etc items aren't) or should I stick to the low-buy thread? Please excuse me, I'm new. I'm getting a huge walk-in closet in my new home and I want to shop my stash and go through some of my palettes/make my own palettes before buying any others.

I think all form of conscious buyers are welcome here!

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rather than waiting and risking needing to replace carpet.

 

Haha, that time is long past.  Some stains don't come out (back in 2012 I had a cat with a severe illness and a feeding tube and I won't go into any more detail than that).  But thanks for the support!

 

I have to go to Target almost every week because that's where I buy paper towels and (sometimes) kitty litter and canned pumpkin for my dog.  But I'm feeling pretty good about this, in all seriousness.  I've started keeping a shoebox of stuff I've used up (so far, some hair product foils, a mud mask, and a Birchbox shower gel sample).  I have hopes that one day soon, all the half-empty bottles in my shower will be used, too!

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I think all form of conscious buyers are welcome here!

I haven't officially joined because I am not sure what I am doing. But, you put it in words for me. "conscious buyer". That's me!  That's what I am go with and taking it one day at a time.

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@ Oooohhhh Todd Browning "Freaks", one of my all time favorite movies!!

 

 

 Here's an idea to keep everyone excited: Drag out all of  your makeup/beauty books and use them for new inspiration. Do not buy any! Use what you have or check something out of the library. If you have a Kindle and the Unlimited Books program you can often find books about cosmetics free.

 

  I just transferred all of mine from archives to my Kindle Fire, and now that I can see them in color, it feels like I have brand new books.

 

   You can also check out YouTube for new ideas, as long as it is not a spending trigger for you. Ignore the product specific mentions and figure out how to use your stash to replicate the look.

 

   Let's have fun with this! I know I get into a rut, but makeup washes off, so try a new look on your downtime.

 

I did not know there were beauty books. I will check the library to see what is there.

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I did not know there were beauty books. I will check the library to see what is there.

 

TBH I think I might just have two. Or three. (Which is not many for me since I have loads of books in general.) It's still a good idea and also reminds me to look up tips online!

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  • Dear god, do not allow me to buy more eyeshadow! I have SOO MANY. I think I am going to just reach into my storage and grab 2-3 random colors and see what I come up with. 

After organizing, I am also banning myself from buying lip colors AND balms. I thought I would get away with keeping balms on the buy list, but I have far too many. The only exception MIGHT be more Life Entropy lipsticks because she said they are limited edition. 

I will let myself buy essentials (deodorant *I am testing natural ones so far!*, shampoo, toothpaste) but I do NOT need any more whipped soap or scrubs for quite some time. I also will try a different whipped soap every 2-3 showers. 

Indie perfumes are my hardcore weakness right now. I am ONLY allowed to get L.E. / seasonal and only 1-3 per company. I also am going to test all of my collection during these 100 days, switching them up every day or so. 

Dang samples. I need to use them. I did end up throwing some out today that I knew I would never use (I'm looking at your Number 4 and Neil George hair stuff). 

Memebox stuff. I have so much. I really need to use them OR sell/trade what I don't even want to try. (HI GUYS, I HAVE AN UNOPENED BOX OF DREAM CHEESE BOUNCE CREAM IF Y'ALL ARE INTERESTED :P

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Is it too late to join? Is it appropriate to post here if I want to go on a low-buy (meaning, for me,  some items, like inexpensive indies are allowed, while expensive Sephora etc items aren't) or should I stick to the low-buy thread? Please excuse me, I'm new. I'm getting a huge walk-in closet in my new home and I want to shop my stash and go through some of my palettes/make my own palettes before buying any others.

 

As far as I'm concerned we have just barely gotten started so you're more than welcome.

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My problem has been two fold.  Firstly I spent too much money on beauty items.  Secondly I have accumulated too many beauty items.  Since I have too much stuff having a successful no-buy experience is important to me because I know I don't need any more stuff.  Also using the items in my stash is important to me so I have a smaller beauty stash.  Buying things does not appeal to me right now though using the things I already have on hand definitely excites me.  It seems as though I am in the mindset and it feels really good!!!

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  • Dear god, do not allow me to buy more eyeshadow! I have SOO MANY. I think I am going to just reach into my storage and grab 2-3 random colors and see what I come up with. 
  • After organizing, I am also banning myself from buying lip colors AND balms. I thought I would get away with keeping balms on the buy list, but I have far too many. The only exception MIGHT be more Life Entropy lipsticks because she said they are limited edition. 
  • I will let myself buy essentials (deodorant *I am testing natural ones so far!*, shampoo, toothpaste) but I do NOT need any more whipped soap or scrubs for quite some time. I also will try a different whipped soap every 2-3 showers. 
  • Indie perfumes are my hardcore weakness right now. I am ONLY allowed to get L.E. / seasonal and only 1-3 per company. I also am going to test all of my collection during these 100 days, switching them up every day or so. 
  • Dang samples. I need to use them. I did end up throwing some out today that I knew I would never use (I'm looking at your Number 4 and Neil George hair stuff). 
  • Memebox stuff. I have so much. I really need to use them OR sell/trade what I don't even want to try. (HI GUYS, I HAVE AN UNOPENED BOX OF DREAM CHEESE BOUNCE CREAM IF Y'ALL ARE INTERESTED :P

 

 

Although Memebox is amazing those products are usually ENORMOUS (even the full sized products seem to be 4 times the size of a product you'd buy here) so they're also the bane of my existence. Too much product!!

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I'm  a bit late to the party, but I'm in!

 

I just found a few pretty palettes by makeup revolution, and I was already stuffing a shopping card full and watching reviews when I realised that it's the opposite of what I believe in. I once had close to 300 eyeshadows, and now down to below the 100. And just then I was about to buy palettes with a combined total of 80 eyeshadows, just like that! I haven't been getting rid of things to just buy new stuff! I decided that I need to teach myself a lesson and this challenge is perfect for it!

 

I already posted my updated makeup collection.

I never had a problem with the other personal care area's like skincare, except that I have more soaps than I need (all gifts) and I somehow ended up with multiple hairserums.

But for the challenge's sake I will include them too.

 

I'm just going to start this challenge from the first of januari, because it's a nice date and I haven't bought anything yet anyway.

 

my rules

 

  • don't buy anything makeup, hair, or personal care related for the next 100 days.
  • The products I can buy when I run out are: deodorant, shavingcream, shampoo and conditioner, dryshampoo, moisturizer, toothpaste, makeup remover and wipes, nailvarnish remover, cotton pads and q-tips. If I run out of anything else, I'll just have to deal with it. EDIT: if razors are on sale, i can buy those too, just because they aren't on sale that often and I use them anyway.
  • try and wear full makeup on as many days as possible, even when I'm just at home. otherwise I'd just be wearing bb cream and mascara for three months.
  • Keep a list of everything that I finish, because if I do finish something or hit pan, I know I'm doing a good job

 

if i succeed in not buying anything, I can reward myself after these 100 days with a small purchase like a concealer or liquid eyeliner that I've been wanting to try, and I can repurchase stuff I have run out of. But I still can't buy any colorful makeup like eyeshadows, colorful eyeliner, tinted lipbalms, lilpsticks, blushes, bronzers or highlighters, not until I finished my makeup marathon.

 

For this year, the next 365 days. I am also doing a makeup marathon.

I really want to get the value out of everything I own, and to make sure that I actually use and like everything I have. I keep track of everything by using a spreadsheet. these are my rules:

 

before januari 1, 2016 I will

 

  • Have used every single item in my makeupdrawer the same amount of times as it costs new in euro's. for example: a 40 euro palette, must be used 40 times. A 3 euro eyeliner, 3 times. A 12 euro lipstick, 12 times.
  • Have used every shade of blush and shadow in the palettes, so I touch every pan in each palette at least once somewhere in the next year.

 

once I completed my makeup marathon. I am allowed to purchase cheek, lip and eyestuff again...if I still want to.

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Went and got my year planner and some pretty pens from Wal-mart. I'm ready to take on 2015

Good idea! I got my new planner for work, and usually I get a separate one for my personal use, but I might just merge them into one this time and carry it around with me, or try to create it online in my google calendar. I love calendars!!!

 

Every time I see a new poster in this thread, I'm chanting 'One of us! One of us!'  :D

Hahah, me too! I love this! I love all the new people joining! It makes it seem more doable somehow, more fun! YAYYYYYYYYY- if you're thinking of joining but aren't sure if it's too late, forget that, just join us!!!!  We want YOU!

 

please everybody keep track of your empties because I get so weirdly proud of every reading the official used it up thread! Indulge my obsession!

I love reading about empties! Yes, please everyone keep track, take photos, or just make a list. I love empties!

 

Ok so I haven't read this entire thread, because I can't right now...I was skimming (looking to see who's committed) and I saw the calendar on this post...and started crying.  The calendar hit me VERY HARD.  My first grandson is due April 7th.  They live in NC and I will be flying out there when he is almost here/here/immediately after he is here depending on how much notice I get.

 

I've placed 12 orders since January 1st and have a trip planned to three stores this afternoon.  Oops.  I need to save for trips to see my grandson, until we can live closer (they move frequently in the Army).  I need to rein it in...so I subbed.  I'll lurk and not commit right now, but I really need to hear from you all about what you're doing and try to remind myself that I don't need everything I see.  I don't just have samples of things, I have enough samples of any one thing to fill little jars.  Double Oops.  I mean, it was kind of by design so that I could enjoy sampling something long enough to see if I like it, but that was before I actually settled on my go-to products.  Now that I've done that, the samples just look at me...all sorted and pretty.  TONS of Philosophy (because for some reason I won't buy it, but I hoard it, and don't use it, but just look at it  :ph34r: ).  Same with L'Occitane.  LOVE L'Occitane except I do use that stuff...but I digress and you get the gist anyway.

 

I'm watching...and learning from you that have more willpower than I do.  I don't know if it is because my grandson isn't here yet that I have a hard time planning, or if it is because he is so far away it isn't a constant reminder that he is coming...either way I want to spend as much time as I can with him, spoiling him, and loving him.  I need to save up for my future trips!!

 

Maybe I'll print that calendar and put it on my laptop.  Actually yeah I think I'm going to do that when I get to work Monday.  (no printer at home...ok the printer is at my other place, and I'm STILL NOT FULLY MOVED OUT OF THIS ONE...since like what...November 1st???   Ok, I have serious priority issues...UGH).

Awww, your first grandson! Wow! I can't wait until he's born! That is such a good reason to go on a low-buy/no-buy! I hope that you are able to do it! Be strong!

 

I did not know there were beauty books. I will check the library to see what is there.

Good idea- I'll check out my library this week and see if I can find any!

 

My problem has been two fold.  Firstly I spent too much money on beauty items.  Secondly I have accumulated too many beauty items.  Since I have too much stuff having a successful no-buy experience is important to me because I know I don't need any more stuff.  Also using the items in my stash is important to me so I have a smaller beauty stash.  Buying things does not appeal to me right now though using the things I already have on hand definitely excites me.  It seems as though I am in the mindset and it feels really good!!!

Same here- , only I think my problem is more like three-fold:

 

1. Psychological spending to self-soothe

2. Spending too much on beauty items

3. Accumulating too many beauty items

 

I love your signature, by the way! I'm going to do that to mine too! And I think I'll even get myself a nifty new little avatar related to the no-buy to help me out! Hahaha, this will be awesome!

 

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An update on how things are going for me 1/5/2015: 10 things edition!!

 

1. I returned $53.50 worth of items to Sephora on Friday. I had not used them, but bought them during the 20% off sale and during Black Friday. I decided instead of 'just making it work and finding a use for them' I would just return them. I'm not spending my return money on anything, just letting it stay in my bank account.

 

2. I have not made any beauty-related purchases yet, except I did have to already replenish some items that I use on the daily (my nightly moisturizer (which comes every 6 weeks for $40 along with my acne treatment and cleanser) and my vitamin C serum ($48, but use daily)). Those were on the 'ok to buy, necessary replacement list'.

 

3. I'll soon need to purchase my daily spf moisturizer, but I'm waiting until a certain time

Sephora 2x points on skincare, since I get it from Sephora.

or until it completely runs out. I think I have enough to last me to the end of this week. It's $28.

 

4. So I already have a fair amount of empties so far this month, which is awesome! I'll post them at the end of January, I believe.

 

5. I did have to buy a plane ticket for this summer earlier this month, but that doesn't count.

 

6. Friday I had an eye appointment and I don't have vision insurance. I thought my prescription must have changed, but it's the same... and now I'm $200 out-of-pocket for nothing.

 

7. On Friday I went to Walmart late at night to get some groceries, but I also bought some organizational supplies for my room (which I'm not counting against my no-buy since I budgeted for some organizational supplies). I got a tray to take dishes up and downstairs with, a timer for keeping myself in a hustle in the morning, some clips to close my cat's catfood bag with, and an extension cord so I could put two lamps on my vanity so I can actually see myself when I apply makeup.

 

8. Bad bad- our microwave at work was broken so I had to buy my lunch on Friday. I got a Subway flatizza and after the eye doctor appointment I got myself a McDonald's fudge sundae. Why? I don't know why.... it was superfluous! Watch it!!! Remember this isn't just about makeup!

 

9. No purchases Saturday or Sunday. At all. Not just beauty-related. YAY!!!

 

10. I don't remember if I put this in my plans or not, but I'm buying myself some prescription sunglasses now that I've verified my prescription is up-to-date. I don't have any, never have, and one of my resolutions this year is to be more adamant about suncare- so actually measuring my daily spf in a 1/4 teaspoon, reapplying when outdoors for long hours, and wearing sunglasses when driving. I may also buy myself a back-up pair of eyeglasses since my current ones are scratched and are 5 years old.

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6. Friday I had an eye appointment and I don't have vision insurance. I thought my prescription must have changed, but it's the same... and now I'm $200 out-of-pocket for nothing.

Knowing that your vision is stable and your eyes are healthy isn't nothing. Preventative/routine appointments like that always make me feel like I'm being a responsible adult and taking care of myself. Good job!

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