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Kristine Walker

Days 1- 10 of 100 day No Buy Challenge

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My plans for the first ten days are to finish organizing my stash, to do a full inventory, and to think about just these ten days instead of panicking over the whole 100. It's just ten days. Just ten.


When I do my inventory, I'll be able to figure out if it makes more sense to try every product at least once (nail polish!) or just stick to one item and try to empty it (shampoo samples?).My birchbox/gap $10 coupon is only good til the 14th, so that will make a good first ten reward, and if I don't make it then tough cookies. Also since I'll have to report whatever I get from the gap back here, I know I can't get anything too pricey. Ideally $0-5 out of pocket.

My stash is sorted and inventoried, but I still need to put it away. Like I have all my hair stuff in a box, and my hand lotions in a different box, etc., and there's just a bunch of boxes under my desk now. I didn't buy anything during days 1-10, and on day 11, I spent a whopping 85 cents out of pocket when I redeemed my Birchbox/Gap coupon. And the things that I bought are basic things that I KNOW will get worn frequently. Super success, so far!


While doing the inventory, I've realized that a project pan isn't what I need, nor is a try-everything-at-least-once. I have so many fun cosmetics that limiting myself to just one palette (or whatev) will take away a lot of the fun for me. And while I need to try the dozens of indie samples I've acquired, I shouldn't feel bad about repeating a good standby look when I'm crunched for time. I've just been using the great products I have instead of looking up swatches of things I wish I had. I do have a lot of foils, and I hate having foils. I don't even like them for traveling, I prefer deluxe samples that are resealable. I've joined the 100 empties in 100 days thread and am trying to use up as many items as I can, focusing on foils and products that are already open.


Now, on to the Second Ten thread (days 11-20)!

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Day 9 perfume sample: Prada Candy. I liked it!


Day 10 perfume sample: Replica Beachwalk. It was good....more suited for spring/summer though. 


This weekend I went through my closet and turned all my hangers around, and put a straight pin in the collars of some folded shirts that I like, but don't know if I actually wear that often. I managed to get rid of a few things as well (including some belts).


I hit all my goals!  I did end up making a purchase, but it was not an impulse buy (which I am ok with). I canceled my Birchbox and cashed out my points for an item that I have wanted from there for a long time, but never seemed to be in stock. 


Good job everyone for making through the first 10 days!

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I'm actually going to leave this thread open just in case someone still wants to come in and do a review of how their first 10 days went, but I promise to keep an eye on it and redirect to the 11-20 Days thread!


Which is here, y'all.  Shoo!  :lol:



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Hey Everyone!


The first three days have been ok. My hubby had previously planned a trip to Buffalo for a few days (I'm from Toronto) to do some shopping and celebrate my birthday (which is actually next week). For my birthday I set aside $100 to spend on anything I wanted so naturally I decided to go to Sephora. I bought 4 items for a total of $121.80. Sigh... $21.80 over budget.




Sorry for the late reply! During the first 10 days I think I did really well. My total spending from Day 1-10 was $21.80 as posted above.  :D

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I just purchased over $200 dollars of Korean skincare and makeup items (mostly skincare) in less than a week. I need to slow down a little especially since I need to use up this product which has not yet arrived. That is one of the main problems, when it hasn't arrived yet I just keep shopping because time not use applying stuff to face is time used shopping, jk, but seriously not having the product arrived I just keep looking.


I still have tons of stuff to use up, especially facewashes. I have like 10+ drug store brand face washes, neutrogena, clearsil, you name it. One of the reasons I end up with so many is because I start using one and it seems meh and then I buy another which is also meh and so it continues. I really don't want to waste it and throw it out and I have so many I just kind of rotate which ones I used on a different date. I kinda want to use up at least 1 of the face washes before my korean ones come in ( I have 3 coming in -.-).


So I am attempting to do the no buy, but im really helpless against good sales. I keep thinking what if a really good memebox skincare box came out. >.< my will is weak help me.


Starting now 3/8 1:20 am is day 1 :)

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@ That is awesome! It is really fun to get Meme and other Korean things. I got a lot last summer. I still have things from the Whole Grain Box, Office Essentials Box, and Hair and Body Box to use up. Plus stuff from Beauteque. What an awesome idea, since it takes a while to get Memeboxes in, that you can use something up while waiting. Even if you do a no buy, and if a really good Memebox comes that you want a lot, you can get it and then just go back on no buy. I wish you luck and I hope you let us know about how you are doing. 

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