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2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

*updated 5/1/18*

Hey all!  For the last few years the lovely @lnum has hosted this thread to help us stay motivated on our no-buys and low-buys. In an effort to keep her work alive, here is the 2018 edition.

 

The purpose of this thread (from lnum):

 

This thread is a support system for all of us who are trying to maintain a budget and keep our beauty spending limited. Post here when you have a weak moment, post here to hold yourself accountable, post here when you just need someone to talk to, post here when you have advice for all of us, and post here when you make mistakes but also make gains! Many of us post here to keep track of our monthly purchases. Anything you need to say, we are all here for each other. There's no judgement here.

 

 

Feel free to share your goals, items that tempt you, missteps (we don't believe in failures), and any successes.  Above all else, encourage and support one another.

 

Here's the OP from 2017 as well as the link for those interested: 

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lnum wrote:

Welcome to Year 3!

 

My motto for this thread is that I strongly believe, even on a budget, you can have the things you want that make you happy without feeling like you're limiting yourself. 

 

This thread is a support system for all of us who are trying to maintain a budget and keep our beauty spending limited. Post here when you have a weak moment, post here to hold yourself accountable, post here when you just need someone to talk to, post here when you have advice for all of us, and post here when you make mistakes but also make gains! Many of us post here to keep track of our monthly purchases. Anything you need to say, we are all here for each other. There's no judgement here.

 

I am so excited to spend another year with you all. If it wasn't for the first two years of this thread, I would never have been able to cut down my beauty spending. My goal for this year is to maintain low spending on beauty, and cut down my clothing purchases. I will be funneling that money into traveling, which is what I have done in the past and it's a great goal that truly motivates me. 

 

I'm still so proud of everyone for making it through 2015 and 2016, limiting ourselves in the beauty product area in order to improve our lives in other areas. We all did great and here's to another year of learning and saving!

Here is a link to the 2015 thread: http://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB-ROUGE/2015-The-No-Buy-Low-Buy-Budget-Buy-Accountability-and-Supp...

 

2016 thread: 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB/2016-The-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILITY-AND-SUPPORT/td...

 2017 thread: https://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB/2017-THE-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILITY-AND-SUPPORT/m...

 

Interested in Some Challeges to Help You Use Your Stash?  Check Out These Threads:

 

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Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Anyone struggling this extra weekend of the sale?  My weakness is skincare and travel size products of any kind.  I’ve got enough cleansing balms/oils, cleansers, scrubs, face oils/moisturizers, serums, masks, sheet masks, lip balms/masks, and sunscreen to last me the next 12 months.  I should probably throw away any makeup I have before I’ll ever reach the point of panning them and yet, I’m still thinking about purchasing more due to the sale!  

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

The sale isn't tempting me but I am concerned I will see something super discounted during Black Friday or Cyber Monday and want it.

 

I keep looking at my current stash and planning an order of use and that helps me realize I can wait for the next sale. Would that help you avoid temptation? Have a schedule so you look forward to getting to use certain products? You can do it!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thanks for the encouragement to maintain willpower, @eshoe@faeriegirl.  While I don’t have as awesome a collection of skincare as faeriegirl (all those DE products are drool-enticing!), gotta remind myself I have enough!

 

Was so good last weekend - only purchased gifts.  I’ll think about my want (only 1 item) and if not sold out by Monday, maybe then I’ll get just that.  😊

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

That would be me, @newcarlee😉 I did get one thing for myself that was already on sale, but I am sticking to only gifts for anything else. I have so many things that I want, but in reality, I will probably use only a handful of times. So I allowed myself one item, and it was around $30, so fairly reasonable imo. It was also something I had my eye on for awhile, which makes it a more satisfying purchase than something I bought on a whim (like everything else that I added to my cart). Considering what my cart started out at, I’m pretty happy about this😂 This may not be the best route for everyone, but I’ve found it works for me. 

 

I know you can make it through the weekend!!!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

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Absolutely @newcarlee. I am also set for at least a year but it is so hard to pass up a sale like this. I’ve only placed 1 small order but I’m hoping my willpower will keep me from ordering more. 

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

So I went to Harmon’s yesterday to buy deodorant and I walked out with more sheet masks 😔

 

I did have a coupon so I saved $15 and they were the creme shop eye masks that I do not own and have been wanting to try, along with 2 foot masks (I’ve been dealing with some fungus and my feet need some serious TLC once it’s cleared up). I also bought a few sheet masks that I don’t already have. I guess it could have been a lot worse.    

 

 

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I started off the year doing pretty well with my low buy resolution, but with all the sales lately I have went a little crazy with the holiday sets. The good news is I am totally stocked up until the next sale in April. I will probably get a few Black Friday deals but after that I am going to attempt a no buy until April🤞

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Is it cheating if..?

 

Is it cheating if we ask for beauty stuff as gifts?  

 

Is it cheating if we ask my husband to buy this specific color of Shiseido blush for us for our birthday?

 

Is it cheating to browse the aisles at Walgreens and maybe pick up a body oil? bath bombs? nail polish? where's the line?

 

Some struggles / thoughts / updates

 

I've been building up my Sephora cart, mostly for fun.  There's actually only a few things  in there, but I'm just suddenly really interested in high pigment lip glosses and thinking maybe these "dewy skin mists" aren't a waste of money after all.  I'm not going to suddenly go buy what's in there, but I also feel like it's one way of "cheating" to still even be *thinking* about what else I want to buy. 

 

So something I'm trying to do is frame the situation differently.  Yesterday I got a couples massage Groupon, and as I bought it I thought, this costs less than two high end lip products.  What am I going to value more?  I'm not trying to spend exactly as much as I'm saving on other things, but every month I don't spend any money on beauty I am going to treat myself to something else, so I don't just feel punished, but rewarded.

 

And my birthday is two days after Christmas..  I'm at least going to ask for the YSL vinyl lip stain in Burgundy and Shiseido blush in red or pink.

 

 

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I don't see asking for a gift as cheating @kelllllyyyyy

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I don't think asking for gifts is cheating. You are requesting something you enjoy and the person could decide to get you something else if they wanted to.

 

As for picking things up, I think it is based on your own rules for no-buy or low-buy.

 

When browsing items/wants as long as it isn't overly tempting I think window shopping is okay in moderation. There can be a healthy balance of seeing items you want and being able to decide when to buy or not buy. But if it causes you to stress about purchases I wouldn't do it.

 

Maybe a good idea for you is to track your savings. Say you planned to get a couple massage and it costs $120 but you get a groupon for $75, then keep a spreadsheet or notebook saying you saved $45. Then as opposed to spending it on lip products now, see what the balance is after 3 or 6 months. What if it adds up to a trip? Then you can decide what to do with the money and if it is buying lip products then you waited to make the decision and don't need to feel guilty.

 

That's my thought process @kelllllyyyyy

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I do feel as long as you could stick to browsing and not purchasing you will do just fine @kelllllyyyyy. If you do decide to make a purchase just stick with a specific budget and do not allow yourself to deviate from that amount.

Maybe you could set either a weekly or monthly budget to stick to for makeup purchases. Good luck, we are here to help.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

There are too many lassoes too tag but I do have a suggestion. How about posting what your ISO are before you actually purchase any new items. Unfortunately most of us BIC members have stashes that are out of control. One of us might actually be willing to trade you for the item that you may be interested in purchasing whether gently used, swatched or BNIB.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Sorry darn auto correct meant to say awesome ladies.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Loretta55 that’s ok, auto correct is always good for a 😂 😆

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I will be sending you a PM @eshoe. I am too embarrassed to mention my snafu in a post.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I just bought a bunch of stuff in sales so... yeah... no more spending for a while now!

 

Things I do not need to buy until I use up things I have already purchased:

clay mask

toner

essence (no excuse to buy this in the next 6 months)

face cream

eye cream*

sheet masks

primer

eye shadow

lip gloss**

blusher

 

*might want to pick up the farmacy one since it was out of stock for the sale

**I might want a lipstick since I don't actually own one (just 2 lip glosses)

 

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I think you 'need' a lipstick Smiley Wink

 

Sephora is going to have some great Black Friday deals, we all know it. it's kind of why I already know my three-month no buy is going to need at the least, a postponement. 

 

Last year they had deals like, spend fifty, get a twenty dollar gift card. and specific items on sale, too. pretty tempting.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Ok my goal for the next week is to no buy:

Mascara

Foundation

Lip stick/balm/colour

Eyeshadow palettes

Face palettes

Blushes

Hand/body lotion

Highlighters

Eyeliner

Lip liner

 

Replacements only for skin care or hair care, deo, etc. 

 

I'll try updating this goal every week, but I'll see how I do this week, so I have until Nov 19. I'm leaving on vacation on Saturday so I'm hoping that helps me break some bad spending habits.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Good luck, @infinitebrevity!!!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thanks @eshoe !!

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