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2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

updated 11/25/18*

Hey all!  Welcome to Year 5 of the No/Low Buy thread 😲. 

 

Since 2019 is LITERALLY around the corner so I figured it was time to get this thread started.  The 2018 thread can be located here: https://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Confidential/2018-THE-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILI...

 

For reference here's 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.

 

The 2017 OP and link:

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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...

 

Challenges to Help You Use Your Stash:

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Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ShortErica I definitely need to start working on a list of everything I have, I think that will help a lot.

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@faeriegirl I believe @itsfi does a spreadsheet too so maybe she'll have some tips for creating one.

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you @ShortErica!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@faeriegirl They say it takes on average 4 months to get a handle on understanding a budget when you first start, so probably this should be a similar time frame, just keep on trying and learning your weak spots and it'll get better!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you @Brutalitops!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Alright you guys, after years of low key wanting to join this thread but thinking I didn’t have it in me to follow through on a low buy or no buy, I think I’ve found my motivation.  I saved up my Sephora receipts for a year and couldn’t close my receipt drawer this morning.  I decided to cut out a list of products that is extremely eye opening and nausea inducing.  Ha, and I taped it to my mirror to remind me I have a consumption problem in case I get any crazy ideas about buying anything new- also to keep track of which items I bought in the last year I’m actually using and using up to keep me honest.   I HAVE to break this cycle of shopping for things I just want to try once.  I say this as I have a rather large haul collected right beside me.  

My no buy starts now but for time tracking purposes I’m declaring it to be June 1st.  My goal is to work through my stupidly vast hoard and only buy what I need.  (Worries I may not need to buy anything for a loooooong time)

I need nothing and want everything.  This has to change. 15967EFF-9E57-4036-8C94-BF0C51448389.jpeg

 

Buying what you need vs. want is always an challenge. But...

Buying what you need vs. want is always an challenge. But, you can do this.. it might help to write it out so you can an reminder. I'm starting to learn to not go crazy and enjoy it in doses!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Love the printout @heartsmyface. Let us know how to help if/when you need it. You can do it!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ShortErica   Thanks.  I’m sure i’ll need some talking down from a few shopping sprees in the near future.  Just getting through day 1 seems like an achievement.  Smiley Very Happy.  

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

One day at a time @heartsmyface 

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Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@heartsmyface I so get this. My biggest vice is generally clothing but I definitely buy way more makeup than I need too. While my biggest  expenditure in any given year is always skincare, it's pretty horrifying to realize that I maintained rouge status even as a college student who chose not to go to the doctor at times because the $25 copay was more than my budget could handle. While a lot of this was some manifestation of my anxiety, graduating and having the time to breathe and evaluate my decision making processes/ behaviors has lead me to realize that a lot of the things I get super excited about are pretty passable if/when I manage to get a sample size or try them. I think participating in the pan it challenge is a great idea and I am always super impressed by your goals and your progress! Keeping the reciepts up is another great idea, and I wish you luck on your journey! 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Brutalitops  nah I kinda get that.  It’s  nice to have something tangible to show for your money.  I don’t like paying a $5 shipping charge when i’m perfectly happy to waste that same $5 on a coffee i might not drink.  

One day I will pan a palette.  One day.  A long long time from now.  That thread may be more meaningful now that I’m not trying to use up one lipstick while bringing in fifteen others.  😅

if there’s anything I can do to help with your goals let me know.  I hope to support everyone here as well.  

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@heartsmyface I always start to panic whenever I get close to the end of something I like and then.... stop using it 😬😅 I cannot figure out this mentality because the colors/formulas still exist- I can simply buy another- I just buy something else as a 2/3 used tube sits in my drawer. 

 

In other news I'm a hoarder and a crazy person 😂

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Brutalitops Oh really?  That’s funny cause I’m the opposite!  If I get low on something I get excited cause it means I can clear up some space soon. Usually for more products but we’re not doing that now.  

If certain products get too low they tend to lose their appeal but I still try to get every last bit out them cause I paid for that!  

That may be a fun project for you- to use up your near empty products.  They’re doing you no good if you’re not using them right?  May as well get every penny you spent on them out of them.  

Hahaha, I like to call myself an organized hoarder.  It’s odd cause I’m a minimalist in other areas of my life but with makeup It’s different.   And crazy people are wasaaay more interesting than ‘normal’ people so consider that a good thingSmiley Wink 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@heartsmyface I've been seriously stalking the pan it page and the empties page. I think the participation would help me keep on track and stay focused on using vs collecting which would definitely be healthy for me. I am just concerned about my ability to commit to remembering to post but again, I don't see why that should hold me back

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I've kept all of my receipts for this year as well.....

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And I relate to much of what you've said.  I should create my own no buy list of shame.  I need to get back to finding my best skincare, slowly. And going through more samples that I have to find what works. @heartsmyface 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@l8totheparty somehow keeping receipts hidden in a drawer didn’t register but they do now.   LOL, i didn’t know what else to call it but if you think it’ll help go for it!   Ugh, be prepared to feel a range of emotions once it’s done and you see the extent of it all.  Just walking by it is turning me off internet browsing.  

I’m thinking I’ll need to take up reading in bed.  A lot of my shopping is the result of me laying in bed awake at night and bored.  

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Good luck @heartsmyface! I don’t even want to think about how much I have spent in just 2019 much less a whole year😬

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@faeriegirl hahaha, yeah, let’s just say it’s bad and leave it at that.

 Storing all the products is becoming an issue and I have a friggen beauty room!!!    It’s not feeling luxurious anymore and just feels cluttered which is not how it should be.   

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I’ve been doing pretty well on my low buy. Most of the time when I’ve gone into Sephora I’ve just looked around. I bought some things once and they all came off the clearance rack. I spent about $30. That’s way less than the $100 I’ve spent in the past. 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@divaknits Good job!  Glad to see your low buy is working for you!  It’s motivating!