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2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

 

ny-132

 
 

Hello, hello! Welcome to Year 7 of the No/Low Buy Thread.  

        *Many thanks to all who have participated over the last few years.  While I don't

         post often I do read the notifications sent to my email and I cannot say it enough,

         You all are truly amazing!  Thank you for your dedication and support!!

 

For reference here's the purpose of this thread (from Thread Originator, @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.

 

A note from lnum (2016):

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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!

Interested in past threads?  Check Here:

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Challenges to Help You Use Your Stash:

 

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* Coming Soon *

 

 

 

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Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@aviscardi Yes! I was born and raised in Queens. Still here! Totally understand, I think the powder products are fine but maybe things like foundation and concealer might need to be replaced. I was given the option to return to work as often as I needed starting in October and I took it, I go in 1-2x a week now, wfh is impossible some days with family being home at the same time. 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I would be curious to know just how many clothes are too many, @lnum. The general ‘if you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it’ rule doesn’t seem to apply to this past year. But at this point, I am tired of storing all of this stuff in the expectation that ‘I will need it/them’ some day. I almost would rather not buy anything else, so that I won’t have to maintain it. At some point, things just become burdens!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@eshoe I can’t resist the temptation to add new things to my wardrobe, so the one year rule works well for me because I know now I am unlikely to wear things again if I’ve already replaced them. Exceptions to this are things like blazers and dresses. Maybe the measure for too much is just how much room you have in your closet. I’ve finally gotten it down to super full, and I’m aiming for 3/4 full. 😂

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum  Good job!! I know what you mean about making kore space. I have been working hard at using all my opened products and now I’m noticing the extra space on my dresser. I’m hoping to thin it out to 5-6 products! As for makeup I’m trying to not buy unless I absolutely need it. I did make a purchase so I could get my birthday gift but it’s a mask and I don’t plan on opening it until my other opened ones are gone!!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Happy birthday sweet beauty!!! @ather 🧁🥳

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lmaster  Thank you!!!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ather YES! It’s the amount of products that feels overwhelming and reducing my routine to just a few opened products at a time seems to make it easier to use them all up. The birthday gifts looked very tempting, are you still wearing makeup? Oh my gosh I stopped completely last year!

 

What have you been doing with products you don’t want to use? I have a bunch of cleansers I don’t know what to do with because I know my skin won’t like them and I don’t really have a chance to give them to a friend atm due to covid. The moisturizers I am using as hand creams so that’s helping to use those up. The serums I have in my rotation because my skin tends to respond ok to most serums. The masks, I’ve been getting lazy, but I try to them once a week. I basically have a schedule of trying to use up these products. 😅

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum  I’ve pretty much stopped wearing makeup. Just a tiny bit of concealer and mascara. I’m focusing on skincare right now!! Plus we are still on lockdown so we can’t go anywhere or do anything and my car has been in the shop for the past 2 weeks! So lots of organizing my house!!


So my opened skincare I’m trying to repurpose or make my husband use it. Unopened I’m putting aside and hopefully I can find someone to donate them too! 

I’ve been doing so good using my masks up. I’ve been using almost 2 a day! 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ather how has your husband been responding to all his new goodies? 😂


Two masks a day is impressive dedication, I can barely get myself to do even one per week lately!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum  Pretty good. He doesn’t mind. I usually remind him what to use and when 🤣 but I don’t think he minds much. 

I’m back to working part time so I have more time on my hands to mask more then once a day. I usually throw on a wash off mask in the morning and do laundry or vacuum then take it off. Then I do my second one before bed my second one is either wash off or sheet mask. I’m focusing on my wash off masks since I have 8-9 open right now and are coming up close to the year mark. 

I am also filtering through all my products and tossing old and not used makeup too. Trying to get myself to a minimum. I wish thining my clothes was as easy but I went through 3 drawers and only took 1 shirt out for donation. 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ather Awww you’re husband is a gem! 

8-9 open masks is a lot to get through makes sense! The way you feel about clothes is how I feel about makeup, I can never let old products go! For clothes I have my one year rule, if I haven’t worn it in a year it gets tossed, it’s pretty liberating. 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum  Yes I agree he’s pretty special! 

I feel like we need to switch and I can go through your makeup and you can go through my clothes!! 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ather Yes! I’m sure there are lipsticks and powder products I never use but can’t let go of. You could set aside clothes you haven’t worn in a year and see if you miss them. Sometimes that’s another way for me to realize, oh, I didn’t miss anything in this box, time to get rid of it. 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum  That’s a great idea. I will try that today!!! I really need to downsize sooo much. 

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Yaaay @ather! Love the focus on skincare!! You're doing great!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lnum could you use the facial cleansers as hand soap or body wash?

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@missjeanie Good idea! I will try this!! Thanks I have been struggling with what to do with them!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Happy birthday, @ather 🎉🎈🎂 !!! Which one did you pick?

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@eshoe  Thank you!!! I picked up the Laneige! Was a tough choice!! But I do enjoy the mask! So win win!!

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Oooh that LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream 1.6 oz/ 50 mL is so good, @ather! Can’t believe I forgot to ask which mask you picked up🤦🏻‍♀️

Re: 2021 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@eshoe  I picked up the summer Fridays overtime mask! 

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