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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

@WhereYouStand we all have those times so don’t be too hard on yourself! Today is a new day to start fresh

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

Checking in...not sticking well to my low-buy.  It's pretty deliberate, but I'm tracking everything.  I figure if I don't hold to it super strictly, I can at least detect patterns and plan for the following year.  For example, I wanted the LNY brush, passed on it last year, and used gift money to get it this year.  I feel like this will help me not feel deprived, but just get me to limit myself.

 

I also have been taking fewer rideshares and walking more.  That's likely funded some purchases, but I also noticed I'm walking faster, which to me is a big deal.  The place I transferred to last year is pretty big, so getting around quick matters, and if I can walk to my train (vs taking a cab), I save somewhere between 60-75 dollars a week.

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@danielledanielle  Wow that’s awesome!! Now that the weather is nicer I like to walk to get groceries!! My work is a little too far to walk too

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It sounds like you’re a great planner and have a good system in place. And saving in other areas is a huge help! Way to go!

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

Thank you @KehDee 

 

Yeah, the walking was kind of unintentional.  Mass transit here is so unpredictable that I realized I rather walk at times.

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

It is April 1st, which means my no-buy is now officially halfway complete! I am still going strong, and have not made a beauty-related purchase for myself since December 31st, 2020. I underestimated a couple of categories, but am making do with what I have so far. I have emptied just over 200 products (including FS, DS & foils), and without bringing anything new to the mix, it is easier to see some progress. 

This is the longest I have gone without purchasing beauty products since I began using them as a teen. It feels both weird and liberating. Although I am counting down until it is over, I think it is something I need to practice on a smaller scale in the future. 

Thank you for the support here, this has been an eye-opening challenge and I am very grateful for the encouragement ☺️

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

@eshoe @Great job!!!! That’s awesome to hear!! 

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

@eshoe Congrats on your progress. 

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

That is incredible @eshoe !! You should be so proud of making it this far with your plan. And emptying that many products is amazing. Way to go girl!

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

Whoohoo @eshoe !

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

Thank you, @danielledanielle! Argh those notifications, sorry I am responding so late!

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

Time to checkin. Soooo after 10 months I have decided to end my no-buy! I found a good deal for a set of products I was planning to restock during the Sephora sale so I went ahead and purchased it. Overall I enjoyed using up my stash over and discovered so many great products that are now favorites. I also saved A LOT of money towards moving into a new apartment. I will definitely continue with a low-buy. My next project is throwing out old makeup so I can get the last of my beauty/skincare out of boxes and into drawers. 

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

Congratulations @lnum !  You've been inspiring and pretty kind to all of us here 🙂

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

@danielledanielle Thank you! It was definitely a struggle but if I can do it we all can! 

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

Congratulations, @lnum! I know how you feel. I'm not technically on a low buy, but I've been on a mission to use up my skincare. I have three or four moisturizers open at any given time based on how my skin feels and I coincidentally used up two of them last week. Since I spent so much on my skin, I don't waste any of the products.

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

@curlychiquita Yes that is an excellent point. When I think of how much money I must have spent on my unused beauty and skincare products, I do feel I should use them up and be much more selective about what I purchase and can actually use before it expires. 

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

@lnum, not just time to check in, but a time to celebrate you! 🎉 What an incredible accomplishment! 🙌🏼 You’re a superstar! 10 months! Wow!! Brava, Brava! 👏🏼 👏🏼 

It’ll feel great to declutter your old makeup! 😃 

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@lnum FANTASTIC work! Kudos to saving up for an apartment, too. Tackling sentimental makeup is next on the agenda for me as well. Any suggestions are welcomed😉

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

@eshoe I may start with when an item was purchased and when was the last time I really used it. I’m pretty sure there are things I have not touched in 2+ years that I should get rid of. At least that’s how I hope to start. Let’s see how it goes. 😅

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

@lnum, that’s a great way to start!! It will feel so good when you’ve gone through your collection!


I have been working on declutttering all my beauty products this quarter and am almost done. It feels good to get rid of things I haven’t touched in such a looong time and to donate some new, unopen full size and DS products that I know I won’t be reaching for anytime soon or at all. I just have skincare, bath and body products, and lip balm left - they were supposed to be done this weekend but I wasn’t able to get to them, but am aiming to finish up before Easter. 

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

@itsfi That is very impressive willpower! I think I’m going to end up sentimental but you’re right I need to stop pretending I’m going to use all that makeup!

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