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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

@eshoe Wooooooooo way to go!!!

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@Samtian thank you, it is FINALLY the

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

Congratulations @eshoe

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

Thank you very much, @faeriegirl!

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

Congratulations, @eshoe! 🎉🥂

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

Thank you, @curlychiquita - and congrats to you as well! Although I think if I had zero sheet masks, I am not sure what I would do with myself after 7pm 😄

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

@eshoe Major kudos to you!  I "thought" about doing a low-buy, and probably wound up with one of my highest 1.5-2 months ever (except for when I buy many, many multiples when Ulta has a sale).  I meant to take a pic for the hauls thread.  What springs to mind are the following:

Bio Ionic 10X Pro Styling Iron 1" 

invisibobble Sprunchie Scrunchie 

philosophy Nature in a jar Warming Exfoliator with Jojoba 

innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask 3.38 oz/ 100 mL 

VERSED Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner x4 from MJ direct

OGX Penetrating Argan Oil of Morocco

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 9 Treatment 0.3 oz/ 9 mL x3

Sun Bum Lip Balms x2

Neutrogena Liquid Daily Sunscreen 

Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

BBW Fresh Cut Lilacs body spray

 

I think that's everything!  (I did return the two scrubs and the body spray, though!)

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

 @greeneyedgirl107 that is exactly what I did on my low-buy! I think I ended up spending more than when I wasn’t on it🤦🏻‍♀️

How is the BBW Lilac Spray? I love lilacs, and bought the Aerin Lilac perfume but it so heavy.

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

@eshoe Oh - I meant to sound off on the AERIN Lilac Path .  I had received a sample years ago and was super happy to get it.  I don't remember much about it except being disappointed.  I can't say I recall it as being "heavy," but I do remember being very frustrated that it didn't have much lilac in it.  

 

I've actually been wondering for years if I should just purchase Demeter scents and see how well they capture single notes like lilac.  I wish Sephora still carried the brand.

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

@eshoe I returned the BBW lilac spray quickly.  It smelled very much like a Glade air freshener.  It was such a shame b/c I love lilacs.  Plus, I've been waiting for BBW to bring back their lilac scent from the 90s.  It wasn't called Fresh Cut Lilacs back then, but I still had hope.  The one from the 90s was very spot-on.  

 

I realized that I made two other purchases recently that I didn't even list.  One was a bottle of Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment from T.J. Maxx, and the other was an Up and Up Nioxin rip-off.  My baby hairs along my forehead have receded, and I think it was due to wearing a face shield.  But I digress.  While I can't brag about a low-buy for beauty, I think I have done well in other areas.  For example, I tend to over-buy food at Trader Joe's that I never like so I've been limiting myself to only the items I know I enjoy.  I also resisted buying some stationery and stickers, trying to force myself to use the many I already own.  It's not much, but it's a start!

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

Oh, resisting stationary and stickers, @greeneyedgirl107? That is a futile mission for me. Smart thinking about your Trader Joe’s excursions. I mostly stick to my favorites there, but branch out once in awhile. I would not recommend the pickled popcorn, ha!

 

That is truly unfortunate about the BBW lilac scent. I don’t remember remember the 90’s version, probably because I was all about the cucumber melon. At least now I know that I can safely pass on it. If I ever come across a true, fresh lilac scent, I will let you know.

 

 

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@eshoe Yes, please keep me in the know about lilac EDTs, body sprays, etc.  And if you ever happen upon a good hyacinth scent, I'll also want to know about that asap!

 

The old BBW lilac scent from the 90s was a LE; it was only like 4 ounces or something.  It's a shame that that one, and my other big fave (Happy Daisy) were LE -- so I don't ever expect them to come back again.  😞

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

The best ones are usually LE, @greeneyedgirl107. It’s the carrot that keeps us trying time after time to find a dupe 😂

 

Hyacinth, not sure I would know that scent on its own. Bulbs in general tend to be sentimental favorites for me; if you ever come across a Lily of the valley, I would love to know, too!

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

@eshoe Lily of the Valley is one of my fave scents, too!  I wear Estee Lauder's Pleasures b/c of the prominent Lily of the Valley scent.  I've been wanting one that's a little more single note lily of the valley, but haven't stumbled across any.  I read that Crabtree & Evelyn *used* to have a good one.  I remember Muguet being great in the early 90s, but I was a child then and probably didn't detect the cheap-o drugstore notes; and I don't think they make it anymore.

 

Random, but I remember that Lily of the Valley was Elizabeth Taylor's favorite flower.  I don't recall any of her scents featuring it, though.  

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

@eshoe  Wow. I am in awe of you. You have proven it is doable and you weren’t lacking at all!! I have started a new no buy and also set it as a challenge with my husband!! I didn’t put a timeline on it but I think I will shoot for 6 months. With a little bit of a break for the sale!! And Christmas of course. I’m so happy you were able to finish this! I am so proud of you! I only hope I can do as good as you did!

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

WOW @ather @that is seriously so exciting to hear! I think moving the scale from having a partner to just check in with, to having a partner who I was competing with, made such a huge difference. I  very proud of you for taking that step, I know you have already been working hard on a low buy. I wish you all best, I will be following along and rooting for you🙌🏼☺️

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

@eshoe I so appreciate you taking on this challenge and the incredibly systematic approach you used toward reaching your goal. I can see how it has improved your quality of life and that in and of itself is amazing! Great job!

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

@lnum you really gave me hope that it could be done. When you shared that you were into a seven-month no-buy, I was so impressed and motivated! It was such a relief to get through those first few days…then weeks, then months. It kind of felt unreal. Happy to be on the other side of it now, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat 💓 

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

@eshoe I love that you stayed so focused and didn't let anything sway you.  I think you really showed that it can be done with the right mind set and planning.  You inspired me in the last couple months to look at my own stash of products and get through those items before making additional purchases.

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

Thank you so much for cheering me on along the way, @SportyGirly125. I was so tired of having stuff everywhere. It was more stress than fun. Now, I can enjoy it again, but on a more selective level. It sounds like your analysis of your own inventory is finding you some good results too, yay!!

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

I've been doing ok. Splurged on perfume I can't even smell haha. But I'm not even half way to re-rouging and I won't be doing that this year. 

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