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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

Checking in. I think it’s been 8-9 months on my no-buy and I’m finally ready to restock a few products. I am almost out of my cleanser, niacinamide serum, eye masks and perfume. I may stick with the same ones or try something new, not sure. Just feels nice to be able to buy something because I’ve run out and not because I’m hoarding. 

I’m starting to see the light at the end of the product tunnel. I’m down to about 2x serums, 2x moisturizers, 2x face masks, and 1x eye cream of full sized products to use up. After that I have some travel size and DS to use up. I’m in the home stretch of cleaning out my stash! 

Still on my no-buy list is all makeup and absolutely NO MORE lip balms. 😅

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

January budgeting update ~ actually since 12/23-1/31;  I spent $10 total OOP total and that’s on anything.  I literally used it to load my Starbucks acct after going through holiday gift cards! I got a pair of sweatpants from express but used a gift card (also donated a sweatshirt so no additional clothing items have come into inventory technically).  I bought the chocolate nails inc polishes from Sephora, again with gift card and 2 foot masks, 2 hydrating sheet masks and 3 bottles of stretch mark lotion from target.  The masks were all with gift cards and I didn’t count the stretch mark lotion financially as I was pregnant and a. It’s a family expense as far as I’m concerned and b. It’s not like a fun purchase it’s for my baby body☺️❤️👶🏻.  I used up 37 beauty products and brought in 11 ( I did include the lotions here).  All in all totally satisfied with this low buy start up in January.  My daughter arrived a little over 5 weeks early on 1/23/21 so I am feeling good about my choices and motivation! After a couple week NICU stay she is home and beautifully consuming my focus🙏🏼💕🥰 

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

Good going on your low buy! Gift cards really do come in handy😉 I remembered you had a baby on the way when you posted on here back in December. So happy to hear you & baby are well 💓 @SAlyFitz 

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

Thank you! 👶🏻💕I’m just about out of them but my insurance offers gift cards for healthy activities so hopefully I’ll get some more play money lol😅

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

Congratulations, @SAlyFitz! So glad your baby girl is home. 🐥 🍼

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

Thank you so much❤️

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

Awwwww @SAlyFitz so so happy for your family!! Glad you are all doing well

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

Thank you❤️💕👶🏻🥰

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

Ohhhh!!!! Congratulations to you and your family @SAlyFitz! 😍 What wonderful news! So happy to hear everyone is healthy and at home! 🥰♥️👶🤗 

 

P.S. Outstanding work on your budget! 👍🏼 

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

Thank you!! X2 😍☺️💕👶🏻🥰💪🏼💰

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

17 days with no buying actually feels pretty good 🙌

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

It sounds like we are no-buy buddies this month @lmaster! 🙌🏼 I love that you’ve tracked the days you’ve been on it. ♥️ I’m counting down the days I have left. 😉 9 more sleeps!! 😆 

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

@itsfi that's too cute!

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

Not 100%  successful in my low-buy, exceeded my monthly budget.  I adjusted my budgets for Feb and Mar, so we'll see.  Resisted some temptations, but not all.  That being said, I feel pretty optimistic.

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

@danielledanielle good job!!! Trying is all you can do 😉

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

Thanks @lmaster 

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

@danielledanielle  I think that’s still an awesome start. It’s a marathon not a sprint! I was allowed to spend for my birthday month but I over spent to get the 10$ off and just spent again to redeem my $10 off. And I’ve bought more clothes. Which all my purchases I definitely didn’t need anything but I’ll try harder this month!! 

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

@ather , exactly!  I feel optimistic, and I feel like a month to month approach works for me.  It was working for me last year, but I know I just tossed it aside with everything happening.  In hindsight, if I felt calmer, I would have likely stuck with it.  Even if I go over my intended budget for the year, it still helps me be mindful.  I also want to make sure I track all my purchases this time.  Last year I didn't factor in certain sales or restocks, but this year I am.

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

Woohoo, clocking in and ending the first month of the year with a successful no-buy! This is the first time in maybe five, or six years that I have accomplished this so I am pretty stoked. For lack of a better term, I guess?  

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It’s been incredibly exciting to watch the empties go out the door with nothing coming in. Anything can be exciting, as long as you are interested in it☺️ 

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

@eshoe  Wow great job!!!! I love watching my empties go!!

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