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2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

 

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Hello, hello! Welcome to Year 8 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!

Curious about the past threads?  Check Here:

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Community Challenges (These Can Help You Use Your Stash):

 

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Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Check-in here on my No-buy through June, which has continued to be a failure on the addition of fragrances to my No-buy. I was mistaken on my willpower against good smells.

 

That said, I have very successfully only purchased needed sunscreen and no more skincare! This is a big win for me and I aim to keep this no-buy on skincare and makeup through June.

 

I am happy and at peace with my fragrance purchases, mostly of samples and sample kits. And some candles. And a full size bottle. 

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Hey y'all! Quick check in: I've been doing really well with not buying things, granted I've had some life things play a role in this but I'll take it as a win here. For the Spring sale I purchased two whole items, one of which was a perfume I received in gratis years ago and fell in love with. I've been impatiently waiting for Ulta to provide a 20% off prestige so I can replace some items that are on down to the last corner. 

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Without a doubt,,, after mother's day, I'm LOW BUY until fall sale!! Who's with me 💕🤣😆

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Love it @lmaster ! 

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ElleElleG success with numbers right 🙌🤣

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I am definitely with you @lmaster !  I am doing better this year vs last year. So hopefully if I can slow it way down now, I will do even better🤞

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@faeriegirl yes girl yes!!! 🙌🙌🙌 I seriously need to slow it down!! Only restocks until fall

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I didn't share that I am on a no buy for makeup/skincare/haircare the only exception being when I run completely out of hair products. So far nothing in the Ulta 21 Days has spoken to me but there are some Sephora items that I wouldn't mind snagging during the spring sale. I really really really want a light foundation that I can just slap on but I have some full coverage ones that I need to finish. Depending on how things go between now and the sale I may give myself the okay to get some things.

 

One area I REALLY need to get better in is clothing. Despite being mostly WFH/generally not going out over the last two years the amount of clothes I own have continued to grow and it doesn't help that there are some decent deals as companies try to move styles out. Anyone else struggling on the clothing side of things?

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Alright, it's that time of the month to trim down my amazon subscribe and save items. This month: 43 items in subscription due to be delivered on April 1st. My goal is to keep this at around 15 items that I truly need. Definitely not as drastic as last months trim down but still have quite a bit of work cut out for me here. As per usual, I'll be back to update and to hold myself accountable 🙂

 

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Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I have been telling myself that once I place my order that includes my birthday gift then I will try a no buy. Order placed... Wish me luck please!!

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Sorry I'm late!! @Mellmars1185 good luck sweetness!!

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@lmaster Thank you so much!

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Mellmars1185 Happy belated 🙂 hope you had the best birthday ever.

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@QueenMarceline Thanks so much! It was yesterday! My family, friends and co workers made me feel so special! It has been one of the best birthdays a long time 🥰

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Mellmars1185 Awww, not so belated then 🙂 Happy birthday Pisces Queen 👑

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Happy birthday @Mellmars1185 🥳 and good luck on your no buy! It’s definitely nice to get a treat in before the start of a no buy 😊

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Guessgal Thank you so much! It was in March but I guess i was aloud to get my bday gift early!! Now no more spending!! Hehe

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Guessgal Thank you so much! It was in March but I guess i was aloud to get my bday gift early!! Now no more spending!! Hehe

Re: 2022 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I feel very happy that, so far, I have been able to control myself and I have not gone crazy buying things I don’t need (well, almost... 😁)  I have cut in clothes and shoes (I have plenty and I have not been able to use almost any for so long because of covid) so I haven’t bought any for a long time, and in skincare I am just buying what I need when I need it (unless there is a great sale) But I haven’t been very diligent with makeup. I haven’t gone crazy but I have bought some lip products and eyeliner that I didn’t really need. Let’s see if I can control myself better. At least I was able to resist buying more Lipstories while they were 50% off and they were in my basket for days! 

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@Saradestin I totally agree with you. The last few years have showed me that I really do not need all of these products. I'm going to try to extend my no buy throughout march and continue a no/low buy throughout the entire year.

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