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2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

 

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New Year,  New Thread, cheers to Year 10 of the  of the No/Low Buy Thread 🥂🥂

       

This thread was initially created by the amazing @lnum and this is how she described the purpose of this challenge: 

 

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.

 

Some 2016 insights from lnum:

 

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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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Other Challenges/Threads that May Help You/Your Spending Goals

 

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Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

It has been 3 weeks since I have placed an order for any form of beauty product. Hope to keep the momentum going.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

WOW @Loretta55 three weeks! Congrats 👏 👏 👏 

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you very much @jaaayp

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

That's amazing!! @Loretta55 so proud of your strength 💪

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you very much @lmaster. I’m trying to remind myself that I really don’t need anything. I just look at my stash and try to figure out what I have that can possibly dupe what I’m looking for.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Loretta55 yes, that's a great idea! Our own stashes are worthy 💓

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Yay @Loretta55 !  I went to order some of the Lawless GMA deals and fortunately that sale was over.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Nice going @Loretta55 🥂

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you very much @danielledanielle. I avoided temptation the other day when Lawless Beauty was featured on GMA Deals. I reminded myself that I have not been happy with the pigmentation of the LAWLESS Forget the Filler Lip-Plumping Line-Smoothing Tinted Lip Balm . The other thing that is tempting me is that Charlotte Tilbury direct has a deal that with a $100.00 purchase you get a free Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer for free. I truly don’t need anything. I am trying to be strong.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Do you guys have those days where you wake up thinking, I really want to buy X today? 

 

Today, for me, it's buying from Dior direct.

 

I woke up at 7am thinking about it and it's 7pm now. In effort to avoid shopping online, I'm going to be turning on Hulu to watch Taken and eat a whole box of cookies. 

 

Low/no buy 15, here I come.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@jaaayp  ok the important question here is what kind of cookies are you eating??? 

I definitely have those days and I’m like I need x when I usually don’t but I get x in my head and I can’t get it out. I’m so proud you didn’t do it. Was there something in particular you wanted? I have been cheating on beauty with clothes and I do not need more clothes. I wanted to go a whole year not buying clothes but I don’t think I lasted a few days. Although I just booked a vacation in December so I’m resisting the urge to buy all kinds of new summer stuff for my vacation. Maybe I can change my goal to 8 months of no clothes!! 

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

OMG @ather I'm right there with you. I have a vacation coming up in September and I'm like I should start shopping now to make sure I get stuff I want by September (so illogical considering it's May).... 

 

I've been really eyeing Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 090 Black Dior Dior Forever Matte Skincare Foundation Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation and I literally just found out that Dior direct carries a LOT more shades of the Dior Dior Addict Lip Tint .........

 

Itching... itching... do you know if Dior direct ever goes on sale...? Or maybe @danielledanielle or @faeriegirl do you guys know...? If good deal, I shall buy? Right? 😂😂😂

 

P.S. Trader Joe's (idk if they exist in Canada) came out with Ube yogurt covered pretzels... I ate the whole bag 🫠😅😂

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@jaaayp  I think it makes perfect sense to me! I mean you can’t wait till September right?? I actually was in a city and at winners and I saw packing cubes and I ended up buying them because when I was away at Easter it got annoying to have all black packing cubes and I couldn’t find my stuff. So I got neon packing cubes so when we go away again I don’t have to search the whole luggage for my clothes!! I’m so excited to try them out! 

Hmm Dior I’m not sure. I haven’t purchased direct from them before! 

Sadly we have no Trader Joes that I am tracking. But I have been lucky enough to try some stuff and it’s so good! Those pretzels sound yummy! 😋 

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Ooh, yes. I thought about getting packing cubes but then again... I travel so light, my small carryon is rarely full 🤔 but I do think they're useful either way. Maybe it's time to browse amazon... 

 

I see we are both just counting down the days till vacation 😂 @ather 

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@jaaayp  Ummm I think you need to teach me your ways. How do you only just use a carry on?? My carry on is full and a huge suitcase is full! 

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@jaaayp, yeah there's no sales, just GWPs or buy ins.  I got the mascara there because it's not available here in blue anymore, and I got the highlighters there because they weren't available elsewhere at the time.  I was basically homebound, so having all these delicious dior goodies helped.

 

I have def picked up Dior at Ulta and Sephora.  Like I got the star filter with a rouge reward, and so on.  I would make note of the lip addicts you can't find elsewhere and wait for a good GWP for Dior.  Also, there's usually a spend $85 get 500 points promo on Sephora around Memorial Day, so if anything, that's a good time to purchase something.

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

All these great tips @danielledanielle !!! I'm actually waiting for ulta to have a 20% off coupon... I swear they usually hand them out like candy until I really want it. Smh. I have some points racked up so I wanna combine the 20% and use my points to by the lip addict.. 

 

Ah yes. Memorial day... I also have rouge reward I need spend but they're reserved for the eadem serum and the huda setting powder LOL (I plan ahead 😂😂😂)

 

Aaaaasss always, thank you for your thoughtful reply/suggestions. I'm always taking notes 🥰

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@jaaayp  I’ve never seen a sale at Dior’s site—not even for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. But Dior items are sometimes on sale at Nordstrom and other retailers, and often included in beauty retailers’ sitewide sales. 

 

And of course, you can always get that Dior mascara with Ulta points (or Nordy Notes). 😉 Same with several other Dior items. 

 

Related low-buy woes: I was doing pretty well not buying lots of nail polish. Then Mooncat announced a few days ago that their Lunar Sale was coming. 🙃 I was able to narrow my cart a bit and try to ensure I don’t buy something I can dupe with my current collection. But yeah, I did some damage at Mooncat this morning. And now I wonder if Zoya will do another crazy 70% discount this fall… oh boy. I haven’t even worn polish (beyond Butter London Jelly Preserve shades) in months, but that hasn’t stopped me from wanting more. I just need to keep consulting my swatch sticks when I see new polishes, to convince myself I can dupe ‘em. 

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Ah @WinglessOne good to know about Dior.. sigh. Guess I'll just wait for sephora sale for the foundations (I already have an ulta cart ready for check out as soon as they release 20% coupon to checkout with my points 😂).

 

It seems like your low buy is technically a low buy since you're getting great deals on them! I've been justifying purchases as long as I'm replacing something that I finished or a good deal as well (as that seems to be the consensus).

 

Polishes are so tough to resist. I literally purchased polishes this week and justified it with, this tiny bottle makes me feel pretty and it'll last literally forever 🙃 

Re: 2024 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@jaaayp  I don’t think they do a sale. I have never seen one.

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