Monday, 5 January 2015

No Buy January



Having a blog is one of the best excuses to buy all the things. From being inspired by blog posts and bloggers recommendations, to jumping on the bandwagon of the latest cult product, I find myself down the aisles of Boots and Harvey Nicks more often than not, picking up more moisturiser, more shampoo, more hand cream. More More More. I justify about 90% of random purchases by telling myself they’re for the blog; I can haul it, review it, swatch it, pop a picture on Instagram - insta-in the basket.

Over 2015 I want to set myself various 30 day challenges so, being the first month, here’s my first challenge. Can I go a whole month without buying anything? Now, by anything, there’s got to be a few exclusions. Food and things for the home don’t count, I won’t go a month not buying toilet roll! And if I run out of shampoo then I’m allowed to buy a new one. What I’m not allowed to buy…is anything I already have. Seriously…I have a drawer full of various shower gels and bath bombs, so as tempted as I am by picking up a discounted bottle of Snow Fairy in Lush - it’s not going to happen!

Meals out, trips to the cinema, they’re all still on the cards, this challenge is more about not spending money on random purchases and to give me a chance to actually use up all the products I’ve got rolling around my drawers!

Could you go a whole month without buying any new goodies? Any 30 day challenge ideas you want to throw at me? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



14 comments:

  1. I know I could because I do it all the time lol If I buy a new makeup product I buy it once I am totally out of what I have at home. Like mascara, I'm running out so I'll be buying a new tube this weekend! Before I used to just buy a new mascara every week!! That's because I would just randomly walk down the make-up aisles and something would always look pretty or interesting and I just HAD to buy it so now I avoid the makeup/beauty section and just go there when I ACTUALLY need something :D

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. I need your restraint! I always have this feeling that I SHOULD be buying because of the blog, and I'm a sucker for pretty packaging lol! Hopefully this 'no-buy' month will help me curb my habit!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I love where you are coming from and can totally relate! I have a million and one soap and glory butters and creams and potions! I will join you on the no buying January!
    Hannah Rosalie
    http://www.wordsbyhannahrosalie.com/

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    1. Yay! You know I'm sure those Soap & Glory goodies actually breed in the beauty drawer, how is it possible we have SO many? lol!

      Sarah :)

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  3. Good luck, I should attempt this but... I'm a brat.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Thanks! I just want to use all this stuff up so I have an excuse to buy more new things haha!

      Sarah :)

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  4. I think you're brave but I really need to the same as I've just got engaged and a new home and wedding needs saving for! I'll follow how you go and may give it a go myself next month :)
    How about a challenge to wake up an hour earlier every morning and see what you can get done?
    Victoria
    thedaisyjaynes.com

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    1. Good luck and let me know if you give it a try! Congrats on the engagement too! Oo I already get up so early, I don't think my Mr would thank me for an even earlier alarm hehe!

      Sarah :)

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  5. Ooh good luck on this, I did a similar ban a while back and saved so much money! I'm looking forward to seeing what the next challenges are :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. me too, I've got a few ideas and some already planned out so we shall see what challenge comes next! I'm thinking I need some sort of 'challenge' jar!

      Sarah :)

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  6. I think this is a fabulous idea! I actually went (most of) December without buying anything except Christmas gifts and groceries. I didn't buy anything for myself or eat out, except when I was visiting my sister in San Diego (because duh, we had to go out!). It actually wasn't that bad once I got into it. :) Good luck!

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    1. That's brilliant, good to know it can be done! I hope I never have to extend the no-buy to eating out too, I love my food too much!

      Sarah :)

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  7. This is a really good idea I should attempt this too!

    www.anacelinelabod.com

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    1. Let me know if you do and how it goes!

      Sarah :)

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