Last year (it feels weird to be saying that!) I set myself a little challenge in January, the no-buy January challenge! I challenged myself to not buy a single beauty or toiletry item for the whole month and succeeded! Winner winner, chicken dinner. I actually didn’t find the challenge too much of a struggle, and it rolled over for a couple of months, turned out it’s actually pretty easy to not buy toiletries - and with the amount I’ve amassed over the last couple of months, especially over Christmas, it looks like it will be all too easy to smash the challenge again this year.
With that in mind, and looking to make the No Buy January challenge a little more difficult, I’m releasing a version 2.0 this year!
In keeping with the original idea of not buying any toiletry and beauty items (unless something runs out and needs replacing, e.g I run out of deodorant, I am allowed to buy a replacement), I am extending the no buy rules to include clothes, household and food.
I physically can’t fit any more clothes in my not so Narnian wardrobe, and if I’m honest, I don’t need any. But with sales rails making up most of the shop floors these days and everything looking like a good deal, it’s all too easy to pick up ‘bargains’ and come out with nothing but cobwebs left in my purse. So no clothes, no sales hauling, no rifling through the rails and coming out with dresses I just don’t need.
This is the big one. I can get my weekly food shop to under £40 most weeks, but then I take a walk to my Home Bargains or Lidl on my lunch at least once a week and easily spend £20 on random bits and bobs. I’ll be walking home from work, I’ll call into Tesco and pop £10 in their tills, I’m just so nice like that. All these little trips for nothing, in particular, are costing me a fortune and I’ve got nothing to show for it. So I’ll be shopping smarter this month, sticking to my meal plans and walking right past the doors of Home Bargains. Similar to the toiletries and beauty rule, I’ll only be buying something if I need to replace something.
I’ve got into a really bad habit lately of going out and buying lunch when I’ve already taken something to work with me, or buying extras on the side. So it’ll be leftovers and bagged lunches kinda month. Special occasions get a free pass. Again, if something runs out, I’ll replace it. But buying another box of tea bags when I already have a stockpile in the cupboard, no way hosay!
Do you need to tighten the purse strings this month, or work your way through your beauty/food/all of the above stashes?
Until next time,