Monday, 4 January 2016

No Buy January V2.0

no buy january challenge


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

Clothes 

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. 

Household

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. 

Food

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!

Challenge accepted. 

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,



8 comments:

  1. I think this is a great challenge and something that I like to do as well from time to time. It's a little hard at first to do, but over time it soon becomes habit! Happy 2016 :)

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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    1. I always find it a little hard in the beginning but in the end not spending really does become the norm!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I have such a spending problem, haha. I should take a leaf out of your book and do this but I always make excuses not to!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Haha it's been alrite so far, I'm really struggling on the home section of the challenge though! That's going to take some practice and getting used to!

      Sarah :)

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  3. Good luck with your challenge, sounds even better than last year. I am trying with food, but I love cooking and I feel I actually NEED all those ingredients because I might cook something without planning it (and I never plan anyway), so I think I can live without buying food for a couple of weeks at least :))

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    1. Thanks you! I'm doing well so far but it's defiantly harder than last year for sure!

      Sarah :)

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  4. I could do the no beauty or toiletry thing pretty easily too so that wouldn't be much of a challenge. But like you, I can go into a supermarket or Home Bargains (love that shop!) and spend a few quid on stuff I didn't really need, so that needs to stop! xx

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    1. Home Bargains is my weakness! It's so hard to stay away! I actually had to go this week for something and made sure I stuck like glue to my list, but it didn't stop me picking up and almost buying extras!

      Sarah :)

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