Contrary to what my more recent haul posts may lead you to believe, I've been working hard to reign in my spending lately. This past May I started my first Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy. In complete candor, I wasn't in a mental state where I could have handled a total Beauty No-Buy. Nevertheless, I'm stoked to [...]
At the close of 2018, I had every intention of doing a yearlong cosmetic No-Buy. Having successfully completed a 6 month No Buy in years past, I felt like this challenge would be doable for me. However, the more I thought about doing a yearlong No Buy, the more anxious I became about my spending... I started to spend uncontrollably, constantly buying new beauty products online. Essentially, I was on a beauty binge that lasted for roughly 2.5 months. As a result of my reckless spending this Fall and this Winter, I've decided to put myself on a three-month long No-Buy. My No-Buy started on February 11th and will run through May 11th.
Learning how to develop smart shopping and savings habits are essential parts of growing up. Unfortunately, for many of us, financial literacy is not something taught to us in school or by our parents. Shopping can offer temporary relief from stress or sadness, but buying "things" does not equate to true happiness. Moreover, excessive spending can actually hold you back from living an active, engaging life, especially as you age.
As I write this post, I have just finished my first (and hopefully only) no-buy of 2018. As mentioned in my original post, this no buy started at the beginning of April and ran through June 30th. The only parameters were that I could not buy any new beauty or fashion-related items during this Spring season, unless an item broke or was used in entirety and I did not have a suitable back up.
Last year, in an attempt to mitigate my impulse shopping, I embarked on my first beauty and fashion no-buy from January through mid-April. The results were life-changing. If you're unfamiliar with the term - a "no buy" is a period of time where an individual commits refraining from purchasing non-essential goods in an attempt to curb impulsive shopping habits.