Whilst scrolling through WordPress last week (trying to avoid the looming thought about having to go back to work!), I came across a blog post on Hannah’s Loop where she mentioned that she was doing a version of a year-long no buy year. Reading through the blog post, I became inspired to try something similar. Also, with the possibility of a house move this year, and the fact that I need to reduce the amount of things that I have to pack up and move, I felt motivated to try and give it a go!
Before starting, I thought it would be good to re-organise all of my beauty products, clothes, stationery, books, bags and other “clutter” to see what I already have and to make sure that I wasn’t over-buying or double-buying any items. I was absolutely shocked and the amount of stuff I had in my bedroom alone: I honestly didn’t realise how much everything had built up since leaving home for University just over 6 years ago. However, I did find this process really useful as it was a good shock for me to see how much I had spent over the last few years, with some of it being things that I did not need to buy. This made me realise that I’m more of a shop-a-holic than I ever thought!
For this reason, I think trying to do a version of a no buy year for 2019 could really benefit me in using up things that I’ve already bought and hopefully help me to think about whether I actually need an item before buying it. With the possibility of me buying my first house within a few months, and knowing that I would then need to start paying off a mortgage, insurance and other added bills, I think that I need to become a more conscientious shopper. It took me a little while to create a list of rules that I felt were best to help me be successful and hopefully I will be able to add other things to the “No Buy List” as it goes on and I feel more confident in not caving in to spending.
- No purchasing makeup of any sort (Excluding subscription boxes)
- No household decor items, dishes, candles, etc. (Until I have moved house and can see things that I need that I do not have)
- No purchasing skin care unless replacing
- No purchasing hair care unless replacing
- No purchasing bath items unless replacing (shower gel, bath bombs, bubble bath, etc.)
- No purchasing clothing or shoes (unless using a gift card that I have been given or replacing broken shoes)
- No purchasing furniture until I have moved house
- No purchasing stationery
- No purchasing jewellery
- No purchasing bags
- No purchasing perfume
- Replacement skin and hair care or bath items (for completely empty categories)
- Essential household items (toilet paper, toothpaste, washing powder, etc.)
- Petrol, other car necessities
- Dog supplies
- Gifts (no more than £20 for a gift)
- Free samples & gifts
- Family and evening entertainment when necessary (DVDs, CDs, Books, Games, Puzzles, etc)
Hopefully this year goes well and I can then continue to think before in buying in more areas as I go on!
Has anybody else tried this before or is trying it this year? Let me know if you are!