Sunday, January 1, 2017
New Year No Buy
I don't usually get many beauty products for Christmas, but this year I ended up with quite a payload (above). I also made VIB at Sephora for the first time in my life, mainly because my mother-in-law gave them my account information when she bought my gifts. Normally I would not feel particularly good about spending enough money for that status and, as I understand, it doesn't get you much anyway. But I'll take it and see how it goes.
I'm at the point now where I just have too much shit and I need to stop for a while, so I'm declaring a No Buy for the first part of 2017. I have a credit from Dermstore because I returned something, and I can't think of a single thing I need/want to spend it on. Not a good sign. So I'm not going to buy anything else until conditions improve.
This is my first time doing an official No Buy, because I have been wary of them in the past. I think sometimes they become a different way to obsess about products and consumerism, and people start anticipating all of the things they will buy at the end of the designated period, which can be worse than just shopping moderately all the time. For that reason, I'm not imposing a specific end date for my No Buy. We'll see how I manage with a fuzzy deadline. Instead, since I tend to buy things at least partly because I want to blog about them, I'm not going to buy anything new until I have written posts about all the shit I have laying around already. That means the first step is to make a checklist of post topics and to start working through it. It just doesn't make sense to buy new things for the blog when I have a backlog--and when I don't make back anything close to what I spend for my blog from affiliate links, etc.
I am allowed to use up various credits I already have ($30 to Dermstore, about $12 at Sephora, and also some at Paula's Choice). I'll keep getting So Choix until my subscription runs out, which I think is soon. I might be allowed to sign up for Sephora Play if it opens up again. We'll see how I feel about that when the time comes. And I can accept free shit if it comes my way, like if Influenster sends more stuff out. The point is really not to spend money on beauty products. I guess I can replace necessary skin care products that run out, like sunscreen, but I don't think much of that is going to happen.
Any other rules I should put in place or precautions I should take to make this work from you veterans out there? I don't feel like I am a particularly compulsive shopper, so this is more of a budgeting plan than rehab.
I guess this is a sort of New Year's resolution. It's the only one I'm making, anyway. How about you? Any beauty-related plans or projects lined up? No Buys, Low Buys, Project Pans, etc.?
Happy New Year!