January No Buy Progress

I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on my January no buy. So far it's been going well, and I thought I'd share a few tips.

  • It doesn't hurt to go out and try products, but bring a friend who knows your plan and can encourage your restraint! Perhaps even a guy friend (or boyfriend!) since they can't get caught up in the hype or sparkles! (LOL)
  • Shop in your existing stash. Rediscovering products is almost as fun shopping for new ones.
  • Think about the price of that product in relation to something else that you enjoy. For example, a $45 bronzer would pay for a nice dinner for me & my boyfriend (or at least a significant portion). Or that $45 bronzer can go to the new camera I'm desperate for, or even a necessity like a tank of gas! I've found that I almost always want the other thing because I already have plenty of makeup!

For extreme circumstances, put away the money & credit cards! Give it to your mom/boyfriend/etc - anyone you trust to support your interests! I unintentionally forgot my credit card with my boyfriend (he's sweet and runs errands for me!) and it has actually worked great!

What are your strategies for making it through a no buy? I'd love to hear!