We’re nearing the end of January, and I know that some of you made New Year’s resolutions.
How are they going so far? Have you started yet?
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions only because throughout the entire year, I’m continually making resolutions.
Currently, I’m trying to save more money and buy fewer beauty products.
(Yes, that’s right – I’m actually trying to not get sucked into the ‘But the Packaging Is So Darn Cute’ black hole!)
I’ve tried No Buys in the past, but it seemed like the second I set them was the second I wanted to buy something. (It’s similar to when the water gets shut off. Why is it that it’s at that moment when you have the tremendous urge to use the water?)
Once when I broke a No Buy because I found very-hard-to-find, discontinued Caboodles nail polishes at the Dollar Store, I felt ridiculously guilty afterwards. Instead of a No Buy making me feel good about when I resisted temptation, it ended up making me feel terrible about when I failed.
Now, I no longer struggle to adhere to strict No Buys. I’ve found that just reducing my beauty purchases has been way more effective. I still have to show self-restraint, and if something absolutely incredible comes by, I can get it (if the price is reasonable) without feeling guilty. This method is more effective because it focuses on the positives.
The funny thing is that once I vowed to myself to try to reduce my spending, I ended up saving even more money than when I went on No Buys.
To give you an idea: before my resolution, I would buy about 14 bottles of nail polish per month – minimum!
But, from November 2011 to today, I’ve purchased just around 5 bottles, one of which was the limited-edition Sally Hansen Project Runway that I’d been trying to hunt down for months.
One thing that has helped me resist temptation was going through my existing nail-polish stash. I have quite a lot of untrieds that have kept me occupied.
So now I have some questions to ask you!
- What are some things you do to save money?
- How do you resist temptation?
- Have you been on a No Buy? Did it work for you?