After going through an intensive decluttering, I’ve been on a STRICT necessity-only buy for 2017 (you can read my original post HERE) and since 3 months have already passed, time for an update because March was very hard on my willpower and I almost succumbed to lots of different temptations, and on many occasions. All month long, I kept asking myself: “Why am I doing this again”? Compared to March, January and February have been a breeze since I was still concentrating on decluttering my over the top collection. March was an other ball game…
March 2017, lots of temptations…
In March, MAC surprised us with a 25% rebate on all regular price items and I found myself adding products to my cart. I ALMOST pressed the checkout button a few times, but let say that I just went “screen-shopping”. All in all, it wasn’t products I needed but surely items I wanted badly! My screen-shopping nearly made me capitulate since I even went to the MAC store, just to have a look, because the rebate was in-store too. Seems that my weakened willpower was still sufficient because, to everyone surprise I’m sure, I didn’t get inside; I knew I was doomed if I got my foot in the place. Damn NO-BUY!!! Grrrr. I really think that if MAC was cruelty-free, I would have thrown that No-Buy away. In retrospect, I’m happy that I didn’t buy all that stuff!
Is it difficult to control my addiction? Yes, but it’s doable! I used to spend at the very least $1500Cnd on cosmetics per year (you read correctly, sorry for that coffee spill)!! This will never happen again! From now on, I will only buy what I need, and honestly, a massive decluttering will do that to you. Spending money on products I use is perfectly fine but throwing away makeup and skincare items because they are expired or doesn’t work is just not acceptable. Sephora or my nearby beauty stores must be scratching their heads. This decluttering had such a massive effect that I even didn’t go pick up my VIB Rouge birthday gift!
After 3 months, I am proud to say that I have spent 0$ (ZERO) on beauty products
I’m not the only one to have attempted a No-Buy, and many have succeeded, but where I want to distinguish myself is, if I do achieve this yearly goal, I don’t want to go on a shopping spree the following year, as I saw so many do. What would be the point if I did??? Again, my introspection had some effects on every facets on my life; I’m now against all overconsumptions and I’m sure that I will be glad to spend all my saved money on something more useful (not judging, just thinking for myself).
I would like to know if you are doing the same: how those last 3 months were for you? Did you ever consider a Necessity-Buy only goal?