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How to Survive a No-Buy!

4/05/2015 04:00:00 PM

Hey everyone!

As many of you may already know from my past few posts that I'm currently on a no-buy till May (might extend it and not splurge on my birthday) so I thought I'd compile a list of tips to help you if you're currently on a no-buy or are thinking of going on one!

1- Go through your collection: yesterday, I just sat at my vanity and looked through all my makeup. I don't really have a big collection, but I did find quite a few things I rarely used! I found myself swatching and comparing and it was actually so much fun and so satisfying just like if I were actually shopping at an actual store! Next time you think of purchasing something, go to your collection and check out if you have it; you'll be surprised of how many duplicates you have.

2- Remind yourself why you went on a no-buy: people go on no-buys for financial reasons, others go on no-buys because they want to use up what they have and some might be doing it for other personal reasons. Regardless of the reason, keep reminding yourself why you decided to actually go on a no-buy whenever you feel tempted to break your no-buy.

3- Setting goals for yourself: no-buys don't have to be tough! Depending on the reason you started your no-buy, set goals for yourself whenever you pass a specific time period/milestone. Maybe you're saving up for something and you're half way done, reward yourself with a mini shopping haul with a specific budget (can be from $1 to $100 depending on what your financial situation is and why you started your no-buy).

4-Unsubscribe from promo emails: one of the most tempting things are promo emails from retailers. You might not even want a product but chances are you'll jump at the chance to get it on sale. You can actually use Gmail to send promos to a specific folder instead of your inbox and you can check it once you're off your no-buy or are rewarding yourself!

5- Think of what you could be using the money for: chances are, you only really want it because of how shiny and pretty it looks. Think of it like this, you can either spend the money on X or you can buy this product which you probably have a dupe for. 

6- Make a list & if you still want it buy it later: touching on my previous point, stop being an impulse buyer. Make a list (or even a board on Pinterest) and update it whenever you want to buy something. If you're still interested in it after you're done with your no-buy, go ahead and buy it! But theirs a big chance you'll probably not even want it after a while when the hype on it has gone.

7- Make sure you made the right choice: sometimes you choose to go on a no-buy without a reason and you get dissapointed in yourself once you break it. Make sure you have a reason to go on a no-buy and you're actually committed to it. If you have the financial ability to keep buying AND you can justify it, maybe choose going on a low-buy instead?

8- Avoid any temptations: most of the time, we're guilty of influential impulse buying. Avoid social media apps & websites that tempt you to buy products and avoid shops that tempt you into buying products. You'll probably buy it to learn you actually only wanted it because of the hype.

9- Be realistic: what will happen if you don't get that limited edition lipstick? Or you didn't buy another neutral palette to go with your other 500 neutral palettes? Be realistic about your no-buy. I'm a die hard makeup fan as much as you are but I know it's not necessary to get yet another "Kylie Jenner Nude" just because it's limited edition or is 0.000005% different then my other nudes. 

10- Give yourself exceptions: don't be too hard on yourself. If your foundation runs out, get another one. Give yourself exceptions like LE, necessities, etc.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Tell me your no-buy tips and experiences in the comments below!

Until Next Time,

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