I think most of us probably had a moment like this in their lives at least once: you bought way too much unnecessary stuff and now you want to cut back on your spendings. I get it! That’s why I’m sharing 5 tips for a successful no buy so you can save some money.
As a beauty junkie, I know how it feels to overspend. You thought you NEEDED something in your life, while you definitely could’ve lived without it as well. Or you just had a moment of no self-control because you felt anxious. There are a lot of reasons why you might get caught up in the moment and bought too much unnecessary stuff. It’s okay, I’m not here to judge. I’ve had this moment a little too much for my likings. Therefore, I can give you some helpful advice and tips for a successful no buy.
There are multiple ways to do a no buy and there are no strict rules to it. But I recommend setting up rules for yourself. First of all, decide on how long you want to go for a no buy. This could be a month, 6 months, a year, whatever you want. If this is the first time doing a no buy, I would recommend starting with a month so you won’t have a lot of pressure all at once.
Then I would recommend setting up rules when it comes to buying back-ups for example. Are you allowed to buy back-ups from products you love? Do you want to not spend anything for a whole month or so? All things you can decide for yourself but you need to put it on paper so you’re accountable for it.
Remember, it’s okay to make a mistake or a misstep. I’ve done multiple no buy’s where I couldn’t even contain myself for a month. That’s okay, as long as you reflect on yourself and try again. To make it a bit easier for you, here are my 5 tips for a successful no buy.
5 Tips for a Successful No Buy
1. Set limits on your budget
If you allow yourself to get back-ups, you might want to set limits on your budget. Nowadays you can put in a limit for your daily spendings. Moreover, if you have your credit card information saved for easier checkout: delete this. That’ll make it less easy to order something online.
2. Unsubscribe from mailings lists
As I said before, I’m a beauty junkie so if I’ll get emails in my inbox about new launches or great discounts, I’m so tempted to check out the website and buy something. You might recognize this? Then it’s time to unsubscribe from mailing lists. The temptation is going to be less. When I am trying to watch my spending, I use a free service called Unroll Me. It allows you to easily unsubscribe from marketing emails.
3. Unfollow Social Media accounts
I mean, if you love something you’re probably following related social media accounts. These accounts might even promote products that trigger the “I need it” feeling. It might be good to temporary unfollow these accounts.
4. Track Your Spending
I think that tracking your spending (and accumulating all of your spendings) will put into perspective how wasteful you are being. It can be so easy to buy buy buy but when you see the actual numbers altogether, it’s going to be way easier to not buy unnecessary stuff.
5. Organize your stuff
The thing is that sometimes we don’t even know we have unread books, clothes we didn’t wear yet, gadgets we never used, etc. Once you start organizing your space, you might find products that are still new. You don’t have to buy anything new, you can save your money and enjoy what you already have! Do you need some organizing help? Check out this article for tips.
Lastly, I would recommend checking out this Buzzfeed article for some inspiration.
Good luck with your no buy and if you need any extra help, let me know in the comments!
See you next time!