I’ll be honest, I’m cheating a little. I’m technically not done with my no buy yet, I still have 3 more weeks to go, but I am proud to announce I’ve been at if for a solid 6 torturous weeks. I say torturous because that’s the least of the worst words I could use to possibly describe it. It has been the hardest thing ever! But before we get into that let’s start with why a perfectly sane person would even put themselves through this in the first place…
Why I put myself on a no buy
As you all may know by now I’m currently contracting at my job, and my contract is unfortunately coming to an end. I’ve been working for 6 months and I’ve been spending money left and right. I started the job in March, saved and bought my iPad in May, went to LA in June, traveled to Vegas in July, and now its august and I’m trying to save my last little pennies while I’m looking for my new gig. So I decided –in an attempt to save money– that it would be smart to put myself on a “no buy”. A no buy, by my definition is when you don’t purchase anything outside of your daily needs. For example no new beauty products, no clothing shopping, nada! The most exciting thing I’ve bought were some bobby pins and hair gel (which by the way I was in desperate need of). Aside from that I haven’t picked up a single thing from Sephora, Ulta, or any of my favorite places to shop. Now onto why I think it didn’t work…
Why being on a no buy totally sucks
Not purchasing, or as I like to say “giving myself weekly treats” make’s you more susceptible to spending money on dumb things and/or racking up a huge wishlist of items you probably can’t afford. I’ve sort of lost perspective on what I can afford. I keep thinking 50 bucks here and 50 bucks there and I will totally be able to afford this 200 mirror that I want. It never dawns on me that I’m 100 bucks short and that just because saving sucks doesn’t mean you save more. I also think everyone deserves little pick me ups and for me that always involved purchasing something. Some people prefer a glass of a wine, or a trip to the gym..I prefer buying a Mac lipstick. Not having my weekly dose of something new and pretty has made things really stressful.I know I know..cue the violin.
But this is serious O.K! And I promise there is a point to all of this…
Anywho not buying things on a weekly basis has also caused me to overspend on the things I can buy. I buy soda when I go to the grocery store to get milk, and I’ve been on snack overload since food is my only way to really splurge without breaking my no-buy. I’m tellin ya…life has been rough.
What I learned from being on a no buy
Now on to the good part eh! What I did actually gain from doing all of this. I learned that my beauty habits and shopping addiction is not the source of why I can’t save. My money is entirely spent, and sometimes wasted on food. Food is the way to my heart, and apparently the way to eat my wallet. I know most people can look at a bank statement and still get this same information, but for me it really became evident during my no-buy. As much as I’ve missed my weekly trinkets, I realize that my budget needs to be readjusted to incorporate my eating habits. I spent about $10 bucks on lunch during the work week, roughly $15 a week on Starbucks, plus whatever I eat while out for dinner (sometimes my lovely mother cooks). You throw in a few Mac lipsticks and the stuff I actually need for the week you can rack up $100 quick. I definitely have to be more conscious of what I spend on food so I’m currently brainstorming on ways to meal prep for the week so that I can not only eat healthier but also save money. I have a long way to go, but at least I know the source of what’s causing my debt.
In the meantime I have 3 more weeks of my no-buy, and so far my wishlist keeps growing (currently swooning over this and this) If you’d like a play by play be sure to follow me on twitter! I’ll be doing the biggest haul of my life on my birthday coming up!
3 more weeks!!!! Pray I make It!