Hey everyone! In case you haven’t heard No-Buy July is a thing. No-Buy July is exactly what it says, a month where instead of buying into mass consumerism we hit the pause button.
Gasp! Not making a single unnecessary purchase?
It’s hard, trust me I get it. We’re constantly bombarded by new beauty products, fashion, tech etc, and in this Millennial culture of FOMO it’s hard not to get swept up in the madness. But it IS possible to resist, my friends! This month I’m bringing you 7 tips to help you survive No-Buy July that will hopefully help you readjust your no-buy mindset.
How To Survive No-Buy July…
Tip #1: Decide what kind of No-Buy You’re Doing
Not every No-Buy is the same. For example, you NEED to eat. You NEED to sleep. Basic needs should not be included in your no-buy for obvious reasons.
You need to decide what is considered a need or a want for you. For some people a no-buy may include all food that isn’t purchased at the grocery store, for example fast food & restaurants. However, for others the social aspect of eating out with people is very important to their well being so they may not want to include restaurants from their No-Spending budget.
For me my No-Buy July is completely for all beauty products. I don’t want to add a single new product to my already cluttered collection. For you it might be not buying new clothing, or the latest tech releases for a month. Decide what works for you and stick with it.
Tip #2: Don’t look at it
If you aren’t aware of new products, you probably won’t want to buy them! I have been resisting scrolling through TrendMood and am working on spending less time on instagram and brand websites this No-Buy July.
If you spend too much money at the mall, don’t go to the mall. If you spend too much time online find another way to divert your attention. It does no good to continuously lust after products you can’t buy.
Which brings me to my next tip…
Tip #3: Focus on other interests
For me beauty is one of my main interests, but since I focus so much time & energy on my blog I forget that beauty isn’t everything. Read that book that you got for Christmas two years ago. Take up scrapbooking. Learn a language with Duo Lingo — Do ANYTHING that doesn’t involve scrolling through the Sephora app on your phone!
Tip #4: Do A Project Pan
A Project Pan in the community is the idea of using up what you have. It’s called a project pan because you are committing to using a powdered product until you see the metal at the bottom of the makeup compact.
I find doing a project pan very satisfying because I’m focusing on things that I’ve already spent my money on instead of buying new things and wasting the old.
This doesn’t just apply to makeup. Give yourself a goal. Read 3+ books this month! Use up the produce in your fridge before it goes bad. Finish the tv shows you’re already watching before subscribing to another TV service!
Tip #5: Set a budget and stick to it
Budgeting is really helpful for me because it keeps my spending in check. When my husband finished school we got a little lax on the budget.. but now that we have a mortgage we’re analyzing our spending again.
At the start of each month we allocate spending for utilities, groceries, fitness, and personal spending. Now here’s where you need to be real with yourself about what you can reasonably cut back on.
Here’s what I’m NOT allocating money for in my beauty No Buy:
Tip #6: Cut yourself some slack — But not too much!
It’s hard to curb your shopping habits cold-turkey. If you slip up or can’t resist a sale cut yourself some slack. It’s okay. The world is still turning. But don’t give up all together just because you made one purchase.
I am so guilty of this! After three months of my 2019 No-Buy I made a purchase. And then I made another. And another. Instead of just brushing it off and keeping my spending low I was kind of like, yeah my no-buy is broken, I might as well just blow another $100. No, no no. Don’t do this! Don’t be like me! Don’t give up halfway through just because you bought one thing you meant not to.
No-Buy July is only one month after all!
Tip #7 Ask yourself if you really need it?
Do I really need another eyeshadow palette, even if it’s only $12? One walk over my eye eyeshadow palette box shows that I have over 20 palettes already… so more eyeshadow is definitely not a need.
However, if you told yourself that you wouldn’t buy clothing In July but then you realized that every pair of socks you owned was full of holes, well then I think you should buy some more socks my friend.
A good rule of thumb is to wait 30 days to avoid impulse buys. Do you want it as much after a day? A week? Three weeks? A Month? If you still want the product in question after 30 days then by all means go for it.
How do you survive No-Buy July?
If you’ve never done a no-buy or low-buy before and want to curb your spending then I challenge you… Leave your credit card at home and go a few weeks to a month without shopping. Better yet, two months! It takes 66 days to build a new habit, or so they say 🙂