Recently I have seen people talk about trying “no buy” years, and I loved the sound of it but I just know there is no way I could commit to it. One of my main goals last year was to reduce the amount of shopping I did for items I didn’t really need, and I actually did really well at it. Shopping used to be a way for me to spend my free time and now I tend to do barely any online browsing. This year I have decided to do a “low buy” 2020, which to me means besides necessary expenses, I will be (attempting) to limit what I spend my money on in the hope of saving more money and spending smarter. I thought I would share the guidelines I have set for myself to hopefully inspire you if you have wanted to give this a try or to just hold myself accountable a bit more.
These are the main 4 categories where I tend to spend my money more than I should.
No buying any new pairs of shoes unless it is to replace a pair that is worn out.
No more clothing purchases for winter (unless it is clothing for work).
One new clothing purchase a month (except winter), but I can’t roll it over into the next month.
I can only buy something (not included in the one new purchase a month) if it is to replace an item in my wardrobe that is now too big for me, but only if the item is a key piece in my wardrobe such as jeans.
The one area lacking in my wardrobe is spring and summer clothing, so a few spring/summer items are allowed (I am thinking 2-4 everyday summer dresses, short sleeve tops that are not t-shirts, a pair or two of shorts and lightweight pants).
If I do buy clothing for work it should also be versatile with my everyday wardrobe.
Only buy products that are replacements for products I have finished.
No new steps added to my skincare routine.
No new lipsticks or lip products.
Try to find products that are as natural as possible, and of course cruelty-free.
Read all the books I haven’t read before buying any new ones.
One new book a month. I’ve recently started reading a lot more on my phone which has saved me money already, and it means I can read more books.
This is a hard one, but no new home decor pieces unless there is a place and a need for it in my space. I often see something I love and then after buying it think of where it can go in my space.
Any home items must be brought as a replacement for something I already own, such as sheets, towels, etc.
No new plants unless I have an empty plant pot for it.
One coffee drink out a month, although I don’t tend to do this as it is.
Experiences to me are always worth the money, so my only rule is to stay within my budget.
I will do an update at the end of the year to share how I did!