Trying a Low Buy Year


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.





Beauty Products

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!

18 responses to “Trying a Low Buy Year”

  1. Mica says:

    This is a great challenge to set yourself for the new year! I did 6 months without shopping (for fashion) a couple years ago but I felt I made up for it the rest of the year with what I bought so I’ve been trying a low buy for a while. I spent so little last year and I’m eager to see if I can spend less this year too! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well and you have a fun weekend ahead of you 🙂

  2. I love that you set goals in each area where you spend. I’m trying to not buy new clothes. Renting seems to work really well for me but hoping to also shop my closet more.

  3. Lackadaisy says:

    I can agree with you so much! I can’t imagine going completly ”no buy”, even if you’d plan so it’s hard for life to let you. But not buying what I don’t need (especially since I have too much already) became my way to go. I’d still spend money on the cool experiences withing the budget too, because that’s for a memory that can last for a lifeetime. <3


  4. Margot says:

    Such a great initiative.
    I also want to spend less money in clothes this year and make more myself.
    Thanks you for sharing this with us. I’ll also not buy any more fabric or book if I didn’t finish some of the ones I already have before.

  5. Gemma says:

    Sounds like some great plans! Wishing you a lovely week ahead.
    Gemma x

  6. This is a great challenge! I’m going to try this as well. I definitely need to cut down on clothing and snacks! I buy way too many snacks haha

  7. Vanessa says:

    This is great that you do this! I am doing the same this year!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  8. Melissa Kacar says:

    I’m definitely trying a low buy for 2020 as well! I loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing! Best of luck on you low buy goals! 🙂

  9. Wishing you so much luck with your low buy. I’m trying to give myself a limit for each month so I’m more accountable for how much I spend, and I really hope I can stick to my limits as I feel like it’d really help to save extra money through the year xx

    Makeup Muddle

  10. What a cozy cardigan! I like such initiatives, and I also try to stick to them. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Missy May says:

    I’m on the same journey this year, but I’ve already failed miserably this January. I’ve been thinking ahead for Spring/Summer so I’ve bought some dresses that were on sales. I mean who wouldn’t buy a nice dress on sale for only £5? Lol!! Thank you for the tips and good luck to us. 🙂

  12. Tina says:

    Sounds like a great plan – in 2020 I also want to be better at living sustinable and buying more thoughtful 🙂


  13. Jessica says:

    Sounds like a good challenge. Wishing you all the best dear! Have a fab day!

    Jessica |

  14. Susie says:

    I really want to try be more mindful of my spending this year too. I want to try no buy months first and then see how I go! I love this goal – I hope it goes well for you 🙂

  15. Allie Mackin says:

    I hear you, I am trying to do the same but I was laid off so it is also not much of choice. But I am trying to not be so wasteful and to me more mindful when I shop. We only have one world and at the rate we are going it does not look so have to step up asap.

    Allie of

  16. Lovely says:

    I want to try this for at least two months or even a month to start off with. Your list looks great, wishing you all the best with it Kara!


  17. Hello
    The low buy year is a big challenge !! I don’t know how I would be able to do it, but as my budget is not very big I don’t spend much ahahah !!
    Great tips !!

  18. Nat says:

    I am on the same vagon for the last few years even when sometimes it does not work as I would hope but I try my best. If I hve to buy something I always prefer it pre-owned and try to make my things last as long as possible.
    Thank you for your pot 🙂


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