March was another No-Buy month! You’re expecting a blank post, right? Nope:
😳 I can explain!
The title of this post is misleading since January was neither No- or Low-Buy. It was the magnificent month of Haulaury! 😀
I can’t be the only one who succumbed to all the post-holiday sales?
So, it’s resolution time! I toyed with the idea of doing a summary of my year long Low-Buy for 2016 but if you’ve followed along on the journey, it can be summarized as this: well-intentioned. 😉
I did start out well early in the year but I got myself in the red badly by mid-year, which then meant that I had to go on a self-imposed No-Buy for a couple of months to get myself out of the hole. But it was down hill once again by late Autumn. I’m not even going to insult you by posting a December Low-Buy post – I ended the whole year in the red in a bad way! 😳 If you’re curious about my journey, have a read through my Low-Buy Accountability posts. Remember when I achieved my No-Buy in 2015, I rewarded myself? Well, I didn’t achieve my Low-Buy target so no rewards to myself! 😥
Ouch. November Low-Buy was more like a Go-Buy… I mean, what was I expecting? Sephora VIB sale and Black Friday – why did they have to be together in the same month?
I also bought some stuff from Winners and Avon. 😳
I decided not to do a Trash Stash (empties) post for September since I’m so backlogged with posts but I definitely want to squeeze in my accountability for the month. Here are some of the items that got added to my stash:
To refresh, for the month of September, I had -$91.68 balance left in my budget. Yup, you read that correctly, I was in the hole. No makeup spending for me. But luckily, I went on vacation in September so the “Vacation Clause” kicked in, as is universally known. 😉
The first “real” month of my self-imposed No-Buy, due to my overspending back in May / June. In August, I did pick up a few bits from the drugstore, and Winners, where else?
I’ve been surprisingly not too tempted by new launches even with all the Fall sneak peeks and clearance sales (no thanks to the ultimate Temptress, Ms. Ingrid! 😉 )
July was supposed to be the start of my 3 month “No-Buy” since I had overspent in May / June. But wouldn’t you know it, my birthday happened to be in July and I rained birthday gifts down upon myself! 😀
It happened. And it was magnificent. 😀 I did also place an order from the Body Shop for some skincare because for once, I’m actually in need of some items!
Since I skipped May’s accountability post, I’m lumping both months together. Let’s recap, in April, I was able to carry over $122.48. My combined budget for May and June was $100. So in total, I had $222.48 to play with. Let’s see how I did. First, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way, I hauled BIG time in Japan:
But in the rule books of Low-Buys, out of country purchases do not count. I didn’t create the rules, I just follow them, mkay? 😉 But I did a lot of shopping at home too, especially prior to my trip…