90 Day Spending Ban

Feeling inspired by Grace from www.allthatslap.com, as well as feeling a little suffocated by all the stuff in my bathroom, I’ve decided to do a spending ban on make-up, hair and beauty products. I know Grace and many others are doing 100 day spending bans but as they started on 1st January I’m already behind, so mine will be a 90 day spending ban starting 11th January. If you could see my bathroom you’d understand why – here’s a little taster of all my stuff.

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Why do I own so many lipsticks, when I wear lipstick maybe four times a year? I see a lipstick, think it looks pretty on, wear it once then can’t be bothered to keep applying it. If a non-lipstick-wearer has this many lipsticks, you can just imagine what the rest of my make-up collection is like.

Now perfume I love but seriously, that is too many. To be fair, I haven’t bought myself perfume in about two years, those are all gifts and the little ones are from the 2011 Selfridges Advent Calendar. There’s even a forgotten hair product hiding behind the perfumes…

Every Christmas I always joke that I get enough stuff to last me the year, and it is so true. These photos are only some of the products I am currently hoarding; there are more hatboxes hiding around the place, beauty subscription boxes, plus a huge shelf in the bathroom that is completely covered with my “day-to-day” products.

Now, I’m not going to go on a complete spending ban, I would never manage that. I’m setting myself a simple rule: I cannot buy something new if I have that type of product already in my stash. So if I use up a body lotion I can’t buy a new one unless I have used up ALL the body lotions.

Whenever I run out of something I will see if I have another product in my stash. If I have I’ll use it; if I don’t then, and only then, am I allowed to buy it. I'll also still have my Joliebox subscription, though I'm currently debating whether to cancel it. I’m interested to see how much money I can save during the 90 days so whenever I do start something from my stash I will find out how much it would have cost and keep a log.

I’m also going to try to wear lipstick more often, even if I am just at home with the little one, seeing as I have so many of the things! Hopefully by the end of the 90 days my bathroom will be less claustrophobic and I will have saved myself a few pennies. Maybe I will also become obsessed with wearing lipstick!

Are you on a spending ban? Let me know!
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31 comments

  1. Good luck lovely! I really wish I had the will-power to do one of these haha! xxx

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    1. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself!xx

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  2. Great that you are doing it too - thank you for the mention. I think I personally should have done this long ago, but its better late than never!

    Its day 9 for me and I am going strong! LOL!

    xxx

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    1. Ah you're welcome! Yes I should have done it ages ago too!xx

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  3. I don't think I could ever do a spending ban... I just enjoy shopping! Its a good idea to keep on top of your collection though if its getting out of control. good luck! xx

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    1. I've been trying to curb my addiction for years and failed so hope this makes a difference!xx

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  4. I'm not on a spending ban, but I am really going to limit my beauty buys this year and not buy things I don't need. I want to spend more money on fun stuff like holidays and days out, and less on makeup :) Good luck with your challenge, you certainly look like you enough in your stash to keep you going! x

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    1. Once the spending ban is over I think I'll carry on doing like what you're doing xx

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  5. Good luck! I have a similar amount of "stuff" if not more haha, day 9 and not a penny on beauty, I'm sure you can do it! x

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    1. Thanks hun! Well done on yours!xx

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  6. Good luck sweetie, I'm sure you'll do fine. I have cut down my spending drastically in the last couple of months and its not that hard actually... Who knew??! ;) xx

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    1. I'm defo going to try to reduce my spending after the ban is over xx

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  7. Good luck with your ban and I don't know why but I love seeing stash photos! You lippie collection looks amazing! x

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    1. It's pretty amazing for someone who rarely wears lippie haha!xx

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  8. I love your stash! awesome! I'm starting mine on the 15th! x

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    1. I love it too! But there's too much hehe! xx

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  9. I'm doing something similar, not replacing anything unless I have run out! It's hard but it does make me plan and look forward to my purchases a bit more :)
    I am also trying to wear more lippy as like you I have tonnes and tend to wear sheer lipbalms - I'm quite enjoying doing this though.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one with lots of unworn lippies! xx

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  10. Good luck! I did it last year for SIX MONTHS....and all I bought was eyemakeup remover as I really needed...I must do another ban as I have so much stuff!!

    Great blog too, im a new follower!

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  11. good look!!
    im on the spending ban aswell and its killing me!
    i already have so much stuff, but i always want more :(
    xoxo

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  12. I recently hauled on MAC lipsticks but am never a huge lipstick wearer! I hope it changes as I would hate to waste all the cash I blew on my lipstick haulage. LOL!

    BUT this year, I do plan to curb spending on makeup esp when I havent used up most of my products yet! SUCH A WASTE!

    New follower here:)

    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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    1. Haha that sounds just like the sort of thing I would do! xx

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  13. Omg, ditto. Why do I keep buying cellulite cream? It doesn't work until you apply it but oh no, I just buy it and look at it bc I don't like body lotions...I have a fresh tube of the highly rated bio elixia

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    1. I have LOADS of cellulite creams! I never use them! xx

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  14. Got cut off sorry! Keepin it short, but yes. Ban until I use up spare two tubes do eye cream...not even a triple points boots event will tempt me!

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  15. Great blog! I'm a new follower. Hope you can follow back.

    Thanks,
    Gina

    http://beautyloveandlipgloss.blogspot.com/

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