No Buy Year 1 Month Update.

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Todays post is going to be my VERY OVERDUE (!!) 1 month update on my No Buy 2019 Challenge. I’m actually on Month 2 now, watch out for that update coming next week.

You can find my rules for this challenge here, and the 1 week update here. Now let’s get into the nitty gritty of this month!

So, the main thing that I have noticed this month, is that the less I buy, the less I actually want to buy. I’m not sure if its because I’m avoiding the shops and malls more, or whether its just a habit that I’m growing out of. They say it takes 28 days to break a habit, and this seems to be the case for me. I’m specifically talking about books, homewares, clothes, makeup and perfume here.

The 1 exception to this, is Costa Coffee. This is still a struggle. A new Costa Drive Thru (my favourite kind of coffee shop!) has just opened up on the route I take to my Boyfriends house.  I’ve had 2 free Costa coffees this month, 1 from my boyfriend and 1 because I had enough loyalty points on my Costa Card. It’s made the urges worse, that’s for sure. After some careful consideration I’ve decided that it’s best just to cut it out altogether, even free ones.

As the month is progressing, I am adding less stuff to my Wishlist. I think this ties into my first point above, that I’m just not feeling the decide to buy as much stuff. The first 2 weeks were full of me adding item after item to my Wishlist, and that has definitely calmed down in the last few weeks.

I’m not running out of anything as fast as I thought I would. I imagined I would be in need of new skincare by now, some new foundation, or a new jumper. Actually, the only things that I have run out of are my Nivea Foaming Facewash and Sanex Shower gel, both of which can be replaced with products that I already own.

In my first post about my No buy 2019, I mentioned that I was considering buying a lightbox for my YouTube Channel. I have decided not to. The days are getting longer, and lighting is reasonable…for England, at least! During the latter part of the year, I may have to add a lightbox to my Birthday or Christmas list.

I’ve already saved over £180! This is not from just avoiding unnecessary shopping, but also on parking in the mall and extra petrol costs getting to the clothes shops. Not to mention the amount of time it’s saved me!

I have also added another caveat to my No Buy Year, which is that meeting up with friends and taking part in activities are not included in the No Buy. Which means that I can still go out with my friends, meet up for a coffee, take the kids to the cinema etc. To be honest, this happens so rarely that I don’t see a problem with it. The No Buy Challenge is about avoiding consumerism, not depriving myself and my kids of having fun. Of course, I’ll suggest free activities such as a picnic in the park, or a game of footie on the beach etc, but I’m not going to worry if we end up at the cinema or bowling instead.

So, that is it for month 1! I expect that it will become harder as the months roll on, but for now all is going smoothly!

You can click on my YouTube video above to watch an extended version of this post, where I also answer questions that I have received about my No Buy Challenge over on Instagram. Speaking of Instagram, if you aren’t already following me there, I’d love it if you did! You can find me here!

Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll be back next week with my 2 month update!

Claire.