Happy New Year!!
Recently, I have really been inspired by You-tuber Hannah Louise Poston. who did a year-long no buy in 2018. I know that a lot of other You-tubers have also been inspired by her and if you just search no buy year, there will be so many results of people who are planning one for this year. I have been inspired by Hannah and motivated by an upcoming move back across the country and I really want to reduce the number of things I need to pack up. Therefore, I would like to do a version of a no buy year in 2019, keeping in mind this upcoming major change in my life. My hope is that a no buy year will not only help save money, but force me to use up products that I already have and in the future think about purchases more deeply and decrease the amount of waste I produce. My rules and exceptions will be slightly different as I would really like to set myself up for success.
I am not sure what my job will look like when I move, so I am thinking that I will reassess my clothing at that time if my job requires a professional wardrobe. Furthermore, when I do move, I really want to think carefully about the furniture I purchase (all furniture will be sold or donated before moving). When this time comes (around June) I will make a detailed post on what my plan is for moving during a no buy year. One of the requirements will be that I go through the boxes I have in storage so that I am not buying things I already have. However, following the initial move and carefully deciding what I need to purchase, the rules and exceptions below will continue. I do really think the second half will be the most difficult part of the year.
- No purchasing makeup of any sort.
- No purchasing yarn or knitting/crocheting supplies
- No household decor items, dishes etc.
- No purchasing skin care or hair care in categories that do not need replacement or adopting new categories of skincare
- No purchasing clothing for the first 5 months & only professional clothing thereafter
- No purchasing furniture for the first 5 months & only essentials thereafter
- Unnecessary office supplies (pens, notebooks etc).
- No purchasing jewelry
- No purchasing plants
- Gift cards are treated as normal money
- Food (I don’t think I am really going to set up any rules for this, but would really like to work on producing less food waste)
- Healthcare, medicine etc.
- Essential school supplies (textbooks, required items)
- Experiences (going somewhere to do something)
- Replacement skincare (for completely empty categories)
- Essential household items (toilet paper, toothpaste, laundry detergent etc.)
- Gas, oil changes etc.
- Cat supplies
- Gifts, within reason (~$30 for a gift)
- Free samples & gifts
I am currently visiting my parents across the country, so I am not able to make a list of the items I currently own, but once I get back home I will make a post on the items I have. At that time, I will also more thoroughly layout the categories of items and exceptions. However, I thought I would share the products I picked up yesterday, knowing that I was going to start some version of this year long no buy today.
Please let me know what kind of new years resolutions you have made and whether you are doing something similar. Thanks for reading!