Lessons I have learned from my two month spending ban
Well you can see from yesterday’s post I’ve not wasted any time in breaking out the plastic for some shiny new beauty booty. But instead of returning to my old spending ways, I’ve taken the two months to reflect on my buying habits. I’m certainly not going to go all new age on you and say that I don’t need anything or that I’m harming the environment by being a consumer – it’s too late for that anyway. I will always want new beauty products but I just need to be a smarter about what and how I purchase.
- Stop bulk buying – I get excited by shiny new things but I also have the attention span of a goldfish. As soon as I get something new, I find something newer to replace it. So my solution to this is buy little and often. Instead of doing a massive order from a beauty website or going on a Boots binge once a month I will space out my purchases so I don’t get bored so quickly.
- Purchase things I actually want – Now this sounds obvious but I get distracted by TK Maxx, drugstore offers, bogofs, pound shops, online beauty vouchers and the rest. This means I end up with lots of things then I lose track of what I have. I have started a spreadsheet of items I actually would like review when I see them on other blogs so I don’t forget.
- Invest more in smaller indie brands – I’ve bought a few things from Etsy, and tried things from small start-ups and the quality is just as good as the bigger brands. This will also stop me from getting bored with seeing the same stuff at Superdrug et al.
- Keep an inventory of my purchases – Again another obvious one but I bet a lot of beauty bloggers have ‘the box’ where they keep the stuff they buy to photograph/review, then it gets filled up and the overspill ends up all over the house. As soon as I buy something I will put it on my spreadsheet so I don’t lose track of it.
If you have any other suggestions for me I’d love to hear them, whether you are a beauty blogger or not.
Thanks for reading xoxo
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