As it’s the last day of my No Spend January, I thought I’d do a little exercise to help me keep on top of my spending in the future. A little while ago, I listened to Tara from Buy Me Once speaking on this podcast. It is really inspiring to hear how she turned her back on a stable ‘high-flying’ job in advertising and the more, more, more way of life, and turned towards helping people to live more ethically and simply.
The Buy Me Once site is a really great resource for finding products that are designed to last a lifetime and often have lifetime warranties. Whenever I’m in need of something, I always check if BMO has any brand recommendations because they’ve done the research! Personally, buying less but better quality products has taught me to value what I do own, and I’m trying to buy in the knowledge (or at least hope) that it will serve me my whole life.
One of the main tips Tara has for kicking the compulsive buying habit, is to make an ‘I Don’t Need List’. You guessed it, it’s just a list of things (be as specific as you like) that you don’t need any more of; a promise to yourself not to fall for it again. We all have our weaknesses when shopping, and this is just a way of remaining accountable.
I thought I’d have a go at writing mine below… I stole quite a few off Tara’s list that were relevant to me, and then added any more I could think of. I also wrote it up nicely and keep it on my wall for future reference 🙂
MY ‘I DON’T NEED’ LIST!
I do not need more than a capsule wardrobe
I do not need more than 1 coat
I do not need more than 1 hat, scarf and gloves set.
I do not need more than 5 bags (tote, handbag, rucksack, sports bag, carry on holdall)
I do not need jewellry (excluding earrings and nose rings)
I do not need more than 5 pairs of earrings
I do not need more than 5 nose rings
I do not need more than 1 pair of sunglasses
I do not need more than eight pairs of shoes (wellies, heels, boots, shoes, pumps, trainers, flip flops, sandals)
I do not need more every day makeup than these 5 items: lip balm/stain, mascara, eyeliner pencil, solid perfume, eyebrow powder
I do not need any toiletries that come in plastic
I do not need to partake in beauty trends that require new gadgets and tools
I do not need a tablet (there’s nothing it can do that a phone + laptop can’t)
I do not need to upgrade my phone if it’s not broken
I do not need DVDs
I do not need a fitness watch
I do not need decorative nick nacks
I do not need any freebies that I don’t find useful or add to my home in a valuable way
I do not need to pick up ANY pens from ANYWHERE
I do not need any more fabric (unless I need something specific for a project I’ve ALREADY planned. Basically don’t buy it just cos it would be nice to use one day)
I do not need to buy greetings cards
I do not need any more jars or tins (only buy if you don’t have any at home already that fit the purpose. Not allowed to buy just because they’re cute or pretty!)
That’s about it for me at the moment! I live with my parents at the moment, so the kitchen bit isn’t really applicable. I think I’ll take a leaf out of Tara’s book and update my list this time next year, adding and amending as appropriate- it’ll be interesting!