Sunday, 2 February 2020

2020 No Buy Challenge - January Update

Picture of a piggy bank and the words 'January' in a post about my 2020 no buy challenge January update
Have you decided you want to do a no-spend, or reduce spending this year? Perhaps you've embarked on living a more simple, minimalist lifestyle? I did. I'm making myself accountable by sharing what I purchased during my no-spend year. Let's see how I got on.

Firstly, it is important that you set your own rules for the challenge. You can read mine here. They mainly are centred around living a more simple life and intentional life and to aid removing the clutter from my life.

My no-buy challenge doesn't include food, essentials or anything for the pub. Although, I've tried to stop my stationery obsession just being transferred to the business by monitoring my spending and ensuring any spends are necessary.

January spend summary 

Collection Sheer Loose Powder

I thought I had a backup, but I realised I didn't, so regrettably I ended up buying one from Amazon for next day delivery. However, it came in so much unnecessary plastic packing. I wish that I'd realised I didn't have a back up as we don't live anywhere near the shops. I'm glad I'm on the last one now though as I can start to look for more sustainable options going forward. 

Does anyone have any recommendations for packaging-free/plastic-free? I'm going to have a look at Lush's range after watching a YouTube video of someone (can't remember who) reviewing some of the range. 

White shirt from eBay 

I've wanted a white shirt for ages, so I bought the shirt for second-hand. I try to wear smart casual if I can in the pub and what better than a shirt and jeans. 

Stainless Steel Folding Spork from Amazon

At the moment this was an unnecessary purchase, but I enjoy taking my lunch with me if we have an early start on our day off. I don't need a lunch box at the moment as we have so many of the plastic take away tubs and lunch boxes, that will be used until they are no longer usable, then I will replace with a stainless steel tin.

Sanitary products

I do want to make to switch to more sustainable, reusable sanitary products. A significant hindrance at the moment is the cost. So, I've purchased some from Amazon to try and combine with my current towels (repurchase) to see how they compare. I got the 7PCS/Set 6PCS 10 Inch Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Reusable Washable Menstrual Pads Sanitary Pads+1PC Wet Bag and will be testing them out soon. Again, the irony is that they come in a plastic package, despite the fact people will be buying them to cut down on plastic consumption.

A book (sad face)

Unfortunately, I bought a book! I said no books. I'm disappointed in myself for buying it. I have so many books queued up, so I don't need it. I just haven't found the time to sit down and allocate to reading yet, so I don't know why I bought it. Well, after a few Pinot Grigios, we nipped to Sainsbury's on the way home, and I caved. The book I purchased was Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Rose set in 1871. The thing that grabbed me was the tag line "...an unidentified body hangs upon a hook at Deptford Dock". This is definitely a book I will enjoy when I get around to reading it.



How have you got on if you're doing the challenge? 

Lots of love, 
Helen xo
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