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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 31st Aug 16, 10:25 PM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2016
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    • 31st Aug 16, 10:25 PM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries September 2016 31st Aug 16 at 10:25 PM
    Here we go again for another month. As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to Er... Me! for starting us off last month.

    Welcome all newbies and regulars to this very friendly and chatty thread where we give lots of lovely tips on how to use up your stash and lots of support and encouragement if you need them.

    Keep up the pampering and keep down the spending: let’s make the naughty step an empty and lonely place this month (rather than one so long that it can be seen from space)! Will this be the month when the "usual suspects" rein it in a bit? Let's see..... (but I doubt it!)

    Remember - those products do nothing for you while they are stashed in drawers, boxes and cupboards!

    We are eternally grateful to Katie Clampet who set up this fab challenge in January 2010. Here's her original challenge post:

    "No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, perfume etc... until I have used up ALL the ones I already have. I got a huge amount of (really nice) stuff for Christmas but I am going to resist the urge to browse Boots, Asda, Superdrug etc, and pop another tub of cream, face scrub, shampoo or conditioner into my basket. I reckon the stuff I have will last me until possibly June. I have decided that the money I save I will put into my special holiday account. Anyone else?"

    Lots of us have taken part in the challenge over the past few months (and some of us even years!!) and are making great progress in reducing our stashes and unnecessary/excessive spending.

    Regulars ignore this, but a quick resume is always helpful for newbies:

    Why not add the challenge to your signature as a reminder?

    How about taking a bit of time to do a stock-take and see if there are any gaps in your stash that you might need to spend on this month? Some of us set a budget for the month for essential purchases or to help with withdrawal symptoms, others like to go cold-turkey!! Other ideas which some people find useful: Listing everything out so you can cross things off as used to increase the sense of achievement, and putting a sum of money in a pot each time you use up an item to save for something you really want, or simply to assist in making future essential purchases "cash neutral".

    Remember the challenge is about making the most of your money, enjoying your products, finding which products really suit you best and are worth buying, giving yourself a well-deserved pampering and breaking the habit of buying for the sake of buying. In money-saving tradition, it should also be about making your products l-a-s-t as long as possible (although the temptation of using an unloved shower gel extravagantly to finish it off is sometimes too much to bear!).

    Brand new products (or opened perfume) sell well on eBay.

    Unsuitable products can be repurposed and used for other jobs (shower gel/shampoo as handwash etc).

    Some items can be returned to certain stores for exchange (for essential items or gifts!!) without a receipt.

    Unwanted items can be recycled as gifts or for gift hampers (saving the money you'd have spent on gifts).

    Unsuitable items can be donated to charity or a local women's refuge as mentioned earlier

    It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks for you; be it QVC, Boots, Body Shop, email newsletter, the supermarket toiletries aisles, Grabbit board, online toiletries browsing, seductive department store beauty counter offers etc. Remember retailers are making offers and promotions all the time, so there will always be another deal! Honest!

    Good luck all for March and indeed the coming months, and remember to keep your stash lists updated, keep popping in for inspiration and support and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy!

    Welcome to all newbies - the more the merrier. Please introduce yourselves so we can welcome you properly!

    Oh - and anyone thinking "OMG my stash is FAR bigger than all of theirs, I cant possibly join" - believe you me, we have been doing this challenge for well over a year some of us - you wont scare us, and I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere will have had more and survived.... we are very supportive (and protective - so don't be scared!!) oh - and did we mention that are nosy??!!

    Useful abbreviations and jargon!

    WBA - Will Buy Again
    UU - Use Ups
    IN - Self explanatory - stuff you've gained into your stash - warning: lines may be given out for unnecessary purchases or you may be sent to the naughty step!
    NBI - A non-bought item such as a present, gift with purchase or free sample
    WNBA - Will Not Buy Again!
    Glitch - when a shop/online store make a pricing mistake so you end up paying less or even get freebies!
    PYN(M/T/W/Th/F/Sa/Su) DELETE AS APPROPRIATE! - Paint Your Nails Monday/Tuesday...... it allows everyone to try and finish those dastardly nail varnishes with group support! You can never be too groomed for this thread. Also see PY(T)N... - for toenails!
    Splutterer - the stage where an item is nearing the end of it's life and spluttering - also the most annoying and seemingly never ending stage!
    GWP - Gift With Purchase - a sample or mini sized item
    HG - Holy Grail - this is the product you would go back for time and time again, it does the job brilliantly, and is either economical, or so fantastic price becomes no object!
    NPI - Near Purchasing Incident (OMG we all have those!)
    LHJ - Long Haul Job - for those products - love 'em or hate 'em - that never seem to end no matter how often you use them
    PRCP - Pink Rose Candle Philosophy inspired by Erma Bombeck who said: 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose that melted in storage'. Don't keep things 'for best' or 'for a special occasion'. That day never arrives. Give the best to yourself now and enjoy it. (Thanks to McCulloch29 for introducing this thought provoking sentiment to us)
    GA - for an out that was given away to charity, as a present, or "just because" rather than binned or UU
    TA - for an out that was thrown away due to going off (generally as it has been lurking at the back of a stash since time immemorial) or for any other reason such as a broken container or spillage
    PP - Project Pan: a list of specific items targeted to be used up

    If anyone can think of any more we can add to the list so newbies won't be intimidated by our jargon!


    Graduates

    Here is a list of our lovely,fragrant ladies who have polished and pampered their way through their products and managed to get their toiletries stash under control. Ladies - congratulations, you are an inspiration to the rest of us, xx . Thanks also to InaPickle who suggested we start the Graduate list. To join the list of graduates let us know by posting that you are graduating in big colourful letters, that way the OP can easily spot you and add you to the list, or better still - PM the OP as the thread can move really quickly! You may also wish to add how many products you have used up during the challenge. Good luck ladies! xx

    1. mineallmine - graduated with honours March
    2. Bronnie - graduated with honours March 2011
    3. lostinrates - graduated with honours around June 2010
    4. Ruby_Eskimo - graduated with honours June 2012
    5. Seaside dreamer - graduated with honours October 2012
    6. InaPickle - graduated with honours September 2014


    Previous threads

    In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review, here are links to past challenge threads. Click on the date to take you straight to it:


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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 20th Sep 16, 12:02 PM
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    I have another small UU

    Elemis Frangipani Monoi body oil 35ml WDBA - or rather put it on my Christmas list. Can't remember how I came to have this and whether or not it was a GWP but it's sooooo lush. I just adore the smell. And leaves my skin feeling lovely and smelling great.

    Last Christmas I asked for the match in scrub which I'm not that far off finishing. I do like it for the smell but it's. A bit too scratchy for me. It's my only body scrub (actually scrap that I think I have a lush one my sister gifted me) and I'd like to find one I love. Back in the day I used to like the lush solid ones such as Buffy.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 20th Sep 16, 1:15 PM
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    Have you tried just plain old epsom salts? Really good for aches and pains and then you can just put in a bit of your usual bubble bath/soak/oil for their effects
    Originally posted by gemmajenkins0208
    That's a good idea! Does anyone know how to purchase these cheaply? I've bought packs from boots and tkmax before but I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way....

    I'd still love a heavily scented bottle of something with a kick to it! Sinus clearing type of thing.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 20th Sep 16, 1:15 PM
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    Not sure what happened there ^ sorry!
    • VALM
    • By VALM 20th Sep 16, 1:59 PM
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    This is my final post for the Finish 7 by Autumn challenge

    Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer - b/f from 7 by summer
    Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Pink - b/f from 7 by summer
    Lancome Juicy Tube - mini GWP size
    Korres Rose Tinted Lip Balm - the stick type one
    Smashbox Photo Finish Eye Primer - sample size
    Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Powder Blush - mini in a GWP palette
    Urban Decay Double Ended Eye Liner - Zero/Corrupt - just want to finish Corrupt.


    The blush has a teeny bit left but I am calling it done for the purposes of this challenge and will finish the last bit off in the next few days although I am sick to death of it.


    I never touched the Juicy Tube or the Bobbi Brown blush, the Korres lipbalm just goes on and on as does the eyeliner.


    I will start a finish 5 by Christmas and carry some of these over to that.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Count me in for this challenge also. I've decided I want to UU the following:-

    Benefit RSVP cream shadow. This is a small tub that came with the Natural Eyes palette. Has a big dent in it.

    Benefit No Pressure cream shadow. Same as above although this does not have a big dent in it but I smashed the lid some time ago so don't want it to go off.

    Smashbox Illume lipgloss. I have already taken the stopper out of this and it needs to go. I do also have other glosses that need to be used up so will swap others in if I manage to UU this.

    Rimmel white eyeliner. Probably about a quarter of this is gone. I use it every day in my inner rim however have a UD Cosmic one which is creamer and nicer in colour so want to get rid of the Rimmel one so that I can use the UD one.

    Benefit Dallas powder. Am keeping this in rotation. I probably won't UU as these powders last forever however I need to keep it out.

    So, I had a flurry of UUs at the weekend and an influx of stash. First UUs:-

    NSPA Pachouli and Ylang Ylang shower cream and NSPA Pachouli and Ylang Ylang body oil. I chucked the remains of both of these in my bath. My sciatica was playing up on Saturday afternoon after the last Uni shopping trip. I really did not like these products. They had very little fragance and smelt synthetic in any case.

    LUSH Cup o Coffee. HG. Will buy more soon.

    LUSH Defluff. Emma had left a very small amount in the bottom of the tub and it would have been rude not to use it. I have bought her a tub for Uni use but am thinking that I will revert to Dirty as I prefer the fragrance of that one.

    Am nearly out of my LUSH Mask of Magnaminty and want to use this up this week so that I have five tubs to exchange at LUSH next weekend.

    So the stash influx. We decluttered EVERYTHING from Emma's bedroom at weekend only to find masses of body lotions she had not used as she has converted to E45 Intense Recovery for her KP on ther arms. Some of them I TA because they were really old however couldn't bring myself to TA the Laura Mercier ones I bought a few Christmases ago and will try them out. I also adopted a 2/3rds full bottle of Murad Toner to replace my Pixi Glow Tonic as Emma did not get on with this. I have told her that anything left in the bathroom that has been opened will be used by me in her absence. She also passed onto me a tub of lip glosses that I can "use". I think a couple were Anatasia ones so thrilled about this.

    I think there was a bottle of Nail Envy in that stash (need to sort it out properly tonight) whcih is good as the Perfect Formula base coat I have been using is rubbish. My nail lacquer has been peeling off in full strips! Am now wearing OPI She's a Bad Muffelatta which is a gorgeous coral colour. Need to dig out some Autumn colours now though as the weather feels a little nippier already.

    Think we have now packed what feels like the whole house ready for her move to Newcastle on Saturday with the exception of some groceries that we said we would get for her first week.
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 20th Sep 16, 3:31 PM
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    I want to join the finish 5 by Christmas. Will have a think what to go for but the elemis scrub will definitely be in there!

    I have two small sample based ins

    Sunday Riley Artemis facial oil
    Oskia Renaissance bright light serum

    I basically can't like either of these as they are very pricy. Apparently a bottle of the oil lasts a year but even so.....
    I'd quite like to try something new when my Emma Hardie runs out but I'm not sure if I can stretch to a Sunday Riley one!
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 20th Sep 16, 4:13 PM
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    VALM - how are you feeling about Emma going to Uni, I will be in bits when mine go?

    I have some uu's

    Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac Conditioner 250ml - this was gorgeous on my curls and contained no silicones, WBA but it has been discontinued.

    Maybelline Instant Eye Eraser (something like that) Concealer, this is very good, it covers and doesn't crease but it is a little dark for me most of the year, plus I don't like the sponge tip and took that off as I find it wasteful.

    Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 15ml - this is really nice and smells luxurious but WNBA due to cost, have more this size and a full size in the stash.

    My Finish 5 by Christmas items are:

    1. Korres Rose Lipbalm - it has to be done by Christmas surely.
    2. Witch Concealer stick
    3. Benetint - this is a half used mini bottle
    4. Urban Decay Eyeliner - Corrupt, this is a double ended one so about half size.
    5. Estee Lauder Invisible Foundation
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 20th Sep 16, 4:31 PM
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    That's a good idea! Does anyone know how to purchase these cheaply? I've bought packs from boots and tkmax before but I'm wondering if there is a cheaper way....

    I'd still love a heavily scented bottle of something with a kick to it! Sinus clearing type of thing.
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    I buy the 5kg bag from westlab for £12.00. They also do a 25kg bag for £25.00.
    xmas savings 2016 #98 £412.00/ £350

    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2016
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 20th Sep 16, 4:33 PM
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    One IN Neals yard lipgloss to replace the ones I finished.
    xmas savings 2016 #98 £412.00/ £350

    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2016
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 20th Sep 16, 8:25 PM
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    FCUK for her - Only got about a quarter or a third of this left now as I've been spritzing myself with it so much.
    Lady Gaga fame fragrance
    Osmo Effects detoxifying shampoo
    Adidas firming shower gel
    Gillette shave foam - GA. Kind of. Put this in the bathroom and told anyone they can use it as like i said it was originally my boyfriends but he doesn't wet shave, and i noticed there were a few nearly empty bottles in the bathroom so now there is a little bit more shaving things in there for the time being.
    Johnson's baby powder
    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 21st Sep 16, 12:51 AM
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    I have a few little UU to report, progress is so slow currently

    Dove soft feel deodorant spray - WBA smelled lovely, reminded me of baby powder. Did the job well.

    Tigi catwalk headshot intensive reconstructive conditioner 200ml - WBA this isnt the cheapest but worth the money as it saves my hair when ive been swimming from drying out too much. This smells nice and does the job very well. Need some more of this so ill try and order some once ive moved.

    Lush comforter shower cream sample - WBA and have full size in stash already. This smells nice a,though i do prefer comforter gel. I think this has a slightly bitter medicinal smell to it. I find i have to shake it reslly well before use. It also stained the shower curtain as its very pink!! But otherwise i do like it and it also leaves a lingering berry smell on the skin.

    As for my work, i wrote a grievance letter which i have had no response to as yet. :-/ and we still are living between a friends house and cheap hotels as dont have a moving date yet. I am feeling so homesick both for my old hpuse and for where i used to work too. I just want to be somewhere familiar. Been nearly a month already and its so frustrating. Feel like im making no progress with anything currently.
    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2015 & 2016

    Uu's: 420 In's: 365 (lush/ bomb cosmetics addict!!)
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 21st Sep 16, 10:03 AM
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    I have a uu

    Elemis Pro Radiance Hand & Nail Cream 100ml - I have gone through loads of this stuff - minis and full sizes - and all of them were GWP, it is very nice but WNB as there are cheaper alternatives.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 21st Sep 16, 10:18 PM
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    finished a claudalie glycolic mask. it is really nice but i want to finish other acids before buying more.

    gave away unopened gift set.

    it has been a really low use month.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 22nd Sep 16, 9:14 AM
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    I have one UU and two other hand creams which are also almost finished so I hope I'll finish at least one of them before the end of the month.

    UU
    Nip + Fab Detox Blend Hand Cream 50ml - Initially I found the scent of this a little masculine but I got used to it and quite like it now. I got this in a reduced price gift set (essentially 3 hand creams for £3) in the Superdrug January sales. I would maybe buy this again if it was a bargain but I've used other creams which I prefer.
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016 (started challenge on 27th Dec 2015)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of August - 134
    | September - UU - 9| Makeup Total UU to end of Aug - 4
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 22nd Sep 16, 9:41 AM
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    7 by Autumn Update I'm afraid this was a fail.


    Completed Items
    4 - UU - Benefit Porefessional mini 7.5ml. - Have also UU a mini Lancôme primer (WNBA for either item) - Managed to UU 2 mini primers from the stash rather than just 1
    5 - TA OPI Push and Pur-Pul Mini - OPI mini polishes - target changed to any of my OPI mini's. Hopefully I will get rid of more of these, I have way too much.


    So total of 3 items UU - Only 2 from the challenge.


    Items still remaining
    1 - Benefit Fake up Concealer Full sized - Hate this
    2 - Benefit Watts Up Highlighter sample 2.5g. - Prefer Powder highlighter
    3 - Urban Decay Scandal Lip Gloss mini 1.7ml. - almost gone
    6- Urban Decay Eye Shadows, 505/50 from Naked on the run palette just remaining round the edges and in the corners
    7 - Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Body Lotion 250ml. Almost there


    I would like to join the 5 by Christmas Challenge. The 5 items are:


    1 - OPI mini polish - would like to get rid of more of the mini's I have
    2 - Urban Decay one & Done - this is a light weight product I have been using in the summer when I don't want to use foundation, there isn't much left but won't use this as much now the weather is changing adding to the list to ensure I make an effort to UU before it goes off.
    3 - 1 Lancôme sample Day Cream - nearly finished my full size Hydrazen, want to UU at least 1 sample before I open another full size
    4 - 1 Travel size Body lotion - Once the Crabtree & Eveylyn one is gone would like to try and continue using Body lotion. I think UU a travel size is manageable
    5 - UU 1 Urban Decay eye shadow - other than 50/50 - have loads of eye shadow and loads that have hit pan, would like to get some more finished.


    Lets hope I do better with this challenge and manage to UU some of the carried over items from the last challenge as well.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 22nd Sep 16, 10:49 AM
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    I have finished the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink which was in my 7 by Autumn challenge, there was only a day left in it. WMBA but I am totally fed up of it at the moment.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • SuiDreams
    • By SuiDreams 22nd Sep 16, 11:07 AM
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    I have finished the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink which was in my 7 by Autumn challenge, there was only a day left in it. WMBA but I am totally fed up of it at the moment.
    Originally posted by dolly84

    Congrats on finishing a blush I know how hard they are to get rid of
    • fixx
    • By fixx 22nd Sep 16, 2:50 PM
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    Here's my 7 by Autumn final score - not awful, but didn't quite get there either!

    - Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks contour kit - still have loads in this, it's never-ending! Fail
    - assorted bath products (2 very old Lush bath bombs - all gone!, Tisserand Sweet Dreams bath oil 20ml, and M&S Morroccan Escape bath essence 50ml) - a partial fail, I still have the non-lush stuff.
    - Benefit Confessions of a concealaholic kit - OMG this is neverending! Partially done: Binned the erase paste, as I hate it. Offered it to a friend first, but wrong colour for her. Big dent in the lemonaid, which I have discovered I love, and a small dent in the eye bright, which I'm not so keen on. One Boing colour is almost gone, and the other is just too light for me. So I did make huge progress with the kit, and worked out what bits I like and how to use them, which was my actual goal. I'll carry it over to the next challenge though to finish it.
    - 2 primers (Monu illuminating primer spf 15, and one other) - not a chance! The Monu one is lasting forever. But I love it, so that's ok Still a fail though
    - 2 eye treatments/creams (Clinique custom smart eye treatment, and Clinique all about eyes) - both gone, plus a bonus 3rd!
    - 2 hair serums (ogx coconut milk serum, and Toni&Guy radiating tropical elixir) - Both finished
    - 2 cleansers (Ren gentle cleansing milk 25ml, and Elemis Omega rich cleansing oil 50ml) - only a few drips left in the Elemis one, so I'm calling that a success for the purposes of the challenge
    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Sep 16, 3:14 PM
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    VALM - how are you feeling about Emma going to Uni, I will be in bits when mine go?
    Originally posted by dolly84
    Hi dolly84. I have really mixed emotions. I know that she is sensible when she goes out with her mates and can look after herself as she's travelled alone over the last couple of years but I am really worried how she will cope financially as she is really bad with money. She no sooner has it then it's spent. She was given a sum of money for her 18th that we had been holding from MRM's mum when she died and we've told her we will send her a weekly allowance from it because it would be gone if she got her hands on it. She also seems to have this thing whereby she feels that she needs to be out of the house every day which is fine if you can fund it. Am hoping that once she's in an environment with others who can't afford to go out she'll curb it. She also doesn't want to find a job to supplement her income and has made excuses not to which is a huge bone of contention with me.

    Other than that I am going to miss her but know that she needs to go. The thought of her kind of falling into a career and not being able to fund her own home at some point in the future is not one I want for her.

    Anyway, thanks for asking. How old are your children? Are they close to Uni age?
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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    • VALM
    • By VALM 22nd Sep 16, 3:17 PM
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    Just typical one day after the finish of the Autumn challenge I hit pan on one of my Smashbox Full Exposure palette eyeshadows. It is the tiniest pin !!!!! of pan but it is there!
    Back for the No Buying Toiletries challenge. I pledge to only buy when I run out of a product that is not already in my stash no matter what wonderful emails land in in my Inbox or threads I read on MSE re: glitches!

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    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 22nd Sep 16, 7:00 PM
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    Hi dolly84. I have really mixed emotions. I know that she is sensible when she goes out with her mates and can look after herself as she's travelled alone over the last couple of years but I am really worried how she will cope financially as she is really bad with money. She no sooner has it then it's spent. She was given a sum of money for her 18th that we had been holding from MRM's mum when she died and we've told her we will send her a weekly allowance from it because it would be gone if she got her hands on it. She also seems to have this thing whereby she feels that she needs to be out of the house every day which is fine if you can fund it. Am hoping that once she's in an environment with others who can't afford to go out she'll curb it. She also doesn't want to find a job to supplement her income and has made excuses not to which is a huge bone of contention with me.

    Other than that I am going to miss her but know that she needs to go. The thought of her kind of falling into a career and not being able to fund her own home at some point in the future is not one I want for her.

    Anyway, thanks for asking. How old are your children? Are they close to Uni age?
    Originally posted by VALM
    As someone who graduated from university not in the too distant past and who has also worked for one in student services I promise she will be ok!

    What I would say is there is always loads of help available if she needs it, although universities tend to really struggle to explain and promote this to students. I know the one I worked for had a money advice team for example! What was sad was they spent a lot of time helping young people who had gotten themselves into a right pickle with debts, but they did a fantastic job helping advise those in need and especially those without parental support and guidance, which your daughter clearly has!

    I had a job at university and I'm very glad I did. I kept the same one the whole time I was there and got it straight away before it became hard to find one. Yes at times it was tough balancing things but I only did it one day at the weekend or the odd evening shift after class. It was also somewhere I wanted to buy things from so I sort of worked to pay for my clothes.... Even if that is essentially what happened!

    It massively helped my CV on graduating. From seeing university from both sides I'm aware even those with seemingly slightly rubbishy part time work are in a better position when graduating as it shows they can stick at something.

    What helped me at university was using cash, getting good at cooking, staying in a lot (fairly easy for me as a bit of a natural introvert who tired of going out on the drink!) no credit card no store cards.

    I didn't have a bank of mum and dad apart from a tiny amount a month at one point when I was going to really struggle to make ends meet. Like £50 I think it was.

    I also found time at work helped me cope with university stress better, as it was in some ways a proper break from studying and a new set of people. I graduated with a first class degree in the end and did better than some people who made a point of not working to have more time to study.
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