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    • bingbon
    • By bingbon 1st Oct 16, 10:45 AM
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2016
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    • 1st Oct 16, 10:45 AM
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries October 2016 1st Oct 16 at 10:45 AM
    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:


    January 2012
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    December 2012
    January 2013
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    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016. Let's try this again shall we...
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    • lynseydee
    • By lynseydee 16th Oct 16, 9:29 PM
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    lynseydee
    One and a half UUs
    Lush French kiss bubble bar
    Half a comforter bubble bar
    Originally posted by Houseplant26
    Houseplant, what exactly is a bubble bar and are they different to bath bombs?
    Did owe £9,951.96

    Now helping hubby pay off loan. Finally paid off

    Owe Virgin £5,950.00 at 0% til June 2009 £3,427.89. Owe HSBC £5,460.78 2.9% til May 2010 £3,703.07. Owe Post Office £1,676.62 at 0% til September 2010
    • Gemzie121
    • By Gemzie121 17th Oct 16, 12:56 AM
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    Gemzie121
    One uu at swimming this evening:

    Argan oil intensive hydration mask 220ml- WBA this is a HG item for me and is an absolute bargain at £1. Its thick in consistency, works really well on my hair and smells amazing. Ive got more of these stashed so i need to dig another out to replace this in my swimming bag.
    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2015 & 2016

    Uu's: 492 In's: 418 (lush/ bomb cosmetics addict!!)
    • VALM
    • By VALM 17th Oct 16, 5:33 AM
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    VALM
    Went to use tube of Savlon last night and found it had no top. Got 2 squeeze ps out of it and called it a day. Have replacement tube.
    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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 17th Oct 16, 9:02 AM
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    Hermia
    UU Du'It Tough Hands cream - WNBA. It was fine, but there are nicer creams for dry hands out there.

    UU Nivea 3 in 1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes for dry skin - WNBA as they managed to feel both greasy and also dry out my skin.

    UU Dove Anti-Perspirant - WBA, HG product.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 17th Oct 16, 10:27 AM
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    EssexHebridean
    I have UU's!

    Mini tube of toothpaste. It was a Colgate "Interdental" one - no better than anything else to be honest but no doubt at a premium price so WNBA. I do still have other mini-tubes of it but they will be used for travelling.
    Avon Advance Techniques Hair Colour - this was a lightening one - deliberately chosen as close to my natural colour, but it has actually lightened a touch too. I LOVE these hair colours, they were launched when I was a rep and I've used nothing else since, however sadly I believe they are now discontinued. WDBA if I can, but do have some more in stash.

    My Body Butter is nearing it's end - I'm trying to remember to shower in th evenings not the morning at the moment as I actually have time to use it then!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 17th Oct 16, 10:28 AM
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    dolly84
    I have a uu

    Philosophy Purity Made Simple 90ml - WMBA, I do have another in the stash plus plenty of other face washes to use first.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 17th Oct 16, 10:43 AM
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    EssexHebridean
    I have a uu

    Philosophy Purity Made Simple 90ml - WMBA, I do have another in the stash plus plenty of other face washes to use first.
    Originally posted by dolly84
    And don't you find face washes take FOREVER to get through?!
    MORTGAGE FREE 30/09/2016
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 17th Oct 16, 11:33 AM
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    Houseplant26
    Houseplant, what exactly is a bubble bar and are they different to bath bombs?
    Originally posted by lynseydee
    Yes they are. Bubbles bars can be crumbled under running water and then behave more like a bubble bath. Bath bombs tend to not make bubbles as much or in the same way, they fizz instead.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 17th Oct 16, 4:38 PM
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    Houseplant26
    Hi ladies, how is everyone this Monday?

    I don't work Monday's (Saturday's instead for my sins) so I'm off today. Feeling awful with a bad cold though. Throat feels awful! I managed to motivate myself to go into town because M&S have been brilliant and offered me a full refund. So I went into store with my email and got that sorted. Then I may have been naughty and been to Lush....

    So some outs in the form of the cleanser and moisturiser that made my face react awfully.
    But some ins:

    Dreamtime bath melt
    Sleepy time moisturiser
    The rose toner
    Lord of Misrule shower jelly (this was a major up sell when the lovely lady on till heard I was ill but I've never tried a shower jelly before so I'm quite excited)
    Snow angel bubble bar/bath melt

    Really looking forward to using these and they have already cheered my ill self up. Work has also been incredibly stressful lately due to lots of change going on that has been badly managed and will affect my role. It all got very Chinese whispers and I still haven't formally been told all I know and I wasn't consulted. I guess so is life! I'm shattered though from it all and it's a bit of a shame as I was until now really loving my job despite the busyness and pay cut I took to do it.
    • lucia22
    • By lucia22 17th Oct 16, 6:50 PM
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    lucia22
    3 UU to report:

    Fearne Body Wash 200ml - This was left over from a Boots gift set from years ago. Shower gels always take a while to use up for me. Have replaced this with two mini Baylis & Harding ones which I'm using alternatively.
    John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo 8ml/and Conditioner 8ml samples - I'm counting this as 2 UU. It still adds to my total . Overall the conditioner seems to have been very good as my hair does seem smoother. I would definitely consider purchasing it full size once I get through the stash. The shampoo was nice too but I tend to prefer more natural ones.
    Last edited by lucia22; 17-10-2016 at 6:55 PM. Reason: spelling mistake
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2016 (started challenge on 27th Dec 2015)
    Toiletries Total UU to end of November - 190
    | December - UU - 2| Makeup Total UU to end of Oct - 4
    • evilsquid1603
    • By evilsquid1603 17th Oct 16, 9:07 PM
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    evilsquid1603
    thank you for the support everyone i think I've now just reached the stage of releasing its one day in our lives and really isn't worth all the stress and arguing, if only for the fact after 10 minutes people will only be bothered about where the bar is and thats it!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries!
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 17th Oct 16, 9:49 PM
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    seasideDreamer
    UU LUSH Luxury Lush Pud Finally got that bath My mum came round last night and brought be a Bomb Cosmetics Deer Me bath bomb. It smells amazing, hope its that good when I use it
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • Lou85
    • By Lou85 18th Oct 16, 5:26 AM
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    Lou85
    Evilsquid, I'm with you on this one. Too many people get into debt to pay for a wedding they think they should have rather than the one they want. I'd be quite happy if it were just me, my OH, stepdaughter and baby but my OH feels that his family would be gutted. I know they would too but he's been married before and did the big wedding which he's still paying for so I feel that if we were ever to do it, it really should be what we want as it's just one day and it's the marriage that's important, not really the wedding. I've already spoken to my mum about it and to my surprise she was very supportive and said she wouldn't be upset if she wasn't invited...So we'll see. I'm not engaged yet anyway which keeps that pressure away for now :-)

    I forgot to mention other INs in my last update:

    Tresemme shampoo 1.3l
    Tresemme conditioner 1.3l
    Miscellar wipes - straight in my hospital bag as the wipes I've got have been opened a while and are not very effective anymore

    UUs:

    2 x Korean sheet mask - definitely not loving these znd will be glad when they're done.
    #27 £2016 in 2016 = £763.61

    #42 £2 Savers Club = £160

    [I]*Savers Club not included in overall 2016 savings until the tin is opened and my estimates have been confirmed later in the year.
    • gemmajenkins0208
    • By gemmajenkins0208 18th Oct 16, 6:53 AM
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    gemmajenkins0208
    While we're on the subject of weddings I have a couple of stories of my own

    I'm in a relationship, but not engaged or anything yet. My boyfriend and I have spoken a little about the future etc. and he told me he doesn't like churches but he would go into one when it comes to his wedding day. I don't think either of us would want to get into debt with it though.

    My brother and his fianc!e did originally have a date for 2018, but they have had to keep pushing it back as my brother is on a low income and his fianc!e is only on benefits.

    My parents wedding was very hurried and a bit hush hush. When they first got together it was very Romeo and Juliet and the 2 families didn't see eye to eye. My dad was from a wealthy background and my mum lived on a council estate. My mum got pregnant with my brother and my dad's dad basically said "if anything then, don't let this child be born a b-word" (I won't say it!) and weeks before my brother was born, they were married. It was in a registry office and my mum didn't wear a dress, I think she said she wore a skirt suit or something and there wasn't really much of an after party.
    • Houseplant26
    • By Houseplant26 18th Oct 16, 8:38 AM
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    Houseplant26
    I got my shower jelly wrong - I have 93000 I think it's called.

    I also appear to have flu and have had to call in sick today which I feel bad about but not as bad as I feel! Taken some tablets so functioning now but I was shaking like a leaf and in more pain than I think I've ever been all through the night and this morning. Yuck!!

    I want to go sit in a bath but my flat is a bit rubbish and running a decent bath takes literally an hour as water pressure appears to be so awful it's a trickle. Then the water tends to get cold (immersion heater woes) and I end up to topping up with a kettle. God knows how expensive my baths are!!!
    • Catriona_P
    • By Catriona_P 18th Oct 16, 9:47 AM
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    Catriona_P
    A UU for me - L'Occitane Angelica face wash. A year or so ago I found this range (along with the toner and face cream)worked really nicely for my skin but recently it just seemed to make it dry. No idea what's happened to my skin as I thought I'd finally found a product that worked! So for now WNBA


    A wedding style story from me too - I was finally divorced this year after several miserable years being married to an abusive man. I'd wanted a small, quiet wedding but we ended up with a large, brash affair that I didn't enjoy (and I ended up paying for almost all of it out of my own pocket). The man I'm now dating has been married twice and had equally big wedding days - we've already had the discussion that should we ever get married, it will be a tiny registry office do with just witnesses and our children. I don't think I'd even wear a dress, maybe a nice suit instead.


    To each their own but for me a wedding should reflect the couple and be what they want it to be (whatever that is). It's far too easy to get caught up in the industry spin and regret it for years. I've been there!


    Hope you feel better soon Houseplant!
    "Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it."
    LBM Debt March 12 - £3,241 Paid Aug 2014!
    Debt 2 - 0% CC (till Oct 17) - £2,021.22
    • VALM
    • By VALM 18th Oct 16, 12:46 PM
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    VALM
    I got my shower jelly wrong - I have 93000 I think it's called.

    I also appear to have flu and have had to call in sick today which I feel bad about but not as bad as I feel! Taken some tablets so functioning now but I was shaking like a leaf and in more pain than I think I've ever been all through the night and this morning. Yuck!!

    I want to go sit in a bath but my flat is a bit rubbish and running a decent bath takes literally an hour as water pressure appears to be so awful it's a trickle. Then the water tends to get cold (immersion heater woes) and I end up to topping up with a kettle. God knows how expensive my baths are!!!
    Originally posted by Houseplant26


    Hope you feel better soon Houseplant. x
    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!

    SPC Member 046
    £2. Challenge member 55
    • asset2004
    • By asset2004 18th Oct 16, 8:27 PM
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    asset2004
    Another IN, hubby brought home his O2 Freebie a cleansing lotion. Had a product recall today from Boots for the Botanics cleansing water, think i have two in stash from a couple of weeks back so will take those back and try and get refund rather than replacements.
    Originally posted by seasideDreamer

    Was this the cleansing water from O2 that was recalled? I got that as well, but haven't used it yet.
    I usually like the Botanics range but I did notice the label said you needed to use SPF with it, and while I always do, it made me wonder how often to actually use it.
    Last edited by asset2004; 18-10-2016 at 9:31 PM.
    • seasideDreamer
    • By seasideDreamer 18th Oct 16, 9:48 PM
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    seasideDreamer
    Yep, that's the one Asset http://www.boots.com/en/Help/Recalls/ I've just got round to checking my batch code and mines not one of them so I won't be returning after all!

    Two more UU here:
    Steam Cream
    Skinology Tree facial scrub
    Debt free and busy treating myself

    No more toiletries/make up until I've used what I've got stashed since Jan 2011, graduated October 2012. Restocked Dec 13..damn those sales
    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 18th Oct 16, 10:45 PM
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    abbe89
    2 more UUs for me today!

    Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads - WMBA. They do a good job of clearing my pores, but dry my face out quite a lot - if I get them again in the future I may just reserve them for my T zone

    Sensodyne Repair & Protect toothpaste - WDBA. I know Sensodyne is expensive, but I find it does help my super sensitive teeth!
    SPC 2016 number 058. Target £250....bring it on!
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