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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries July 2015

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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BirdNerdSophieBirdNerdSophie Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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 FizzWhizz 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 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, 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!


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
February 2012
March 2012
April 2012
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
November 2012
December 2012
January 2013
February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
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July 2013
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November 2013
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
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April 2014
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November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
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  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
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    Sophie, you are a star for starting us off on another month, thank you:A

    I need to do a PP list for July, didn't get around to it for June, there are some old chestnuts that need prioritising:(
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • asajjasajj Forumite
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    This time I will have a PP list actually but can't post at the moment!
    Thank you for the new thread!
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    Trying to de-clutter one drawer at a time
  • edited 6 July 2015 at 7:40PM
    AilurophileAilurophile Forumite
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    edited 6 July 2015 at 7:40PM
    I'm in for another month!

    July PP:

    TBS peach body butter 200 ml
    TBS peach shower gel 250 ml
    [STRIKE]TBS passion fruit shower gel 250 ml[/STRIKE]
    2 diptyque perfume samples 2 ml each
    Balance Me face wash 50 ml
    Simple face moisturizer 125 ml
    Maybelline baby lips in 'hydrate'
    Malin + Goetz face cleanser
    Rimmel wake me up concealer
    Miss Sporty clear nail polish

    I may allow myself to buy a nail polish thinner this month, but apart from that I'm not planning on buying anything beauty-related.

    Good luck everyone! X
  • WeAreGhostsWeAreGhosts Forumite
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    July PP ... some left from June ...

    (where did June go?!)

    Garnier 7 Day Moisturiser
    Burts Bees Lip Balm
    Di Palomo White Grape Hand Cream
    Urban Retreats Moisturiser samples
    John Frieda Frizz Ease
    Hurraw Moon Balm Lip Balm
    Garnier Pure Active Moisturiser
    Nivea Soft Moisturiser
    Nivea In Shower Moisturiser
    Johnson's Baby Shampoo
  • 666paw666paw Forumite
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    Hi all

    Would like to join in again for July.

    Will update my PP later.

    MFI3 T3 # 75
  • momobingumomobingu Forumite
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    I'm definitely joining in this month as I spent all my spending cash for the last few months on 1 item, so definitely no beauty purchases for me this month! Good luck everyone
    No buying toiletries challenge
    2015: 1348 UU's & GA's
    2016: 649
  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    I'm in - and hope to better the 3 UUs I managed for June :o

    I reckon I can definitely see 3 items that'll go, and a toothbrush is due to be replaced which makes 4. There's a couple more possibles, but one is defying me month-on-month and the other may outlast the month as I have a week away and don't plan to take it with me. May have to drag out a face mask and get rid of another of those (not something I ever got into the habit of using, but have a few under the wash basin waiting for me to feel motivated enough to open them!)
  • Hurray! Can I join again please! I'm going to aim for 7 UUs and only one IN:)
  • edited 30 June 2015 at 10:31PM
    asajjasajj Forumite
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    edited 30 June 2015 at 10:31PM
    ~My PP List for July

    Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel
    Champneys Vitamiracle Hand&Nail Cream 30 ml
    Ralph Lauren Big Pony Perfume in Pink 50 ml
    No 7 Coral Lipstick
    Dream Blush from Rimmel
    Samples as much as I can but min. 5
    Lancome Galateis Douceur Cleansing Fluid
    Lancome Tonique Doucer
    £2020in 2020 / £601
    Trying to de-clutter one drawer at a time
  • gothrockchic1gothrockchic1 Forumite
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    I'm in, my stash looks a little emptier since doing this challenge. I will sort my PP's when I am home.
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