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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2016

edited 31 December 2015 at 4:47PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 31 December 2015 at 4:47PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Here we go again for another month (and year)! As usual this initial post has been shamelessly copied from the many previous months. A big thank you to 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!


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
May 2013
June 2013
July 2013
August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014
May 2014
June 2014
July 2014
August 2014
September 2014
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
[URL="http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/October 2015:http://http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5333034"]October 2015[/URL]
November 2015
December 2015
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  • sam.4000sam.4000 Forumite
    1.4K posts
    Ninth Anniversary
    Thank you for starting us of Birdnerdsophie.

    I will not need anything but dry shampoo this months or for probably the next 6 months. I think I have restocked up on everything and a bit more just in case.
  • I would like to join in with this please. I did a stock take in the bathroom this afternoon and was honestly shocked at just how many toiletries there are, with many having several bottles of the same thing :o

    I shouldn't have to buy any toiletries at all in January other than perhaps Kandoo depending on how quickly the children go through them :)
    2016 Grocery Challenge January: £296.20/£300 February: £262.05/£300
  • Hello ! Thank you for starting the new thread. Wow 2015 has been a beauty product filled year. I calculated that my outs were 1348 items in 2015!!!! I can't believe how many products I have used (and bought). A lot of my stash were given away. I haven't kept track of the give aways but the fact that it was over a thousand products.

    Good luck to everyone in 2016!
    No buying toiletries challenge
    2015: 1348 UU's & GA's
    2016: 649
  • I'm in again...damn just seen there's some bargain Rituals on M&S :eek::eek:
    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
  • mickey_mousemickey_mouse Forumite
    1.4K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    I would love to join 😃
    Use up toiletries in 2020. 61
    Make £2020 in 2020. No 85. £1455.00/£2020
  • HermiaHermia Forumite
    4.5K posts
    I am really looking forward to this challenge this year. I want to have made a big dent in my stash by the end of the year. This month I hope to use up ten items.
  • Hello everyone!

    I'm back again and thank you Birdnerdsophie for starting us off again!

    I'm getting my lovelula box and that will be it for the ins this month, there's nothing I need aside from possibly deodorant that I don't count anyway. I'm actually starting to see a light at the end of the toiletries tunnel and my bathroom box isn't nearly as ocpvercrowded at is was.

    I've decided my thing to work towards in the new year ( my yoga teacher told us to always phrase resolutions as "working towards" as no matter how far off the path you go you are still on it and still on your way and haven't failed!) is to get more hygge in my life. I read it in this months simple things magazine (which I honestly enjoy infinitely more than fashion ones now!) and I love the concept of it. It's a Danish word that doesn't translate to English but this blog explains it really well. It will obviously involve lots of pampering too!
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries!
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
    4.3K posts
    Eighth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic Name Dropper
    I would love to join 😃

    Welcome, just dive in and post whenever you are ready:D

    Thank you Birdnerdsophie for kicking us off for the new year, I expect to be around for all of 2016:D:o

    I need to do a new PP list and also separate out some make up to try and UU, rather than just having lots of similar things in use.

    Happy New Year everone.:D
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • Hello everyone. I'm in! Been doing this myself for a few years and now the stash is a lot less. It's been added to over Christmas and I nearly buckled in the sales!
  • Hi everyone

    I would like to join this month please. I've just caught up with last months thread and am impressed what how much some people use up. I have quite a lot of items that I need to get through and stop the hording of some items.

    I would also like to join the 6 by spring challenge and will have a think what my items will be.

    And Happy New Year to all.

    Lost my way for far too long but now back on board and hoping to lead a more simplistic lifestyle

    Grocery challenge £103.91/£200
    2020 Fashion on the Ration 47/66
    No buying unnecessary toiletries - UU 0/24
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