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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries February 2016

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM 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 BirdNerdSophie! :) 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
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015
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  • edited 15 February 2016 at 2:49PM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 15 February 2016 at 2:49PM
    My Finish 6 by Spring items:

    1. [STRIKE]No7/Bare Minerals blush - these are loose blushes which I mixed together and they won't end.[/STRIKE]
    2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
    3. Model Co Berry Lipgloss
    4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
    5. Body Shop Brow Pencil
    6. Bobbi Brown Eyeliner - chocolate
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • edited 31 January 2016 at 9:44AM
    dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    edited 31 January 2016 at 9:44AM
    My PP list for February

    1. Liz Earle Toner
    2. No7 Eye Makeup Remover
    3. Philosophy Homemade Honey Buns Body Lotion
    4. Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream
    5. Gok Gorgeous Hand Cream
    6. Body Shop Delipcious Lipstick
    7.Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Bath Jelly
    8. Body Shop Eyebrow Pencil
    9. Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer
    10. Balance Me Radiance Facial Oil Roll on 15ml
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 12/66
  • rdonerdone Forumite
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    Rampant Recycler
    Thanks for starting us off Dolly!!

    My 6 by Spring items:
    Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash
    Benefit Dallas
    Benefit longwear powder shadow in call my buff
    Benefit longwear powder shadow in kiss me, I'm tipsy/it's complicated
    Benefit longwear powder shadow in gilt-y pleasure
    [STRIKE]Maybelline chunky kohl pencil[/STRIKE]:beer:

    See you all on Monday!
  • BirdNerdSophieBirdNerdSophie Forumite
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    Fifth Anniversary 100 Posts I've been Money Tipped!
    Thanks for starting us off dolly84!
    Duck enthusiast. Mango milkshake connoisseur. Positive reinforcement training. Bob Ross fan girl. Team Q.
  • VALMVALM Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread dolly84. I will be back (said Terminator stylie! - it's ok, I'm giddy cos it's Friday xx) and will post my INs/OUTs (shake em all abouts!), PPs and 6 by Spring soon. 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
  • misfiremisfire Forumite
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    Debt-free and Proud!
    Gosh I NEED this thread - my guilty secret is I used to over buy toiletries to such an extent that sometimes I had to stash some behind the bath pannel to stop OH freaking out. I have stopped doing that but still buy to much - so can I join you guys? have a bit of a bumper haul after Christmas so no need really to buy anything. If i am doing this right:

    My PP:

    1. Shower Gels (loads with a bit in the bottom)
    Debt is gone - weight is next. I will be a skinny money saver at some point :-) :rotfl:
  • edited 1 March 2016 at 5:02PM
    Gemzie121Gemzie121 Forumite
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    edited 1 March 2016 at 5:02PM
    Count me in again :) a whole year since I started the challenge, where on earth has time gone?!!

    Pp list for feb:

    [STRIKE]1. Boots extracts cocoa butter body butter 200ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]2. Next diamonds perfume[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]3. Lush snow fairy shower gel 100g[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]4. Garnier fructis colour care shampoo[/STRIKE]
    5. Garnier fructis colour care conditioner
    [STRIKE]6. Avon advance techniques instant repair 7 hair mask [/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]7. Dove Shea & vanilla soap bar[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]8. Sensodyne toothpaste[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]9. Alice + Eliza spiced apple hand cream [/STRIKE]
    10. Medicated talcum powder
    11. Elvive anti dandruff shampoo
    [STRIKE]12. Simple facial wash gel[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]13. Mum (pink) roll on deodorant[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]14. Asda cotton blossom spray deodorant[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]15. Avon on duty light bloom roll on [/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]16. I love... Raspberry & blackberry body butter 200ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]17. Boots royal jelly body souffle 40ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]18. Nspa raspberry body butter 50ml[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]19. M&S Shea hand butter[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]20. So...kiss me lip balm[/STRIKE]
    21. [STRIKE]Charlie pink body spray[/STRIKE]
    [STRIKE]22. Avon femme shower gel 150ml[/STRIKE]
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries 2015/2016/2017/2018

    UUs for 2016: 513 In's: 447 UUs for 2017: 207 Ins: 161
    UUs for 2018: In's:
    Self Confessed Lush Addict!
  • HermiaHermia Forumite
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    My goal is the same as last month and that is to use up ten items.
  • asset2004asset2004 Forumite
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    Back again for this month too. :o
    I think I'm one of the long term members, joined when it first started many moons ago! ;)
    I really don't know if my stash is getting any less. It must be, because I make a concious effort to not buy things and I think I'm pretty generous GA products too :o but sometimes it feels like I'm wading through shampoo and shower gel.

    Wanted to ask other members thoughts of using an epilator. Bought a Braun one with good reviews from T, reduced to £19 but still plucking up the courage to try. Any tips in advance please? :o
    Life is a coin, you can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.
    Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you'll see further.
    Take time but don't waste time
  • Thanks for starting the Feb thread dolly84 :)

    My goals for February:
    1. Continue using up my Lush stash before they go off
    2. No eyeshadows this month - I have more eyeshadows than I can use in a life time
    3. Finish putting together a beauty box for mother in law

    Good luck to everyone!
    No buying toiletries challenge
    2015: 1348 UU's & GA's
    2016: 649
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