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No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries January 2021

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Happy New Year everyone and hopefully you will all join in again! 

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, sstevo19 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 can 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 this month 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! Do de-lurk if you are lurking, this is one of the friendliest threads on MSE.

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!

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:

December 2020


  • BetharooniBetharooni Forumite
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    I’ll be back in for 2021, I’ll post my lists over the next couple of days.

    B x
    Save £15K in 2021 #13 £ £4,907.57/£15,000 / £17,032.87 saved in 2020
    Make £2021 in 2021 #2 £338.35/£2.021 / £1,897.24 made in 2020
    Saving for House Deposit £10,624.98/£40,000
    3-6 Month Emergency Fund £1,548.71/£5,000
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    savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    edited 1 January at 2:51PM
    I admit I have the urge to buy under control. I can admire products but no temptation to purchase so half way there. However, I have a slowly diminishing stock pile that eant to use really to look nice and for mental health benefits, who does not want to feel better with the confidence a bit of make up brings. 

    I need inspiration. Most of the youtubers I wanted are so sold out with product placement,  it makes QVC seem like a documentary. Every post some do is sponsored with multiple sponsored posts. It is great they are obeying the law and displaying sponsors it makes finding a truly entertaining and inspiring voice to inspire using the make up harder. New year renewed motivation!
  • London_babyLondon_baby Forumite
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    Happy New Year!

    Thanks sstevo for the new thread.  I'm in!  2021 will continue to be replacement only buys, and trying to be sustainable and recycle as much as possible. Have purchased washable bamboo pads/cloths to replace sanitary towels and cotton wool as a start. The re-usable pads are not as icky as I first thought and feel more comfortable. 

    Greek olive oil soap - WBA,  lasts ages and doesn't leave skin another. Have more in stash.

  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread sstevo.  I'm in for 2021, I'm hoping this year is the year all areas of my stash are quite small.

    January PP List

    Peppermint Foot Cream - b/f from December
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Shower Gel 480ml - b/f from December
    Philosopy Butter Rum Cake Shower Gel 480ml
    Le Soft Stick Perfume
    Philosophy Amazing Grace Whipped Body Cream 120ml
    Cowshed Body Lotion
    Woods of Windsor Pomegranate & Hibiscus EDT 100ml
    Liz Earle Skin Repair 15ml

    My 7 by Spring list
    1. Poppy King Lip Crayon in Smiling - b/f from the last challenge
    2. Barbara Daly Trade Secrets Sheer lip melt in Adorable b/f from the last challenge
    3. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink b/f from the last challenge
    4. Miss Sporty Stick Concealer - b/f from the last challenge
    5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
    6. Benefit rsvp cream shadow mini
    7.  Bare Minerals Eyeliner in Plum

    Will not need to buy in 2021.
    Shower gel
    Body moisturiser
    Hair conditioner/hair masks
    Foot cream
    Nail polish
    Hair serum/oil
    Makeup (except foundation)
    Bubble Bath - 1 bottle in the stash them I intend to make my own bath oils

    May need to buy in 2020

    Shampoo bar
    Facial Oil - have one in use and one back up
    Curl cream
    Hand cream - will be buying ingredients to make my own

    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • dolly84dolly84 Forumite
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    Happy New Year everyone.  VALM - hope your hangover is passing.

    First uu of the new year.

    Le Soft Stick Perfume in Artist - this was quite woodsy and unisex and I liked it enough to dig out the bit inside the plastic packaging.  Have 2 or 3 more of these in different scents so will try to finish another one this month.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
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