Forum Home» Health & Beauty MoneySaving

No More Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in July 2013

New Post Advanced Search
Important update! We have recently reviewed and updated our Forum Rules and FAQs. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest version.

No More Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in July 2013

edited 22 July 2013 at 11:57AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
366 replies 27.6K views
InaPickleInaPickle Forumite
6K posts
edited 22 July 2013 at 11:57AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
AND 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 maddiemay 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 locked 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 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 sig as a reminder?

We have a "Swaps Group" on Facebook when you can swap good condition items with other like-minded addicts. PM Trudij, Tokkiandoliver, seasideDreamer or luvlycake for more info on joining.

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 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 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!*


Good luck all for July and indeed the rest of the year, and remember to keep popping in for inspiration and support, and to report your UU's and IN's, especially any sales bargains - we want a nosy, and keep your stash lists updated

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 nosey??!!

Useful abbreviations!

WIBA? - Will I 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!
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.From Erma Bombeck who said, 'If I had my life to live over again I would have burned the pink candle sculptured 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 rather than binned or UU, to charity,as a present, or "just because!".

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.

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 Jun 2012
5. Seaside dreamer -graduated with honours Oct 2012

Previous threads:

In case you need to refer back to a previous stash list or product review here are the links for the past few months challenge threads (just 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
Please call me 'Pickle'
No More Buying Books: ???
No More Buying DVDs: ???
NMB Toiletries ??? and I've gone back for my Masters at the University of Use Ups!
roud to be dealing with her debts 1198~



  • I'm back in for another month, thanks Inapickle for starting us off again
    I'm hoping to keep ins to a minimum but there are some good magazine freebies coming up and I virtually no willpower where these are concerned.

    Happy pampering, xo
  • Thanks for the new thread inapickle! I'm cheking in for another month. This will be my fourth month, and I have so far only had two months where I have had more go out than come in!

    This month I will probably need a new eyeshadow, but I don't have many splutterers right now, so it might be a slow month, but I'm determined to be able to see my chest of drawers!
  • luce181luce181 Forumite
    408 posts
    Thanks Inapickle :)

    I'm in again this month, need to get a move on!!
    Addicted to MSE, I can't resist a bargain ;)
  • Thanks Pickle. I'm in again! But the threads move so quickly I find it hard to keep up :)
    Decluttering 2015: 2162/2015
  • edited 30 June 2013 at 4:54PM
    sam.4000sam.4000 Forumite
    1.4K posts
    Ninth Anniversary
    edited 30 June 2013 at 4:54PM
    Thank you Pickle, i'm in again. I will have some ins to declare when they arrive, one day I am going to be able to go a month without buying things.
    This month I am not going to give much away, this does mean that I have more outs than ins but it really is a cheating way of doing things and it costs me money.

    I am please that some things are actually being used up but I still have far to go.
  • Important update! We have recently reviewed and updated our Forum Rules and FAQs. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest version.
  • think I will fail miserably this month
    double discount for three days starting tomorrow at boots for staff
    I have made a list so only intend to stock up on essentials but my will is weak
  • maddiemaymaddiemay Forumite
    4.4K posts
    Ninth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Photogenic Name Dropper
    Thank you Pickle, I am in again too.

    Just shopped my stash for Eye Cream and pulled out a Balance Me one, I had, a few days ago, dug out a full size of the Elizabeth Arden Eye Treatment in the little individual thingies, but then thought I should save enough of these for my holiday in September (first ever cruise - Baltic Capitals ending up in St Petersburg). OH and I have never considered going on a cruise before, but this seemed the best way of seeing lots of places we want to visit, and since I cannot walk any great distances anymore, we hope that this will work out.

    Rosemary - I do hope that the pain in your foot is just a "blip", unfortunately the surgery I had on an ankle last September does not seem to have worked:eek:
    The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)
  • KT2802KT2802 Forumite
    595 posts
    I'm in again! Am about to place on order for TBS online to take advantage of the 40% off and the sale they have on. Am only going to order things that I need though - cleanser and a mattifying moisturiser, plus 1 or 2 little extras that are bargains and I can't resist!

    Stash has depleted a fair bit since I started this challenge in January. Make up stash has increased a lot though as I discovered beauty blogs at the start of the year too!
  • luce181luce181 Forumite
    408 posts
    Oops.. have just placed an order for 3 Ciate nail polishes, this is in the same week that I've ordered 2 OPI polishes, so July is going to be off to a bad start once they arrive :o

    On the other hand I did order a travalo so that I can try to use up my perfume stash faster :D
    Addicted to MSE, I can't resist a bargain ;)
  • Im in again! hoping for a better month;) no splutterers to give a month a quick start though:(
    No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries: July stash 72/0 INS/2 UU/0 TA
This discussion has been closed.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support