“No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in 2012 Challenge”

So after my last 2 posts on how much my make up costs and also the storage I use for my overstock of toiletries, I have come to the conclusion that I have too much of everything! Therefore I have decided to take part in the “No Buying Unnecessary Toiletries in 2012 Challenge”. I saw this on a Money Saving forum and I thought that I should really do the same, especially as its soon going to be a New Year and I have so much stuff to use up!
I have a very bad habit of buying new products before I have finished one. And therefore I keep buying more and more and now my cupboard is full of stuff that I have collected over time. Aswell as buying stuff I also have won alot of health and beauty products so these have also added to the pile.  
Here’s the aim:
“No buying any new toiletries, cosmetics, perfume etc until I have used up all the ones I already have.”
And here’s some helpful tips from the forum:
  • Do a stock-take and see if there are any gaps in your stash that you might need to spend on this month
  • Set a budget for the month for essential purchases or to help with withdrawal symptoms
  • List everything so you can cross things off as they are used to increase the sense of achievement
  • Put a sum of money in a pot each time you use up an item to save for something you really want
  • 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.
  • It helps to avoid the places where temptation lurks: Boots, Bodyshop, the supermarket toiletries aisles, seductive department store beauty counter offers etc.
  • Remember retailers make offers and promotions all the time, so there willl always be another deal!
 Anyone else want to take part with me? 🙂


  1. December 29, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    I'm literally using up all my old products right now! I'm moving in 2 weeks and having a sort out, so many half empty never used things, I'm pretty shocked at the amount I have! So now I'm not buying anything else until the things I have have run out!

  2. December 29, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    Definitely need to do this net year! Trying to save up for a car that I can get when I'm 17, so I need all the spare cash I can get :L xo

  3. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    I'm thinking this is a wonderful idea and im going to do the same.

    love ash xx

  4. December 29, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    I'm definitely going to do this, I was thinking about it anyway but now I know others are doing it too – i'm in 🙂

    I think I will update on my blog every month.

  5. December 29, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    Weee I'm so glad you girls are joining the challenge with me! 😀 xx

  6. December 29, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    Love your blog 🙂



  7. December 29, 2011 / 9:19 pm

    Ahh what great advice I always always always end up buying about 250 toiletries every year that never end up being used more than once -sighs- it's worse than my unecessary shoe habbit!

    Gorgeous blog sweet – love the girly layout with the vintage twist! following you now 🙂


  8. December 30, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea, I may join you on doing this, I have a drawer full of items under my bed so it will probably take me all year to get through them all.


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