So, as I've mentioned, I'm doing a No-Buy/Low-Buy year in 2023. Why? Because my finances need CPR, I have too much STUFF, I've literally outgrown my craft room, and I need a reset in my life choices. Enter No-Buy. I first learned of this concept from a YouTuber Cinzia DuBois in her channel Lady of the Library a few years ago. In the past I had tried things like "yarn diets" that were popular in the early 2000's in the crafting community, but Cinzia was taking this to a "whole life" level of no buying. And this year it seemed most appropriate since I've gotten careless with my spending as of late. And again, I have so much stuff and not enough time to use it, so it seemed like a great time to give this a try. Should be easy, right? Famous last words, especially for a hoarder with OCD, who spends money to soothe oneself.
The No-Buy Rules:
• No Yarn
• No Fiber
• No Fabric
• No Stationery
• No Eating Out Alone
• No Clothing (except blank shirts/pants to use Vinyl on)
• No Makeup
The Low-Buy Rules:
• I can purchase replacement items of things I have completely used up, if they are necessary.
The Permissible List:
• Patterns for yarn/fabric I already own
• Eating Out with Friends or Family
• Medical Expenses
• Subscriptions with no physical products
• Manicure every 3 weeks
• Anything I want with birthday money or gift cards I might receive.
I'm logging this in at least 2 places in my planner stack to make sure I stay accountable to the challenge thru the entire year. In addition to following these rules, I also want to save at least $25 per pay period. It's not much, but it's more than I have been saving, and I need to start somewhere.
Now, even though Cinzia warned against it, I couldn't resist buying a few things in the last week of last year in preparation to go cold-turkey on the crafting purchases especially. I definitely have more sock yarn than I will be able to knit thru in a year now. And I stocked up on some good quality vinyl and iron-on for future Cricut/Silhouette projects.
Have you ever attempted to limit yourself from purchasing a specific classification of products or everything in general? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments!