Ah, the dreaded low-buy. Not as dreaded as the NO-buy, of course, but dreaded nonetheless. I’m not great at reigning my spending in, as evidenced by the fact that my current “Pending Orders” document is
two three pages long. It would probably be five if I didn’t remove orders as I got them. Yeesh. Between buying things “for the blog” and the powerful enabling force that is /r/indiemakeupandmore, I feel thoroughly justified in spending ridiculous amounts of money on makeup and perfume (oh, perfume, my darling, my love) at the drop of a hat. A company I like is having a sale? Haul! A new collection was released? Must swatch it! HAUL! Decant circle? Haul! Something interesting popped up in a blog sale? Haul haul haul!
But here’s the thing. I’ve actually been buying so much stuff that I haven’t had the chance to swatch, test, or, you know, use most of it before jumping off to the next shiny new thing. I have such a huge backlog of stuff that I could go on a complete no-buy for the next 6 months and never run out of post fodder. And that’s kind of crazy.
And on the IRL side of things, my fiance and I want to buy a house at some point in the next year or so. Our apartment is a total crap shack and we’re tired of moving around in a city where the rent in any area you’d actually want to live in is NOT cheap. We’re making good progress toward our down payment, and while I have no interest in cutting out ALL of my makeup/perfume spending, cutting back would allow me to funnel a little more money into out house fund, and every extra dollar helps.
I’d also like to make myself consider my purchases more carefully, rather than just buying everything that catches my eye. I want to concentrate on buying things I’ll actually use. I will use lipsticks and blushes and neutral eyeshadows. I will not use that gorgeous blue and red duochrome, no matter how much I drool over swatches.
With those things in mind, I’m officially going on a low-buy for the month of July. I will likely continue this for the forseeable future, but right now I’m just saying July and we’ll see how that goes. I’m posting about it here because I need some way to keep myself publicly accountable for my spending. I had every intention of doing a low-buy in June, but, well, I’m pretty great at rationalizing extra purchases when no one is around to call me out on it. Plus my birthday is in July, so I’m hoping I can get The Dude to buy me some indie stuff to help ease the pain. (You better believe I’m going to give him a list for when Darling Clandestine re-opens!)
So here are the guidelines for my low-buy:
Low-Buy Budget: $100 (Not even that low! Should be totally doable, right? Also this should give you some indication of how cuckoo bananas my spending has been lately.)
Exceptions: Postage for swaps does not count toward the spending limit. If I purchase something as a gift (my best friend’s birthday is in August and she may get some indie goodies), it does not count toward the spending limit.
I have one purchase from June that I will likely not pay for until we’re a few days into July (a decant circle that I haven’t been invoiced for yet), and since I made that commitment in June, I’m not counting it toward my July budget.
Exceptions MAY be made for seriously limited edition or discontinued items, on a case by case basis, but I need to be real with myself here and not abuse this. If I am (somehow, miraculously) under my budget come the end of the month, the balance will be carried over to August’s budget.
Accountability: I will be posting low-buy progress reports at the end of each week, and then a final report on July 31st.
So that’s that! Like I said, I still have a huge backlog of stuff to review, and I’ll have quite a few orders from June coming in during July, so I don’t think this will be too difficult. Famous last words, perhaps? Hopefully not. I considered giving myself a stipulation that if I sell stuff I don’t like/use, I can use that money above my budget, but I feel like that kind of defeats the purpose? I’m not sure. I may revisit that at some point.