Here I have the same categories as last year: for plants, balcony-plants, skinare and make-up I can only buy something new when I need to replace an item that is used up, broken or has died.
I can buy no more than 10 items of clothing, excluded are socks and underware. Shoes and coats are included.
I have bought a lot of supplies for journaling last year, since that became a new hobby. I am not allowing myself to buy something new unless something is used-up. I can only use the supplies I have (and I have plenty, so that should not be a problem).
I do like DVD's, and have bought too many last year. I cannot but a new DVD unless it has been on my wish-list for over a month. And I will try to buy no more than 12.
The other category I failed miserably was in buying books. I will not tell you how many I bought, but I can tell it was a lot! So, a complete no-buy is not do-able for me (and I do not want to), but I will challenge myself to buy no more than 24 books this year. That is still 2 per month.
I stole this idea from Simon from the blog Stuck in a book (HERE), who has done this Project 24 as he calls it, a couple of times, and I will see if I can join him. I intend to tell you about the books I buy, so I create accountability.
Before I buy I book, it has to be on my wishlist for at least two weeks.
I want to keep the categories the same as last year. So no subscriptions to magazines, no home-decor, no bed-linen or kitchen towels or things like that. No magazines in the supermarket, and no new notebooks.
I intend to buy paint to re-paint my hallway, but this is something I think I will do in February. And I need a new matress, but I have this planned for May.
And one last resolution
To begin the year extra aware of my finances, I intend to have a complete no-buy for January and the first half of February (so six weeks to begin with).
In these weeks I will only buy gas for the car, and groceries, but nothing else. (emergencies aside).
- no snacks of sandwiches in the cafeteria at school (that is hard, because their panini's are delicious!)
- no food, drinks or snacks on the go at the station for example
- no books or DVD's or other things I am allowed to buy. I cannot buy those items in these weeks.
- If it all goes well I think I will also have a no-buy month in the second half of the year, but I am not sure yet.
I am not sure how this will go and if I will succeed or fail. But even if I fail, I will be more aware how I spend my money, I hope.