March ‘No Buy’ – Living with Less

In my recent anti-haul post, I mentioned that I’d be doing a ‘no buy’ for the month of March. I’ve been working to simplify my life over the last year or so and the move towards having less stuff really appeals to me. With goals of traveling more and having experiences rather than things, I know I need to make a lifestyle change to make this a reality. My first step in this direction was adopting a capsule wardrobe, which I’ve loved and am still doing.

I recognize that I spend a lot of money on mindless things, and so am trying to be a more conscious consumer for the month of March. I’ll be spending no money on clothes, makeup, or household items. It probably sounds silly, but I’m always bringing extra crap home whether it’s a lip gloss I don’t need, some cute planter, or new towels. If all goes well, I’m planning on expanding this even further in the coming months. There is one exception to my no buy, which is that I’m able to pick up a new pair of trainers since the ones I’m currently wearing have holes in them and are due to be replaced. I’m also allowing myself to re-purchase anything I run out of.

While part of the goal is to save money (I’d love to beef up my savings and pay down some debt), it’s also driven by my desire to have less stuff. I don’t think I’ll ever be a true minimalist, but I recognize that I’m surrounded with a lot of stuff that I don’t use, need, and doesn’t bring me joy.  I’ve already resisted my first temptation, with two of my favourite local shops having had amazing flash sales in the first week of March. I’m hoping this will set the tone for the month to come.

Have you ever done or considered a no buy or do you think I’m right out to lunch? I’d love to read about your challenges and tips for making it work in the comments below! If you need a push to get started, be sure to check out the documentary ‘Minimalism‘ on Netflix.  You can also follow me on Instagram (@sassyclassylife) and hold me accountable!

Update: With one week left to go, it’s going pretty well! I did purchase a sweet little succulent in a planter at The Local Space‘s grand opening, but other than that I’ve stuck to the rules and my bank account definitely reflects it.