Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

My Do Not Buy List

Do you have a “do not buy list?” Long before the no-spend challenge or other budget/financial goal challenges, I had a list of things I don’t like to or won’t spend money on. Here’s a bit of info on the idea , but it’s a pretty simple concept: these items you don’t buy either new, or at all. Here’s a few from my list and why:

  • New books: I can’t remember the last time I bought a book for my personal library brand-new. I also pretty infrequently buy used books. I choose the library for most of my physical book reads and only read free or Prime Reading books on my Kindle. I think the last time I bought a brand-new book was a few years ago when one of my beloved college professors published a novel.
  • Fast fashion: I don’t shop at places like H&M, Forever 21, or other spots that turn out cheap clothing at low prices. This has become remarkably easy for me as I’ve gotten older since a lot of fast fashion stores are aimed at a much younger, hipper demographic than mine!
  • Knickknacks and random house decor: I like minimal design for two reasons: my house is small and the less random stuff means less dusting/cleaning/arranging.
  • Random office supplies especially pens and notebooks/journals
  • Fancy makeup/face supplies

What’s on your no-buy list?

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3 thoughts on “My Do Not Buy List

  1. I’ve been very selective about things I buy (that are not consumed in any way) and that I have to make space for. I don’t have an “official” do-not-buy list, but off the top of my head I don’t buy books (get 99% from the library), I am very, very selective with new clothing (I have to LOVE it, not just kinda like it), I only buy new makeup/personal care items when I used up the old stuff, etc.

  2. I’ve been very selective about things I buy (that are not consumed in any way) and that I have to make space for. I don’t have an “official” do-not-buy list, but off the top of my head I don’t buy books (get 99% from the library), I am very, very selective with new clothing (I have to LOVE it, not just kinda like it), I only buy new makeup/personal care items when I used up the old stuff, etc.

  3. Ah dang, wrong account again up there, sorry.

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