No Buy Month (Update)

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Exactly 30 days ago, I shared an article about buying absolutely nothing for 30 days. The challenge was to spend money on necessities ONLY. Cut down on monthly expenses, use up whatever we already have and hopefully end up with more savings after the 30 days. This is an update on how I got on with it, how much did I spend and my final verdict. If you still have no idea what this is, click below for more information.

In the previous post, I did mention “not buying bus tickets, not going to town, no takeaway coffee for the month” however, I went out to town for a day because my mask supply was running low. During No Buy Month, I’ve finished my toothpaste, shower gel, face moisturizer and a bottle of hot sauce. Just a disclaimer, I know how long each product lasts so I’ve purchased replacements prior to this (except the hot sauce). Since company covers my meals and I’ve done my main food shop prior to No Buy Month,  food & groceries expenses would be lower than usual. This is what we spent on and how much was spent for each category:

  • Food & Groceries : ¥321 (RM193)

  • Transportation : ¥117 (RM70)

  • Extras : ¥221.90 (RM133)

    Total : ¥660.20(RM396)


What I did during No Buy Month:

  • Reorganized off-season items. Sweaters, outerwear and light layers are now tucked away. Just 4 coats waiting to be taken to the dry cleaner.

  • Reorganized and clean up pantry. Coffee, tea and cereal are now arranged neatly. Wiped down the entire cupboard and threw out two expired energy bars.

  • Up-cycled an old top into a shoe bag. Cotton top that pilled so bad even my de-piller couldn’t save the situation.

  • Picked up German. Guten Morgen, bis spater! (Good morning, see you later!)

  • Signed up for Vietnamese. người phụ nữ muốn uống nước ép táo (The woman wants to drink apple juice). Let me tell you, I do NOT sound sexy.

Final Verdict

Without restrictions during No Buy Month, I would have bought:

  1. A pair of room slippers. Toes were sticking out way too much and was touching the floor.

  2. A high stool for the office. To lift my plant off the ground.

  3. An umbrella. Umbrella broke and can’t draw back completely.

  4. A vision board for the office. To display postcards collected.

I love No Buy Month and would take up the challenge again soon! I’ve managed to re-organize my space, learn new skills and save extra cash for the future. My toes are still touching the floor and my umbrella still pisses me off but I now see the value of delayed gratification. What is the longest you have gone without making a purchase?