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Day 273: Using things up for the FIRST TIME EVER!!


So, ages and ages and ages ago I set a rule guideline for myself where I don't buy a new thing until I use up one that I already have.

This led to some interesting times spent using lavender-scented castille oil soap as dish soap (*Note: not recommended) as well as using up lots of random bottles of shampoo and face cleanser and things like that.

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FACT: My dishes did not sparkle like this using the olive oil soap, for the record.
But I did look exactly this cute doing the dishes with the terrible soap.

Anyway, I'm starting to actually use up some things I never thought I'd see the end of. For instance, I have recently scraped out the last bits of:

- a bottle of ketchup, and a bottle of barbecue sauce
- 2 bottles of face cleanser
- my AMAZEBALLS eye makeup remover balm (seriously, it's the best)
- a jar of peanut butter (polished off during the food basket challenge, when I also ate an entire loaf of bread)
- LIP BALM! I don't remember using up an entire thing of lip balm before, ever

Why do I (and other people, I assume) buy replacements of things before the previous thing runs out? Why do I have a drawer full of lip balm?

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FACT: Lip balm is AWESOME

I think that I've more or less incorporated this "use things up before buying a new one" philosophy into my daily life. Who knew it would be so exciting and satisfying to finish off a jar of peanut butter?

I anticipate using up much more kitchen-type things in the next month, as I adhere to my October Budget Of $128 (phase one of OPERATION OVERDRAFT DECIMATION).

I also anticipate wanting to buy a lot of stuff. But I will do my best to stick to my budget. I hope my innate love of challenges and competition will supercede my habit of buying unnecessary things when I'm bored.

PS -- Did you notice the new thingie over on the right? The little badge that says "2011 Canadian Weblog Award NOMINEE"? Yes, friends. it's true! Shopping Detox has been nominated for Ninjamatics 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards in the Best New Weblog, Humour, and Life categories! Woot woot!

6 comments:

Saving Her Life said...

I'm starting to see a difference in my bathroom storage since I'm using up the (what seems like) millions of bottles of body lotion I have. As a geek, this excites me!

~Carla~ said...

Good for you! I'm guilty of doing the same, but mostly with food related items... I never want to "run out", just in case. But I'm trying to change my evil ways! lol!

Congrats on being nominated!! Can we vote or you?!

Annabelle said...

@Saving Her Life - totally agree. I get excited when something looks like it's running out, like a sense of geeky accomplishment.

@Carla - it's a juried thing, so no public vote, sadly. However, I'm in the running for a different contest and if I'm a finalist there, it's totally public voting! So don't worry, I'll alert everyone when it's time to vote pour moi...

Serendipity said...

I'm guilty of this. I kind of don't want to admit that I have a beauty product hoarding problem, although I loooove my beauty products and only buy them when their on sale. Hence, the hoarding. ;) But I am on a mission to use them up! Lip gloss and lip balm included. Oooo speaking o lip balm, I'm out. ;)

Annabelle said...

@Serendipity - makeup companies are so genius with their marketing, making it seem like *this* pink lipgloss will be different from all the other pink lipglosses, in fact, it will CHANGE MY LIFE! I don't think I'll need to buy a new lip balm in at least a year. At least.

SeenonFlickr said...

Interesting post about overbuying/underbuying that you might like: http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2009/04/quiz-are-you-an-overbuyer-or-an-underbuyer.html

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