My Three Strikes policy is this: Per month, I can buy three items, or spend $X amount of money, whichever comes first. The idea is that I don't really need that many things, and I need to curb my spending. Having a policy like this makes me reconsider what would have been impulse buys, and I feel good about sticking to these sort of self-imposed rules. The exceptions are: skincare, repurchases of staple items (UDPP, foundation, if I'm buying the exact same product again; if I'm trying something new, it counts as one of the three). Indie purchases need to be evaluated per basis; generally, if I'm buying samples, and the total is very low, all of the samples together count as one item. I am including shipping costs in the limit, though - the total amounts that I paid (shipping, tax, everything) counts against the cap total. Does this sound like I've thought about this too much? I have. But I'm trying to save up for a wedding and pay for a recent car purchase and still, you know, eat, so this is how it's gotta be. If we both weren't graduate students, it might be a little easier, but it is what it is.
June is the first month of this policy, and here's how I did:
Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics. Total: $9.98
Samples from Scent By the Sea. Total: $14
Three items, totaling $38.20. Under cap. Woohoo! It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be...and having an item limit made me really debate whether I truly needed/wanted something that badly. We'll have to see how I do in July! Have a great weekend, and if you're in the US, enjoy your extra day off :D I know I will!
Do you have any sort of shopping rules for yourself?