What I thought was going to be a true test of my self-control, ended up being pretty simple. The idea behind No-Buy July, at least for me, is to basically explore how impulsively I buy things. If there's an item that I absolutely need, I obviously still have the money to go out and purchase it (this didn't happen), but otherwise anything I want ends up on a wishlist for the following month.
This exercise also helps to emphasize that while I did and might still slightly want that item, I probably feel that desire way less after a week or even a day has gone by, emonstrating that I can actually survive just fine with whatever I was already relying to meet that "need".
Sure, having X item would be nice, but I've been getting by perfectly fine with Y already. Does the value added to my life by X offset the purchase price? Usually the answer is no. This is not to say that I don't love buying all sorts of crippy-crap, as my husband likes to call it, and it's not that I don't like having nice things (I really do) but that waiting period always helps to emphasize what I really want as opposed to shopping, especially online, out of boredom!
How Did I Do?
Fine. There were things I ended up "needing" like an omelet from the cafeteria in the morning if I forgot my lunch or an afternoon coffee. I also broke down and bought some more Paddock Cakes and vanilla cookies because I was dangerously low on those. I would definitely consider it a win that I bought pretty much only food with my "fun" money for the whole month. However, I did pick out quite a few items for my August Wishlist, which I may share reviews of later!