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    freebyfifty
    The Love is in the Air February NSD Challenge
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    • 26th Jan 13, 8:05 AM
    The Love is in the Air February NSD Challenge 26th Jan 13 at 8:05 AM
    Welcome to the February No Spend Day (NSD) thread!!

    We are a happy (and some might say mildly insane) bunch doing battle with those retailers - and there’s plenty of temptation out there at the moment. We are seriously committed to saving money, but nobody said it can't be done with a smile on your face - so we organise riotous nights out and gatecrash any function going - all without leaving the comfort of our own imaginations or armchairs!

    On a slightly more serious note, we are here to help each other avoid spending for the number of days we feel we can manage to try to take back some control over our hard-earned money. What you class as a "spend'" is entirely your choice; some people will try to shop on the days DD/SO etc are paid, whilst others will not include essentials such as rent. Have a look for a post from our sponsor (and godmother of this challenge) BigMummaF, this contains some guidelines and ideas for starting you off on the challenge.

    It’s amazing how inventive you get when you’re determined NOT to spend - from weird menu ingredients to surprising DIY solutions - but you know what? 99% of the time those wacky ideas work.


    Link to last month's challenge is below so any newcomers can see what we get up to (hmmmmm... on second thoughts, that might put you off...)

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4361547


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    Last edited by Former MSE Debs; 19-02-2013 at 4:37 PM.
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    • marmiterulesok
    • By marmiterulesok 24th Feb 13, 8:35 PM
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    marmiterulesok
    That's another nsd bagged today,so I'm at #16!

    freeby thanks for the update and all your hard work.

    spoon get well soon.

    Have a great week everyone!And well done to all of you who've reached their target!
    NSD August 21/20 J20 F18 M18 A17 M26 J23 J19 ~ NSD total '15 162/227
  • MissE001
    Target reached today!! # 10 / 10


    Really pleased that I managed it . Decided next month I'm going to try and spend only on days where I have D/Ds and S/Os coming out of the bank....and realised that I have a lot of D/D and S/O days!!

    There are 15 potential NSDs for March if I count this way....although I already know that I'm travelling for work the first week in March which always means spends

    So, I'll aim for 12 in March - a couple more than February but stricter criteria....

    Might end up with another one for Feb (travelling first half of this week unfortunately!)
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  • butdoineedit?
    Woo hoo!!!! lodgers OH is away so she has gone home for a few days to sort out her stuff & pack properly to move into mine, it's only a temporary repreive, but it was heaven to get back to an empty house & be able to potter around as i like!!
    As she will be away until the middle of the week i am going to be really naughty & chuck a sickie at uni this week, then i have 3 whole nights at home alone, i am just soooooo excited!!

    Bdini - sometimes you can be too close to a situation to read it correctly. Enter neutral people like us lot on here, who can give you an objective assessment - and watch your back for you! (Hope you don't mind us sticking our beaks in!)
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    Mind???????? I would find it impossible to manage my life without you guys, it's certainly not sticking your beak in, & it's more appreciated than you will ever know!!!! (so please keep doing it!!)

    One final thing, anyone have good plan how to save unspent fuel budget? If I keep in shopping/fuel account it will just dissappear...if I move to the budgeted savings fund, like for car ins etc its not easily accessible, perhaps be better to keep it in cash and get a new pot/jam jar/purse?/ any thoughts
    Originally posted by Sazzie23
    Have you thought about opening a savings account that comes with a cash card? then it would be accessible if you really needed it, but would stop that "dipping into the pot", that i find i always do if there's too much cash in the house!

    (((((((((((((((((((((((((big hugs))))))))))))))))) Spoon hope you feel better soon! x

    Oh & i won't be around to do my update on Weds, so so sorry , but i am heading home for the funeral which is Thursday morning, i do hope you guys won't mind managing without, i promise to be back on track next week!!

    Oh & had to ETA, i live in the most amazing area with the most amazing people, i found out today that they had been discussing how to help me in the pub & one chap has organised all the catering for the wake for 50 squids & all i have to do is pick it up on the morning of the funeral & transport it back to my grans, which will be so easy, as my little old man friend from the pub has hired a mini bus for us to drive home in, so he can then transport all my grans friends from church to cemetery to wake. My family might be a nightmare, but with all that & you guys i am just unbelievably blessed with my friends!
    Last edited by butdoineedit?; 24-02-2013 at 9:37 PM.
    February NSD challenge 5/15
  • kerri gt

    Mind???????? I would find it impossible to manage my life without you guys, it's certainly not sticking your beak in, & it's more appreciated than you will ever know!!!! (so please keep doing it!!


    Oh & had to ETA, i live in the most amazing area with the most amazing people, i found out today that they had been discussing how to help me in the pub & one chap has organised all the catering for the wake for 50 squids & all i have to do is pick it up on the morning of the funeral & transport it back to my grans, which will be so easy, as my little old man friend from the pub has hired a mini bus for us to drive home in, so he can then transport all my grans friends from church to cemetery to wake. My family might be a nightmare, but with all that & you guys i am just unbelievably blessed with my friends!
    Originally posted by butdoineedit?
    I'd be careful about using the phrase 'sticking your beak in' after Igor's attempt at xmas dinner - the turkey is not supposed to be put in the oven 'as it is'

    Ahhh, bless your friends in the pub - that really is lovely of them. Just goes to show, they didn't even have to do it, but wanted to as friends - your family (and lots others) could take a lesson from that. Three cheers to good friends xx
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 24th Feb 13, 9:47 PM
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    beanielou
    That is so amazing BINDI ~ I hope all goes as well as it can Thursday xx
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  • Jelly Biactol
    NSD 16 today
    'It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.'
    Groucho Marx

  • solventsoon
    Spoony~Hope you feel better soon xx
    Originally posted by beanielou
    spoon get well soon.
    Originally posted by marmiterulesok
    (((((((((((((((((((((((((big hugs))))))))))))))))) Spoon hope you feel better soon! x
    Originally posted by butdoineedit?
    Thank you all, much appreciated xxx

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    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • armchairexpert
    Ooof, I fell off the wagon but good over the weekend. Sudden moment of rebellion about why should I deny myself so much blahdeblahde.

    I did manage one NSD, by the skin of my teeth, but it's going to make the next few days tricky...

    NSD11 please.
    If all goes to plan:

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  • solventsoon
    Evening everyone

    Another update coming up and lots more NSDs being nabbed today by the looks of it, yippeeeeeeeeee

    Firstly, big THANK YOU to Freeby for all the work you put into this challenge, it’s very much appreciated by all of us

    Targets reached:

    Candlewick - a brilliant NSD no 18 nabbed and your second target reached, that’s fantastic. Freeby will award your prize tomorrow, keep an eye out for it. Yay to your 5 in-a-rowtarget being met as well, you’re definitely on a roll.
    Good luck with your new targets of 18 NSDs and 7 in-a-row, you can do it!

    MissE001 - a brilliant NSD no 10 nabbed and your target reached, that’s fantastic.
    Freeby will award your prize tomorrow, keep an eye out for it. Fingers crossed for another one or two this week


    Well done to:

    armchairexpert - NSD no 11 nabbed and added to the pile now, that’s brilliant. Don’t worry, we all have our moments of rebellion so you’re definitely not alone there

    beanie - a fantastic NSD no 19 grabbed and added to the pot. You’re doing brilliantly as always. Thank you again xx

    coolcats - a brilliant NSD no 12 nabbed and added to the pile now, that’s fantastic. Keep going now, of course you can do it

    Debtbusterintraining - refusing to spend today has netted you a brilliant NSD no 5. You’re nearly there now, you can do it

    Delilahh - yay to NSD no 7 joining the pack, that’s fantastic. Keep going you can do it

    emsloves - I love unexpected NSDs, they’re definitely the best. That’s NSD no 20 added to the pot now, woohoo!

    fedup... - yay to an NSD weekend netting you NSD no 14, that’s brilliant. Keep going now

    Jelly - woohoo to NSD no 16 joining the pack, that’s fantastic. Fingers crossed for some more before the end of the month

    Karb - woohoo to NSD no 11 joining the pack, that’s fantastic. Good luck with getting your target, you can do it

    karen - a brilliant NSD no 11 nabbed and added to the pile now, that’s fantastic. Keep going now, you’re nearly there

    katholicos - woohoo to NSD no 16 joining the pack, that’s fantastic. Keep going now, you’re nearly there

    marmite - a fantastic NSD no 16 grabbed and added to the pot, thats brilliant. You’re nearly there now, keep going
    Thank you again x

    ModestyB - that’s another NSD no 12a added to the pot, you’re doing brilliantly this month, keep going. There’s nothing wrong with 3 NSDs in-a-row you know, don’t be too hard on yourself

    Nargle - woohoo to NSD no 11 joining the pack, you’ve done brilliantly this month considering all the spendy things you had to deal with.... I don’t think that’s being sneaky at all btw

    wildcherry - yay to your lovely friend saving your NSD so that’s no 14 added to the pot and just one more to get. You can do it!


    And hello to:

    couldsavemore - fingers crossed for another NSD today

    kerri - more bargains for you today

    ETO - sometimes spendy days just catch us unawares. Fingers crossed for lots of NSDs rolling in next week
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    Woo hoo!!!! lodgers OH is away so she has gone home for a few days to sort out her stuff & pack properly to move into mine, it's only a temporary repreive, but it was heaven to get back to an empty house & be able to potter around as i like!!
    As she will be away until the middle of the week i am going to be really naughty & chuck a sickie at uni this week, then i have 3 whole nights at home alone, i am just soooooo excited!!
    Originally posted by butdoineedit?
    Brilliant news BDINI

    Oh & i won't be around to do my update on Weds, so so sorry , but i am heading home for the funeral which is Thursday morning, i do hope you guys won't mind managing without, i promise to be back on track next week!!
    Originally posted by butdoineedit?
    Hope Thursday goes as well as it can hun xx

    Oh & had to ETA, i live in the most amazing area with the most amazing people, i found out today that they had been discussing how to help me in the pub & one chap has organised all the catering for the wake for 50 squids & all i have to do is pick it up on the morning of the funeral & transport it back to my grans, which will be so easy, as my little old man friend from the pub has hired a mini bus for us to drive home in, so he can then transport all my grans friends from church to cemetery to wake. My family might be a nightmare, but with all that & you guys i am just unbelievably blessed with my friends!
    Originally posted by butdoineedit?
    Wow..... what lovely friends you have, that kind of thing really restores your faith in human nature. It's a bit of a shame that we can't choose our families as well as our friends
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    And finally....

    NSD no 21 for me please Freeby, there has to be some advantage to feeling like death warmed up I guess...
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • katholicos
    Thanks for doing that update and as always, you are so encouraging Spoon

    Sorry to read that you are unwell. Do hope that you will soon feel much, much better (((hugs)))
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  • BritAbroad
    Managed to get NSD 16 and 17!

    Today was very definitely not a NSD day, but tomorrow might well turn into one - the weather is horrific so if I don't have to go out, I won't!
  • freebyfifty
    Good Morning

    The front page is looking great and lots of targets are being smashed - Well done everyone

    I managed to hit my second target with NSD #23 yesterday so have increased it up to 25.


    Have a great Monday
    Free by Fifty

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    August NSD Challenge 14/15
  • freebyfifty
    There are

    90

    of us taking part in the NSD Challenge

    and so far we have collected

    677 NSDs

    Free by Fifty

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  • couldsavemore
    yesterday was most definitely a NSD so thats. 16/20 on the downhill slide now.should be another today.

    spent the morning with dgd then took her home then the afternoon was spent chatting to my very sensible ds and his equally sensible gf about saving for deposit for a house. refered them to this site to find best savings account and info about mortgages etc. they have planned there budgets well for the next year so will see how they go.


    the start of a new week got a long day ahead so i best get on with it
    have a good day everyone.
  • cw18
    Cw - sounds like you are well out of that working (or is it shirking?) environment. Any ideas about your next job?
    Originally posted by Nargleblast
    Not really...

    I still fancy child-minding or fostering, so it's back to living off savings while I try to declutter the house. I've also considered downsizing the house many times in the last 4 years - even though I absolutely love the house I'm in. If I moved smaller things like the council tax would come down, but I'm not convinced by enough to cover extra gas for heating (this place seems really good with insulation). But I can't do anything about either option until I've downsized my junk belongings - and if I go for a child-care option I'd want to stay put so I have the space, meaning downsizing isn't something I can rush into although it's something I should keep in mind.
    Cheryl as of 31/05/15 : Frugal Living '15 (3400.11/10712)
    GC : Jul 174.60 / 253.10 : Yr 1521.20 / 2980
    NSDs : July 16 / 15 : Yr 119 / 180
    Sell 1000 : Jul 19.96 : Yr 179.91
    Crazy Clothes : 52.98.........Toiletries : 19 IN; 45 UU; 2 TA; 1 GA
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  • cw18
    And yesterday was #14

    Today will be a spend day though.... groceries needed, especially as there's a definite abscence of milk for DS in the fridge

    OH's definitely getting to grips with my efforts on this challenge He's asked me to pick something up for him in the Mr T by the gym (if they still have what I saw last week) as his doesn't have any, and when he thought it might be the only thing I was going in for actually said "but that won't count against you as a spend will it, after all it's my money you're spending'
    Cheryl as of 31/05/15 : Frugal Living '15 (3400.11/10712)
    GC : Jul 174.60 / 253.10 : Yr 1521.20 / 2980
    NSDs : July 16 / 15 : Yr 119 / 180
    Sell 1000 : Jul 19.96 : Yr 179.91
    Crazy Clothes : 52.98.........Toiletries : 19 IN; 45 UU; 2 TA; 1 GA
    Biggest Losers : 7.6lb
    • Sazzie23
    • By Sazzie23 25th Feb 13, 8:51 AM
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    Sazzie23
    Cheers for good friends
    Morning everyone,

    nsd 15 For yesterday

    Since 15 is my target..yippee

    Please can I up target to 17?

    Yesterday sort of planned, friend cooked dinner for us both then watched a certain bond movie on the Tv demand thingy, she paid, but I took her a pressie which had been duplicated to me at Christmas. I was honest, but it was something she'd like too.

    Bdini your friends are awesome, hope all goes well this week. Can understand you need a few days off to recover.

    Thanks for advice about underspent fuel budget, it's only a smallish amount due to not going out and a shorter month etc. I have banking issues due to offset rules, but I like the idea of getting it away - otherwise it will just vanish ...magic trick I'm very good at

    Thanks to updating and target folk.
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    • HeadAboveWater
    • By HeadAboveWater 25th Feb 13, 9:39 AM
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    HeadAboveWater
    Wow lots of catching up to do again!!! Well done everyone

    Nabbed NSD #9 on Saturday which is unusual for me!! Was busy cleaning cupboards though so no opportunity to spend! Was out on Sat night for dinner and drinks but OH paid for the lot

    NSD #10 yesterday! Only did grocery shopping with OH which is a necessary spend and within budget. Well done me!

    Hopefully hit target within the next couple of days

    EDIT:
    Oh!! I got another one today!! Wasn't expecting to as I was round the shops at lunch time and those dreaded UNnecessary spends are a !!!!!!!! ha ha

    Number 11 for me today please! Almost at target!! Woohooooooooo!!
    Last edited by HeadAboveWater; 25-02-2013 at 4:12 PM.
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