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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017
    • #1
    • 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 18th Dec 16 at 4:46 PM
    For those who haven't popped by this year's Crazy Clothes Challenge thread in the past few days, or perhaps are yet to join us; I've agreed to take over the running of the challenge from somerandom, who may not be able to visit MSE as much in the coming year. I'll be taking over from January, but thought that I would start the thread now as a number of other challenge threads for 2017 are already up. That and I may not be too clever on New Year's Day!

    With the price of clothes now rising at the highest rate since 2010, there's never been a better time to join us and reign in the spending. How you do this is entirely up to you. Here are some ideas that members have used in the past:

    - No clothes spend weeks/months
    - Charity shop spends only
    - Essentials only
    - Spending only money made from selling on eBay etc
    - Spending contingent on weight loss
    - Simple monthly or annual budget
    - A combination of two or more of the above

    Your budget can be as little or as much as you want; last year, our budgets ranged from zero to £600. If you don't know where to start, then estimating how much you've spent on clothes in 2016 and aiming to shave 10% (or another percentage of your choosing) off of it may be useful. Anything you can save is a plus.

    It's never too late in the year to join; you can work out what you would like to spend in a year and pro rata it for the months/weeks remaining of 2017.

    Many of us found that even if we didn't spend as little as we wanted, we were putting more thought into our purchases - hopefully no more looking back and thinking, 'I don't know why I bought that top/pair of trousers/shoes' or whatever it may be.

    If you would like to join us, simply post below and I will allocate you a number. If you have a preference, let me know and I will give you that number if it is available. I will try my best to add everyone as quickly as possible, but should I manage to miss anyone (say if you haven't had your number within 3 or 4 days) please pop me a PM and I will get you added.

    Happy saving


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    Last edited by Former MSE Jessica; 02-05-2017 at 3:13 PM.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    • #2
    • 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
    • #2
    • 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
    Challengers

    1. Kim_13, Budget: £120 + £20 per stone lost
    2. Rowan_moon, Budget: £300
    3. cybertortoise, Budget: £200 + £20 per stone lost and all funds from the sale of unworn clothes.
    4. Vintagegal, Budget: £10 per 1lb lost.
    5. Sayschezza, Budget: £5 per week charity shop spends. All purchases must be in a smaller size than current wardrobe.
    6. GilmoreGirl, Budget: £600 + clothes to attend a wedding
    7. Kanoona, Budget: £300 (Also to include childrens' clothes.)
    8. e4rly, Budget: £500 + a suit and dress for a wedding.
    9. Miss D Meanour, Budget: £150
    10. wit40iwtwan, Budget: £300 + £10 per 5kg lost and funds from clothes sold
    11. Eltee12, Budget: £300
    12. *Jellie*, Budget: £200 + money made from the sale of unworn clothes. Must buy from charity shops or make clothes to meet a specific need.
    13. Massa1982, Budget: £200
    14. Bumblebear, Budget: £250 for maternity clothes (if needed)
    15. PurpleJay, Budget: £300 + funds from sales. No spends until 1 stone lost.
    16. FatVonD, Budget: £33 (See breakdown in post.)
    17. FrugalinShropshire, Budget: £50
    18. mavvymoo, Budget: £300 + 5 no spend months
    19. Florence J, Budget: £360 (See post for conditions/restrictions)
    20. Watty1, Budget: £150 (Excluding 2 fleeces and 1 pair of wellingtons)
    21. black cat, Budget: £300 + £2 per lb lost. (Clothes bought with birthday money do not count.
    22. try harder, Budget: £5 per week (No spends until 1 stone lost; all spends must be in charity shops and must be funded via sales.)
    23. somerandom, Budget: £365
    24. 32b3in2013, Budget: £300
    25. LJS90, Budget: £50 per month (Excludes any clothes needed for weddings.)
    26. Nannygladys, Budget: £300
    27. cw18, Restrictions (see post)
    28. TudorRose, Budget: £250
    29. Jazee, Budget: £365
    30. Poppy3008, Budget: £200. Charity shop purchases only.
    31. LilySue, Budget: £150 + eBay money
    32. determined new ms, Budget: £250
    33. leslieknope, Budget: £240 + £50 per stone lost
    34. pixtotts, Restrictions (see post) + money from eBay sales
    35. Jo Blogs, Budget: £200
    36. trickster76, Budget: £50 per month + money from eBay sales
    37. 498louise, Budget: £90
    38. Angela84, Budget: £100
    Last edited by Kim_13; 22-08-2017 at 4:08 PM.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Rowan moon
    • By Rowan moon 18th Dec 16, 10:25 PM
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    • #3
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:25 PM
    • #3
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:25 PM
    I'm in again. Last year I had a budget of £350 but this year I am going for £300 and will only buy things that spark joy.

    :
    • cybertortoise
    • By cybertortoise 18th Dec 16, 10:26 PM
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    • #4
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:26 PM
    • #4
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:26 PM
    Hi Kim, I'd like to join you please. I don't have a huge amount of clothes that I actually wear, and am in need of a whole new wardrobe. These are my plans for 2017:
    1. Buy clothes to build a minimalist capsule wardrobe - I reckon I can manage on 20 items plus a few I have already. Maximum spend on this is £200 - charity sops and reduced items are a must!
    2. Sell the items I won't be wearing again - this money can be added to clothing budget
    3. Have an extra £20 in the pot per stone of weight lost - Thanks for the idea Kim!

    Hopefully this isn't too far off what you were looking for. Thanks.
    Starting fresh as it's my birthday! DFD: 28th August 2020, the day before my 40th birthday.
    Owed: £17504.03.
    Targets: £130.97/£3210.00 by end 2017.

    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 10:51 PM
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    • #5
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:51 PM
    • #5
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:51 PM
    I'm in again. Last year I had a budget of £350 but this year I am going for £300 and will only buy things that spark joy.

    :
    Originally posted by Rowan moon
    Welcome back Rowan moon, you are No. 2. Well done for decreasing the budget year on year
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
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    • #6
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
    • #6
    • 18th Dec 16, 10:57 PM
    Hi Kim, I'd like to join you please. I don't have a huge amount of clothes that I actually wear, and am in need of a whole new wardrobe. These are my plans for 2017:
    1. Buy clothes to build a minimalist capsule wardrobe - I reckon I can manage on 20 items plus a few I have already. Maximum spend on this is £200 - charity sops and reduced items are a must!
    2. Sell the items I won't be wearing again - this money can be added to clothing budget
    3. Have an extra £20 in the pot per stone of weight lost - Thanks for the idea Kim!

    Hopefully this isn't too far off what you were looking for. Thanks.
    Originally posted by cybertortoise
    Hi cybertortoise, welcome to the challenge. I've given you number 3. You can work to whatever budget/conditions suit you; I just wanted to provide new members with some ideas of how to go about the challenge and to perhaps give some new inspiration and/or motivation to returning members.

    Good luck
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 19th Dec 16, 3:59 PM
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    • #7
    • 19th Dec 16, 3:59 PM
    • #7
    • 19th Dec 16, 3:59 PM
    Hello
    Thanks Kim_13 for running the challenge.
    I'd like to join again this year please, I don't mind what number I am.
    I have been having a little think about what the budget should be and decided I am kidding myself. So I am thinking NO BUDGET but for every lb of weight I lose, I can add £10 to the kitty.
    I will weigh myself on Boxing Day and start from there.
    Does that sound silly? Too much?
    Vintagegal
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 £48.25 / £0
    Weight loss 4lbs
    Clothes budget =£10 per lb
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 19th Dec 16, 7:09 PM
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    • #8
    • 19th Dec 16, 7:09 PM
    • #8
    • 19th Dec 16, 7:09 PM
    Hello
    Thanks Kim_13 for running the challenge.
    I'd like to join again this year please, I don't mind what number I am.
    I have been having a little think about what the budget should be and decided I am kidding myself. So I am thinking NO BUDGET but for every lb of weight I lose, I can add £10 to the kitty.
    I will weigh myself on Boxing Day and start from there.
    Does that sound silly? Too much?
    Vintagegal
    Originally posted by vintagegal
    Hi Vintagegal, you are number 4.

    Boxing Day weigh in sounds like a plan so that the weight can hopefully start coming off right at the start of the year; might do the same myself (though with a January birthday and the inevitable Christmas chocolates that may be optimistic of me.)

    Quite a cut from your previous budget as is mine, but my thinking is that I have a lot and would struggle to find somewhere to put much more. If your wardrobe is sufficient for your needs, then I don't see why it can't work (all about reigning in your wants.)

    Good luck
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 19th Dec 16, 7:20 PM
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    • #9
    • 19th Dec 16, 7:20 PM
    • #9
    • 19th Dec 16, 7:20 PM
    May I join please. Don't know what budget to set so I will go with buying nothing unless it's in a smaller size than I am currently wearing plus a maximum of £5 per week in the cs to see me over the weight loss I am aiming for.Does that make any sense?
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 19th Dec 16, 9:11 PM
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    Kim_13
    May I join please. Don't know what budget to set so I will go with buying nothing unless it's in a smaller size than I am currently wearing plus a maximum of £5 per week in the cs to see me over the weight loss I am aiming for.Does that make any sense?
    Originally posted by Sayschezza
    Of course; you are number 5. Think I have an accurate summary down.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 19th Dec 16, 9:43 PM
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    In all honesty I don't NEED anything really. It's wanting and seeing something pretty that is my downfall. If I can lose some weight I have loads of things with the tickets still on that I can wear. I'm fed up of shopping to try and figure fix and try and feel ok about myself. The reality is that I'm not happy with how anything looks. The weight needs to come off!
    Need to concentrate on eating better first until ankle is strong enough to exercise.
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 £48.25 / £0
    Weight loss 4lbs
    Clothes budget =£10 per lb
    • GilmoreGirl
    • By GilmoreGirl 19th Dec 16, 10:01 PM
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    GilmoreGirl
    Hi,

    I'd like to join as well, can I have any available number, please? I can't calculate how much I spent last year on clothes/shoes/accessories, so I'll aim to spend £600 + clothes to attend a wedding (if it happens this year).
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 19th Dec 16, 10:21 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi,

    I'd like to join as well, can I have any available number, please? I can't calculate how much I spent last year on clothes/shoes/accessories, so I'll aim to spend £600 + clothes to attend a wedding (if it happens this year).
    Originally posted by GilmoreGirl
    Welcome to the challenge GilmoreGirl, you are number 6.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Kanoona
    • By Kanoona 19th Dec 16, 10:24 PM
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    I'd like to join please!

    I will say a budget of £600 for the year for myself and 3 children

    Fiona x
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 19th Dec 16, 10:36 PM
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    I'd like to join please!

    I will say a budget of £600 for the year for myself and 3 children

    Fiona x
    Originally posted by Kanoona
    Hi Fiona,

    Welcome aboard. I've given you number 7.

    Good luck
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • e4rly
    • By e4rly 21st Dec 16, 1:47 AM
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    e4rly
    Hello all, I would love to join if that is ok. Confession time: In assessing how much I spent in 2016 on clothes I realised that it was a sobering £1,800 - utterly ridiculous! And yet when I look in my wardrobe I feel like I have nothing to wear, signaling something is going wrong. So it would be very useful to actively track my spending. The idea of buying only things that bring me pleasure really resonates too.

    So I would like to set a budget of £500, with a caveat for one suit and one dress for a wedding being excluded. If I stick to that I will have made significant progress.
    Save £12k in 2017: £4,530 / £5,000 (No: 59)
    MFW 2017: £4,800 / £7,200 (No: 67)
    Crazy clothes challenge: £369 / £500 (No: 8)
    All 2016 challenges met!
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 21st Dec 16, 6:12 AM
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    Hi Kim
    I'd like to join you all on this challenge. I've had a look in the wardrobe and drawers and I really shouldn't need anything this year except to replace my undies. But it is the impulse purchases that I want to get a grip on. So I think I'll set a budget of £150 - should be more that enough I hope.
    Thanks a mill for starting it up for 2017.
    Take care
    MissDM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574. .......... How much will you spend 2017? #9
    Xmas 2017 - #40: £243 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £57 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £5,868.85 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £5,198.29 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 16, 12:55 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hello all, I would love to join if that is ok. Confession time: In assessing how much I spent in 2016 on clothes I realised that it was a sobering £1,800 - utterly ridiculous! And yet when I look in my wardrobe I feel like I have nothing to wear, signaling something is going wrong. So it would be very useful to actively track my spending. The idea of buying only things that bring me pleasure really resonates too.

    So I would like to set a budget of £500, with a caveat for one suit and one dress for a wedding being excluded. If I stick to that I will have made significant progress.
    Originally posted by e4rly
    Hi e4rly

    I have definitely gone through the 'I have nothing to wear' phase - probably why my wardrobe is now full to the brim. I must have spent at least £15 a week on clothes a few years back, but the challenge has really helped me this last year. You will get there.

    2016 isn't over yet so if you can spend no/very little more with the sales around, you'll be in good stead for 2017 and should feel better about this year.

    Number 8 is your number.

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 16, 1:01 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi Kim
    I'd like to join you all on this challenge. I've had a look in the wardrobe and drawers and I really shouldn't need anything this year except to replace my undies. But it is the impulse purchases that I want to get a grip on. So I think I'll set a budget of £150 - should be more that enough I hope.
    Thanks a mill for starting it up for 2017.
    Take care
    MissDM
    Originally posted by Miss D Meanour
    Welcome MissDM

    You are number 9. Good luck with the challenge

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • wit40iwtwan
    • By wit40iwtwan 21st Dec 16, 1:14 PM
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    Please count me in too... I am on a mission to make not buy my clothes next year but clearly this will not extend to shoes and possibly not even underwear. Please put me down for £300 + any funds from items in my current wardrobe that I sell. I also like the idea of incentivising weight loss so I will add £10 per 5kg lost
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