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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    Kim_13
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017
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    • 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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    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 21st Dec 16, 1:52 PM
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    Eltee12
    Hello


    I'd like to join you please, budget of £300 for 2017


    El
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,438/£1,968 paid;
    2017 AFD 159/200: Jan - June = 123; July = 15; Aug = 21
    CCC #11 £207.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 16, 6:06 PM
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    Kim_13
    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
    Originally posted by wit40iwtwan
    Done, you are number 10.

    Though not counting shoes in your spend, you may even find that the number of pairs you buy reduces, as the challenge makes you think about saving money. I didn't count handbags in my budget this year but have only bought 2. I'm still shocked, as I usually buy far too many.

    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
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 16, 6:07 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hello


    I'd like to join you please, budget of £300 for 2017


    El
    Originally posted by Eltee12
    Hi El, welcome aboard. I've given you number 11.

    Good luck

    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
    • e4rly
    • By e4rly 21st Dec 16, 6:46 PM
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    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
    Originally posted by Kim_13
    Thanks Kim! It will be hard to resist temptation but I do love a challenge
    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!
    • wit40iwtwan
    • By wit40iwtwan 21st Dec 16, 9:34 PM
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    wit40iwtwan
    Done, you are number 10.

    Though not counting shoes in your spend, you may even find that the number of pairs you buy reduces, as the challenge makes you think about saving money. I didn't count handbags in my budget this year but have only bought 2. I'm still shocked, as I usually buy far too many.

    Good luck
    Originally posted by Kim_13
    Thanks.... shoes are awful for me... I seldom find any that fit. I've KMd my wardrobe so I'm down to a few pairs of converse, running shoes and the odd heel. I am counting shoes in spend as I'm thinking that is all I will buy. I plan to make my clothes using the fabric I have already or alter what I have. 😂
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 21st Dec 16, 10:07 PM
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    *Jellie*
    I'm in again please. My rules for this year
    1) only buy from charity shops or make clothes.
    2) budget £200 plus any money made selling clothes. Budget to include material, wool, patterns and purchases from CS.
    3) intentional shopping only! Plan capsule wardrobe for each season, make list of items that will need replacing or that I would like to make (including style silhouette and colours want). Only buy in CS if item completely matches something on my list or can be refashioned immediately to do so!
    4) accurately track and report spending!
    I think that is everything
    January grocery challenge £52.28/180. January NSD 3/20.
    2017 Womble #9 £2.98
    Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £50/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 £10.64/£667.95. VSP 2017 # £0/500. SPC 10
    Stashbusting projects 3/365
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £5/200
    • Massa1982
    • By Massa1982 21st Dec 16, 10:47 PM
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    Massa1982
    Hi please can you count me in for this coming year I have 2 wardrobes full of clothes I don't wear as they don't fit or look awful on and I am effectively wearing a very capsule wardrobe which is wearing out fast... they don't make things like they used too!

    I will set a budget of £200 for the year. Charity shops and sales are a girls best friend.
    Desperately Determined to Destroy the Debts one at a time.. and Seriously Save for the Spectacular future.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 16, 11:32 PM
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    Kim_13
    I'm in again please. My rules for this year
    1) only buy from charity shops or make clothes.
    2) budget £200 plus any money made selling clothes. Budget to include material, wool, patterns and purchases from CS.
    3) intentional shopping only! Plan capsule wardrobe for each season, make list of items that will need replacing or that I would like to make (including style silhouette and colours want). Only buy in CS if item completely matches something on my list or can be refashioned immediately to do so!
    4) accurately track and report spending!
    I think that is everything
    Originally posted by *Jellie*
    Good to see you back for this year Jellie; you are number 12. Best of luck with the craft element, birthday cards are about my limit.

    Need to do better at point 4 myself next 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 21st Dec 16, 11:38 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi please can you count me in for this coming year I have 2 wardrobes full of clothes I don't wear as they don't fit or look awful on and I am effectively wearing a very capsule wardrobe which is wearing out fast... they don't make things like they used too!

    I will set a budget of £200 for the year. Charity shops and sales are a girls best friend.
    Originally posted by Massa1982
    Welcome Massa, you are no. 13. They certainly don't. Bad news for everyone's budgets.

    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
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 22nd Dec 16, 9:52 AM
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    Eltee12
    Hi El, welcome aboard. I've given you number 11.

    Good luck

    Kim
    Originally posted by Kim_13


    Thanks Kim
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,438/£1,968 paid;
    2017 AFD 159/200: Jan - June = 123; July = 15; Aug = 21
    CCC #11 £207.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • Bumblebear
    • By Bumblebear 22nd Dec 16, 2:31 PM
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    Bumblebear
    Can I join in too please? I followed the 2016 thread with interest for the last couple of months


    I've got a bit of an odd target - I do not NEED anything. I reckon I'm even OK for underwear for a year. However, we are trying for baby #1 and if successful, my wardrobe isn't going to be much use (I'm an 8-10 and only have a few "loose" things ). Therefore I'm going to say a budget of £250 to be spent on maternity/nursing/post-natal clothes only (obviously only in the event of actually getting preggers, otherwise it's just weird...)


    My biggest worry is that I buy something to cheer myself up when nature takes its time, or doesn't work at all. I do have a £20 Next voucher and could do the "£10 off your first online order" thing which would give a £30 budget, and I get M&S vouchers from my credit card (at 0% APR of course). If it really all does get too much, then I would use them or money made from eBay sales.


    The third part of my challenge is remembering my target and updating at some kind of regular interval!
    Last edited by Bumblebear; 22-12-2016 at 2:32 PM. Reason: Missing smilie
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 22nd Dec 16, 8:26 PM
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    Kim_13
    Can I join in too please? I followed the 2016 thread with interest for the last couple of months


    I've got a bit of an odd target - I do not NEED anything. I reckon I'm even OK for underwear for a year. However, we are trying for baby #1 and if successful, my wardrobe isn't going to be much use (I'm an 8-10 and only have a few "loose" things ). Therefore I'm going to say a budget of £250 to be spent on maternity/nursing/post-natal clothes only (obviously only in the event of actually getting preggers, otherwise it's just weird...)


    My biggest worry is that I buy something to cheer myself up when nature takes its time, or doesn't work at all. I do have a £20 Next voucher and could do the "£10 off your first online order" thing which would give a £30 budget, and I get M&S vouchers from my credit card (at 0% APR of course). If it really all does get too much, then I would use them or money made from eBay sales.


    The third part of my challenge is remembering my target and updating at some kind of regular interval!
    Originally posted by Bumblebear
    Of course you can; you are number 14.

    You can use the challenge to help you stick to zero of general spends as well as to the £250 maternity target.

    Good luck

    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
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 22nd Dec 16, 9:23 PM
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    *Jellie*
    Good to see you back for this year Jellie; you are number 12. Best of luck with the craft element, birthday cards are about my limit.

    Need to do better at point 4 myself next year!
    Originally posted by Kim_13
    Thanks Kim and thanks for running the thread.
    January grocery challenge £52.28/180. January NSD 3/20.
    2017 Womble #9 £2.98
    Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £50/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 £10.64/£667.95. VSP 2017 # £0/500. SPC 10
    Stashbusting projects 3/365
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £5/200
    • Bumblebear
    • By Bumblebear 22nd Dec 16, 9:51 PM
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    Bumblebear
    Thank you Is it odd that I'm already panicking?
    • PurpleJay
    • By PurpleJay 23rd Dec 16, 7:28 AM
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    PurpleJay
    Hi, can I join in please?

    My target is £300 for the year.

    This can be increased using spending from Ebay/other sales which will hopefully encourage me to sell.

    I am joining slimming world on 3rd January and will not buy any clothes until I have lost 1 stone.
    'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,
    it's about learning to dance in the rain'
    January 2017
    NSD 0/15, Fuel £0/100, Groceries £0/200, Work lunches (£0/15),

    2107
    Crazy clothing challenge £0/300, Weight lost 0/42lb.
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 23rd Dec 16, 7:35 AM
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    *Jellie*
    Thank you Is it odd that I'm already panicking?
    Originally posted by Bumblebear
    Not at all!
    I really struggle with trying to set budgets- I fluctuate between thinking I'll do hardcore zero spending and a more realistic goal. I decided to settle somewhere in the middle.
    Budgets make me panic automatically so I often follow my spending rules betters than budgets (partly because I've not been great at tracking spending so far!)
    January grocery challenge £52.28/180. January NSD 3/20.
    2017 Womble #9 £2.98
    Saving for Christmas 2017 #46 £50/ £520. 365 Day Penny Challenge in 2017 £10.64/£667.95. VSP 2017 # £0/500. SPC 10
    Stashbusting projects 3/365
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 #12 £5/200
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 23rd Dec 16, 9:04 AM
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    Kim_13
    Hi, can I join in please?

    My target is £300 for the year.

    This can be increased using spending from Ebay/other sales which will hopefully encourage me to sell.

    I am joining slimming world on 3rd January and will not buy any clothes until I have lost 1 stone.
    Originally posted by PurpleJay
    Welcome to the challenge PurpleJay, you are number 15.

    Good luck

    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
    • Kanoona
    • By Kanoona 23rd Dec 16, 12:43 PM
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    Kanoona
    Hello

    Is it possible to change my budget please

    I originally said £600 for me and 3 children but I've realised that's £50 a month and that's extravagant for me lol

    So I'll say £300 for us all for the year xx
    Pay off all your debt 2017: £3500/£0
    Clothing Challenge 2017: £600/£0
    Sealed Pot: £0 Virtual Sealed Pot: £0
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 23rd Dec 16, 1:54 PM
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    FatVonD
    I'd like to join this challenge, please, but it will be easy for me as I'm a slob, ahem, am not even vaguely interested in fashion

    I've just bought a pair of boots that will see me through until warmer weather, I will need to replace my flip flops this summer and I will be needing a cheap pair of trainers so my budget for the year looks like this:

    Flop flops £5 tops
    Trainers £15 tops
    Socks £3
    Leggings X 2 £10

    So a grand total of £33.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 23rd Dec 16, 2:50 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hello

    Is it possible to change my budget please

    I originally said £600 for me and 3 children but I've realised that's £50 a month and that's extravagant for me lol

    So I'll say £300 for us all for the year xx
    Originally posted by Kanoona
    No problem, all changed.
    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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