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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    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
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 23rd Dec 16, 3:27 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    Have added you, you are number 16. Budget seems suitably challenging, even though not interested in fashion. Good luck with the challenge
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Bumblebear
    • By Bumblebear 23rd Dec 16, 6:10 PM
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    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!)
    Originally posted by *Jellie*
    Oh yes, that's me all over! If I try the hardcore approach it works well for a bit, but when it goes wrong it goes really wrong. I'm allowing myself a small "buffer" allowance in everything I do in the hope it'll add up to less in the end.
    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 24th Dec 16, 3:14 PM
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    FrugalinShropshire
    May I join please
    We have a very frugal 2017 ahead so I will set myself a budget of £50 for the year. I hope to lose weight, so with charity shops and my sewing machine and stash of patterns and fabric I should be able to stay in budget
    Proud to be mortgage free
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 24th Dec 16, 5:35 PM
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    Kim_13
    Welcome to the challenge FrugalinShropshire, you are number 17. Best of luck with a frugal 2017
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • mavvymoo
    • By mavvymoo 25th Dec 16, 10:40 AM
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    mavvymoo
    I am back in please after failing badly last year

    My budget is going to be £300 and 5 months without spending anything

    I do have a wedding to go to in early Feb so may have to buy something if I cant get into my chosen outfit after putting on a few lbs I am joining you all with the healthy eating in the NY as I really dont want to buy anything for this wedding if I can help it

    Good luck to everyone both old timers at this and the newbies

    Mav x

    Oh and Happy Christmas

    Debt free and Mortgage free thank you to all for your encouragement and advice

    Crazy Clothes challenge £300/£48 and 5 months /0 without spending


    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 25th Dec 16, 4:14 PM
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    Kim_13
    I am back in please after failing badly last year

    My budget is going to be £300 and 5 months without spending anything

    I do have a wedding to go to in early Feb so may have to buy something if I cant get into my chosen outfit after putting on a few lbs I am joining you all with the healthy eating in the NY as I really dont want to buy anything for this wedding if I can help it

    Good luck to everyone both old timers at this and the newbies

    Mav x

    Oh and Happy Christmas
    Originally posted by mavvymoo
    Welcome back Mav, you are number 18.

    Diet definitely needed for me, why does Christmas food have to be so nice? I was given a size large hoody and it's already tight!

    Happy Christmas all
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 26th Dec 16, 5:25 PM
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    Florence J
    Hello, I would like to join again.

    I followed this and took part in this thread in 2016 and as I still have a few days of the year left to go I will hold off on declaring my total until the year is done.

    I actually have some very complicated rules. I am planning on having a No Spend Year in 2017, but here are some rules regarding clothes.

    1. Underwear and the like (Bra's, pants, socks, tights and plain black leggings) are allowed to be purchased freely.
    2. I will keep track of the weight I lose and for every 1lb I lose off of the previous months average weight I will put £1.50 in a savings tin.
    3. If I absolutely have to buy an item of clothing it must be paid for entirely in vouchers, so I will be converting my Top Cash Back and survey site earnings into clothes vouchers as and when I need them.
    4. If I (hopefully!) lose enough weight that my body shape dramatically changes shape and I do need to buy new clothes then I can use a combination of vouchers and the savings tin earnings.
    5. I am allowed to buy running shoes with cash not vouchers. All other shoes must be paid for with vouchers.
    6. My budget for the year, including spends with vouchers (which I must keep a tally of) is £360.
    7. I am greatly to encouraged to keep hold of the clothes and shoes I have and to prolong their life (as I hate waste) so spends on cobbling, dry cleaning, alterations etc are not included in the budget.

    Good luck everyone!
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 Wombling free 2017 = £390.12 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£878.61/£1500)
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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 26th Dec 16, 8:16 PM
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    Hello, I would like to join again.

    I followed this and took part in this thread in 2016 and as I still have a few days of the year left to go I will hold off on declaring my total until the year is done.

    I actually have some very complicated rules. I am planning on having a No Spend Year in 2017, but here are some rules regarding clothes.

    1. Underwear and the like (Bra's, pants, socks, tights and plain black leggings) are allowed to be purchased freely.
    2. I will keep track of the weight I lose and for every 1lb I lose off of the previous months average weight I will put £1.50 in a savings tin.
    3. If I absolutely have to buy an item of clothing it must be paid for entirely in vouchers, so I will be converting my Top Cash Back and survey site earnings into clothes vouchers as and when I need them.
    4. If I (hopefully!) lose enough weight that my body shape dramatically changes shape and I do need to buy new clothes then I can use a combination of vouchers and the savings tin earnings.
    5. I am allowed to buy running shoes with cash not vouchers. All other shoes must be paid for with vouchers.
    6. My budget for the year, including spends with vouchers (which I must keep a tally of) is £360.
    7. I am greatly to encouraged to keep hold of the clothes and shoes I have and to prolong their life (as I hate waste) so spends on cobbling, dry cleaning, alterations etc are not included in the budget.

    Good luck everyone!
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Hi Florence J, welcome back.

    That is quite a list; good luck with the weight loss and keeping track of everything.

    You are number 19.

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Watty1
    • By Watty1 27th Dec 16, 8:17 PM
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    I didn't post very often last year but I loved the challenge. So I am back for this year. Last year I set myself a budget of £150 and came in under it - but - I didn't include riding clothes. I am thinking for 2017 I will set myself a budget of £150 again with the following not included: 2 fleeces and 1 pair of wellingtons.

    Now I know I can buy cheap wellingtons, but, I live and work in a rural location and have 2 horses and a dog so my wellingtons are something I wear a lot, and so I have really only one brand that fit well, are comfortable and expensive. I have not included the fleeces as I know I can get an inexpensive couple from a charity shop or the like, but these are something I will wear all year and want to really love, keep me warm and look good. They count as investment pieces I'm still wearing one that is 3 years old and has been worn for about a year of that
    Mortgage at start of diary Sept 2013: £132,995 Aug 2015 £0
    Overpaying next mortgage. £79,491 now £52963
    • black cat
    • By black cat 27th Dec 16, 9:02 PM
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    black cat
    I have failed miserably at this over the last few years - using weight loss as an excuse. However, taking inspiration from some on here, I'm going to allow myself £2 for every pound lost as well as £300 for the year. I'm going to try to buy/up-cycle from charity shops and make/adapt my own clothes. I don't need any bags/footwear/scarves/accessories/jewellery. Clothes as gifts or bought from birthday money don't count!

    Maybe I can do it this year!
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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 27th Dec 16, 11:24 PM
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    Welcome to Watty1 and black cat who are numbers 20 and 21 respectively. Both sound like very manageable budgets; good luck.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 28th Dec 16, 9:27 AM
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    Hello everyone! We've got lots of very small budgets this year, I am in awe of some of them! But then I am very easily tempted when it comes to clothes and shoes..

    I've ordered a few bits in the sales, mainly shoes as I needed some flat ones due to the broken ankle. I have deliberately avoided looking at clothes as I DO NOT WANT TO BE THIS SIZE! and I don't want to buy things that are too small as that is just depressing. I ordered three nighties as I had to throw some away as they had holes in... I think I've had them since I was pregnant and my children are 11 and 9! I never wear things out so that was a first.
    Am counting these in the already blown 2016 budget which is naughty.

    I weighed myself and managed not to cry.. haven't decided what weight loss to do (maybe SW?) but also need to wait until my physio appt next week to see what movement I will be allowed to do. Hopefully can start walking but want some guidance about how many steps etc. I have set up the savings account to transfer the budget to, as and when I lose any weight. Need to try and get some of the chocolate out of the house without encouraging the children to eat more than they should!
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 £48.25 / £0
    Weight loss 4lbs
    Clothes budget =£10 per lb
    • try harder
    • By try harder 28th Dec 16, 11:40 PM
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    try harder
    Please could i join in ,i would like to stick to £5 a week ,all buying to come from charitx shopx and all monies to come from selling my own used and unused clothes .Also i am starting a diet on the first of january sono money to be spent until i losea stone.Thank you.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 29th Dec 16, 11:18 AM
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    Kim_13
    Please could i join in ,i would like to stick to £5 a week ,all buying to come from charitx shopx and all monies to come from selling my own used and unused clothes .Also i am starting a diet on the first of january sono money to be spent until i losea stone.Thank you.
    Originally posted by try harder
    Of course you can, you are number 22.

    Good luck with it
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 31st Dec 16, 5:13 PM
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    somerandom
    Thank you Kim for setting up the thread . I'd love to join in again - I'm setting my budget to £365 for the year
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £91.94/£365
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 31st Dec 16, 6:18 PM
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    Evening

    Could I join again please? I failed dramatically last year, but I'll set my budget at £300 again if possible.

    I'm doing project 333 so that should reduce the amount I spend. I have done 3 cycles now, so another one and I should have clothes for all seasons

    Happy new year everyone.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 31st Dec 16, 9:23 PM
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    Kim_13
    Am out for New Years' so will update the challenger list when I'm in a fit state tomorrow/Monday.

    What is project 333?

    £365 - nice realistic budget. Might go for that next time if I don't overspend this time.

    Tried to weigh myself today. Really need to get a digital scales as it wasn't easy to read at all.

    Have a good New Year everyone

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 31st Dec 16, 9:54 PM
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    32b3in2013
    Am out for New Years' so will update the challenger list when I'm in a fit state tomorrow/Monday.

    What is project 333?

    £365 - nice realistic budget. Might go for that next time if I don't overspend this time.

    Tried to weigh myself today. Really need to get a digital scales as it wasn't easy to read at all.

    Have a good New Year everyone

    Kim
    Originally posted by Kim_13
    Hello,

    Project 333 is 33 items of clothing every 3 months. so for instance, my current wardrobe includes tops and bottoms for work, weekend clothes, shoes, boot and coats and total 33 in all. Each 3 months, i look at what I have worn, and swap things out for other items which are either in storage, or I need to buy, to change my wardrobe around and make it season appropriate.

    As I have been doing it for less than a year, I have been keeping all the clothes which are not part of my 33 items, in storage. Any that I have not worn for the year will be either sold, given away or taken to the charity shop. Basically, there are never more than 33 items of clothing or footwear in my wardrobe at one time

    Not sure I have explained that very well, but google might be more helpful

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 1st Jan 17, 3:35 PM
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    Kim_13
    Thank you Kim for setting up the thread . I'd love to join in again - I'm setting my budget to £365 for the year
    Originally posted by somerandom
    somerandom,

    You're welcome.

    You are number 23.

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 1st Jan 17, 3:37 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hello,

    Project 333 is 33 items of clothing every 3 months. so for instance, my current wardrobe includes tops and bottoms for work, weekend clothes, shoes, boot and coats and total 33 in all. Each 3 months, i look at what I have worn, and swap things out for other items which are either in storage, or I need to buy, to change my wardrobe around and make it season appropriate.

    As I have been doing it for less than a year, I have been keeping all the clothes which are not part of my 33 items, in storage. Any that I have not worn for the year will be either sold, given away or taken to the charity shop. Basically, there are never more than 33 items of clothing or footwear in my wardrobe at one time

    Not sure I have explained that very well, but google might be more helpful

    32b3
    Originally posted by 32b3in2013
    32b3,

    That all makes sense, thanks.

    I've given you number 24.

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£57.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £92.21/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £20/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
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