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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 24th Dec 16, 2:49 PM
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    Bobarella
    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge
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    • 24th Dec 16, 2:49 PM
    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge 24th Dec 16 at 2:49 PM
    Dear All

    Finally have time to update what this challenge is about. Firstly what is wombling?

    Wombling is at its most basic level finding things. That you can use and someone else decided they couldn't. When I started this challenge in January of 2015, I used to Womble a lot of brand match coupons, these were just like finding money and I have no idea why people ever threw them away.
    My initial idea was to try and find one thing each time I left the house that would make my life cheaper in some way. Roadkill (change found on the road, bus, self service till draw) is a great one for that. I find that I can usually find at least 1p per journey and although some people would say what's the point? Because I trained myself to look for coins as second nature I have found a lot of money over the years £ 84.20 in 2015, & £62.28 last year.
    I often find useful big items left in the street outside people's houses with notes saying 'take me away' last year I even found a Hoover. I needed a new one so took it. This saves me quite a lot of money. My own wombling style is finder, but a lot of people Womble a lot of money by doing BOGOFFs. Or eBay buying.

    YS shopping is worth a mention. If you are able to buy food with a huge mark down then that's a Womble.

    Basically if you are able to make a saving in any way, including comping then that's a Womble. I don't have any strict rules for this challenge and quite often we just chat! So come on in and join the free fun.

    Bob
    Last edited by Bobarella; 03-01-2017 at 2:22 PM.
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
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    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 1st Jan 17, 10:37 AM
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    VintageHistorian
    Out of the starting block for me with 25 Mr T Clubcard points for filling in their survey. I've also added a reminder to Google Calendar at the start of each month as I often forgot which month I had or hadn't done the survey in, should be easier this way! Now I just need to remember to hang on to a receipt towards the end of each month XD

    Total: £0.25
    "You won't bloom until you're planted" - Graffiti spotted in Newcastle.

    Make £2 a Day in March 2017 - £71.66/£62 (2017 total - £41.32) | Womble #03 - £1.97 | Overpayments - £155.12 | Emergency Savings - £0.00/£1000
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 1st Jan 17, 11:41 AM
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    Florence J
    I have just had a very successful wombling adventure to the shops.

    Went to Card Factory to do my annual 'Stocking up on Christmas gear'

    6 rolls of wrapping paper for £1 (previously 3 for £1) Saving £1

    2 x 3 pack of wrapping paper for £1.98 (previously £1.99 each) Saving £2

    Pack of 50 Christmas cards for 99p (previously £1.99) saving £1

    Then in the till at Mr T's there was a receipt with 6 clubcard points on it and a 5p in the change drawer (till kill?)

    Total £4.05 (won't count the receipt until I cash it in)
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 Wombling free 2017 = £294.58 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£566.55/£1500)
    March 2017 Debt: £5373.31
    • autumnleaves
    • By autumnleaves 1st Jan 17, 12:47 PM
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    autumnleaves
    I'd like to join in again this year please
    Wombling Free No20 £71.13 Roadkill Rebel £0 £2 Savers Club 2017 No9 £0 20p Savers Club 2017 £1.40 £10/Day Feb £16.04/£280
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 1st Jan 17, 2:04 PM
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    Dizzy Imp
    Wow Foxy! Balley good start girl!!!

    I'm also out of the trap with train ticket savings for two skid journeys in January bought in advance with a friends and family discount card totalling £75.70. So glad I got this card when it was a Tesco Clubcard deal. I didn't count these savings last year, but feel like I can/should as the skids make this journey to us twice a month at least.

    Happy New Year to all my fellow wombles xxx
    Womble No: 12 £884.72 as at 28/2/2017
    Sealed pot challenge 2017 (#501)1/6/2016 = 10.12.2
    • Magpied
    • By Magpied 1st Jan 17, 4:03 PM
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    Magpied
    Hello
    I'd like to join again this year, last years total was up to £141.25 before i stopped/forgot to track the amount, but still continued YS hunting - i can't walk past reduced food if i know it is going to be something i will eat/use. A few months ago there was an entire pallet load of T cherry tomatoes at 5p a pack - i picked up 19 packs to freeze in place of the tinned alternative!

    This year i am going to use the price of the item i would normally buy against the reduction price, as most of the time i wouldn't have bought the original, non YS item in the first place!

    Unfortunately, our second freezer died this year and we lost the entire contents (in a rental property with no replacement clause), so i have to be a bit more restrained on picking up bargains, and eating through the stores this year!
    No buying unnecessary toiletries 2017 UU 3 IN 2 -1
    2017 declutter 32/2017 Roadkill £1.06 Wombling free/ Ys savings 2017 £16.45 Craft Stash 3 2016 @ £141.25
    • Makeachange
    • By Makeachange 1st Jan 17, 5:39 PM
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    Makeachange
    Sure. Numbered above.
    Originally posted by Bobarella


    Thank you
    Slashing the debts, clearing the mind and shifting the weight... One small step at a time

    Weight: 7/42lbs
    Debt: 37% paid
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 1st Jan 17, 6:41 PM
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    Toni'sfriend
    I found a £1 coin while walking in the park.

    Total £1.02.
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 1st Jan 17, 8:29 PM
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    miss empty piggy
    £272.52 was my total for 2016
    Absolutely love this thread - can I please join in again?
    Xxx
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    RYASAW 2017 January Total £581.04
    Total to date for Feb: £237.60
    • amber03
    • By amber03 1st Jan 17, 8:42 PM
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    amber03
    Had to go and buy some eggs to make Yorkshire puds, cos somebody used the last and forgot to tell me there were none left. Anyway in local corner shop the box of eggs where today's sell by date and had been reduced by 40p. So my starting total is 40p.xx
    Debtfree and and staying that way.
    £1000 Emergency fund No.112 £624.00


    WOMBLER 2017 NO. 5 £1.60
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 1st Jan 17, 9:31 PM
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    miss empty piggy
    Shop assistant charged me £1.75 instead of £2.29 as my mince would not scan. Saving 54p
    2 quiches brought for NY celebrations by my sister £3 each = £6
    Meatballs also brought by sis = £1
    Bottle of mulled wine brought by mum £3
    Pack of 4 beers brought by other sis = £2.50

    Total today is 13.04 yippee.
    Happy New Wombling year everyone xxx
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    RYASAW 2017 January Total £581.04
    Total to date for Feb: £237.60
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 9:44 PM
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    Bobarella
    Out of the starting block for me with 25 Mr T Clubcard points for filling in their survey. I've also added a reminder to Google Calendar at the start of each month as I often forgot which month I had or hadn't done the survey in, should be easier this way! Now I just need to remember to hang on to a receipt towards the end of each month XD

    Total: £0.25
    Originally posted by VintageHistorian
    What a good idea.
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 9:47 PM
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    Bobarella
    I have just had a very successful wombling adventure to the shops.

    Went to Card Factory to do my annual 'Stocking up on Christmas gear'

    6 rolls of wrapping paper for £1 (previously 3 for £1) Saving £1

    2 x 3 pack of wrapping paper for £1.98 (previously £1.99 each) Saving £2

    Pack of 50 Christmas cards for 99p (previously £1.99) saving £1

    Then in the till at Mr T's there was a receipt with 6 clubcard points on it and a 5p in the change drawer (till kill?)

    Total £4.05 (won't count the receipt until I cash it in)
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Fantastic, also the midnight pint is a great start to the wombling year

    I'd like to join in again this year please
    Originally posted by autumnleaves
    Numbered now Autumn. Hope things are going better for you.
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 9:51 PM
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    Bobarella
    Wow Foxy! Balley good start girl!!!

    I'm also out of the trap with train ticket savings for two skid journeys in January bought in advance with a friends and family discount card totalling £75.70. So glad I got this card when it was a Tesco Clubcard deal. I didn't count these savings last year, but feel like I can/should as the skids make this journey to us twice a month at least.

    Happy New Year to all my fellow wombles xxx
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    Brilliant Dizzy, definitely count that.

    Hello
    I'd like to join again this year, last years total was up to £141.25 before i stopped/forgot to track the amount, but still continued YS hunting - i can't walk past reduced food if i know it is going to be something i will eat/use. A few months ago there was an entire pallet load of T cherry tomatoes at 5p a pack - i picked up 19 packs to freeze in place of the tinned alternative!

    This year i am going to use the price of the item i would normally buy against the reduction price, as most of the time i wouldn't have bought the original, non YS item in the first place!

    Unfortunately, our second freezer died this year and we lost the entire contents (in a rental property with no replacement clause), so i have to be a bit more restrained on picking up bargains, and eating through the stores this year!
    Originally posted by Magpied
    Fantastic about the tomatoes. It's a great example of where a lot of people would lose out through not seeing an alternative use for the tomatoes and just think what would I do with that many fresh Tom's? It's thinking ahead about what you can do with an item.

    Sorry about your freezer. Would that not be covered on your contents insurance though?
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 9:53 PM
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    Bobarella
    I found a £1 coin while walking in the park.

    Total £1.02.
    Originally posted by Toni'sfriend
    Horray! I seemed to find more of those in December than ever before. Since Christmas it's all pennies. There is a cycle of roadkill it would appear. I had 3p today.
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 9:56 PM
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    Bobarella
    Had to go and buy some eggs to make Yorkshire puds, cos somebody used the last and forgot to tell me there were none left. Anyway in local corner shop the box of eggs where today's sell by date and had been reduced by 40p. So my starting total is 40p.xx
    Originally posted by amber03
    Very cool. Although grrrr to non telling people!

    Shop assistant charged me £1.75 instead of £2.29 as my mince would not scan. Saving 54p
    2 quiches brought for NY celebrations by my sister £3 each = £6
    Meatballs also brought by sis = £1
    Bottle of mulled wine brought by mum £3
    Pack of 4 beers brought by other sis = £2.50

    Total today is 13.04 yippee.
    Happy New Wombling year everyone xxx
    Originally posted by miss empty piggy
    How funny the modern world is for a company to not be able to charge if 'computer says no' not your fault though and a great Womble.
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Jan 17, 10:01 PM
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    FatVonD
    (till kill?)
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Loving it!


    I'd like to join in this year, please, though I'm a little confused as to how much somebody else's unused clubcard points can be counted as, maybe someone can enlighten me please!
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 1st Jan 17, 10:12 PM
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    f0xh0les
    I was just saying to Mr Fox this morning I am going to slow roast the next load of tomatoes I find and stick them in a little oil. The sunblush ones in supermarkets are sooooo expensive for what they are, and my boys can demolish £4 worth in one lunch time. That and making pickled cauliflower. It is DHs favourite and that is hugely expensive too for what it is.
    MFW May£118,340 A£117 S£116 N£115, D£114 J£114 Feb £113,500 M £112,800 April .....
    SPC #59
    Very Special Agent Womble #15 NST#9
    Competition wins..0 Free Amazon vouchers £7 YouGov £33.50 (£50 Nov) Tesco £8.00
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 10:40 PM
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    Bobarella
    Loving it!


    I'd like to join in this year, please, though I'm a little confused as to how much somebody else's unused clubcard points can be counted as, maybe someone can enlighten me please!
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    Ah we did work this one out before, think 4 Mr T points is £1? Although I don't add those to my score until I receive my vouchers each quarter as that is much easier to say then. Welcome by the way FVD
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 1st Jan 17, 10:41 PM
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    Bobarella
    I was just saying to Mr Fox this morning I am going to slow roast the next load of tomatoes I find and stick them in a little oil. The sunblush ones in supermarkets are sooooo expensive for what they are, and my boys can demolish £4 worth in one lunch time. That and making pickled cauliflower. It is DHs favourite and that is hugely expensive too for what it is.
    Originally posted by f0xh0les
    Delicious!
    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £52.30 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1475.90 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 2nd Jan 17, 12:10 AM
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    sugarbaby125
    Ah we did work this one out before, think 4 Mr T points is £1? Although I don't add those to my score until I receive my vouchers each quarter as that is much easier to say then. Welcome by the way FVD
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    Tesco Clubcard points are only worth 1p each. Of course when you swap Clubcard vouchers for deals they can be worth as much as 4 times the face value.
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