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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 24th Dec 16, 3:49 PM
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    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge
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    • 24th Dec 16, 3:49 PM
    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge 24th Dec 16 at 3:49 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 3:22 PM.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
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    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 17th May 17, 7:04 AM
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    £13. Bank rewards
    RYSAW17. Jan 17. £197.91
    Feb 17. £128.52
    March 17. £210.69
    April 17. £155.59
    May 17. £191.64
    June 17. £126.02
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 17th May 17, 8:56 AM
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    £3.50 on 3 packets of YS liver and 2 packets of YS bacon(lots of liver and bacon casserole)
    5p roadkill
    NSD 13/12 Weightloss 1.5/48 June Womble £13925 2017 Wombling total £985.71
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th May 17, 10:25 AM
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    Morning Wombles

    A big one for me, I have managed to find a free, 4 half day workshop over the next half term for my son. It sounds amazing. Its in the creative field. Not that I like to pack him off, I dont, but if I let him stay at home he just wants to go on the computer all the time. So its for his own good too.

    I estimate this will save us around £30 a day, in activity fees! And my shopping bill

    Everyone is doing so well!

    Bob
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th May 17, 10:26 AM
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    Whaaaah! You've nicked some poor pixie's dinner money!
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 17th May 17, 11:12 AM
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    Morning Wombles

    A big one for me, I have managed to find a free, 4 half day workshop over the next half term for my son. It sounds amazing. Its in the creative field. Not that I like to pack him off, I dont, but if I let him stay at home he just wants to go on the computer all the time. So its for his own good too.

    I estimate this will save us around £30 a day, in activity fees! And my shopping bill

    Everyone is doing so well!

    Bob
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    Bob that is such a great find for your son. He will be able to be active for 4 days of the half term.

    I too have real trouble getting my soon to be 17 year old son to get off his laptop
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 17th May 17, 11:21 AM
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    6 boxes of Bassetts Adult multivitamins at Boots on 3 for 2 offer saved me £10.58

    I bought No7 Quick Thinking Wipes and used my No7 £5 skincare voucher

    2 bottles of water bought for me by my friend Alston last night at Karaoke £2

    I had to make a complaint to Groupon because the Mega box of Ariel Professional Colour I bought was damaged. They gave me £13 Groupon credit

    I bought 2 Groupon meal deals for Rodizio Rico 02 I saved £25.40 and then got a 5% discount on the 1st deal of £1 and a 10% discount on the 2nd deal £1.99

    #13 current total = £4250.23
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 17th May 17, 11:38 PM
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    Evening all

    Found £1 on the stairs at work
    25p on the classroom floor
    £7 bank rewards
    Free banana (too ripe for my friend's tastes but perfect for me) 0.20

    (I got the job btw - chuffed) xxxx
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£3258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 17th May 17, 11:41 PM
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    My mum gave me an envelope in tonight with £1k in for the wedding. Should I count that or are wedding presents not really allowed (not sure if it is in the true nature of wombling myself) but really pleased regardless.

    xx
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£3258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 18th May 17, 6:51 AM
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    (I got the job btw - chuffed) xxxx
    Originally posted by miss empty piggy

    Well done you - hope you enjoy the new work!
    Womble No: 12 £3400.99 as at 5/4/2017
    Sealed pot challenge 2017 (#501)1/6/2016 = 10.12.2
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 18th May 17, 7:48 AM
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    Miss Empty Piggy,

    Congratulations on your new job

    Also on the generosity of your Mother. I definitely think you should count that money.
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 19th May 17, 6:59 AM
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    Miss Empty Piggy,

    Congratulations on your new job

    Also on the generosity of your Mother. I definitely think you should count that money.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    Thanks Sugarbaby

    I spent some of it last night - £50 - DOH and I had spent a hour or so trying to find a tall fridge as ours is tiny. Went online saw them for between £500 to €1500 depending on what we wanted. He wanted to buy one but I was uncomfortable spending all that on a fridge. I had a quick search on gumtree, put in the postcode and 1 advert posted 9 hours previously resulted in a gorgeous new tall fridge now standing in my kitchen. I'm so pleased I didn't spend that money I wasalmost going to. I count that as a definite saving of £450. Feeling very happy.

    Have a great day everyone. It's raining here but it's Friday - can't complain at that xxxx
    Last edited by miss empty piggy; 19-05-2017 at 7:04 AM.
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£3258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 19th May 17, 7:49 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Great going with all the super wombles and congratulations to Miss Empty Piggy with the new job

    Nothing much to report at the moment as I'm just rushed off my feet. Just had the usual lunch and dinner which I'll update at some point Haven't had any roadkill for ages
    , but have managed to have 18 NSDs so far this month

    Wishing you all a super wombling day
    Saved Nitty Gritty £6585.48 [132%] / £5000-[July] £455.47 for the 'Save 12k in 2017' #157
    2017 Womble #35 £3882.77 June NSDs 24/15CCCChl 34/52 weeks
    June PPChl#002 Pts 225
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 19th May 17, 8:24 AM
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    Wow Miss Empty Piggy what a great buy through Gumtree for the tall fridge you bought

    This week's Online Grocery Shopping Savings through price reductions and special offers £20.48

    Body Shop Order:

    I did a shop for £25 of goods and used my £5 Love Your Body voucher to reduce my bill to £20. I got free delivery worth £2.49 and I also got a free gift worth £20 (I also got double points on this order which meant I will get 400 points worth £4, but I will count these points when I am spending them)

    I got a tax refund of £800.18 yesterday

    #13 current total = £5098.38
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 19th May 17, 5:08 PM
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    Well done Miss Empty Piggy and great news on the tax refund Sugarbaby. I've been indoors for the last few days - partly due to son having had wisdom teeth removed but found 15p whilst tidying up communal back area today. Well, if no one else will see to it!
    Had nice surprise - my son bought me a rice/slow cooker. Won't claim anything as it was a present but what a nice thought.
    NSD 13/12 Weightloss 1.5/48 June Womble £13925 2017 Wombling total £985.71
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 19th May 17, 6:39 PM
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    Colour me stunned. I've had a few packets through the post & the stamps weren't always franked - so I slung them in a heap To Get Around To recovering the stamps from. (We have a handsome supply of isopropyl alcohol, so as long as we're tender with the stamps, they're recoverable.)

    Today my husband finished a batch & stuck them on suitable envelopes & we now have £15.87's worth of stamps on envelopes ready to go!
    Just awed.

    But wow - Miss Empty Piggy - Well Done! And likewise gosh, sugarbaby! Rousing congratulations!
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 19th May 17, 10:30 PM
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    Out feeding the ducks at ladybower reservoir found a 5p
    RYSAW17. Jan 17. £197.91
    Feb 17. £128.52
    March 17. £210.69
    April 17. £155.59
    May 17. £191.64
    June 17. £126.02
    • pippy1971
    • By pippy1971 20th May 17, 6:51 AM
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    So, not much wombling to report...
    I did get £25 in clubcard vouchers, which I have used to buy my daughter some school dresses.

    I had cashback offer for milk which I will pick up today, worth £1.20..

    Building & contents insurance was up for renewal and managed to save £14!!! a month (it's now less than half of what it was) for better cover. Also earned £20 cashback by using a cashback site.

    I think that's it for the last couple of days but am out shopping today so will keep my eyes peeled for roadkill as I haven't found anything for the last couple of days.

    Happy wombling this weekend fellow Wombles.
    Last edited by pippy1971; 20-05-2017 at 6:55 AM.
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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 20th May 17, 9:42 AM
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    Bob that is such a great find for your son. He will be able to be active for 4 days of the half term.

    I too have real trouble getting my soon to be 17 year old son to get off his laptop
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    Ha ha glad I'm not the only one
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 20th May 17, 9:44 AM
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    My mum gave me an envelope in tonight with £1k in for the wedding. Should I count that or are wedding presents not really allowed (not sure if it is in the true nature of wombling myself) but really pleased regardless.

    xx
    Originally posted by miss empty piggy
    How lovely! Yes count it.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 20th May 17, 9:45 AM
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    Wow Miss Empty Piggy what a great buy through Gumtree for the tall fridge you bought

    This week's Online Grocery Shopping Savings through price reductions and special offers £20.48

    Body Shop Order:

    I did a shop for £25 of goods and used my £5 Love Your Body voucher to reduce my bill to £20. I got free delivery worth £2.49 and I also got a free gift worth £20 (I also got double points on this order which meant I will get 400 points worth £4, but I will count these points when I am spending them)

    I got a tax refund of £800.18 yesterday

    #13 current total = £5098.38
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    And wow to your tax rebate that's a wonderful sum!
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £54.82 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1855 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
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