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    freebyfifty
    We Are Decking the Halls with NSDs December Challenge
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    • 27th Nov 12, 7:17 AM
    We Are Decking the Halls with NSDs December Challenge 27th Nov 12 at 7:17 AM
    Welcome to the December No Spend Day (NSD) thread!!

    We are a happy (and some might say mildly insane) bunch doing battle with those retailers - and thereís plenty of temptation out there at the moment. We are seriously committed to saving money, but nobody said it can't be done with a smile on your face - so we organise riotous nights out and gatecrash any function going - all without leaving the comfort of our own imaginations or armchairs!

    On a slightly more serious note, we are here to help each other avoid spending for the number of days we feel we can manage to try to take back some control over our hard-earned money. What you class as a "spend'" is entirely your choice; some people will try to shop on the days DD/SO etc are paid, whilst others will not include essentials such as rent. Have a look for a post from our sponsor (and godmother of this challenge) BigMummaF, this contains some guidelines and ideas for starting you off on the challenge.

    Itís amazing how inventive you get when youíre determined NOT to spend - from weird menu ingredients to surprising DIY solutions - but you know what? 99% of the time those wacky ideas work.


    Link to last month's challenge is below so any newcomers can see what we get up to (hmmmmm... on second thoughts, that might put you off...)

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4254533
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
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  • penny73
    NSD 3 achieved today
    Hopefully I will be able to get my 3 in a row this week as
    Monday - work then swimming
    Tuesday - parents evening until 8pm
    Wednesday - meeting of committee
    No spending until Thursday ( or at least that's the theory )
  • flubberyzing
    NSD6 in the bag.

    Discovered that staying in my PJ's all day is a good deterrent from going out and spending money!
    Because it's fun to have money!
    Jan GC: £61.90/£50, Feb GC: £50.36/£60, Mar GC: £40.29/£60, Apr GC: Fell off the wagon... Whoops!

    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th Dec 12, 8:47 PM
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    beanielou
    NSD6 in the bag.

    Discovered that staying in my PJ's all day is a good deterrent from going out and spending money!
    Originally posted by flubberyzing
    It is isent it
    Lou~ Debt free Wanabe No 55 DF 03/03/14.
    **Credit card debt free 30/06/10~** **Weight loss 2 stone 2 lbs**

    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now.
  • ifwisheswerehorses...



    Hi lovely NSD gang
    As you can see there is lots of activity on this challenge at the moment and it's difficult sometimes to see how many NSDs you're all declaring on posts.
    Could I ask you to highlight your number of NSDs in a colour and in bold so that I can see them easily when I whizz through the posts - red would be best but I don't really mind as long as I can see the numbers easily.
    Originally posted by freebyfifty

    Some helpful suggestions and ideas to follow below from our sponsor and godmother, BigMummaF


    NO SPEND CHALLENGE.


    1. Have a good, long think about what YOU want to include in your Spend & Excluded categories.
    Some of us count everything from Direct Debits & school expenses, while others do not include things like essential Bills or emergency medical costs. If you plan what is or is not a Spend for you now, it will help you decide on a realistic Target.
    2. It is NOT a race!
    We all have very different demands on our time & bank balance, so please do not think you have to buy everything on 1st January & make it last till 31st December! A few of us have been following this Challenge for a long...long...LONG time so have developed plans & ploys to help us along the way
    3. Most important of all, WE..DO..NOT..FAIL!
    Sometimes we can't quite reach our Target, but that is fine Everyone knows how Life will try to trip us up, & that is when you will find us here to help you back on to your feet.

    OK, an idea of how some of us do things.
    1. What you will or will not include as a 'Spend'.
    Some people are doing other challenges too, & don't include the money spent on those for this one.
    Some will try to shop for other bits on the days their direct debits etc go out of their bank accounts; they're the real hard core of the bunch & have been l-o-n-g time Nsders so don't panic
    Some won't count those annoying last minute demands from school & collections as you can't plan for them in advance, likewise emergency prescriptions or visits to the vet
    Personally speaking & providing I don't buy anything else, I don't count parking for hospital appointments.(..but then I usually do my shopping because I'm already out )
    General thoughts on €bay sales is the buyer has paid P&P so no cost to you
    2. It takes Time to reach mega-numbers!
    The First suggestion is the first, because a bit of planning will work wonders on your road to your Target. Have a look at thefirst posts each month for a hefty list of other threads that may be of help. For example, there's a few giving ideas for packed lunches so you can avoid standing in the queue at the bakers for 45mins of your lunch hour! A good incentive to tweak your healthy eating & the pounds you save will show in your bank balance AND your waistline
    It helps to have various 'money pots' for the different costs that happen like Scouts, dinner money, yoga, window cleaner etc etc. The idea is you "spend" all that money in one hit by....
    let's say **putting the week's bus fares into the pretty coffee jar, Jo's tumble tots [Weds mornings] in the cracked teapot & Ben's £1 coin for the gym locker [Friday lunch] in the pocket of the changing bag, on Tuesdays every week when you've got some change from doing the food shop, so an already spendy day. At least four 'spending days' condensed into one (**mine's jam jars for windows, milkman & a bit towards the bills!)
    3. Any day the money stays in your pocket is a bonus!
    If you look at it as a day you beat the system, you can't help but so don't fret it--ENJOY! If nothing else in here, we do manage find something to make us smile

    We have virtual outings to wonderful places that never cost us a bean New York, Edinburgh & Brighton have been a couple & Spoon usually pilots the Tardis but you can use your own transport; my personal favourite has been a sit-on lawn mower borrowed from the cricket club The only thing to be aware of is Hubert the donkey who is partial to anything remotely edible but is not yet house-trained

    And Remember;
    there are no silly questions, so don't be afraid to ask us anything!
    "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride"
    BSC Member 310
  • kerri gt
    It is isent it
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Couldn't agree more - and purse is upstairs so I can't be tempted with internet shopping
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


  • armchairexpert
    Hi all!

    Been away attending a funeral this week. Have decided not to count the day I had to go buy both my girls sombre funeral outfits, nor the horrible airport-related charges for excess baggage because we were bringing back keepsakes, so I am reporting NSD4 please.
    If all goes to plan:

    As of April 2014, oustanding mortgage of $250,000.
  • kitschkitty
    NSD 5 stayed in today (again) but not particularly by choice , my bad back was playing up last night, and I didn't get a good nights sleep at all. Feeling a little better today but it's still very delicate.

    Tomorrow is my last printing class till next year, so I am going to try to avoid the shops, though I do have £3 shopping vouchers in my wallet.
    A waist is a terrible thing to mind.
    • Sazzie23
    • By Sazzie23 9th Dec 12, 10:42 PM
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    Sazzie23
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    Hi NSD'ers have kept off the computer to try to avoid the dreaded internet shop temptation.

    Am declaring 2 NSD for Thursday last week, and Today.

    Surprised myself by taking some crackers and cheese for lunch to avoid an extra bread purchase and then freezer food for the rest of the week. Guinea pigs fresh food needs an uplift so its a shop day tomorrow.

    Have to start somewhere, here seems like a good place
  • kururunfa
    Please can you tell me what target you are aiming for? For some reason I haven't got it on the front page and I can't find the post where you declared it - sorry
    Originally posted by freebyfifty
    I joined late, sorry! I'm not sure if I mentioned my target. I think I'll aim for 15 NSDs.

    Today was my 4th NSD. Just spent the day catching up with some work from last week. Nice and productive

    Sorry for your loss armchairexpert.
  • solventsoon
    Thanks Spoon I must admit I am still absolutely shattered today - amazing how things that you'd do without batting an eyelid usually can take it out of you On the positive side - at least I managed to take myself as a month ago, I couldn't do that!
    Originally posted by rising from the ashes
    You're definitely making progress rising, I can see it from your posts Try to be patient and take it slowly, easy for me to say I know, but if you try to rush things you'll end up back at square one again

    Good luck with the hospital visit tomorrow, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you x

    Must have another think about the thermals as this got pushed down the to do list Funnily enough, I'm sitting here with one of my long sleeved thermal tops on, with a short sleeved t-shirt over!

    I'll have a look at some long sleeved tops as - believe it or not - I only have 2 and I'll really need to get some for when I get back to work!
    Originally posted by rising from the ashes
    I'm with beanie on this one... wait to see what Santa brings you...... or drop some massive hints... or wait for the post-Xmas sales

    Spoony~I just love your posts~thank you
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Me too!
    Originally posted by rising from the ashes
    Awww... thank you both that's lovely
    Last edited by solventsoon; 11-12-2012 at 12:26 AM.
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    Thank you spoony
    Originally posted by ifwisheswerehorses...
    It's a pleasure If ...... and I love today's

    Morning all


    Originally posted by ifwisheswerehorses...
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    Look who I found on the coupon drivel thread

    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Oooh... Daisy's back.....

    Thanks kerri, I was wondering who had led her astray
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    Evening everyone

    Loads more NSDs rolling in today, it seems as though weíve all got the NSD bug this month

    Welcome and/or welcome back to:

    purple.sarah - hi and welcome, itís never too late to join in. Freeby will add you to the front page when she next updates it
    Good luck with your two targets of 10 NSDs and 4 in a row, you can do it

    Well done to:

    armchairexpert - NSD no 4 safely captured now, thatís brilliant
    Sorry to hear about your loss, I hope the funeral went as well as these things can go

    beanie - NSD no 8 in the bag now, youíre doing brilliantly

    chris81418 - NSD no 6 in the bag now, thatís fab, you are definitely racking them up!
    Wow... Iíve just spotted your signature (Iím soooo observant), youíre nearly DF, well done you

    Dragon - NSD no 7 safely captured now, thatís brilliant.
    I love doh moments when they turn out well

    emsloves - NSD no 8 in the bag now, youíre doing brilliantly

    EverTheOptimist - NSD no 3 safely captured now, thatís brilliant
    Well done for planning ahead, thatís definitely the secret to nabbing those elusive NSDs

    Fae - NSD no 6 nabbed now, youíre doing brilliantly

    flubberyzing - NSD no 5 safely captured now, yay. I like the sound of your Saturday, Iím quite partial to Kiefer Sutherland as well.
    Glad the school reunion went well
    And NSD no 6 follows swiftly behind, yay!

    Freeby - NSD no 8 nabbed now, youíre on target for a full house again this month, keep going.
    Thanks for the fabby update and for all your hard work

    kerri - NSD no 3 safely captured now, thatís brilliant
    Sorry about the tooth and the sore head

    kitschkitty - NSD no 5 in the bag now, thatís fab
    Sorry your back has been playing up and glad youíre feeling a bit better today

    kururunfa - NSD no 4 nabbed now, youíre doing brilliantly
    Freeby will add your target of 15 NSDs to the front page when she next updates it

    lemmings1986 - NSD no 5 safely captured now, thatís brilliant
    Youíve definitely been busy by the sounds of it, hope the pie turned out well

    lurvlyloz - NSD no 5 safely captured now, thatís brilliant

    marmite - NSD no 6 nabbed now, youíre doing brilliantly.
    Hope you donít have too much snow
    And NSD no 7 safely captured as well, thatís fab

    MummyRivett - NSD no 8 in the bag now, youíre doing brilliantly.
    It sounds as though you had a busy, and productive day yesterday. Hope the run went well today

    nannygladys - NSD no 7 safely captured now, thatís brilliant

    Nargle - NSD no 3 safely captured now, thatís brilliant
    Hmmmm...... Igor and mince pies, I seem to recall a mishap with the pies, a bottle of brandy and Igor trying to mince Hubert last year, are you sure itís safe to let him loose again

    penny73 - NSD no 3 safely captured now, thatís brilliant, good luck with your 3 in a row this week.
    It sounds as though you have a busy week ahead

    Sazzie23 - yay to 2 more NSDs, youíre doing brilliantly

    VickyV - NSD no 5 nabbed now, youíre doing brilliantly
    Hope the tree is up and looking lovely now

    WantToBeSE - NSD no 7 firmly captured now, thatís brilliant.


    And hello to:

    rising - the handbag was definitely a need IMO, youíll feel much more comfortable.
    Hmmm.... a normal amount of handbags... now thereís a question
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • solventsoon
    Well I've been a very good spoony for the past two days and am currently up to NSD no 7... and am very pleased with that
    The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time
  • JAMIEDODGER
    Reporting NSD 6 & 7
    Pay off debt by xmas 2014 #213
    574.02/1500 38.26%
    Save 12k in 2014 #015
    240/600 40%
  • freebyfifty
    Good Morning

    NSD #9 captured yesterday.

    Well done to everyone else, we are doing so well this month and the front page is all updated

    Thank you for the humungous update spoony
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
  • freebyfifty
    I joined late, sorry! I'm not sure if I mentioned my target. I think I'll aim for 15 NSDs.
    Originally posted by kururunfa

    No problem. Your target is on the front page now.
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
  • freebyfifty
    Hi NSD'ers have kept off the computer to try to avoid the dreaded internet shop temptation.

    Am declaring 2 NSD for Thursday last week, and Today.
    Originally posted by Sazzie23

    You have confused me which isn't difficult really.
    Is 2 NSDs your total or are you adding 2 to take you to 4????

    If you can declare your total of NSDs it would be really helpful, thanks. Sorry to be such a bossy boots
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
  • freebyfifty
    Can I join please? I'm a little late to this thread but I'm going to go for 10 NSDs total and 4 in a row.
    Originally posted by purple.sarah

    Welcome I have put you on the front pages. Good luck, you'll soon get hooked
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
  • freebyfifty
    Hi lovely NSD gang
    As you can see there is lots of activity on this challenge at the moment and it's difficult sometimes to see how many NSDs you're all declaring on posts.
    Could I ask you to highlight your number of NSDs in a colour and in bold so that I can see them easily when I whizz through the posts - red would be best but I don't really mind as long as I can see the numbers easily.



    Thank you x
    Free by Fifty

    Debt of the Moment -
    August NSD Challenge 14/15
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