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    365days
    Need not Want.
    • #1
    • 29th Dec 12, 5:58 PM
    Need not Want. 29th Dec 12 at 5:58 PM
    Hello,

    It seems to me that if I could just keep to buying what I need rather than what I want I would have my finances and debts well and truly under control. So I am sat here asking myself what I NEED and actually it isn't a lot. I don't actually need to buy anything before 2013.

    I will need petrol and I do need to pay my car insurance.(Need car for work) I will need food but am determined to buy only what I actually need. Maybe people would like to add what they actually need for the next few days/weeks etc and it may help others to work out the difference between their wants and needs. Therefore being ultra


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  • weeble3
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:04 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:04 PM
    i Dont actually need anything...oh maybe a curtain rail and some curtains for my daughters bedroom and electric blankets before next winter....may need new fencing at back of house but can wait got a hole in but not falling down.
    I have got all these debts though to pay:

    capital one 1000
    bank loan 1000
    bank loan 2900
    barclaycard 2700
    so more than enough to pay off.

    I also start a new job which is quite a long way away term time only so unsure how much the childcare/wages are going to be over term

    hoping to get the capital one paid off first/then bank loanthen work on barclaycard.

    I also have started putting away some money for christmas next year as borrowed 1000 to see me through xmas this year. Hoping to save more and spend less. Which is new for me.
    Last edited by weeble3; 29-12-2012 at 6:06 PM.
  • Buffett
    • #3
    • 29th Dec 12, 6:31 PM
    • #3
    • 29th Dec 12, 6:31 PM
    Hi 365days, I've been asking myself the same questions a lot recently. Do I NEED the Sky Movies package? Can I reduce the number of bank & card accounts I have? Do I need to upgrade my smartphone every 2 years - how much would I save on a tariff if I didn't? What stuff do I have that I never use and could sell or give to charity? Should I downsize the car to get one cheaper to insure and run (also saving on depreciation)?

    It is so sad that we have to get ourselves into trouble before we start asking these questions ...
  • 365days
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:35 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:35 PM
    Do you not have any curtains at the moment? You can rig up a cheap 'curtain' with a bit of dowling and a cheapy fleece blanket.

    Not sure about making your own electric blankets though
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  • 365days
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:41 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 6:41 PM
    Hi 365days, I've been asking myself the same questions a lot recently. Do I NEED the Sky Movies package? Can I reduce the number of bank & card accounts I have? Do I need to upgrade my smartphone every 2 years - how much would I save on a tariff if I didn't? What stuff do I have that I never use and could sell or give to charity? Should I downsize the car to get one cheaper to insure and run (also saving on depreciation)?

    It is so sad that we have to get ourselves into trouble before we start asking these questions ...
    Originally posted by Buffett
    I agree, when it boils down to it we actually need very little. I am reading abook at the moment about post war Britain. It is amazing just how consumerism/marketing etc has got us by the throat. So if i may say - no you don't need sky, or a super dupe phone, or a bigger car. It really is a want. I am going to only buy what I need this year (2013)and see how well I do.

    So my first 'I didn't buy it because I only wanted it didn't need it' was today, when I put back a tablecloth in the sales. 6 of WANT saved.
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  • jobdone1
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    • 29th Dec 12, 7:14 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 7:14 PM
    I would rather not have the need for direct debits, However we are kind of forced to have them or pay more. It really depends on what the needs are like wise for the wants. I.e i want gas and electric to keep warm and bright but i don't need dd's however i won't be forced to pay more.
  • weeble3
    • #7
    • 29th Dec 12, 7:20 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 7:20 PM
    Do you not have any curtains at the moment? You can rig up a cheap 'curtain' with a bit of dowling and a cheapy fleece blanket.

    Not sure about making your own electric blankets though
    Originally posted by 365days
    just blinds , just one room without a curtain rail and curtain.
  • weeble3
    • #8
    • 29th Dec 12, 7:22 PM
    • #8
    • 29th Dec 12, 7:22 PM
    I agree, when it boils down to it we actually need very little. I am reading abook at the moment about post war Britain. It is amazing just how consumerism/marketing etc has got us by the throat. So if i may say - no you don't need sky, or a super dupe phone, or a bigger car. It really is a want. I am going to only buy what I need this year (2013)and see how well I do.

    So my first 'I didn't buy it because I only wanted it didn't need it' was today, when I put back a tablecloth in the sales. 6 of WANT saved.
    Originally posted by 365days
    whats the book called you are reading could do with getting back to basics as sure its getting tougher to survive. I am joining you on the need not wants 2013.
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    • By rising from the ashes 29th Dec 12, 8:22 PM
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    • #9
    • 29th Dec 12, 8:22 PM
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    • 29th Dec 12, 8:22 PM
    I'm on a strict need not want thing for 2013 .... need to get rid of the pesky OD and there's not a lot of wiggle room in the budget so will have to be done by spending less!

    I'm trying not to impulse buy I do a lot of shopping online (long way to shops so fuel is often much more than delivery costs) - so if I find something, I'm not going to buy it that day ... it has to wait until the next day and if I still want need it and it's still there ... it's meant to be!
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  • FireWyrm
    Do you not have any curtains at the moment? You can rig up a cheap 'curtain' with a bit of dowling and a cheapy fleece blanket.

    Not sure about making your own electric blankets though
    Originally posted by 365days
    You can also make your own curtains. There are hundreds of 'how to's on the internet and it isnt rocket science. A general rule of thumb is 2.5 times the width and 0.5 times the height of the window. Depending on the material you want, you could pay as little ast 2.50 per meter and run them up yourself. Dont forget to line them with heavy cotton for the best insulation in winter.

    Cheap, beautiful and totally bespoke.

    BTW, I got this book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Skills-Cooking-time-honoured-recipes/dp/1856267881/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356813869&sr=8-1) as a Christmas present this year and all I can say...get one...right now. I've always wanted to try making my own prosciuto, but had no idea how. This is the book for 2013 and making do without buying.
    Last edited by FireWyrm; 29-12-2012 at 8:46 PM.
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  • Wobblydeb
    Maybe people would like to add what they actually need for the next few days/weeks etc and it may help others to work out the difference between their wants and needs. Therefore being ultra
    Originally posted by 365days
    Hmmmmmm interesting one, because I've got a few "needs" at the moment, that strictly speaking are "wants".

    - New wellies (the last pair died - realistically I could continue using my walking boots for dog walking)

    - New winter coat (the current one has clicks and a torn lining - realistically I could repair it and keep going)

    - New suit and shirts for work (I'm going through a wardrobe rethink, and have just donated a couple of suits! tsk tsk)

    But at least I'll get them from an outlet at a heavy discount.
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  • kittiej
    Ooo-oo-oo FireWyrm I want, I want.

    Thanks for this little gem, I'll put it on my bd list for Jan or maybe wedding anniversary pressy which is Feb.

    Still thinking positive thoughts for you and you've given me this gift- ty

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  • FireWyrm
    Ooo-oo-oo FireWyrm I want, I want.
    Originally posted by kittiej


    Oh dear! I seem to have missed the purpose of this thread....oops.

    Now, does this book come under need or want I wonder?
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  • kittiej
    OK, I need, I need one lol
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    • ITYIYBMAB
    • By ITYIYBMAB 29th Dec 12, 10:20 PM
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    ITYIYBMAB
    A general rule of thumb is 2.5 times the width and 0.5 times the height of the window.
    Originally posted by FireWyrm
    Err.. are you absolutely sure the curtains should be half the height of the windows? Seems a little gappy
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  • FireWyrm
    Err.. are you absolutely sure the curtains should be half the height of the windows? Seems a little gappy
    Originally posted by ITYIYBMAB
    Typo. I meant 1.5...although it depends on your preference for drop and how far above the windows you have the pole.
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  • MrsM1982
    Hi everyone,

    I need to live by this rule for 2013!!!

    I have 3 children age 6, 3 and 4 month and they had so many toys for Christmas and they already have loads to. They just ended up with so much that they didn't know what to play with and I don't think they appriated it. So I've already decided that next year will be different, I've got a lot of debt to get rid of and I don't want spoilt kids!!
  • julie2710
    Feeling the same. I think for a while now I've had things I wanted not necessarily what I need. Was fine when there was two incomes and no children but now with one income and two children it doesn't work.

    Problem with me is when I'm feeling fed up I buy stuff so from now on I'm going to come on here instead!
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  • julie2710
    I have just realised I need to go the supermarket today and this is always a bit dangerous for me so I am going to put here what I need!

    Milk 2 pints
    Bread 1 loaf
    Chicken wings (for the dog)
    Some form of potato shapes/chips
    Coffee
    Hot chocolate
    Some form of chicken nuggets (for the boys)

    Ok that's is all I need! I will have the boys with me which should help limit the time spent in there and therefore the risk factor!
    I'll see how I get on!
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    Excl mortg and CTC 39,578/35,995 Dec13
    Incl mortg 230,035/214,454 Dec13

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  • 365days
    I have just realised I need to go the supermarket today and this is always a bit dangerous for me so I am going to put here what I need!

    Milk 2 pints
    Bread 1 loaf
    Chicken wings (for the dog)
    Some form of potato shapes/chips
    Coffee
    Hot chocolate
    Some form of chicken nuggets (for the boys)

    Ok that's is all I need! I will have the boys with me which should help limit the time spent in there and therefore the risk factor!
    I'll see how I get on!
    Originally posted by julie2710
    This is exactly what i did yesterday. I know it probably seems obvious but to me it was a bit of a revelation but i wrote a list and only actually needed 7 items. Shop came to just over 10 which is unheard of when I go to the supermarket. Only item I added was fabric conditioner which was on special offer and knew I would NEED it at some point.
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