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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 26th Dec 15, 8:14 PM
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    Remember you're a womble - 2016
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    • 26th Dec 15, 8:14 PM
    Remember you're a womble - 2016 26th Dec 15 at 8:14 PM
    Official MSE Insert 9 March 2016

    Hi to everyone in the Wombling 2016 group. You're mentioned in our news story:

    'Wombles' average £250/mth from hobby retrieving others' discarded receipts

    Back to Bobarella's original post...

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    Hi All

    Following on from the 2015 thread of the same name this thread renews the challenge for 2016. To read what we got up to this year go here

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5141110

    I'm guessing most people know that wombling refers to making use of things you find for financial gain. Examples could be receipts that you have added onto your loyalty cards for your own gain. Some I find are: unclaimed Nectar points, Tesco club cards points, Toys R Us gold card points, Costa card points, mcdonalds cups with the bean sticker still on (collect 6 for a free coffee) also price promise reciepts for tesco & brand match coupons for sainsburys which are better than roadkill as many are over a £1.

    My total for 2015 was £1027.20 Not a bad number but I'd like to do even better this year.

    I am going to keep track from Jan 1st on the value I find in the main categories & may zero sum them from the relevant budgets.

    My aim for 2016 is every time I leave my house to try & find one item that makes my life cheaper!!

    If you'd like to join in this challenge sign up below

    Bob

    Contenders so far (Wombling Free 2016#) Scores accurate as of 30/04/16
    1. Mickey mouse £328.67
    2 . Siebrie £1,359.38
    3. Tall Order £0
    4.The Only Girl £138.39
    5. Bobarella £1087.28
    6. Kayteehee £0
    7. Autumn Leaves £472.34
    8. Frugal Life £0
    9. Dizzy Imp £4,490.73
    10. Sophie £8.56
    11. Chocolate £28.67
    12. Green Goblin £0
    13. Nellis10 £0
    14. In the Attic £0
    15. Debt Free by 2020 £0
    16. Dexsmummy £95.15
    17. Fun brum £1461.04
    18. British Bibliophile £47.08
    19. Gill5blue £0
    20. Sweetpea26
    21. Foxholes £250
    22. Going to do it
    23. Linz £0
    24. Muhren £103.38
    25. Nellsnest £53.15
    26. LegoMum 30
    27. Lindor £0
    28. Crazy Cat Lady £599.21
    29. Familyhistoryresearcher £0
    30. SammyAddams £0
    31. Mr Falling Star £
    32. Larumbelle £
    33. Sugarbaby125£5,733.79
    34. Debbie debt £
    35. Pinot Grigio Enthusiast £0
    36. Kim_13 £0
    37. Basket Case £81.33
    38. Determined £76.56
    39. Squeekyweasel £
    40. ChirpyCheap £249
    41. Bouncybubbles £0
    42. Persephone _ mulberry £0
    43. Miss Empty Piggy £73.05
    44. Florence J £229.27
    45. Azzaaa £
    46. Ploppy
    47. Sachacat £251.70
    48.NOA £231
    49. Dollyrocker £
    50. Houseplant
    51. Hermione
    52. Crafty Witch £18.45
    53. Purplemum
    54. Bunnysaving
    55. Giggleyay
    Last edited by Bobarella; 12-10-2016 at 11:09 PM.
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
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    • giggleyay
    • By giggleyay 12th Oct 16, 7:12 PM
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    Thanks Foxholes and Dizzy.

    I realised I hadn't included a pretty big womble in my total yesterday. I think it is one anyway. I got 12 free weeks at a slimming club, adding £59.50 to my total (Joining fee £10 + 12 weeks of fees£49.50)

    Plus today £1.46 on Qmee

    Total for October now £161.65.
    • Dizzy Imp
    • By Dizzy Imp 12th Oct 16, 8:16 PM
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    Thanks Foxholes and Dizzy.

    I realised I hadn't included a pretty big womble in my total yesterday. I think it is one anyway. I got 12 free weeks at a slimming club, adding £59.50 to my total (Joining fee £10 + 12 weeks of fees£49.50)

    Plus today £1.46 on Qmee

    Total for October now £161.65.
    Originally posted by giggleyay
    I sooo need this womble! When, where, how?

    Another travel mug wombled by DH. I'll claim £2 for this but TBH I'm not sure we need any more I got 94p as a price match reduction off my bill at Mr T, but no good YS items this time...boo...

    Ooh cauliflower curry sounds yummy Siebrie!
    DFBXmas2016 #27 £3606.60/£34,027.17 = 10% as at 28/6/2016/2016
    Wombling total 2016 = £5649.63 as at 14/11/2016
    Sealed pot challenge 2017 (#501)1/6/2016 = 10.12.2
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 12th Oct 16, 11:04 PM
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    Hows this. £18 in coupons from Pampers after I complained about a pack that gave us a lot of washing to-do shall we say
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 12th Oct 16, 11:06 PM
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    I stumbled across this thread yesterday and was so excited!

    I've sort of been wombling solo since April. I have been working hard since January to pay off my debt (Exactly 14 days until I can click send on my final CC payment, woop woop). However in April, I began to struggle with my slightly tight budget and feel a tiny bit "forever skint" style deprived.

    To combat this I set up a spread in my Bullet Journal to track any incoming money or value so I could see how much money there was around and feel more abundant. I began to log when I got value for something without paying and also searching the ground for roadkill (I didn't call it that though) and picking up scratchcards just in case etc.

    So far this month (I can't go back further as I don't have my old Journal to hand) I have amassed £100.69.

    All this and I have been shamelessly chucking away my supermarket receipts and not pricematching. Fool! I had a go at collecting a few this morning as I walked past. Found 10 and not a bean on any of them but I'm definitely gung ho for trying new ways of adding to my womble total.

    So... Can I play?
    Originally posted by giggleyay
    Of course, you sound like a wonderful new friend for us to womble with
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 13th Oct 16, 7:04 AM
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    f0xh0les
    I have accidentally wombled £1400.

    But it is from those bloody Child Tax Credit Muppets, so I won't actually count it until they tell me in writing it is mine, mine, all mine!!!

    It is really bad when you log into your bank account (on a daily basis) and your heart drops when you see a balance higher than you expected. 'Cos you KNOW they have messed up again and will blame you for it. Grrrr
    MFW May 16 £118,340 Aug£117,1 Sept£116,7 Oct£116,Nov£115,548 SPC #59 Wombling Free Very Special Agent #21 Competition wins..A fire steel! TShirt/ Return trip Car +2 to Ireland Free Amazon vouchers £60 YouGov 3.75p (£50 Mar/£50 Nov) Tesco £15.00 H&B £2.00 NO DEBT EXCEPT MORTGAGE
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 13th Oct 16, 8:04 AM
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    10p found on a classroom floor

    1p roadkill on my Estate

    YS cooked whole chicken for £4.80 saving me £1.20

    YS 2 X 4 pork chops £4.10 saving me 90p

    8 X 14 packets of Hula Hoops from Poundland saving me £8

    #33 £5947.43
    • giggleyay
    • By giggleyay 13th Oct 16, 10:12 AM
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    I sooo need this womble! When, where, how?
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    Dizzy - I remembered that Slimming World used to do a "SW on Referral Scheme" which your doctor could send you on... I thought it had closed but googled anyway as I wanted to head back after battling with the same 5lbs all year. It has ended but it turns out my council has kept up the scheme! You have to be *ahem* large enough to qualify but you can choose from SW, WW or RC. I applied despite only just being above and was accepted (Woohoo!). The process was really easy. Worth a quick google to see if your area has something similar. The best thing is that if I meet the goal they have set (A really reasonable 5% or 10lbs ish loss) in those 12 weeks, I can get another 12 weeks free.

    Thanks for the welcome Bob!
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 13th Oct 16, 10:18 AM
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    Well it seems the CTC muppets have underpaid me, so I recorded the webchat on my phone where they confirmed they had underpaid me and that the money ~IS mine and they will not ask for it back. I think that just about covers me.
    MFW May 16 £118,340 Aug£117,1 Sept£116,7 Oct£116,Nov£115,548 SPC #59 Wombling Free Very Special Agent #21 Competition wins..A fire steel! TShirt/ Return trip Car +2 to Ireland Free Amazon vouchers £60 YouGov 3.75p (£50 Mar/£50 Nov) Tesco £15.00 H&B £2.00 NO DEBT EXCEPT MORTGAGE
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 13th Oct 16, 10:58 PM
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    £2.50 in nectar points today and 20p off toothpaste using a coupon I was given months ago.
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
    • giggleyay
    • By giggleyay 14th Oct 16, 5:35 AM
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    A modest 69p abandoned change in a Tesco self service checkout that the assistant didn't want to deal with for me yesterday.

    Total now £162.34
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 14th Oct 16, 9:21 AM
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    6 X Dove hand cream for £6 in Poundland saving me £5.94

    2p found on a classroom floor

    I bought 2 X Nivea soft lotion 75m from Superdrugl for £2 saving me £2.98 and got a free Patisserie De Bain gift set worth £10

    Superdrug Online Orders:

    2 X Nivea soft lotion 75ml for £2 saving me £2.98 and got a free Patisserie De Bain gift set worth £10

    2 X Neutrogena Renew Balm 200ml. Buy one get one half price £3 saving me £1. I got a free Patisserie De Bain gift set worth £10 and free delivery saving me £3

    2 X Superdrug peppermint and pumice foot scrub. Buy one get one half price £1.93 saving me 65p. I got a free Patisserie De Bain gift set worth £10 and free delivery saving me £3

    #33 current total = £6010
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 14th Oct 16, 11:08 AM
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    Well it seems the CTC muppets have underpaid me, so I recorded the webchat on my phone where they confirmed they had underpaid me and that the money ~IS mine and they will not ask for it back. I think that just about covers me.
    Originally posted by f0xh0les
    Smart move!

    Yesterday we had an all-morning Department meeting in an hotel meeting room, with lunch afterwards. I know they paid €8 for the coffee break (coffee + croissant + fruit = outrageously overcharged!) and €20 for the lunch, because my main course was not enough and I needed dessert (sticky toffee pud). However, as I normally get coffee free from the machine at work, bring my own cookies, and never spend more than €2 on my lunch from home, that is how much I will claim.
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.114,70 = £ 2,743.95 (it fluctuates with the exchange rate; I won't update it if it's going down ).
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 14th Oct 16, 4:07 PM
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    Boots Online Order:

    17 X Dove Essential Nourishing Lotion 400 ml for £50.86 saving me £50.97

    Bassets Adult multivitamins on 3 for 2 promotion £10.50 saving me £5.25

    Free delivery worth £3.50

    I also got £6 worth of Boots Advantage points as well as the £2.44 worth of points I would normally get. I will only add these when I spend them.

    I bought 4 X Garnier Mineral Invisible Deodorant in Superdrug for £5.92 saving me £5.92

    #33 current total = £6075.64
    • giggleyay
    • By giggleyay 15th Oct 16, 10:53 AM
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    I have not found any roadkill at all this month so yesterday I was ridiculously happy to find a shiny 5p piece. Like truly ridiculously pleased with this lol

    Followed this up with Indian snacks and mini quiches leftover from a buffet the bigwigs at work had. I reckon that I had about half the amount of snacks I usually get in a pack from Asda for £2 so I'm counting that as £1.

    Today, I then found more roadkill! A not so shiny £1 coin!

    I also got £1.25 from APG. 96p on my own receipt and an abandoned found receipt. This was clearly left by a wombler who had bigger fish to fry as it had APG - .29 written on it

    That brings my total to £165.64
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 15th Oct 16, 9:41 PM
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    Well done on your lovely found money Giggleyay

    Today I scanned a 500 coupon at Mr S and straight away got another spat out. So I think that's £5 free?

    I wombled quite a lot of food from the event I catered today. Adding £10 for that.
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 16th Oct 16, 7:41 PM
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    16p Road Kill on holiday

    £10 for a burger and drink that our friend we were visiting paid for.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 9 #553 = £156.88
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553
    2016: Sell £1000 #51 (£340.03/£1000)
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2016 = £300.44/£310
    Wombling free 2016 = £456.60
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 16th Oct 16, 10:00 PM
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    Having had 2 500 point coupons in the last 2 days from Mr S, today I got a 1000 points one. I think that is worth £5 So £10 free in points this week.
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 17th Oct 16, 12:34 PM
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    It's nice when it goes smoothly like that, isn't it, Bob?

    They cleared out the office fridge, and had all sorts of condiments free for taking. I rescued the curry sauce and the mayonnaise (after a sniff and minimini taster test). I'll claim €0,50.

    14 loyalty points from wombled receipts.
    Last edited by Siebrie; 17-10-2016 at 2:43 PM.
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.114,70 = £ 2,743.95 (it fluctuates with the exchange rate; I won't update it if it's going down ).
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 17th Oct 16, 12:52 PM
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    A small bottle of Prosecco £3.50 and 2 bottles of water £3 bought for me on Sunday evening by Wayne

    #33 current total = £6082.14
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th Oct 16, 5:08 PM
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    It's nice when it goes smoothly like that, isn't it, Bob?

    They cleared out the office fridge, and had all sorts of condiments free for taking. I rescued the curry sauce and the mayonnaise (after a sniff and minimini taster test). I'll claim €0,50.

    14 loyalty points from wombled receipts.
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    The sniff test is so important
    £790 to pay =70% repaid
    RR 2016 #2 December £2.32 2016-£55.16 2015- £84.20)
    Wombling Free 2016#5 £2,237.25 2015 £1027.20
    NST December
    PAYDBX #7 £1910.53/£2,700 (70%)
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