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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017
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    • 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 18th Dec 16 at 4:46 PM
    For those who haven't popped by this year's Crazy Clothes Challenge thread in the past few days, or perhaps are yet to join us; I've agreed to take over the running of the challenge from somerandom, who may not be able to visit MSE as much in the coming year. I'll be taking over from January, but thought that I would start the thread now as a number of other challenge threads for 2017 are already up. That and I may not be too clever on New Year's Day!

    With the price of clothes now rising at the highest rate since 2010, there's never been a better time to join us and reign in the spending. How you do this is entirely up to you. Here are some ideas that members have used in the past:

    - No clothes spend weeks/months
    - Charity shop spends only
    - Essentials only
    - Spending only money made from selling on eBay etc
    - Spending contingent on weight loss
    - Simple monthly or annual budget
    - A combination of two or more of the above

    Your budget can be as little or as much as you want; last year, our budgets ranged from zero to £600. If you don't know where to start, then estimating how much you've spent on clothes in 2016 and aiming to shave 10% (or another percentage of your choosing) off of it may be useful. Anything you can save is a plus.

    It's never too late in the year to join; you can work out what you would like to spend in a year and pro rata it for the months/weeks remaining of 2017.

    Many of us found that even if we didn't spend as little as we wanted, we were putting more thought into our purchases - hopefully no more looking back and thinking, 'I don't know why I bought that top/pair of trousers/shoes' or whatever it may be.

    If you would like to join us, simply post below and I will allocate you a number. If you have a preference, let me know and I will give you that number if it is available. I will try my best to add everyone as quickly as possible, but should I manage to miss anyone (say if you haven't had your number within 3 or 4 days) please pop me a PM and I will get you added.

    Happy saving


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    Last edited by Former MSE Jessica; 02-05-2017 at 3:13 PM.
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
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    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 26th Mar 17, 7:38 PM
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    Jazee
    £63.94 to add to my total, I have a dress to wear to DD's wedding, although of course I may change my mind yet.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) September £394.15 Total £8394.15/£12000




    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 29th Mar 17, 10:02 PM
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    I bought a pair of jeans in the next sale, so another £14 added to my spends for this year.

    I have updated my signature.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85 SPC10 -£405 banked so far
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • try harder
    • By try harder 31st Mar 17, 7:13 AM
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    try harder
    3 months in and i have still only spent £9.99 in total on clothes ,now to keep it up in April
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 1st Apr 17, 12:29 PM
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    somerandom
    Colourful East Skirt from the CS - £3.50 - Its a beautiful skirt but I almost left it in the shop because I thought "will I actually wear it?" but changed my mind at last minute. I'm going on holiday in a couple of weeks - I'll take it and see ...
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 2nd Apr 17, 1:37 PM
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    Kim_13
    £12 spent on some jeans. Among the best fitting pairs I have, so I'll probably be getting some more. Oh dear.

    That said they were bought on the 30th so I may still get a no spend month in first (may not be passing Matalan again for a while.)
    Sealed Pot 10 #520 ~ ~£66.55/£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £41.40/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £179.71/£120.00
    EF #170 ~ £500
    Xmas 2017 #25 ~ £5/£365
    365 Day Penny Challenge #4 ~ £17.31/£667.95
    • cw18
    • By cw18 2nd Apr 17, 3:53 PM
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    cw18
    3 months in and I've still not spent anything.

    Have had a new pair of boots for work (requested early Feb, finally received them last Tuesday), but work pays for those

    Could do with a new waterproof coat before I go up to the Lakes though, which means I'll have to spend this month !!
    Cheryl
    Sell £1000 : £0.00
    Crazy Clothes : £0.00
    Toiletries : 0 IN; 5 UU; 0 TA; 0 GA


    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 6th Apr 17, 1:38 PM
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    Jo Blogs
    Had some sales on the Bay and used most of that money to buy 3 fantastic clothes bundles saving myself a fortune on suits, shirts, jeans, trousers, and tops.

    It also means I still haven't spent any of my clothes budget for the year!
    Saved Nitty Gritty £7440.75 [149%] / £5000-[Sep] £58.44 for the 'Save 12k in 2017' #157
    2017 Womble #35 £3463.27 Sept NSDs 4/15CCCChl 9/12 months
    Sept PPChl#002 Pts 71
    • GilmoreGirl
    • By GilmoreGirl 7th Apr 17, 10:55 AM
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    GilmoreGirl
    I bought a new top for going out, a pair of shoes, a lovely sweater and pair of sandals: £85.

    Signature is now updated.. It seems like I won't be able to follow my budget..
    CCCC 2017: £460/£600 + £240 for a wedding
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 8th Apr 17, 6:16 PM
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    Florence J
    First Clothes Spend of the year, and in a way I didn't spend any money.

    I bought a pair of jeans and a shirt at New Look Online.

    The Total was £38

    I had a 20% voucher as it was my birthday. That brought it down to £30.40. I had £30 in New Look vouchers through Sh0p and Sc@n.

    And, my OH gave me some money for my birthday with the strict instructions that it was only to be used on 'non essential purchases' as I am doing a Spend Free Year and don't want to spend any of my money on clothes.

    Total spend was 40p from the birthday money!
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 14th Apr 17, 7:51 PM
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    Jazee
    I now have shoes for DD's wedding and a new pair of safe slippers. Getting old! Signature updated.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) September £394.15 Total £8394.15/£12000




    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Apr 17, 1:11 PM
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    kerri gt
    First Clothes Spend of the year, and in a way I didn't spend any money.

    I bought a pair of jeans and a shirt at New Look Online.

    The Total was £38

    I had a 20% voucher as it was my birthday. That brought it down to £30.40. I had £30 in New Look vouchers through Sh0p and Sc@n.

    And, my OH gave me some money for my birthday with the strict instructions that it was only to be used on 'non essential purchases' as I am doing a Spend Free Year and don't want to spend any of my money on clothes.

    Total spend was 40p from the birthday money!
    Originally posted by Florence J
    brilliant, well done"

    I have a confession...more Tikiboos ....this time a pair of their pole shorts...for, well, pole (been asking them for ages to do a pole range so well chuffed) had a 10% off code which I was nice and pleased about....except the next day they ran a 20% Easter promo. Still, I don't mind too much, it's supporting a small business.

    Also went shopping with OH yesterday (not a common event as he hates shopping...well hates the crowds, the parking - even though I drive, and having to look through racks of clothes..so pretty much everything shopping entails) I bought a new pair of trainers, last in my size but an eyelet wasn't attached properly, so I asked if they could do a discount (I saw OH wanting the ground river open up there ans then) expected 10% at a push...they happily offered 20%

    Also stopped for lunch, first place we were going to had a 30+min wait for food, so went next door to Pizza Express, where I remembered mid meal I had an O2 £5 main code, result. Even more of a result when I was paying and the server asked if OH had a code too...which I hadn't thought about and he's on O2 ad well. always feel stingy not choosing a tip when paying by card, but prefer to leave the service charge tip as cash so it has more chance if actually going to the staff (which I did) all in all a relatively MSE trip..except the shampoo I bought in lush....£13 what was I thinking.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 15th Apr 17, 1:16 PM
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    somerandom
    Biba beach cover up - £1 Charity Shop - going on holiday on Tues so very timely
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 15th Apr 17, 4:57 PM
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    Jazee
    New shirt for bowls £26. Will update signature.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) September £394.15 Total £8394.15/£12000




    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 17th Apr 17, 4:25 PM
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    somerandom
    ermmmmmmmm - I've just doubled my spend for the year on a single item - went into TK Maxx to buy some sunglasses - (broke two pairs in the last week - going on holiday tomorrow) Came out with sunglasses plus a bag. I had not intention of buying a bag but this one fell into the category of "the bag I have been looking for". £49.99 to add to my total. It's very beautiful and is tan leather which is my absolute favourite. Off to very guiltily update my signature.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 17th Apr 17, 6:02 PM
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    Jazee
    Somerandom, a handbag is not clothes. Nor are sunglasses. They are accessories, so don't add them to your total, and you've more to spend in the future! Sorted.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) September £394.15 Total £8394.15/£12000




    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 17th Apr 17, 9:49 PM
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    somerandom
    Somerandom, a handbag is not clothes. Nor are sunglasses. They are accessories, so don't add them to your total, and you've more to spend in the future! Sorted.
    Originally posted by Jazee
    I like your style @Jazee - Thanks
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • pixtotts
    • By pixtotts 19th Apr 17, 3:04 PM
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    pixtotts
    Somerandom, a handbag is not clothes. Nor are sunglasses. They are accessories, so don't add them to your total, and you've more to spend in the future! Sorted.
    Originally posted by Jazee
    YES! This that is unless your in the habit of wearing bags haha


    I am back to redeem myself so my -13.50 in the pot has just made a major leap to + £51.83 thanks to finally getting some things listed on ebay! 5 things sold for £65.33 in total most of it had only ever been worn once but amazingly a couple of bits I've actually made a profit on! I got a joules dress and a jacket to wear with it from M&S for a wedding both we're in the sale when I got them and both just went for about £5 more than I paid originally
    Need to keep going probably loads more to put on I've just been selling size 20/22 things now buying size 16!

    most of what I've got back in the pot will be going on a dress to wear to ladies day, a wedding, and a christening though hoping to get 1 to do all 3 have to admit I have found a joules dress exactly the same as the one I just sold on ebay which I am watching... it's currently only at £5.50 so fingers crossed... I hate dress shopping!

    Hope everyone else is getting on ok
    x
    I hope you know your capable, & brave, & significant.
    even when it feels like your not....
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 20th Apr 17, 8:51 AM
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    Jazee
    Well done Pixtotts on the weightloss.

    No more spends to declare here but I did think I looked a right mess yesterday, must make more effort not to just wear the same combo of jeans and jumper all the time.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) September £394.15 Total £8394.15/£12000




    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 22nd Apr 17, 6:57 AM
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    Jo Blogs
    No clothes spends to report, but sold some items in the Bay and so will be saving proceeds to buy clothes when needed. So far I've not spend any of my £250 yearly clothes budget, which I'm really pleased about .

    Wishing you all a great weekend
    Saved Nitty Gritty £7440.75 [149%] / £5000-[Sep] £58.44 for the 'Save 12k in 2017' #157
    2017 Womble #35 £3463.27 Sept NSDs 4/15CCCChl 9/12 months
    Sept PPChl#002 Pts 71
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 22nd Apr 17, 4:25 PM
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    32b3in2013
    Afternoon

    I am here to confess that I have completely busted my budget. I bought loads of things.

    I haven't spent more than I earned in eBay sales earlier in the year, but thats no excuse. I clearly can't stick to a budget.

    I will keep following though.

    Good luck everybody

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85 SPC10 -£405 banked so far
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
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