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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 MSE Andrea; 19-10-2017 at 2:48 PM.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £108.83/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £220.95/£120.00

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    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 26th Apr 17, 2:19 PM
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    Eltee12
    Afternoon All


    #11 reporting total is still £0/£300


    only 'spend' so far was gift card, so didn't count.... hurrah!


    El
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,968/£1,968 paid, yipeee!;
    2017 AFD 199/200: Jan - June = 123; July - Sept = 51; Oct = 25
    CCC #11 £232.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 26th Apr 17, 10:29 PM
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    kerri gt
    Argh, the new trainers I bought over Easter weekend have rubbed my heel going to have to invest in plasters and wear the trainers with thick socks to wear them in a bit.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 28th Apr 17, 8:05 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Hi everyone

    Have been remarkably absent due to not spending anything on clothes yet this year. OMG cannot believe I am able to say that. But in all honesty, it is only due to the fact that every time I think I "must pick up .....", I think of this challenge and find another way round it.

    Unfortunately if the weather doesn't get better I'm going to have to buy a new winter coat! I was expecting to have retired the current one to the bin by now, it is looking a bit frayed and has practically no waterproof-ness left. Thankfully the thick tights are still holding up.

    I think the undies are finally going to need replacing. So I may be back next time to report a spend.

    Take care
    Miss DM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574 - £544.30 ...SPC11 - £15 / £500
    Xmas 2018 - #11: £0 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £122 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £7,231.51 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £7,615.91 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • Jazee
    • By Jazee 28th Apr 17, 10:32 AM
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    Jazee
    Morning all. Reporting in that I spent £9.95 on socks yesterday. It may seem a lot for only 3 pairs but they are 100% bamboo so are really comfy, stay fresh and last ages.

    I've updated my signature.
    The "Save 12k in 2017" Thread! (#20) December £355 Total £12694.84/£12000




    • pixtotts
    • By pixtotts 28th Apr 17, 3:46 PM
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    pixtotts
    Ok.... sooo.... that +51.83 I spent it ... and some.
    Got an Oasis dress for the christening/wedding/ladies day 20% off so only £44 it's gorgeous! and it fits perfectly <3 and I struggle to find dresses I like and that suit me and fit me properly so when it did I couldn't not get it. (Plus I fitted into an Oasis dress!)
    And then I spent the rest in Selfridges, but in the Primark bit! Got a pale blue jacket to wear with the dress, and to wear for my birthday this weekend only £17. It's a little snug on the arms so will hopefully still fit me for a bit longer.

    anyway I'm back into the minuses... *does maths* - £9.17 oops... But!! I'm waiting for £8 from two items on ebay so really it's only - £1.17 and I have an ever growing list of things to list on there.

    My wardrobe is also looking a little emptier (which is a good thing) as I've been dumping my too big stuff on my sisters bed for her to try
    x
    I hope you know your capable, & brave, & significant.
    even when it feels like your not....
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 29th Apr 17, 5:51 PM
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    somerandom
    Soooooo - I bought a down jacket today £32 TK Maxx - so light, warm and comfortable and a beautiful colour - I've already worn it and felt great in it. I also replaced my old dead trainers £27.99. £59.99 to add to my total !!!
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • 498louise
    • By 498louise 29th Apr 17, 6:43 PM
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    498louise
    Please count me in. I am going to be on a very tight budget at least for the next couple of months so can't really afford to be spending any money on clothing. However that's probably unrealistic as I know that I will at least need new winter boots this year. I am going to set myself a £90 budget (£10 a month) and plan to subsidise anything else with b'day money and/or selling clothing.
    NSD May: 0/16
    Make £5 a day in May: £0/£155
    Credit Card1: £0.00
    Credit Card2:
    Very account: £0
    • Lumanous
    • By Lumanous 30th Apr 17, 11:47 PM
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    Lumanous
    I like the idea of this challenge but I realised reading through the suggested rules at the start that I've already been doing this for many years!! In one way I am proud of what I've been able to achieve but in another just shows how easy it is to get far away from what other people tend to do for their shopping habits etc. (not saying a good or a bad thing, I think there are elements of both) When I was younger I used to shop all the time and new etc., would look for sales of course but was so much freer. Now the norm is so much different than I would have known 10-15 years back. I think I've gotten myself back into a reasonable/compromised state for clothes. Still will always try to sell on and cycle buying and selling but also taking away some guilt in the sense that I am actually allowed new things sometimes! Did sell a huge bundle of over 200 pieces of clothing this year as a start (although donated half the profits). Got a few more bundles but will need to wait until a bit later in the year to sell items again.

    This year will be mostly non-buying as I'm hoping I can use everything I have and have some specific jobs coming up which I think I already have full wardrobes for. Hopefully very little spend needed (although I won't sign up to the challenge yet as I won't be able to be online much for a few months).

    I'll wish the rest of you Good Luck and I shall keep checking in

    No, my username is not a typo
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 1st May 17, 12:14 PM
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    Kim_13
    Please count me in. I am going to be on a very tight budget at least for the next couple of months so can't really afford to be spending any money on clothing. However that's probably unrealistic as I know that I will at least need new winter boots this year. I am going to set myself a £90 budget (£10 a month) and plan to subsidise anything else with b'day money and/or selling clothing.
    Originally posted by 498louise
    Welcome to the challenge, you are number 37.

    Good luck
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £108.83/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £220.95/£120.00

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    • cw18
    • By cw18 1st May 17, 12:29 PM
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    cw18
    Big spend (and first of the year) yesterday....

    Got myself a new waterproof jacket (which I mentioned a while back I needed) with a detachble fleece. Cost me £99 Saw a couple of possibles at £60 and £70, mainly cheaper as neither had a fleece (which I didn't really need). But the last few waterproofs I've had (various makes) have proven nigh on impossible to re-proof, and this one is the same make as my OH has had for at least 10 years - that being just 1 jacket that he's re-proofed with no problems every 1-2 years. He'd recently bought himself a new one as the old one was starting to wear in places, and mine is the ladies version of the same design. Got a different colour though


    At the moment the only other thing I think I'll almost certainly need this year is a pair of trainers for general knocking around.
    Cheryl
    Sell £1000 : £0.00
    Crazy Clothes : £0.00
    Toiletries : 0 IN; 5 UU; 0 TA; 0 GA


    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 6th May 17, 7:04 AM
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    Soooooo - I bought a down jacket today £32 TK Maxx - so light, warm and comfortable and a beautiful colour - I've already worn it and felt great in it.
    Originally posted by somerandom
    I'm not sure how I ever coped without a down jacket - so light and so warm!! I've ordered a black one now
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 6th May 17, 1:56 PM
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    kerri gt
    I'm not sure how I ever coped without a down jacket - so light and so warm!! I've ordered a black one now
    Originally posted by somerandom
    I got a FF one a few years ago in their winter sale. I love it as its sooooo warm (me toasty on a cold winter night north of t boarder at the football while everyone else is freezing their bits off toasty) but omg, it's SO warm I can't do anything like shop in it or I turn into a sweaty heap

    Just gained a new jumper today, but a friend gave me that so £0 to me (might have to buy her a drink though as feel bad just taking it, even though she was getting rid of it anyway)
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 7th May 17, 6:33 AM
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    Hi there
    Have made my first clothes purchase for the year and, as I'm so out of practice, got carried away. Went out for a long length dressing gown, as I have unexpected house guests arriving shortly and staying for a number of months, (had seen one for £35 that I wanted). But, whilst in tkmx buying hangers, saw one with a hood - still not sure why you need a hood on a dressing gown but it looked so cute and was only £19. So far so good. But then I went and found two silk tops, which I just had to have £19 each. So instead of saving £16 ended up over spending by £22.

    Hanging head in shame (two tops are beautiful though) and starting my 2017 clothing spend at £57 / £150

    Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday
    MissDM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574 - £544.30 ...SPC11 - £15 / £500
    Xmas 2018 - #11: £0 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £122 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £7,231.51 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £7,615.91 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • GilmoreGirl
    • By GilmoreGirl 9th May 17, 7:07 PM
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    GilmoreGirl
    Hi again,

    I spent £46 on clothes - added! I got a top for going out plus a jumper to wear mostly at work. I will need to buy a couple of trousers as well - I'll probably get them from Primark..
    CCCC 2017: £520/£600 + £240 for a wedding
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 10th May 17, 8:52 AM
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    somerandom
    OK so black down jacket arrived and it's a keeper - £39.99 added to total.

    I also bought a gorgeous Fabulou bag from the Charity Shop - It looks hardly used and I only paid £3.00 for it - it's currently on sale for £80 online.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • vintagegal
    • By vintagegal 15th May 17, 11:12 AM
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    vintagegal
    Hello everyone

    Have been AWOL again, and have been buying things I am afraid. I don't think I'm much over the money I made on eBay sales earlier in the year though, so that's an improvement for me! And I already shrunk one of the dresses I bought in the tumble dryer
    To everyone that has been justifying 'bigger' spends like Jazees £10 for 3 pairs of socks, I think that if you really need something then it is OK to spend on it and not get something cheap that 'will do'. If you love something you wear it more, and a good quality pair of socks will last longer than cheap ones. A dress that costs £15 in the sale but you never wear it isn't a bargain, it is money wasted. But if you spend £100 on a dress that you wear every week, and enjoy wearing, that's a better buy in my opinion.

    I have often been guilty of buying things to scratch an itch. Its far better to look at what you need and fill that gap in the wardrobe with something that will last and that you feel good in. For me this challenge isn't only about saving money, it is about changing the way I think about shopping. And not having a bursting at the seams wardrobe but nothing to wear
    Crazy clothes challenge 2017 £48.25 / £0
    Weight loss 4lbs
    Clothes budget =£10 per lb
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 16th May 17, 12:42 PM
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    Eltee12
    #11 reporting a spend .......
    ...... of £2.50, da da daaaaaaah. Also a no spend April, hurrah!
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,968/£1,968 paid, yipeee!;
    2017 AFD 199/200: Jan - June = 123; July - Sept = 51; Oct = 25
    CCC #11 £232.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 17th May 17, 5:56 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Morning all
    Just popping in to say that I took the dressing gown back. Something about it was bothering me. Couldn't put my finger on it, so left it out ready to wear for a week and when I didn't go near it ... Well its fate was sealed. So that puts £19 back into my available funds: £38 / £150

    Take care in the rain
    Miss DM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574 - £544.30 ...SPC11 - £15 / £500
    Xmas 2018 - #11: £0 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £122 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £7,231.51 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £7,615.91 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 17th May 17, 10:15 PM
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    somerandom
    Replacement fit flops - £36.78 - bought last identical pair 2-3 years ago and wore them to death so feel justified in this purchase....
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 25th May 17, 6:13 PM
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    Kim_13
    Not even half way through the year and I'm already over budget (if I keep what I've ordered today in the 25% off TU.)

    And I think I've gained weight rather than losing it. Fail
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2017 #9 ~ £108.83/£250.00
    CCCC 2017 #1 ~ £220.95/£120.00

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