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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


    If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply!
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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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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 4th Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    Sent one of the tops back as it was faulty. Resisting ordering another as it was a bit disappointing for the money.
    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
    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 8th Jul 17, 9:42 AM
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    Good morning folks

    Nothing much to report except that I still haven't spent any of my yearly clothing budget, and seem to be enjoying a simpler approach of using the clothes I have with a lovely mix and match twist . I've also managed to swap a few bits with a friend, so we both got some new stuff without actually having to spend
    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
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 13th Jul 17, 11:13 AM
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    Bought an "emergency" pair of Sketchers the other day - my sandals broke when I was out - £40 to add to total.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 13th Jul 17, 12:08 PM
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    I have since ended up with another £5 top (ordered it online for someone else but it didn't fit.) Decided I liked it and it fitted me so I've kept it.

    I had to buy a pair of trainers but I don't know whether to add these. I think I counted shoes last year but I'm majorly over budget as it is!
    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
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 13th Jul 17, 4:09 PM
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    Hello


    #11 total now £143.89/£300 had to buy replacement trainers and some walking-to-work comfy shoes because I now do more walking on the way to work (in my comfy shoes)...


    El
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,438/£1,968 paid;
    2017 AFD 159/200: Jan - June = 123; July = 15; Aug = 21
    CCC #11 £207.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 22nd Jul 17, 10:19 PM
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    My head was turned by a special offer on Fablou bags.... bought a beautiful teal one - £45 .

    Also bought a Boden cotton shirt £2 - CS.

    Visited a friend this afternoon & helped her declutter her flat - we came across a pair of brand new shoes that don't fit her & she gave them to me as a thank you
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 26th Jul 17, 9:49 PM
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    Bought another lovely summery Boden top in the CS - £3.50.

    Only £40 remaining of my budget for the rest of the year !!!

    Just did a mini analysis of my spend for the year having been shocked I'd used so much of my budget. £200 has gone on footwear & bags !! Also I've already re-donated 7 of the clothing items I bought from CS - in fairness they only amount to about £20 but that's quite a few mistakes...
    Last edited by somerandom; 26-07-2017 at 10:06 PM.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 6th Aug 17, 2:34 PM
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    Wow - I seem to be the only one spending at the moment

    Hobbs Jeans £3.99, Manteray top - nice colour & length £3.50, Principles black V neck top (very versatile) - all CS of course - £8.49.

    I got accepted to do some work later this year which will involve going into a Corporate environment. I'm going to need to extend my wardrobe for that. Having worked in a Charity for years followed by 2 years working mostly from home wearing yoga pants or jeans (much of which has been spent working by phone or Skype) I haven't got too much that will be suitable. I will set myself a special budget for this once I get more details.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 6th Aug 17, 8:38 PM
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    Somerandom oh I've been spending I just haven't popped on to confess. Managed to get a little bit of shopping time in when I was in the US recently, as well as new running trainers (which I needed and am now trying to wear in before my next race). However I also managed to buy lots of other bits (which were on the sale on offer but I wasn't going to have nothing to wear with out them )

    Was sorting stuff for charity today and refound a top I think I might like to wear again. Rest of the bag will be dropped off tomorrow.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 6th Aug 17, 11:35 PM
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    Somerandom oh I've been spending I just haven't popped on to confess.
    Originally posted by kerri gt
    Soooo happy not to be a lone spender
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 11th Aug 17, 6:38 AM
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    Monsoon cardi from CS £3.50
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 11th Aug 17, 10:33 AM
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    Hello


    #11 reporting £54.60 spend on three dresses for work. Total now £198.49/£300


    Roughly two thirds of budget spent two thirds of the way through the year - phew! Just need some trousers for work, then hopefully no more spends until Autumn.


    El
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,438/£1,968 paid;
    2017 AFD 159/200: Jan - June = 123; July = 15; Aug = 21
    CCC #11 £207.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 18th Aug 17, 9:45 PM
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    Black layered top CS - £3.50. TShirt - Saltrock sale £10.00
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Angela84
    • By Angela84 19th Aug 17, 4:26 AM
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    Hello! May I join in please?

    I'm very frugal when it comes to clothes anyway, I've perfected my capsule wardrobe and can't stand spending money on new things when I think of how much is thrown away each year!
    I visit primark maybe 4 times a year for myself. My wardrobe I feel is full and will last me until 2018.
    I have 5 children who's clothes are either hand me downs or gifts. There's nothing they need except school shoes that nanny treats them to.

    So, could you set me a target of £100 for me and 5 children? I'll know by the end of the year if that's stupidly unrealistic!
    LBM January 2017 £9850 debts /// Sept 2017 £3585 paid £6265 to go (35%) DFD June 18

    Natwest C/C £250 Rbs O/D £1250 NatWest O/D £1600 Barclaycard C/C £1810 Lloyds C/C £4750 £4455

    Been in debt for 15yrs, trying to become debt free in 15 months
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 20th Aug 17, 10:21 PM
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    Welcome @Angela84
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 21st Aug 17, 11:37 PM
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    Gorgeous magenta Hobbs long sleeved t shirt - £3
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 22nd Aug 17, 4:11 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hello! May I join in please?

    I'm very frugal when it comes to clothes anyway, I've perfected my capsule wardrobe and can't stand spending money on new things when I think of how much is thrown away each year!
    I visit primark maybe 4 times a year for myself. My wardrobe I feel is full and will last me until 2018.
    I have 5 children who's clothes are either hand me downs or gifts. There's nothing they need except school shoes that nanny treats them to.

    So, could you set me a target of £100 for me and 5 children? I'll know by the end of the year if that's stupidly unrealistic!
    Originally posted by Angela84
    Hi Angela, sorry I've only just seen your post. You are most welcome to join us. I've given you number 38 and added your £100 budget to the second post of this thread.

    Good luck
    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
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 22nd Aug 17, 9:17 PM
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    Still spending .... a lovely Seasalt T shirt from ebay - £9.99 - I've ordered some other stuff that has yet to arrive so my total will be going up (& up...)
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 23rd Aug 17, 10:46 AM
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    Eltee12
    Hello


    #11 reporting £54.60 spend on three dresses for work. Total now £198.49/£300


    Roughly two thirds of budget spent two thirds of the way through the year - phew! Just need some trousers for work, then hopefully no more spends until Autumn.


    El
    Originally posted by Eltee12


    Got the trousers for work - were £19.50 but I had a £10 gift card, so total now £207.99/£300




    El
    Last edited by Eltee12; 23-08-2017 at 10:47 AM. Reason: Can't add up!
    PAYDBX 2017 #45 £1,438/£1,968 paid;
    2017 AFD 159/200: Jan - June = 123; July = 15; Aug = 21
    CCC #11 £207.99/£300 - no spend months: JAN-APRIL
    Mortgage-free since 2013
    • Angela84
    • By Angela84 23rd Aug 17, 7:22 PM
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    Have just broke the ice of my £100 budget with a bikini today from Asda in the sale for £6. Off on holiday in October and whilst I'm happy to accept hand me downs for any other items, i knew I'd have to buy a bikini New as was gonna be super fussy trying to find something I liked and to try and cover all my yucky wobble bits!

    £6/£100.
    LBM January 2017 £9850 debts /// Sept 2017 £3585 paid £6265 to go (35%) DFD June 18

    Natwest C/C £250 Rbs O/D £1250 NatWest O/D £1600 Barclaycard C/C £1810 Lloyds C/C £4750 £4455

    Been in debt for 15yrs, trying to become debt free in 15 months
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