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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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    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 25th Aug 17, 8:27 AM
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    somerandom
    Fat Face Skirt from eBay £11.99. Its identical to one I have already that I love but it is falling apart - literally needed to be sewn up & is quite visible.

    I have managed to spend my entire years budget already. I'm just accepting that and I'm not going to attempt to avoid spending until the end of the year. I'm enjoying adding more colour to my wardrobe - I'm enjoying deep greens and pinks - I hadn't realised how much they suit my colouring.

    I will carrying on posting because at least it makes me a bit more conscious of my spending - but will not attempt to stay within my budget because as I said - that would mean spending literally nothing until the end of the year & I don't want to do that.
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • somerandom
    • By somerandom 26th Aug 17, 7:06 PM
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    somerandom
    FatFace tankini top eBay
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Angela84
    • By Angela84 29th Aug 17, 10:03 PM
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    Angela84
    £5 for 3 pairs of second hand school trousers for my son. So that's me up to £15/£100 now.
    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
    • Angela84
    • By Angela84 29th Aug 17, 10:04 PM
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    Angela84
    Well done to you some random for trying to stay accountable!
    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 30th Aug 17, 8:43 PM
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    somerandom
    Thanks @Angela84
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
    • Savertobe
    • By Savertobe 7th Sep 17, 8:25 AM
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    Savertobe
    Hi

    Posted on here before as I have set a budget of 100 per month - it does not really kick in until next month but I have been careful now for around 6 months. However, when I read someone is planning only to spend 100 for herself and children it makes me feel like a total dork.

    In September have only spent as follows:

    1.50 nail files
    1.89 cotton wool pads
    8.00 earrings
    22.00 shampoo

    33.39 in total - so 66.61 left in the budget. Hair cut and colour on Saturday will set me back around 50.00 as I have done at home.

    16.61 in the pot.

    Birthday looming (October) and it is then that I splurge - so already planning for some spending once all my current cosmetics have gone - can't keep to the 10 per beauty item as skin has suffered over the summer with cheap moisturisers.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 7th Sep 17, 4:00 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi

    Posted on here before as I have set a budget of 100 per month - it does not really kick in until next month but I have been careful now for around 6 months. However, when I read someone is planning only to spend 100 for herself and children it makes me feel like a total dork.

    In September have only spent as follows:

    1.50 nail files
    1.89 cotton wool pads
    8.00 earrings
    22.00 shampoo

    33.39 in total - so 66.61 left in the budget. Hair cut and colour on Saturday will set me back around 50.00 as I have done at home.

    16.61 in the pot.

    Birthday looming (October) and it is then that I splurge - so already planning for some spending once all my current cosmetics have gone - can't keep to the 10 per beauty item as skin has suffered over the summer with cheap moisturisers.
    Originally posted by Savertobe
    Hi Savertobe

    The other poster probably isn't including cosmetics in her clothes budget, so taking that into consideration yours isn't as high as it may first appear. I hadn't even thought of including these things in the clothes budget. £33.39 doesn't go far these days either.

    It's a lot easier to start and then work down gradually - as I've learned by essentially halving my budget this year.

    Next year (if we are all up for a 2018 challenge?) I need to write down more rules. I can't for the life of me remember if I was counting shoes or not. And actually remember to weigh myself! I had a starting weight but have failed to do so since!!
    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
    • Angela84
    • By Angela84 7th Sep 17, 10:09 PM
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    Angela84
    Hi saver to be, it's me who's set the £100 budget for me and the children, by please let me assure you, im simply including clothes in that budget plan! I'm lucky enough to have lots of friends with children who give me hand me downs for free and I live in an area that people are always giving away bags of old clothes too.
    I would not be able to set myself a budget on hair and makeup I don't think as I've no way of getting these things for free, and although I don't mind going makeup free sometimes, I have to use rather expensive makeup when I do use it as I've got a pigment skin condition on my face. Same with my expensive moisturiser.
    Same with hair, I have a hairdresser friend do it who's cheaper than a salon but I wouldn't just be able to go without my cut and colour every couple of months!
    Honestly if I did what you've done and set myself a monthly budget to include clothes Hair makeup and anything beauty related I think mine would come to over £100 and I don't think I'd even be comfortable limiting myself!
    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
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 10th Sep 17, 12:19 AM
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    Florence J
    Bought a rain coat today using £26.50 in T3sco clubcard vouchers, meaning it cost me £5.50.

    Total spend on clothes this year is £5.88, or £9.83 if you include £3.95 I spent on postage on an item of clothing I used a code to get for free online.
    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
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 14th Sep 17, 9:43 PM
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    kerri gt
    Oh dear, I've discovered Shein, only placed one order and some of it isn't 'that' cheap but it's addictive to look at.
    Feb 2015 NSD Challenge 8/12
    JAN NSD 11/16


    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 14th Sep 17, 11:12 PM
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    Kim_13
    I'm looking at a coat and some PJ's

    Given the state of my budget it's safe to say I won't be checking out Shein in the near future.
    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 15th Sep 17, 9:43 PM
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    somerandom
    A pair of Seasalt leggings £22.00 (I can't tell you how rarely I buy anything full price - but I LOVE the colour) - T Shirt - Sale SaltRock - £5 - A brand new gym top from CS - £2 - 6 prs of brand new socks from CS £3
    No Clutter to be seen 2017
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 £392.52/£397
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