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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 24th Dec 16, 3:49 PM
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    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge
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    • 24th Dec 16, 3:49 PM
    Remember you're STILL a Womble - 2017 challenge 24th Dec 16 at 3:49 PM
    Dear All

    Finally have time to update what this challenge is about. Firstly what is wombling?

    Wombling is at its most basic level finding things. That you can use and someone else decided they couldn't. When I started this challenge in January of 2015, I used to Womble a lot of brand match coupons, these were just like finding money and I have no idea why people ever threw them away.
    My initial idea was to try and find one thing each time I left the house that would make my life cheaper in some way. Roadkill (change found on the road, bus, self service till draw) is a great one for that. I find that I can usually find at least 1p per journey and although some people would say what's the point? Because I trained myself to look for coins as second nature I have found a lot of money over the years £ 84.20 in 2015, & £62.28 last year.
    I often find useful big items left in the street outside people's houses with notes saying 'take me away' last year I even found a Hoover. I needed a new one so took it. This saves me quite a lot of money. My own wombling style is finder, but a lot of people Womble a lot of money by doing BOGOFFs. Or eBay buying.

    YS shopping is worth a mention. If you are able to buy food with a huge mark down then that's a Womble.

    Basically if you are able to make a saving in any way, including comping then that's a Womble. I don't have any strict rules for this challenge and quite often we just chat! So come on in and join the free fun.

    Bob
    Last edited by Bobarella; 03-01-2017 at 3:22 PM.
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    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
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    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 16th Mar 17, 6:12 PM
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    Hi Bobarella, I was just wondering if the letter to 'Dear Jeremy' on 3 March in the Guardian is from you?
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    My F-I-L is a Jeremy too, I sent him his birthday gift and had a delivery confirmation yesterday to let me know it had been handed over in person to someone called Jermey! New name.

    Amaz0n vouchers £5 and £1 this week. Not wombling much as I am either covered in paint or brick dust, I'm doing diy instead of spending money. It is very boring.
    MFW May 16 £118,340
    September 17 - £109,896.73
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 16th Mar 17, 7:47 PM
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    Hi Bobarella, I was just wondering if the letter to 'Dear Jeremy' on 3 March in the Guardian is from you?
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Nope not guilty. But thanks for flagging it up. Read it and the comments were very interesting
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

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    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 16th Mar 17, 7:52 PM
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    Hi All

    I noticed that they are doing a load your card offer on Nectar so you get triple points on your next 10 shops before the end of March. You just log onto your nectar account to get the points.

    Sugarbaby they also had an eBay offer on there which made me think of you

    Bob
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 16th Mar 17, 10:31 PM
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    2 hopper bus journeys to and from work £3

    16p found on classroom floors

    Free Evening Standard newspaper for which I will claim 50p

    Poundland bargains:


    1 child's book saved myself £6.49

    2 hardback books for myself saved myself £15.99 & £19

    #13 current total = £2057.64
    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 17th Mar 17, 1:55 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Well done with all the womblies

    Hope you all have a blessed wombling day
    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
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 17th Mar 17, 7:03 AM
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    Used the world book day £1 off voucher to buy DS4 a book he claimed he wanted (he has forgotten about it already).

    The school really ramped up the excitement level about the 'Book Fair' after school so I could not have said no without a MAJOR tantrum - some were crying on the playground and being dragged away by parents.
    They would have bought the Yellow Pages if it had been there. Parents were handing over their cards like mad things. Some of the books were £15 ! I know it is a money making opportunity for the school, but still, when DS4 can't even take his own reading book in to read (Harry Potter) as it might encourage other kids to bring books in, I find it hypocritical. Still, 'tis done, £5 down, one book up.
    MFW May 16 £118,340
    September 17 - £109,896.73
    • LuckyPenny
    • By LuckyPenny 17th Mar 17, 8:08 AM
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    £1 free bag of chocolate from work - yum!
    Womble #28 £2,287.34
    Pay off all debts by Xmas 2017 #40 £3465/£5865 Christmas 2017 Saving #11 £89/365
    Competition wins £11,840

    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 17th Mar 17, 11:04 AM
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    Ye oldie womblies so far today:

    Qm cashout £2.12
    Amaz0n voucher £5
    Been given 10 medium sized plain wooden trinket boxes - claiming £40 - Going to do something creative with those

    Off to clean some more wombled tiles while the light's still ok and before it's izzy, whizzy, let's get busy time!

    Hope everyone is having a blessed wombled day
    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
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th Mar 17, 1:36 PM
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    Morning All

    I had a classic today (again) I found a big haul of things as I was walking to work. 4 side plates, a chair, a toilet seat in its wrappings still, a thesaurus, & a play bag for a child.
    Now the funny bit was, we need side plates. I just spent £2 buying two yesterday with the intention of stocking up a few at a time, so that has saved me £4 based on the very cheapest. The toilet seat in our downstairs loo has been broken for goodness knows how long, so hello loo seat My son can make use of the Thesaurus, the chair can be used at work, & the play bag entertained DD for all of 5 mins before she must have thrown it over the edge of her buggy

    Also forgot to log the very ancient 20p found yesterday, and penny today.

    Bob
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th Mar 17, 1:38 PM
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    Bobarella
    Ye oldie womblies so far today:

    Qm cashout £2.12
    Amaz0n voucher £5
    Been given 10 medium sized plain wooden trinket boxes - claiming £40 - Going to do something creative with those

    Off to clean some more wombled tiles while the light's still ok and before it's izzy, whizzy, let's get busy time!

    Hope everyone is having a blessed wombled day
    Originally posted by Jo Blogs
    Are you a crafty person? If not you could maybe sell the boxes as is on ebay.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th Mar 17, 1:40 PM
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    Bobarella
    Used the world book day £1 off voucher to buy DS4 a book he claimed he wanted (he has forgotten about it already).

    The school really ramped up the excitement level about the 'Book Fair' after school so I could not have said no without a MAJOR tantrum - some were crying on the playground and being dragged away by parents.
    They would have bought the Yellow Pages if it had been there. Parents were handing over their cards like mad things. Some of the books were £15 ! I know it is a money making opportunity for the school, but still, when DS4 can't even take his own reading book in to read (Harry Potter) as it might encourage other kids to bring books in, I find it hypocritical. Still, 'tis done, £5 down, one book up.
    Originally posted by f0xh0les
    Reminded me of the Pokemon trading cards seller at the school fair. The stall was knee deep in 7/8 year olds holding aloft notes like city traders in a pub that school isnt silly.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 17th Mar 17, 3:15 PM
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    Jo Blogs
    Morning All

    I had a classic today (again) I found a big haul of things as I was walking to work. 4 side plates, a chair, a toilet seat in its wrappings still, a thesaurus, & a play bag for a child.
    Now the funny bit was, we need side plates. I just spent £2 buying two yesterday with the intention of stocking up a few at a time, so that has saved me £4 based on the very cheapest. The toilet seat in our downstairs loo has been broken for goodness knows how long, so hello loo seat My son can make use of the Thesaurus, the chair can be used at work, & the play bag entertained DD for all of 5 mins before she must have thrown it over the edge of her buggy

    Also forgot to log the very ancient 20p found yesterday, and penny today.

    Bob
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    Brilliant! Absolutely fantastic

    Are you a crafty person? If not you could maybe sell the boxes as is on ebay.
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    I am rather art and crafty but I go through phases, and this seems to be one of them. Good idea with maybe selling a few on the Bay

    I might even try something mosaic as I've got the tiles, but before I start breaking them up, I'm going to have a collegue take a look at the tiles later today. Just in case there are any collectables - I've just got a strange feeling that some of them are because the designs are so beautiful. Plus, they've just thrown some more out today, so I've just been and collected those too

    Came back to update as I've had some additions

    Argos (no spend required) vouchers £10
    My collegue came to look at the ceramic tiles I've wombled
    2 sets of Victorian fireplace and spacer tiles - beautiful condition - they offered £300 for both sets - SOLD!

    I've added another £310 to my wombling total

    I've also got a set of 10 Art Nouveau fireplace tiles - nice clean condition - worth between £500-£900 to the right buyer/collector And a mixture of odds and bobs tiles worth between £2-£6 each. Needless to say, I won't be breaking any of them up to do creative mosaic stuff! Will be trying to sell those in the next few weeks

    Hope everyone has a great evening and weekend!
    Last edited by Jo Blogs; 17-03-2017 at 6:47 PM.
    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
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 17th Mar 17, 9:09 PM
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    Brilliant! Absolutely fantastic



    I am rather art and crafty but I go through phases, and this seems to be one of them. Good idea with maybe selling a few on the Bay

    I might even try something mosaic as I've got the tiles, but before I start breaking them up, I'm going to have a collegue take a look at the tiles later today. Just in case there are any collectables - I've just got a strange feeling that some of them are because the designs are so beautiful. Plus, they've just thrown some more out today, so I've just been and collected those too

    Came back to update as I've had some additions

    Argos (no spend required) vouchers £10
    My collegue came to look at the ceramic tiles I've wombled
    2 sets of Victorian fireplace and spacer tiles - beautiful condition - they offered £300 for both sets - SOLD!

    I've added another £310 to my wombling total

    I've also got a set of 10 Art Nouveau fireplace tiles - nice clean condition - worth between £500-£900 to the right buyer/collector And a mixture of odds and bobs tiles worth between £2-£6 each. Needless to say, I won't be breaking any of them up to do creative mosaic stuff! Will be trying to sell those in the next few weeks

    Hope everyone has a great evening and weekend!
    Originally posted by Jo Blogs
    That all sounds fantastic. You wombled the fire places before selling them?
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 18th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
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    2 hopper bus journeys to and from work worth £3

    Free Evening Standard newspaper 50p

    1p found on a classroom floor

    5 x snack packs of apple slices from Morrisons on special offer which saved me £1

    Poundland bargains:

    4 X Flash spray cleaner saved me £2

    4 X Domestos Power 5 rim blocks saved me £6

    Child's book saved me £4.99

    #13 current total = £2075.14
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 18th Mar 17, 7:32 PM
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    Sugarbaby what a score in just three months! Bravo:
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • LuckyPenny
    • By LuckyPenny 18th Mar 17, 7:42 PM
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    LuckyPenny
    £5.99 on YS food and offers today
    1p found on floor
    Given a free glass of milk for my DD when out today £1
    Got 20% off trainers today £11.40 and 5% cash back will add that when I cash out.
    Total for today £18.40
    Last edited by LuckyPenny; 18-03-2017 at 7:53 PM.
    Womble #28 £2,287.34
    Pay off all debts by Xmas 2017 #40 £3465/£5865 Christmas 2017 Saving #11 £89/365
    Competition wins £11,840

    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th Mar 17, 8:19 PM
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    Not sure If i posted this already or not, correct me if I have.

    I have done two training courses at work and when they are on they put the coffee vending machine in the training area on 'free vend'

    Naturally I made it my mission to have as many coffees I could.

    9 coffees over two sessions at £1.20 normally is a £10.80 womble.

    I was telling my colleague at work about wombling, she was very impressed by it
    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
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 18th Mar 17, 11:31 PM
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    Sugarbaby what a score in just three months! Bravo:
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    Thanks Bob, it is amazing just how much money can be saved when you are a determined wombler. Every single penny and pound soon adds up.
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 18th Mar 17, 11:35 PM
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    More ice....Will claim £2.
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 18th Mar 17, 11:36 PM
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    Bobarella
    Not sure If i posted this already or not, correct me if I have.

    I have done two training courses at work and when they are on they put the coffee vending machine in the training area on 'free vend'

    Naturally I made it my mission to have as many coffees I could.

    9 coffees over two sessions at £1.20 normally is a £10.80 womble.

    I was telling my colleague at work about wombling, she was very impressed by it
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Were you a jittery mess though?
    " Your vibe attracts your tribe"

    Debt neutral 27/03/17 from £40k in the hole 2012.
    Roadkill 17 £56.58 2016-£62.28 2015- £84.20)
    RYSAW17 £1900 2016 £2,535.16 2015 £1027.20
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