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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.
    " 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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    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 20th Apr 17, 1:37 PM
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    Morning fellow wombles

    £2 egg sales, but it has been a sad wombling time for me. Nothing has come my way for ages!

    Miss EP - we had a small bubble machine at our wedding (outside to avoid slippery floors) and the kids loved it. Also had a bag of stickers, colouring pencils and small toys etc. for each little one to help with boredom. It can be a l-o-n-g day to expect kids to be on their best behaviour - good luck!
    Originally posted by Dizzy Imp
    thanks for the advice - I know how bored I get at weddings and I can drink alcohol!!! so it must be torture for the little ones. Loving the bubble machine idea - thanks I will be sure to get one. xxx
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£4258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 20th Apr 17, 1:38 PM
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    I would second a bubble machine, but then my DS1 punched the head of the inflatable bride balloon as a joke, and it came off and spent the rest of the reception floating on the ceiling. It is in most of the photos. If you are having an inflatable helium bride and groom, anchor it well.
    Originally posted by f0xh0les
    That is fantastic xxx
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£4258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 20th Apr 17, 1:42 PM
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    I have a womble! I didn't count it last year, but I will count it this year, as it's so unexpected!
    Dd1 has math problems, and the teacher suggested math tutoring. In Belgium this is covered by the equivalent of NHS , but only if the test shows a really bad result, which it did . There is a suspicion of dyscalculia .

    So, last year, we went to the Paediatrician, who looked her over and said that physically all is fine, then to the Speech Therapist, who did the math test. Back to the Paediatrician who then prescribed 104 30-min sessions with the Speech Therapist, to be taken within a year. (In Belgium the Speech Therapist also gives math tutoring; yeah, I didn't expect it either.) So, at the end of the year the Speech Therapist did another test, and it shows that dd1 has improved a lot, but is still on dyscalculia level. We took the test to the Paediatrician, and he prescribed another 100 sessions! I was told this was not possible, but apparently, it can be done. Our advantage for the next 12 months is 100 x (€ 22.50 - €4) = € 1,850!! (GBP 1,550) We pay € 22.50 per session and get € 18.50 reimbursed.

    Dd1 scores almost 100% on language, world orientation, crafts, religion, and sports (I know, the last 3 subjects are not really 'scoring' subjects ), and I think the results of the math test are low because she works slowly and does not finish in time. She has moments of brilliance, and a new calculating method has helped a lot, too. I'm letting her bake quite a lot at the moment, just so she understands the connection between numbers and real life
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    I'm also really pleased that she is receiving so much support. I have a lot of students with similar issues and I think one of the best things that you can do is to keep making that connection between numbers and real life. Baking is such a great way to do this with weights and measures and even cutting up the cake into sections can help with fractions etc. I think you're approach is fantastic and well done to your daughter on the progress made so far.
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£4258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 20th Apr 17, 1:51 PM
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    Just to update - I got some table decorations for the wedding and some strawberry plants for the garden. When I moved house I brought my old rain butt, only because it had a crack in the bottom. I intend to drill big holes around it to make a big strawberry planter. Can't wait to get planting.

    I got a squash racket with leather cover for 75p! Don't know how much they are in the shops but I was prepared to pay £5 for a secondhand one so I'll claim £4.25

    Got DD1 a new mini metal stacked veg steamer - saw one in JL that I liked last week but it was £20 - got one today for £7.50 saving £12.50
    Got 14 massive steaks for £20 off the meat van. He said £40 worth per bag of 7 so that would have been £80 so I'm going to claim £20 (They are gorgeous - steak for tea yummy).
    Got DD1 some vintage nike trainer/pump things which she loves and she said they sell for hundreds on eBay (may nick them back off her now). She loves them. I've seen similar in the shops for about £60 but would only have paid £15 for them second hand - they're almost mint condition so I'll claim a £12 gain as I only paid £3 for them.

    DD2 got a few designer items which she loves but she paid for them herself out of her PM but I just love taking her as she learns about the value of money and totally loves a bargain. Disappointed that I won't be able to go again next week as I'll be back at work but there's always the weekends!!

    Hope everyone's having a great day. xxx
    RYASAW 2017 Total to date:£4258.98
    DFW Nerd No: 600
    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 20th Apr 17, 2:54 PM
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    Great Car Boot bargains there MEP.
    I would never have thought of a weekday CB. Will have to have a look and see if there are any around here.

    Siebrie - What brilliant news! Well done.
    MFW May 16 £118,340
    September 17 - £109,896.73
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 20th Apr 17, 6:28 PM
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    Bobarella
    Had a Shakespeare womble today. I saw a coin in the road and wasn't sure if it was a 2p or not
    " 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 20th Apr 17, 6:29 PM
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    Bobarella
    Just to update - I got some table decorations for the wedding and some strawberry plants for the garden. When I moved house I brought my old rain butt, only because it had a crack in the bottom. I intend to drill big holes around it to make a big strawberry planter. Can't wait to get planting.

    I got a squash racket with leather cover for 75p! Don't know how much they are in the shops but I was prepared to pay £5 for a secondhand one so I'll claim £4.25

    Got DD1 a new mini metal stacked veg steamer - saw one in JL that I liked last week but it was £20 - got one today for £7.50 saving £12.50
    Got 14 massive steaks for £20 off the meat van. He said £40 worth per bag of 7 so that would have been £80 so I'm going to claim £20 (They are gorgeous - steak for tea yummy).
    Got DD1 some vintage nike trainer/pump things which she loves and she said they sell for hundreds on eBay (may nick them back off her now). She loves them. I've seen similar in the shops for about £60 but would only have paid £15 for them second hand - they're almost mint condition so I'll claim a £12 gain as I only paid £3 for them.

    DD2 got a few designer items which she loves but she paid for them herself out of her PM but I just love taking her as she learns about the value of money and totally loves a bargain. Disappointed that I won't be able to go again next week as I'll be back at work but there's always the weekends!!

    Hope everyone's having a great day. xxx
    Originally posted by miss empty piggy
    It is so good letting them learn about money by actually using it. Pocket money is a great invention in my humble opinion.
    " 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 20th Apr 17, 6:33 PM
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    Bobarella
    £1.80 on YS mince
    £1.00 on YS peas
    1p roadkill
    I saw a 5p the other day but would have to have asked two pensioners out of the way to get at it so resisted. Brooded about it all day!
    Originally posted by Toni'sfriend
    I'm surprised they didn't nab it themselves
    " 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 20th Apr 17, 6:38 PM
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    Bobarella
    I have a womble! I didn't count it last year, but I will count it this year, as it's so unexpected!
    Dd1 has math problems, and the teacher suggested math tutoring. In Belgium this is covered by the equivalent of NHS , but only if the test shows a really bad result, which it did . There is a suspicion of dyscalculia .

    So, last year, we went to the Paediatrician, who looked her over and said that physically all is fine, then to the Speech Therapist, who did the math test. Back to the Paediatrician who then prescribed 104 30-min sessions with the Speech Therapist, to be taken within a year. (In Belgium the Speech Therapist also gives math tutoring; yeah, I didn't expect it either.) So, at the end of the year the Speech Therapist did another test, and it shows that dd1 has improved a lot, but is still on dyscalculia level. We took the test to the Paediatrician, and he prescribed another 100 sessions! I was told this was not possible, but apparently, it can be done. Our advantage for the next 12 months is 100 x (€ 22.50 - €4) = € 1,850!! (GBP 1,550) We pay € 22.50 per session and get € 18.50 reimbursed.

    Dd1 scores almost 100% on language, world orientation, crafts, religion, and sports (I know, the last 3 subjects are not really 'scoring' subjects ), and I think the results of the math test are low because she works slowly and does not finish in time. She has moments of brilliance, and a new calculating method has helped a lot, too. I'm letting her bake quite a lot at the moment, just so she understands the connection between numbers and real life
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    Siebre - I'm so glad your daughter is getting the help she needs. And it's brilliant for you that you can get it at such a low cost. The baking idea is very good.
    " 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 20th Apr 17, 11:27 PM
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    I bought a BNWT Nike Team Sideline rain jacket from eBay for £14.99 including P & P which saved me £22 on the next lowest price of £36.99 that I could find it elsewhere

    #13 current total = £3346.49
    • Jo Blogs
    • By Jo Blogs 21st Apr 17, 1:07 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Great going with all the wombles Some funny and fantastic posts & news folks

    Wishing you all an extra special 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
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 21st Apr 17, 5:20 AM
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    I would second a bubble machine, but then my DS1 punched the head of the inflatable bride balloon as a joke, and it came off and spent the rest of the reception floating on the ceiling. It is in most of the photos. If you are having an inflatable helium bride and groom, anchor it well.
    Originally posted by f0xh0les


    Had a Shakespeare womble today. I saw a coin in the road and wasn't sure if it was a 2p or not
    Originally posted by Bobarella
    RYSAW17. Jan 17. £197.91
    Feb 17. £128.52
    March 17. £210.69
    April 17. £155.59
    May 17. £191.64
    June 17. £126.02
    July 17. £262
    August 17. £22
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 21st Apr 17, 9:18 AM
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    Just 1p roadkill. Not much but it keeps me happy, I'm a simple soul
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 21st Apr 17, 10:48 AM
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    I bought a BNWT Nike Team Sideline rain jacket from eBay for £14.99 including P & P which saved me £22 on the next lowest price of £36.99 that I could find it elsewhere

    #13 current total = £3346.49
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    eBay Queen

    Good morning everyone

    Great going with all the wombles Some funny and fantastic posts & news folks

    Wishing you all an extra special wombling day!
    Originally posted by Jo Blogs
    And you

    Just 1p roadkill. Not much but it keeps me happy, I'm a simple soul
    Originally posted by Toni'sfriend
    But do you HAVE to chant to yourself like a crazy 'find a penny pick it up etc etc' or just me?
    " 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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 21st Apr 17, 10:48 AM
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    Work breakfast € 1
    A chair massage from work € 10
    Four apples from Reception € 0,80
    Large box of muesli € 5
    Last edited by Siebrie; 21-04-2017 at 2:43 PM.
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 6466,86= £ 5589.79
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 21st Apr 17, 12:17 PM
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    Free Evening Standard newspaper 50p

    2 hopper bus journeys yesterday to and from work worth £3

    #13 current total = £3349.99
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 21st Apr 17, 5:35 PM
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    Was so excited about my 1p that I forgot to claim for
    3 tops at £10.00 each. I was going to pay for them but C treated me at the checkout.
    2 pairs of trousers totalling £40.00 which I paid for with Christmas gift tokens.
    Thanks for reminding me, Bob.
    • Bobarella
    • By Bobarella 21st Apr 17, 7:41 PM
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    Well done Wombles!

    Today I found an amazing pillar candle that someone had put out as well as other bits I didn't want. Its a huge long candle that I'd imagine will last months. I have seen much smaller candles at around £5 a pop so i will claim that. We also found a cheap lightweight football. £1 for that.
    " 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 22nd Apr 17, 3:34 AM
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    Jo Blogs
    Good morning everyone

    Great going with all the wombles

    Wishing you all a super 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
    • Toni'sfriend
    • By Toni'sfriend 22nd Apr 17, 8:52 AM
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    Found another 1p. People around here must be throwing them away!
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