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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 14th Dec 17, 2:12 AM
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    Frugaldom
    2018 Frugal Living Challenge
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    • 14th Dec 17, 2:12 AM
    2018 Frugal Living Challenge 14th Dec 17 at 2:12 AM
    Join us here for year 11 of the Frugaldom challenge on MSE

    The Frugal Living Challenge 2018

    It's that time of year again, the time when we all need to start thinking ahead into the new year and how we are going to tackle any debts, generate extra income and squirrel away some savings.

    Please take the time to read this post in full and if you have any questions, feel free to message me or ask in the forum.

    This is an adaptation of the original NYK/Frugaldom 'Living on £4,000 for a Year' challenge. It has been running here on MSE for several years, although these particular money challenges began back in the 90's, elsewhere. We have seen many changes over the years, so this version is a catalogue of diaries charting the progress of 'debt free wannabe' money savers.

    Your budget is personal to you, it should fit with your personal financial situation.

    If you would like to use a simple spreadsheet for calculating your annual expenditure, you are welcome to download a free copy of the original one HERE Simply overwrite the initial monthly amounts and the totals will auto-calculate. From then, it is a simple case of deducting (use the minus sign in front of the amounts) all your outgoings as the year progresses. It's worth while playing about with it to alter headings to suit your personal lifestyle. I've included a couple of extra columns for things like rent/mortgage & council tax and misc/debt payments.

    Some have already achieved debt freedom and now follow frugal lifestyles in order to stay debt free. Others are still tackling their debts and living a frugal life in an attempt to reach their debt-free and/or mortgage-free day. Whichever stage you are at, feel free to join us and share your journey.

    The following links will take you to previous MSE versions of our challenge:

    The 2017 Challenge

    The 2016 Challenge

    The 2015 Challenge

    The 2014 Challenge

    The 2013 Challenge

    The 2012 Challenge

    Part 1 - January to March 2011
    Part 2 - April to June 2011
    Part 3 - July to December 2011
    Introduction to the 2010 Challenge
    Part 1 - January to March 2010
    Part 2 - April to June 2010
    Part 3 - July to September 2010
    Part 4 - October to December 2010
    Part 1 - January to March 2009
    Part 2 - April to June 2009
    Part 3 - July to September 2009
    Part 4 - October to December 2009
    Part 1 - January to March 2008
    Part 2 - April to June 2008
    Part 3 - July to September 2008
    Part 4 - October to December 2008

    How it all began - Saving to buy a house without a mortgage 2007 Challenge

    The original interest beater challenge

    The original £1000 in 100 days challenge

    The original free hobbies thread

    IMPORTANT
    Please respect others' lifestyles and beliefs. We are not here to judge, we are here to support. Thank you

    This challenge is about living a frugal, sustainable lifestyle - establishing your true cost of living, sticking to your budget, clearing any debts and making savings wherever and however you can to enable you to live the life you really want.

    Frugal living isn't for everyone, but everyone is welcome to join us. Methods employed by our merry band of frugalers include batch cooking, stockpiling, preserving, foraging, mending, shopping in charity shops, reducing, reusing, recycling, Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS), vegetable and fruit growing, allotments, keeping hens, using cash back sites and earning whatever it takes to become self sufficient in managing the cost of living without incurring debt.

    For some it is initially about clearing debt, for others it's about increasing savings, buying property, becoming stay at home mums or paying off the mortgage early. Some choose the lifestyle on ethical grounds. Above all, this is a fun and supportive way to manage your budget so you have control of your own cost of living. It's about NEEDS and not WANTS.

    Living on a budget = living within our means.
    Frugal = thrifty, living without waste

    Ideas to help you achieve and/or maintain debt free living
    Recognise the differences between needs from wants

    Spend within your means
    Set a proper budget
    Quit expensive bad habits
    Houseshare
    Get a lodger
    Shop via cash-back sites and always price compare
    Buy reduced items in stores only if you need them
    Stockpile & bulk buy bargains that you use
    Batch cooking
    Make the most of charity shops
    Join freebie or waste awareness and recycling associations
    LETS trading - become active members of trading & exchange groups
    Bartering
    Grow your own herbs, fruit & veg
    Preserving & winemaking
    Breadmaking & home baking
    Card & gift making
    Order splitting/sharng for better discounts & reduced delivery costs
    Landsharing, allotments & frugal garden systems
    Online trading - auctions, stores, social media pages
    etc, etc, etc...

    Monitoring and revising the budget is part of a good frugal living plan. Gifts & cards could all to be homemade, livestock needs to pay its own keep, anything else needs to be cash neutral.

    The bits we need to include to make this work
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    Please read the MSE forum rules and help us to keep this challenge on track, thank you.
    If you have any questions about this challenge, feel free to PM me.
    The following is taken from the official MSE forum rules section:


    KEEPING THREADS ON-TOPIC

    Please try not to take threads off-topic. This can be confusing for new users and makes it especially difficult for people ... Where requests from Board Guides for threads to be brought back on track have not been followed off-topic posts may be removed. We encourage community, but not thread derailment.

    Please bear in mind the main purpose of the site is to save money. The forum team has therefore been instructed to prioritise its time on the MoneySaving forums.


    KEEPING TOPICS RELEVANT TO THE BOARD

    There are two boards provided for off-topic chat and discussion. The MoneySavers Arms has been set up for fun, more lighter-hearted chat (although do still remember this is a family forum !!!8211; keep it clean please). Discussion Time is for discussion of current issues (read Martin!!!8217;s description).

    If you post a topic that does not relate to the board it!!!8217;s posted on it will be moved to a more relevant MoneySaving board or to Discussion Time/The MoneySavers Arms.

    This challenge is about paying for needs so we can afford to live debt free and save for/afford wants. It runs from 1st January to 31st December. The links will give you an idea of how previous challenges have gone and these will be updated accordingly.

    If you haven!!!8217;t already, join the forum to reply!

    GOOD LUCK IN 2018
    Last edited by Frugaldom; 29-12-2017 at 10:54 PM. Reason: updating
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
    Now running Frugaldom as a lifestyle social enterprise!
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    • Tanya12345
    • By Tanya12345 11th Feb 18, 8:59 PM
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    Tanya12345
    Hey Fruggles, not such a great few days ! Grocery spending was ok, still avoided the supermarket but will need to schedule visit !! Unfortunately I did some serious socialising this weekend and blew my whole personal budget for Feb ! Going out is definitely not a frugal pastime, rest of the month will be spent making sure any socialising is done on a very skinny shoestring ! I did order a new pair of boots ( had a "pot" for that as my current pair have holes in and are irreparable). My plan is to squirrel away a little each month for their replacements - only needs to be a few pounds a month ...... I'm ending up with more pots than Winnie the Pooh !! Well done everyone , so great to read all your posts x
    Feb's numbers. Budget £300
    So far ..... 13.55/300
    • foggy froggy
    • By foggy froggy 11th Feb 18, 10:23 PM
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    foggy froggy
    Hello, bit late but can I join please? Budget is £6000 but will try for less. Aiming for a more self sufficient life in 2019 but need to clear a few debts before hand.
    • CosmicZebra
    • By CosmicZebra 11th Feb 18, 10:30 PM
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    CosmicZebra
    I've been following and lurking since the new year. I've been really inspired by the posts here and it's made me conscious of how wasteful all this buying stuff for the sake of it is. Well, no more!
    Last month, I managed to save more than half my salaryy, just by spending wisely.
    I downloaded an app and logged every penny in and out
    Food: I spent £386 for the month; roughly half the usual. Shopped at Aldee not Weetrose and made everything from scratch. Even bread. Batch cooked and froze. Used a weekly meal plan and shopping list. Much cheaper, much nicer.
    I did a toiletries inventory (no more stupid expensive stuff and endless plastic) Using up what's there, then back to soap and plain stuff.
    Not buying clothes unless replacing things.
    Ordering books from the library, not buying.
    Enjoying family walks with the dog rather than expensive days out.
    I bought vinegar and Stardops, decanted in a spray bottle for cleaning. Cheap and great.
    Got TV fixed rather than just buying a new one.
    Not going near shops!!
    Also got a savings goal app on my phone. I'm going to see if I can save £7000 this year by keeping this up. It's been pretty painless and I feel better for it! Thanks for giving me the impetus.
    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 11th Feb 18, 10:35 PM
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    indigowarrior
    I am assuming you said yes. lol. I haven't included my rent in this. I had to increase my some categories or I would have come well under £4000. So planned Expenditures are:
    Food £1540
    Electric £440
    Subscriptions £205
    busfairs 198
    Eating Out £130
    Clothing £200
    Takeaway £220
    Gifts £100
    entertainment fund £440
    Internet, Phone and Mobile. (They are all with the same company) £418
    Sundries £100
    Total is £3991

    Not sure what I will do with that £9 lol.
    #545- SPC
    Homeowner by 40
    Frugal Living Challenge/ NSD/SPC
    • LittleGingerFox
    • By LittleGingerFox 11th Feb 18, 10:50 PM
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    LittleGingerFox
    Evening all! Welcome to the newbies- lovely to have you with us! I spent today, but it was for a product that I'll get reimbursed for as work expense so that's fine, I also found 5p on the floor (whilst on my way back from picking something up on freecycle,....hurrah!) so I'm keeping on eye out all the time now for loose change I downloaded an amazing free book from tinybudgetcooking,com that claims the meals work out at less than 90p per person. The recipes look great but i'll use comparasaurus and mysupermarket tomorrow to do the maths.
    From FB today.....has anyone heard of wombling? As in collecting disguarded receipts and seeing id there are items you can claim money back on/ points to claim etc? Is this legal? It doesn't sound right to me but wanted to sound it out with a few of you guys first.
    I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of NSDs
    Debts: CC1- CLEARED!! £1642 paid off in a month
    CC2-£8.87/£6508.87 Mortgage- £69850 - extra payments yet to be started
    Signed up to Commuter Club and have saved £128 off yearly London travel costs
    Strict self imposed budget of £20 per week to cover food, miscellaneous (not bills, DD or SO)
    £1 MEAL CHAMPION!!
    • LittleGingerFox
    • By LittleGingerFox 11th Feb 18, 10:53 PM
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    LittleGingerFox
    ..... I'm ending up with more pots than Winnie the Pooh !
    Originally posted by Tanya12345
    Hahahaha!!!!!
    Debts: CC1- CLEARED!! £1642 paid off in a month
    CC2-£8.87/£6508.87 Mortgage- £69850 - extra payments yet to be started
    Signed up to Commuter Club and have saved £128 off yearly London travel costs
    Strict self imposed budget of £20 per week to cover food, miscellaneous (not bills, DD or SO)
    £1 MEAL CHAMPION!!
    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 11th Feb 18, 11:01 PM
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    indigowarrior
    From FB today.....has anyone heard of wombling? As in collecting disguarded receipts and seeing id there are items you can claim money back on/ points to claim etc? Is this legal? It doesn't sound right to me but wanted to sound it out with a few of you guys first.
    I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of NSDs ;
    )
    Originally posted by LittleGingerFox
    Your not on a dave ramsey group are you? As that came up on there?
    #545- SPC
    Homeowner by 40
    Frugal Living Challenge/ NSD/SPC
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 11th Feb 18, 11:13 PM
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    lynnejk
    ...........
    From FB today.....has anyone heard of wombling? As in collecting disguarded receipts and seeing id there are items you can claim money back on/ points to claim etc? Is this legal? It doesn't sound right to me but wanted to sound it out with a few of you guys first.
    I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of NSDs
    Originally posted by LittleGingerFox
    It's fine. It's receipts that people have discarded so their loss is your gain.

    Suggest you ask on the Make upto £10 a day thread as they will probably be able to tell you more about it. Good luck
    Lx
    £10day.2014=3213/2015=3421/2016=3238/2017=2702/2018=250..FEB=184.50/280
    GrocC.2014=2162/2015=2083/2016=218/2017=1996/2018=181..FEB=88.02/200
    Bulk buy.......FEB=102.96
    GC.NSD..2015=216/2016=213/2017=229/2018=19..FEB=14/15
    SPC130x61..2014=1178/2015=1287/2016=4616/2017=3843
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £13,140
    • spudsmum
    • By spudsmum 11th Feb 18, 11:40 PM
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    spudsmum
    Wow! Over £1000 saved this year so far! Well done Spudsmum... Here's to your clearing all the CCs soon! I still use mine regularly but pay in full every month - it accrues a to y bit cash back.
    Originally posted by Frugaldom
    Thanks Frugaldom I can hardly believe it - just shows the impact that mindless spending has - and what can be achieved when you really think hard about every penny you spend. I keep my card for emergencies at the moment but hoping a time will come where i have enough in my savigs pots not to need that little safety net!


    your mutant chicken always gives me a laugh!
    Originally posted by evuka
    That chicken will forever be legend in this house - must have got 25 meals out of the blessed thing - good job we all like chicken
    LBM 01/01/18 Total debts £21050! now £20,864 . Jan 2018 Paid off parental loan for new car £1520
    1% challenge £267/£15000 (1.78%) Total money squirrelled away/NOT wasted in 2018 £1100.42
    Making it my mission to live within my means and ditch the credit cards in 2018
    • spudsmum
    • By spudsmum 12th Feb 18, 12:11 AM
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    spudsmum
    Greetings from sunny Portugal!

    Having a lovely time here and a fairly frugal one too! Been upgraded from a bog standard cheapo hotel room to a deluxe suite with kitchen and three (why would you ever need three??) balconies. The cost of this room would be over €400 per night and I didnt pay much more than that for the whole holiday so its all good!

    Today was a NSD (yes I can do frugality even on holiday ) as we made the most of the all inclusive food and drink and just played on the beach for most of the day - excellent free entertainment.

    We arrived early yesterday morning and all I have spent since being here is €50 Of that €30 is for wifi for the whole week (the boys cant live without it apparently! ) €10 for a pair of sunglasses to replace the ones DH left in the car in the UK and the rest for a few bottle of pop to save us trampling down to the bar every time we want a drink plus milk and water for the babies so hopefully most of those will be one off expenses. Normally on holiday we just haemorrage money so I'm quite pleased with that.

    I did however spend £45 in 5 minutes at W Smiths at the airport a bag of crisps, a drink and a bar of chocolate each plus a magazine for each of the kids - I nearly fell through the floor when he rang it up - that will teach me! on the plus side that will come from my uk weekly budget and, as I'm not there now I wont spend any more of that this week!

    Tomorrow may be interesting as we're heading into town - eldest wants to browse the sports shops. The kids do have their own spending money though so hopefully my purse is safe from persecution - wish me luck
    LBM 01/01/18 Total debts £21050! now £20,864 . Jan 2018 Paid off parental loan for new car £1520
    1% challenge £267/£15000 (1.78%) Total money squirrelled away/NOT wasted in 2018 £1100.42
    Making it my mission to live within my means and ditch the credit cards in 2018
    • spudsmum
    • By spudsmum 12th Feb 18, 12:35 AM
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    spudsmum
    Littlegingerfox I womble a bit!

    Mainly my own receipts from Asda but if I find one on the floor or in a trolley then I'll do that too - its all perfectly fine and legal as long as you only take receipts that are discarded and freely accesible. eg from what I've read - you cant take them out of bins (which i wouldnt anyway lol) but ones left in trolleys or the floor is ok. I'd do it more but generally have the kids with me so dont get much chance to have more than a cursory look around

    Theres a guy in my area does it as a hobby and uses the vouchers to buy stuff for the local food bank. He's a bit of a local celeb and always on the front of the paper and Asda are fine with it,

    Asda's is really easy - just input the code from the bottom of the receipt and on a good day I can make back £3-£4 in vouchers which I use against my next shop. I've been doing it since xmas and got about £12 so far - probably would have been much more but I dont shop at Asda every week. You can only redeem 10 vouchers per calendar month though.
    LBM 01/01/18 Total debts £21050! now £20,864 . Jan 2018 Paid off parental loan for new car £1520
    1% challenge £267/£15000 (1.78%) Total money squirrelled away/NOT wasted in 2018 £1100.42
    Making it my mission to live within my means and ditch the credit cards in 2018
    • LittleGingerFox
    • By LittleGingerFox 12th Feb 18, 10:00 AM
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    LittleGingerFox
    My goodness, Spudsmum that is incredible! I've never heard of it before, and I honestly don't understand how it works fully but I'll start on it today!

    Indigo Warrior - yes it was on a DR FB group. I've only just heard of him so I've got lots of learning to do.

    Thanks lynnejk - I will look up that group now.

    I hope you all have a wonderful day and Spudsmum, have a wonderful holiday! x
    Debts: CC1- CLEARED!! £1642 paid off in a month
    CC2-£8.87/£6508.87 Mortgage- £69850 - extra payments yet to be started
    Signed up to Commuter Club and have saved £128 off yearly London travel costs
    Strict self imposed budget of £20 per week to cover food, miscellaneous (not bills, DD or SO)
    £1 MEAL CHAMPION!!
    • LittleGingerFox
    • By LittleGingerFox 12th Feb 18, 10:04 AM
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    LittleGingerFox
    Your not on a dave ramsey group are you? As that came up on there?
    Originally posted by indigowarrior
    It's fine. It's receipts that people have discarded so their loss is your gain.

    Suggest you ask on the Make upto £10 a day thread as they will probably be able to tell you more about it. Good luck
    Lx
    Originally posted by lynnejk
    Can you tell me how to find this page Lynne? I have searched the MSE site and the forums but I'm not seeing/ finding it
    x
    Debts: CC1- CLEARED!! £1642 paid off in a month
    CC2-£8.87/£6508.87 Mortgage- £69850 - extra payments yet to be started
    Signed up to Commuter Club and have saved £128 off yearly London travel costs
    Strict self imposed budget of £20 per week to cover food, miscellaneous (not bills, DD or SO)
    £1 MEAL CHAMPION!!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 12th Feb 18, 11:00 AM
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    Frugaldom
    Frugal Living
    Good morning and welcome to our new arrivals - I have now added your names into the challenger list on page 1.

    Wombling... this has a different meaning for us diehard frugalers, as it simply means recycling stuff we find, as in the Wombles of Wimbledon, but a few years back some folks began collecting discarded till receipts and capitalising on the free points by returning them to checkouts and collecting other peoples' points. Personally, I find it a bit unethical but at the same time find it ingenious, as the supermarkets have priced accordingly and the customers in question have discarded these receipts - is littering, plain and simple. Bin raking, on the other hand, just like skip diving, is classed as illegal here in UK. Hope this helps... we try to keep things as ethical, sociable and enterprising as possible in our moneysaving, so we tend not to promote loopholes - there are dedicated threads for most of them on MSE, so just use the forum search to find them.

    No 'penny in the street collecting' for us country folks... we have no pavements and next to no people in our streets. No supermarkets either, for that matter.

    Winter fridge-foraged soup making is on the go, so I'd to use leek instead of onions, as it was all I had. Slow cooked lentil & carrot soup made about 12 portions for around £1.00 so that's refilled the bi freezer space I had just cleared. The hens are laying well just now, so eggs are on the menu every day. I have lost count of the number of lunchtime pancakes I've had recently so we treated ourselves to a Hall's £1 mixed grill pack at the weekend and had that with fried eggs and beans... living it up, or what?

    I now keep a jug of pancake mix in the fridge and each time it gets emptied, I make more - just a simple bater of flour, eggs and milk (I often use powdered milk) and it's handy to make into yorkshire puddings if the oven is on for anything, watered down for speedy crepes, lunchtime pancakes (large pan size) or as batter, if you are into deep frying anything.

    Windfall apples that I store outside over winter in plastic bags are slowly being used up - I had made several jars of blackcurrant & apple jelly, stewed some for freezing, made apple sauce and then made chutney, so I have enough of all of those things to last the year. Now I'm making more crumbles for soup and pudding meals, and am using the peels and cores for making apple cider vinegar. We love apples here, so I've spent quite a bit on planting a new orchard at Frugaldom in the hope of sharing more apples in future years.

    Managed to bag myself some 99p bargains in the shape of an old fashioned, handmade sewing box and a show store. Both were listed on eBay as 99p no reserves, I found them using the MSE eBay search tool and neither attracted any second bids, so I collected these last week and have them ready for doing up to go into the new house.
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
    Now running Frugaldom as a lifestyle social enterprise!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 12th Feb 18, 11:06 AM
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    Frugaldom
    Here is the latest wombling thread I can find - WOMBLING 2018
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
    Now running Frugaldom as a lifestyle social enterprise!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 12th Feb 18, 12:46 PM
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    Frugaldom
    My laest 99p sample pack of soapnuts have arrived and includes the little bag for popping them into when putting them in the washing. It's now a tiny nylon-type mesh bag, rather than the draw string cotton bag, but of I'm only using half a dozen soapnuts at a time then this should last me a couple of months and avoids the risk of synthetic substances in the laundry when doing guest bedding. I'll let you all know how they perform over the coming holiday season. I'll still be making a batch of laundry gloop as soon as I have freed up some more containers - I may need to scrub out another emulsion bucket.
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
    Now running Frugaldom as a lifestyle social enterprise!
    • spudsmum
    • By spudsmum 12th Feb 18, 1:24 PM
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    spudsmum
    My laest 99p sample pack of soapnuts have arrived and includes the little bag for popping them into when putting them in the washing. It's now a tiny nylon-type mesh bag, rather than the draw string cotton bag, but of I'm only using half a dozen soapnuts at a time then this should last me a couple of months and avoids the risk of synthetic substances in the laundry when doing guest bedding. I'll let you all know how they perform over the coming holiday season. I'll still be making a batch of laundry gloop as soon as I have freed up some more containers - I may need to scrub out another emulsion bucket.
    Originally posted by Frugaldom
    Frugaldom - please tell me more about these soap nuts and laundry gloop - with 3 smalls and a messy husband laundry stuff is one of my biggest expenses
    LBM 01/01/18 Total debts £21050! now £20,864 . Jan 2018 Paid off parental loan for new car £1520
    1% challenge £267/£15000 (1.78%) Total money squirrelled away/NOT wasted in 2018 £1100.42
    Making it my mission to live within my means and ditch the credit cards in 2018
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 12th Feb 18, 10:34 PM
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    lynnejk
    Can you tell me how to find this page Lynne? I have searched the MSE site and the forums but I'm not seeing/ finding it
    x
    Originally posted by LittleGingerFox
    If you copy and paste link below into the 'Forum Search', upper green bar, you should find it okay

    ~Make upto £10 a day February 2018~

    ............
    No 'penny in the street collecting' for us country folks... we have no pavements and next to no people in our streets. No supermarkets either, for that matter. .........
    Originally posted by Frugaldom
    Where I live in scottyland you'd be lucky to find an unwanted button on the street, let alone anything that resembles coinage
    Lx
    £10day.2014=3213/2015=3421/2016=3238/2017=2702/2018=250..FEB=184.50/280
    GrocC.2014=2162/2015=2083/2016=218/2017=1996/2018=181..FEB=88.02/200
    Bulk buy.......FEB=102.96
    GC.NSD..2015=216/2016=213/2017=229/2018=19..FEB=14/15
    SPC130x61..2014=1178/2015=1287/2016=4616/2017=3843
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £13,140
    • cw18
    • By cw18 12th Feb 18, 11:12 PM
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    cw18
    And this week it was time to haggle over the cost of my phone line rental and broadband connection.

    A couple of years ago I took up a good introductory offer, but couldn't justify the price it was due to go up to when that came to an end around this time last year. So I found a fantastic offer with someone else then phoned my provider and haggled - ending up with almost the same services (including free evening & weekend calls rather than anytime, but I rarely use my landline phone) for pennies a month more than if I switched.

    About to come to an end again, so priced up elsewhere and gave them another call tonight. By dropping the evening & weekend calls (which would have been £4/month, but I've only used about 3 times all year) my bill would be going up by £9/month. But I've haggled to an increase of 1p/month, which makes it just 5p/month more for the same things as I'd have switched to elsewhere (bog standard unlimited broadband, and line rental with no calls).

    The chap did start to tell me that they had some fantastic special deals that included their TV service - but stopped when I cut him short to inform him I don't have a TV licence and wasn't about to pay for one

    Must put a reminder in my phone calendar to call and haggle again next year
    Cheryl
    Sell £1000 : £0.00
    Crazy Clothes : £0.00
    Toiletries : 0 IN; 2 UU; 0 TA; 0 GA
    Groceries : Feb £58.32 / £80. Jan £112.15 / £130. Annual £170.47 / £1200

    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 13th Feb 18, 8:31 AM
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    DawnW
    If you copy and paste link below into the 'Forum Search', upper green bar, you should find it okay

    ~Make upto £10 a day February 2018~


    Where I live in scottyland you'd be lucky to find an unwanted button on the street, let alone anything that resembles coinage
    Lx
    Originally posted by lynnejk
    It is very unusual to find a coin on the street in my bit of SW England too - everyone round here must be MSE
    NSDs for February 8 / 18
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