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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 31st Dec 17, 1:07 PM
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    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018
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    • 31st Dec 17, 1:07 PM
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 31st Dec 17 at 1:07 PM
    Welcome to the new Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge thread for 2018.

    It's not as crazy as its name might suggest and your budget can be as little or as much as you choose. There are no hard and fast rules as to what is included; some members exclude items for a specific occasion such as a wedding, while others may opt to include accessories or not. I've forgotten what I was including myself in previous challenges so do feel free to use the thread to post relevant notes to yourself if you think this will help.

    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

    If you don't know where to start, then estimating how much you've spent on clothes in 2017 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 2018.

    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.

    Wishing you all a happy and successful 2018
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    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £8.00/£180.00

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    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 4th Jan 18, 9:59 PM
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    *Jellie*
    My rules for year
    going to bit the bullet and go for zero budget for clothes and a planned spend of about £60 for the Lutterloh sewing pattern supplements for this year. Have more than enough fabric and yarn stash and patterns to make anything I need. Exception would possibly be the odd notion, zip etc but I think I can manage without and if not I will try to arrange to get via a stash swap!
    Completely crazy clothes challenge 2018 £0/0!
    New year...new start!
    • mrs motivated
    • By mrs motivated 5th Jan 18, 9:24 AM
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    mrs motivated
    going to bit the bullet and go for zero budget for clothes and a planned spend of about £60 for the Lutterloh sewing pattern supplements for this year. Have more than enough fabric and yarn stash and patterns to make anything I need. Exception would possibly be the odd notion, zip etc but I think I can manage without and if not I will try to arrange to get via a stash swap!
    Originally posted by *Jellie*
    Wow Jellie, that is really hard core. I am so envious that you can make your own things, I wouldn't know where to start. Good luck with the challenge.

    No spends yet, my current tactic is just deleting all the email 'offers' that are bombarding my inbox at the moment....and chanting my new mantra "It's not a bargain, if you don't need it in the first place"
    Well Behaved women seldom make history

    Accessible EF #152 £1000/£1000


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    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 5th Jan 18, 1:06 PM
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    nannygladys
    Hi everyone
    May I join in please. I'm aiming on cs shopping or having a go at making clothes(that will be interesting!!).
    My dd gave me some fit flops for Xmas so that's summer sorted and I should have enough boots/shoes for the rest of the year. The only things i will have to buy quite soon are jeans as my present two pairs are quite old so will need replacing soon.
    And if I'm making tops and things then some material and yarn!! Needless to say it will be a learning curve for me but I will give it a go.
    So money wise I haven't a clue but I will start at £15 a month as I can't make underwear,socks etc and each month carry it forward to buy a new coat before next winter.
    Not sure how I will get on but I won't know unless I try, actually I haven't a clue how much I spend, so here goes!!
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free but only income is state pension so need to be frugal
    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 6th Jan 18, 8:03 PM
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    MrsShazbat
    Can I join please? I started the other year but failed and dropped out. I want to say I've decided that this year I'm not buying ANY clothes or shoes but as a safety net, I'll say I'm won't be buying any clothes unless it's sale, charity shop or a dire emergency. I don't need them, my wardrobe is bulging and I'm already planning another clear-out. The giftcards I got for Xmas went towards a nice expensive pair of sunglasses as I had already made the decision they weren't going on clothes, not even sale stuff. It might also motivate me to get some weight off as then a good portion of my wardrobe would fit me!!
    * Xmas 2018 #8 £31 / £365 * (2017 £496.53; 2016 £424.32) * SPCNo.11 #66 * Clothes Challenge 2018 #13 *
    (SPCNo.10 £682.31 * SPCNo.9 £442.64 * inc Quidco to 2/11/17 £249.69) *[/COLOR][/CENTER]
    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 6th Jan 18, 8:30 PM
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    starting_again_in_the_sun
    Spent 9.99 euros the other day on a new coat for DH, leaving 20 euros in our budget.

    MIL has bought DD lots of leggings so nothing is desperate anymore but I could do with some trainers and another pair of jeans for work. Off to the sales tomorrow so I'll see what I find!.
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 7th Jan 18, 6:54 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Hi there
    Could I join again this year - apologies for late arrival. Last year this challenge really worked for me.
    I'd like to set my target for this year a little lower - £140. I will need to replace some work tops and undies.
    Thanks a mill and good luck everyone
    Miss DM
    Last edited by Miss D Meanour; 10-01-2018 at 5:56 AM.
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 11 #574 - £500 ........ Xmas 2018 - #11: £31 / £365.
    CCCC 2018 #14 - £0 / £140 ....... PAYDBX 2018 #23: £622.58 / £7,000
    Frugal Living - #37 .......... MFW2018 - #2: £0 / £8,000

    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 7th Jan 18, 11:53 AM
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    Kim_13
    Welcome back to nannygladys, MrsShazbat and Miss D Meanour who are numbers 12, 13 and 14.
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    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £0/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £8.00/£180.00

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    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 7th Jan 18, 4:20 PM
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    ScotinLondon
    I know I am a bit late, but can I join?

    I have a cupboard full of clothes etc so aiming for only buying if a dire emergency only. Not sure if I have set myself up for a fail but it will be an interesting challenge!

    Thanks for setting the thread & challenge up.

    SIL
    D17/J18 £69.80/£140.00
    CCC - no clothes buying 2018
    Lunch 2work 9/22 J18; FoodNSD 11/31 J18
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 7th Jan 18, 4:27 PM
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    Kim_13
    I know I am a bit late, but can I join?

    I have a cupboard full of clothes etc so aiming for only buying if a dire emergency only. Not sure if I have set myself up for a fail but it will be an interesting challenge!

    Thanks for setting the thread & challenge up.

    SIL
    Originally posted by ScotinLondon
    Not late at all, welcome to the challenge. I've given you number 15.

    Good luck
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    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 7th Jan 18, 7:12 PM
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    MrsShazbat
    Thank you!
    * Xmas 2018 #8 £31 / £365 * (2017 £496.53; 2016 £424.32) * SPCNo.11 #66 * Clothes Challenge 2018 #13 *
    (SPCNo.10 £682.31 * SPCNo.9 £442.64 * inc Quidco to 2/11/17 £249.69) *[/COLOR][/CENTER]
    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 8th Jan 18, 3:42 PM
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    ScotinLondon
    Thank you
    SIL
    D17/J18 £69.80/£140.00
    CCC - no clothes buying 2018
    Lunch 2work 9/22 J18; FoodNSD 11/31 J18
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 8th Jan 18, 7:09 PM
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    Florence J
    I would like to join, my budget is £300. My aim is to be as frugal as possible though and get maximum value. In 2017 I spent less than £150 for the whole year.

    I have already spent £24.49 on four work shirts in the sale and a blazer which I used £20 of vouchers on. This is because I recently started a new job were the dress code calls for a lot of black, which I didn't have.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 11 #553
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #253
    Wombling free 2017 = £2195.92
    Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£3168.45/£3000)
    November 2017 Credit Card Debt: £3980
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 8th Jan 18, 9:19 PM
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    Kim_13
    Good to see you on the challenge for another year, Florence J; you are number 16.

    That sounds very good for what you got, and as you say, a necessary spend.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £0/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £8.00/£180.00

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    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 9th Jan 18, 12:14 AM
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    nannygladys
    Hi everyone
    Went looking for tops or material to make a couple of tops in a couple of cs but couldn't see any, so I had a look in a couple of shops that had sales and bought a couple for nearly the price as the cs ones!! So pleased with that. I have been looking in my pattern stash and there are some summer tops that I would like to have a go at making so I will start looking for some material in the sales or possibly at some cs large tops that I can cut down, if I start looking now I may find some before I need to make them.
    I have been sorting through my clothes and in all honesty there's not a lot I need for summer, just jeans I think but I will buy those not make them although I have a pattern for some nice cut offs. Can I just say that I have a few patterns but only made a couple of bits so I'm not experienced at sewing but I'm willing to give it a try!!!!
    So here goes ....
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free but only income is state pension so need to be frugal
    • Elliesmum
    • By Elliesmum 9th Jan 18, 11:00 PM
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    Elliesmum
    Hi all

    OK it's time to fess up - I have been on a spending spree and have over spent my £20 this month, I went a little mad in TK Maxx, however I managed to take most of it back!!!

    I have spent a total of £48 which is Jan, Feb and half of March and it's only the 9th of Jan

    I will see how it goes but I may have to up my totals a little - I'm so sorry everyone, I am hoping this confession will help me focus a little more on the challenge.

    EM x
    You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
    Plato

    Make £2018 in 2018 no. 37 - total = £442.84/£2018
    Completely crazy clothes challenge no. 9 = £0/£20 spend a month
    • LLM2018
    • By LLM2018 11th Jan 18, 3:04 PM
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    LLM2018
    Hello. Still haven't bought anything this month but that's because payday is next week and it has been a long 4 weeks since the last one lol. I have been having No Spend Days and giving the house a good sort out to keep me occupied. Haven't started on my wardrobe yet though.

    I have a bag for the charity shop and a bag of things to sell, started listing on ebay but it takes ages. I think I can make it to the end of January without spending a thing on clothes as I had some lovely pjs and tops for xmas.

    Still it might be a different story when I know I have a little bit to spend haha...
    Debt cc £2494
    #21 Make 1% challenge 6/100%
    #78 PAYDBX '18 £154/2494
    #6 Crazy clothes challenge £10 per month only #10 NSD January aim 5/12
    #19 Surveys pay for Xmas' 18 Jan: £2.50 # No buying unnecessary toiletries January '18 7/62
    • mrs motivated
    • By mrs motivated 12th Jan 18, 2:33 PM
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    mrs motivated
    Hi All,

    just trying to catch up with a few MSE threads, no clothes spend yet, although I know its early days. Trying to spend nothing for Jan, Feb and March as i am going on holiday in April and will need a few bits for that.
    Well Behaved women seldom make history

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    Vets EF £2000/£2000
    • try harder
    • By try harder 14th Jan 18, 12:38 PM
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    try harder
    Number 3 popping in just to say no spends at all although i was tempted in a CS on a pretty pink top but i put it back i need to lose some weight first
    • Sayschezza
    • By Sayschezza 14th Jan 18, 1:33 PM
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    Sayschezza
    May I join please. I really don’t need any clothes and did aim to buy nothing this year but this may be a bit over ambitious so I have devised a plan. M&S vouchers should keep me topped up with undies. I volunteer in a CS once a month so I will pay myself £2.50 per hour to spend there =£120 a year. Christmas and birthday money doesn’t count. I think I am ok for footwear so £0. Maybe another £130 for anything I can’t resist so £250 for the year.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 14th Jan 18, 1:39 PM
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    pinkfluffybabe
    #5 reporting no spends yet, been very disciplined so far.
    Not buying unnecessary toiletries 2018 - (4/162 UU)
    Mortgage Free Wannabe 2018 No.180 £0/£2000
    1% challenge No.15 - 2/100%
    £2 savers club 2018 No.12 - £30 saved 5p Savers 2018 Club No.3 - £1.10 saved
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge No.12 - £10.21/£150 1p a day Challenge £62.51/£667.95
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2018 #5 0/£0
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