Making March Memorable with the NSD Method!

BigMummaF
BigMummaF Posts: 4,281 Forumite
edited 8 March 2010 at 2:52PM in Debt-free wannabe
So we’re coming up to the end of the first quarter of 2010 & Time is speeding by, but it doesn’t have to take our money with it! It’s amazing how inventive you get when you’re determined NOT to spend smilie_brett.gif from weird menu ingredients to surprising DIY solutions-- but you know what? 99% of the time those wacky ideas work smilie_daumen1.gif Many of us on The List have become cyber-friends & we have a laugh sharing our flashes of inspiration so if you haven’t joined in before, why not give us a try.


Do you fancy keeping the cash in YOUR account rather than giving it to the retailers? Are you saving for that something special? Then why not join us in this month's No Spend Day Challenge.

We are here to help each other avoid spending for how-ever many days you feel appropriate to your own situation, in order to take back some control over our hard-earned money.

[FONT=&quot]What you class as a 'spend' is entirely your choice; some people will try to shop on the days DD/SO etc are paid, whilst others will not include essentials such as rent. Personally, I count a spend as any time I buy something, as opposed to the unavoidable utility bills & such.

So! Are we ready to do battle with all things Retail in order to keep the pennies in our pockets a while longer? Come on in & join the fun!

Good Luck everyone!

Here are some threads to help keep us on the straight & narrow & if you know of others, please post. Many of the lunch box ideas are aimed toward children but could easily be adapted for adults.

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March Grocery Challenge, with lots of recipe ideas.
Tinned Food Recipes.
Leftovers? Don’t Throw It..
Exciting Sandwich Fillings on a Budget.
Lunch for Work.
Laptop Lunchbox Ideas.
Packed Lunches.
Cheap Healthy Snacks.
Cheap Snack Ideas to Stop Buying Crisps.
Homemade Snack Ideas…contains further links for ideas.
Sprouting Seeds to Eat.
Really Quick & Alternative Snacks.
Easy Homemade Biscuits.
Muesli & Cereal Bar Recipes.
Weetabix Cake.
HM Popcorn.
Smoothie Recipes.
Yoghurt Without a Yoghurt Maker.
Ham Economics.
Low Carb Kids Lunches...contains advice for diabetics.
Kids Lunch Box Ideas.
Back to School Lunches.
Healthy Kids Snacks.
HM Lollies.
Ice Lolly Ideas
Cheap Healthy Playground Snacks.
Homemade Fudge.
OS HM Sweets.
Forgotten Puddings.
Last Month's Challenge.



Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

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  • BigMummaF
    BigMummaF Posts: 4,281 Forumite
    edited 24 March 2010 at 10:33AM
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    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

  • BigMummaF
    BigMummaF Posts: 4,281 Forumite
    edited 27 March 2010 at 12:37PM
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    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

  • BigMummaF
    BigMummaF Posts: 4,281 Forumite
    edited 22 February 2010 at 1:16PM
    I've gone for 15 this month, as my Baby has a birthday towards the end &--fingers X--I am going to see the rellies :jHave to be honest & say that it wouldn't be happening yet if No1 Offspring wasn't keen to drive all that way [approx 950 miles just to get there :eek:] thereby halving the cost of travel :o so I'm just hoping our plans work out wacky.gif
    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

  • Hi newbieish person here!

    I'm in the 1st month of my DMP and my 1st month in 15 years without a salary. So its time to rack up my DMP days.

    Can i pledge 20 please, as i will be house bound most of the time.

    Thanks x
  • bex37_2
    bex37_2 Posts: 44 Forumite
    Can I join in please? Now that I'm feeling a bit more in control of my finances I'm finding it difficult not to get too complacement and just spend £2 here, £5 there etc so I'd like to try and get a hold on this in March.

    I'll try for 15 no spend days please. Not sure how I'll get on with this but I'd rather aim relatively high and see how it goes. Thanks.
    Debt at LBM (May 2007) - £32,891
    Debt at 06.04.10 - £9158.57. Getting there slowly. :j

    April NSD 1/12
  • I am going to go for 16 next month (only one more than this month!) :)
    Free Films in 2011: Tangled, Chalet Girl, Never Say Never, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    No Buying Books in 2011 - Books read: 6
  • Hi there,
    Can you put me down for 14 this month - going for more this time....well there are more days in March so shouldn't be a problem;)
    I really need to sort out a new signature!
  • katenut
    katenut Posts: 530 Forumite
    Can I go for 15 again please BigMummaF? Thanks for running this challenge - doing NSD's along with the grocery challenge really makes me think about how much I'm spending. My OH hasn't commented yet on the lack of food so he's obviously not suffering too much, despite the weird and wonderful meals we've been having to use the random stuff lurking in the back of the cupboard.
    Good luck everyone - heres hoping for a sunny March after all this white stuff! :)
    Trying to jump back onto the moneysaving wagon .... :cool:
  • Hi, i'm joining again, but after doing two months of NSD's i've really been evaluating how i spend, and i'm going to spend less by having less NSD days!

    Explanation - mainly eat fresh food and found that by cutting down to shopping one day a week - food wasn't as fresh - so was eating not so healthy food!! So by going back to twice a week shopping - mondays and thursday - can still eat fresh.

    Going to try and limit my spend days to these two days - but got daughters b'day this month, so reducing NSD's to 15 this month please and i'll hopeful;ly save even more money this way!!

    Fingers crossed!!
    Loving life to the full, just need purse full too :)

    2015 GC £561.86 / £3710 Mar GC 0.00 / 280.00
    Feb NSD - 8 Mar NSD - 1
    50p Challenge 2015 - £62.50
  • elfen
    elfen Posts: 10,213 Forumite
    Can I go for 12 next month please? Think I may be able to do it
    ** Total debt: £6950.82 ± May NSDs 1/10 **
    ** Fat Bum Shrinking: -7/56lbs **
    **SPC 2012 #1498 -£152 and 1499 ***
    I do it all because I'm scared.
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