Weekly Spend Challenge W/C 24th March 2013

edited 30 March 2013 at 8:06PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
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EverTheOptimistEverTheOptimist Forumite
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edited 30 March 2013 at 8:06PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
Hello everyone. Welcome to the Weekly Spend Challenge. This challenge is open to anybody, no matter what financial place they are in.

On this thread please post an amount of money you wish to stay below within the week (Sunday to end of working day on Friday). This can be pennies or thousands it depends on the individual. Then next Saturday report back and pledge for the following week. The challenge runs from Sunday to Friday so we don't include Saturdays but feel free to change the rules to suit you and include Saturdays or start on a different day.

Feel free to update this thread with daily spends if that keeps you on track. We colour code the results as below:

Green - within budget
Red - overbudget
Purple - zero spend
Orange - made money over the week

This is a little bit of fun but for many it highlights the fact that maybe that magazine/chocolate bar isn't needed. Hopefully your spending habits can be changed forever.

Moozie was the founder of this challenge and here is a quote taken from her:

Originally Posted by Moozie:
"Good afternoon lovely DFWs Now for anyone looking in, please feel free to join - the more the merrier! Basically, decide on the amount you want to spend up to from Sunday until the end of the working day on Friday then pledge it here and off we go! The challenge is about incidental spending and not for stuff that should be budgeted elsewhere such as bills, groceries, debt repayment etc but you decide what to include at the end - this is about changing your habits and improving your recording of your spends more than anything else. Have a great week everyone and keep it low!!! Moozie x"

Good Luck Everyone

W/C 17th March 2013 Challengers / Pledges / Total Spent

EverTheOptimist - £105 / £95.28
Lottie1987 - £70 / £65.57

Frugalsmurf - £20
Munchin - £40 / £25.79
Jonesy88 - £10 / £3.50
32b3in2013 - £50 / £39.45
Baileys Babe - £100
DD265 - £15 / £13.30
Abundant1972 - £20
Beth3735 - £60 / £80
Katy_ann - £5
Determined new ms - £38.41
Casperthefriendlyghost - £10 / +£2.01
Nikki25 - £100
Karens42 - £11.45
bt1 - £30 / £46.26
Flyinggiraffe - £50 / £30.85
Verityemilia - £30
MissE001 - £60 / £57.39

W/C 24th March 2013 Challengers / Pledges / Total Spent

EverTheOptimist - £40
Beth3735 - £40
Lottie1987 - £70
DD265 - £15
Jonesy88 - £10
32b3in2013 - £50
Munchin - £30
MissMelLady - £5
Inthedeep - £30
Bmma - £30
Casperthefriendlyghost - £10
FinancialSurrender - £50
Jessie4109 - £5
Flyinggiraffe - £30
Missmoneysave - £28
3431Anna - £50
Shinner - £20
bt1 - £35
MissE001 - £60
Baileys Babe - £5
SPC 14 Target £200 /
Debt: £11850


  • Hey, thanks for the new thread ETO.
    I would like to pledge £5.00 this week. Thanks!

    Sealed Pot Challenge #2035 £40.70
    Weekly Spend Challenge w/c 10th November - £3.90/£30.00
    Debt free since 17/10/2013 :j
  • MunchinMunchin Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread ETO. Please put me down for £30 this week:)
  • beth3735beth3735 Forumite
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    Hi ETO, thanks for the new thread :) Really hoping i can be green this week before i end up red for the next 2 weeks due to kids off school AGAIN!! Im sure we never had this amount of holidays as these kids do now!
  • Everyone's welcome, I'm glad everyone finds it so useful.

    Well I've set £30 but I have some change in a bowl so may be able to scrape another £10 to make it £40.

    £20 petrol
    £10 or £20 spends

    As hubby is back I am having to change things slightly. I am keeping my monthly grocery budget, but our main grocery spends will be from our joint account then my monthly £100 - £120 will be used for top up shops and bunny food. :D

    I can't wait until payday as my new account is up and ready to go. :D

    Good luck everyone.
    SPC 14 Target £200 /
    Debt: £11850
  • 32b3in201332b3in2013 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread ETO.

    I am shopping on Thursday afternoon as I need to buy my friend a birthday present. The present isn't coming out of this weekly budget, but I am going to try to streth the £50 to a par of Gap jeans for me :D

    I am going to an outlet centre so it is possible providing I do not spend much leading up to Thursday.

    I have already bought my crisps and snacks for lunch at work, so I just need to get cans of diet pepsi and some bread as I have enough to fillings to fill 4 sandwiches :D

    Whaddya reckon? Can I stretch the budget to a pair of jeans?? :D
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    SPC10 #125 - £851.81
    SPC 11 #7 - £968.46
    SPC 12 #7 - £2682.90
    SPC 13 #7 - £4829.85
    SPC 14 #7 - £4173.30
  • Good luck 32b3, I don't know how much GAP jeans cost, but it sounds doable if you stick to the few bits you need, and don't spend anymore on any other wants. :D
    SPC 14 Target £200 /
    Debt: £11850
  • edited 31 March 2013 at 3:50PM
    bmmabmma Forumite
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    edited 31 March 2013 at 3:50PM
    running the challenge from the 23rd march to the 29th March
    running the challenge from 30th march to the 5th April budget £15.00p posting this here until new thread appears

    budget limit £30.00p -£29 / £30-----budget limit £15.00 / £12.76p

    24th £4.04p
    25th nsd
    26th nsd
    27th nsd
    29th nsd
    budget £30.00
    spent £29.00
    :hello::coffee:Penny Pincher in training
    Keep Calm Keep Vegan:):staradmin
    year's food budget £1,920
  • Thanks for the new thread.

    Let the none going over budget commence =)

    L x
    All Challenged started 24/03/13
    Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2013 - £12.36
    Sealed Pot Challenge 2013 - £5.00
    Pay One Debt Challenge 2013 - £1,500 / £1,600
  • Hi everyone

    Thanks ETO for the new thread!:T

    This is what I'm declaring for last week's challenge:

    Sunday ~ £2.49
    Monday ~ NSD!
    Tuesday ~ NSD!
    Wednesday ~ £0.50 to fax my agency timesheet!
    Thursday ~ NSD!
    Friday ~ NSD!
    Saturday ~ NSD! (to horrid to go out!)

    I made £5.00 on some surveys so I think that means I've made £ 2.01 this week.

    I'd like to pledge £10.00 again for this week! Thanks!
    Doubt I'll make any money this week but hey ho! LOL

    Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow

    LBM Feb 09[STRIKE] £64 427.32[/STRIKE] £13 700.59! Sub £15 000!
    DFD July 2018
    GC 01Dec ~ 30Dec £40.00 SSF £00.00
    NSD 00/20 WSC (08~14) £13.59 SSF £00.00 DFW Nerd 319 Proud To Be Dealing With My Debts!
    "Captain Jack Harkness! When will you learn that you can't solve every problem by shagging it?!"
  • Hello! Could do with a bit of weekly discipline! Can I join and aim for £50 please?

    Thank you!
    MBNA - [STRIKE]£2,642.15[/STRIKE] £0
    [STRIKE]HBOS - £245[/STRIKE] £0 HBOS - £5,052 - 6.95% lifetime of the balance and [STRIKE]£1,864.30[/STRIKE] £0 and £3,132.67- 0% 29th October 2013)
    Postoffice [STRIKE]£3,240[/STRIKE] £3,035 (0% 3rd December) Open University Loan [STRIKE]£412[/STRIKE] £0
    GRAND TOTAL = [STRIKE]£16,500.46[/STRIKE] £13,977
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