Weekly Spend Challenge W/C 2nd June 2013

edited 3 June 2013 at 5:43PM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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EverTheOptimistEverTheOptimist Forumite
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edited 3 June 2013 at 5:43PM 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 - over budget
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 26th May 2013 challengers, pledges and totals

EverTheOptimist - £50 / £83.97
32b3in2013 - £50 / £39.73
Optimistic-mummy - £100
GemmaN - £20 / £70
mcjordi - £10 / £40
Munchin - £30
MissE001 - £45 / £77.34
FionaWeasley - £5 / £40
strummergirl - £20
Busybumblebee - £35 / £30.20

W/C 2nd June 2013 challengers, pledges and totals

EverTheOptimist - £50
Bmma - £40
32b3in2013 - £30
mcjordi - £10
MissE001 - £120
Abundant1972 - £25
CariadsDream - £25
flyinggiraffe - £60
GemmaN - £20
FionaWeasley - £50
his missus - £80
SPC 14 Target £200 /
Debt: £11850


  • 32b3in201332b3in2013 Forumite
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    Thanks ETO

    I am in again but this week I am going for £30. No Idea if I can stay within this budget but I will give it a go :)
    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 -
  • mcjordimcjordi Forumite
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    i spent around £40 last week BIG overspend :(

    im going for £10 again no planned purchases this week so should be fine..
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    1v100 £15/300
  • EverTheOptimistEverTheOptimist Forumite
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    Well it's a bit quiet over here this week.

    I'm setting £50 for the week. We have a few visitors planned so will need some treats and maybe meeting a friend for coffee later in the week. Shouldn't need petrol as hardly using any at the mo. Its just whether I get caught out with groceries.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    SPC 14 Target £200 /
    Debt: £11850
  • MissE001MissE001 Forumite
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    Thanks for the new thread ETO :A

    Well, I blew the budget yesterday and ended up nice and red - £77.34 / £45

    I have a few planned spends this week. I need to get petrol and groceries and have a busy weekend. Leaving do for a work colleague on Friday and Ruby wedding anniversary party on Saturday. I'm splitting the cost of the anniversay present with my sisters and taking the car on Friday to keep costs down. I have to say, this month is already looking to be very sociable and I'll really need to try hard to stay in budget.

    So, target for this week is £120 - determined to stay green :)

    ETO, if it wasn't for this thread, I know it would be much worse so thanks again for keeping it going :T
    SPC Member #112 :A Save £2k in 2014 # 160 :money:
  • 32b3in201332b3in2013 Forumite
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    I have been out today and bought food to take to work for lunch each day.

    Total £10.68/£30.00

    I should only be spending £4.95 tomorrow on SW.

    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 -
  • edited 2 June 2013 at 4:53PM
    abundant1972abundant1972 Forumite
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    edited 2 June 2013 at 4:53PM
    Hey All,

    Can I join? After a long absence - am trying to get back on track again. It's helpful for me to include groceries so I don't madly overspend.

    This week my 'Spend Challenge' is £25.00 (Food £15 + Spends £10)

    Good luck everyone!
    Current Debt = £7800.00 : DFD = May 2023 (@ £300 p/m)
    Follow your heart & be true to yourself always
    A Month Ahead = **Achieved**
    NST March: Groceries/Spends: £5 per day = £155.00 for March : NSD = 8/15
    Be kind to myself - Eat well - Exercise - Be mindful
  • edited 8 June 2013 at 9:26AM
    bmmabmma Forumite
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    edited 8 June 2013 at 9:26AM
    4/6/13 SFD
    5/6/13 SFD
    7/6/13 SFD
    £10.12/ £4.55p=£5.57p
    as my budget runs from Saturday to Friday, here are my figures :jBudget £40.00p /£ 34.43p
    3 SFD's:j
    WEEK 8/6/13 IS £50.00 (includes day at the sea-side)
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    year's food budget £1,920
  • HI CAN I JOIN IN PLEASE LOOKS A FAB LIL THREAD... can i go for£10.00 for my personal spends and £15 from groceries. until next saturday x
    June groc chal-£42/£220.
    Slim world joined may 2013 -9lb June 2/14 NSD,0/10 LSD
    PAD £119.14/£399.99 29.8%
  • Hi ETO thanks for the thread.

    Hope everyone else is doing well.

    I'm pledging £60 this week to include groceries and lunch with friends in the week
  • GemmaNGemmaN Forumite
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    Last week was appalling ended up about £70/£20 - damn cute babies lol!

    This week I'm going for my normal £20 with the hopes I will spend much less!! I'm on a course today and completely forgot I would need to take lunch, but going to try and go for a Boots meal deal and see if I can put it on my Advantage card!! If I can't, that should be my only spend today!

    The rest of the week I technically have nothing planned...so hopefully I can pull of a few NSD's over the week :)

    2013 Challenges: VSP #68: £12.25 June Grocery Challenge: £10/£50 #50 in the 50p Savers Club

    Debts: £1625 of £13600

    Comps Won: (Apr 13) Batteries!
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