NST November: battening down the hatches!

speakingofart
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edited 9 November 2014 at 9:42AM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
Imagine being all alone on a vast ocean. The only sight other than the water and sky is the enemy’s ship coming towards you and running out their cannon…. In preparation for the attack, you batten down the hatches of your ship to protect you from the cannon balls.

Debt busting can feel like being all alone on a vast ocean, but our Armada of ninja saving turtles will work together to pull in our heads and legs and batten down the hatches in preparation for some serious debt busting before the merriment of December!

This month is all about deciding what your priorities are and budgeting accordingly. NO impulse buys, NO £5 coffees or Christmas tat. This is particularly applicable if flashing lights, sequins or canned music is involved. JUST SAY NO.

Many of us have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. This month is all about stepping apart from the pressure to spend, spend, spend and re-evaluating our priorities. In addition to our usual debt-busting activities, can you review your monthly bills – can you get a better deal? What do you fritter money away on? How can you conserve energy and heat during the winter? Can you reduce the cost of Christmas/ your winter holiday of choice, by doing a secret santa or limiting spending on presents? Going out for a nice meal with a group of friends can be both cheaper than buying them all presents, and better than getting 6 toiletry sets.

Rules for the challenge are below (usual caveat about not reposting the challenge, to avoid the thread getting too long). There will also be weekly mini challenges, continuing the nautical theme.

Rules of the challenge:

1. Set ALL your budgets at the beginning of the month. This includes any Christmas presents you want to buy this month! No going over, so choose wisely and really think about how you are allocating your money. The challenge will run from 00:01 1st November to 23:59 on the 30th. Make sure you have budgeted your needs for the whole month now.

2. Pay towards your debt first. No exceptions. If you are debt free, put aside some money for savings first.

3. 15 No Spend Days – this means you can spend every other day. If you want to really stretch yourself, aim for 20. As usual, yellow stickers/ direct debits/ prescriptions are excused.

4. £5 in donations or tins to your local food bank. Christmas is a hungry time for many, and food banks will be especially grateful for donations as the weather gets colder.

5. Choose TWO outings for the month and put these in your budget. Mine are going to be having a friend to stay for the night and a trip to a castle. Choose wisely; don’t fall into the trap of planning 100 Christmas events, all of which require money. Can you be creative and find cheap/ free ways to meet up with friends?

6. Take your lunch to work every day. Bonus points if you can make soup/ interesting lunches to keep you going. On the same note, NO vending machines/ fancy coffee during November. You will have more than enough in December.

7. Set a goal to increase your movement levels this month. This can be going for an extra run if you are fit after all that tri-athloning, or a walk in your lunch break. Even getting off the bus one step early counts! For those looking for extra challenge, can you try a completely new type of fitness?

8. Budget £10 less for food than you did this month. You can achieve this by batch cooking, buying yellow stickered food, shopping the late deals… then put that £10 towards your debt or savings goals.

9. Finally, this month, set yourself a personal challenge. This can be anything you like, but cannot be debt related. You are a person of incredible value, and there is more to your life than debt-busting. Challenge yourself!

Everyone welcome – to join the challenge, post below including the following:

- budgets for the month – at least food and transport
- Number of NSDs you are aiming for
- Number of exercise/ movement sessions you are aiming for
- Personal challenge (if you don’t mind sharing)

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Proud to be debt free September 2014. :j

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  • apple_muncher
    apple_muncher Posts: 14,633
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    I'm in!

    Many thanks! I have a supply of seasickness tablets if needed...
    NST March lion #8; NSD ; MFW9/3/23 Whoop Whoop!!!
  • Fmess
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    I'm in! What great timing! Just logged on for 15 minutes free wifi in the airport lol, not that I've missed you lot or anything ;)
    LBM = 07/09/13 Debt = £13339 (100% cleared)
    New roof and car £8557/£19003 New kitchen £396/£5039 Credit card Paid Student loan Paid
  • mothernerd
    mothernerd Posts: 4,827
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    Can I be cheerleader this month please. Lots of personal challenges ahead. Just arranged to move phone and broadband back to old house, so may not be able to get on-line between 7th and 17th except for 1/2 an hour in the library.

    Operation on the 13th (fingers crossed) may be one of my outings and from then on everything is unknown, so will try to be frugal but can't claim to be following the challenge rules, but happy to cheer you all on.
    My mission in life is not only to survive,but to thrive and to do so with some Passion, some Compassion, some Humour and some Style.
    NST SEP No 1 No Debt No mortgage
  • CEW
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    Please count me in.

    Battening down the hatches is just what I need this month :rotfl:

    I promise to try to do better and post more regularly.

    Chez x
    That money talks I don't deny, I heard it once, it said "Goodbye"
  • traveller
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    Count me in :) Thanks for doing it this month -i'll read it in a bit :D I too need to batten down the hatches with steel bolts this month, so cannot wait to get started :)
    :A Your Always in my heart, you never ever will be forgotten-9/9/14:heart2:
  • Great challenge SOA, and amazing to have it all done at such short notice! Count me in please, will post budgets etc in next couple of days.
    #19 Save £12k in 2024 £3808.21/£12000

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  • traveller
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    mothernerd wrote: »
    Can I be cheerleader this month please. Lots of personal challenges ahead. Just arranged to move phone and broadband back to old house, so may not be able to get on-line between 7th and 17th except for 1/2 an hour in the library.

    Operation on the 13th (fingers crossed) may be one of my outings and from then on everything is unknown, so will try to be frugal but can't claim to be following the challenge rules, but happy to cheer you all on.

    Oh Mothernerd-It won't be the same without you :( Can you not just join in with the bits you can do-surely an exception can be made???
    :A Your Always in my heart, you never ever will be forgotten-9/9/14:heart2:
  • apple_muncher
    apple_muncher Posts: 14,633
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    mothernerd the cheerleader! Will you be in lycra? Or will that just be hospital surgical socks? So pleased you have a date.
    NST March lion #8; NSD ; MFW9/3/23 Whoop Whoop!!!
  • thriftylass
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    edited 30 October 2014 at 8:21PM
    Thank you very much for doing this challenge. I'm definitely in but will have a proper read tomorrow, totally knackered.

    Got my budgets all sorted and will post them tomorrow too when I'm at a computer.
    DEBT 09/23: CC 6347 5120, Other 1763 NSDs 0/20 Planned debt free date: Dec 2024
  • Mothernerd - you can be our figurehead if you want? A very important part of the ship, but excused all the work! :D Seriously, though, I hope you will join in with whatever you can, and let us know that you're doing ok. I'm sure by the December challenge you'll be climbing mountains, new hip in tow :)
    Proud to be debt free September 2014. :j

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