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The Absolutely Awesome August 'Silly Season' Holiday NSD Challenge!

edited 28 August 2015 at 10:24PM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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edited 28 August 2015 at 10:24PM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
August is almost upon us.Yes,time to hunt out your suitcase,slap on the suntan lotion and try to squeeze into your bikini/swimming trunks - it's holiday time and the silly season starts!There is a 'sub challenge' just to stop any trace of boredom: just how silly can things get?Knowing the residents of Ennessdee Towers I think that nothing is too silly.... :p

We are heading off to New England;check out here what is happening across the pond.Lots to do and see.We will be nipping back and forth to The Edinburgh Festival in the tardis of course.We are a cultured bunch,after all,despite the rumours that abound.

Back to the challenge!
Feel free to join us.We have lots of fun activities planned.More of that later...For those of you who are new to the challenge,we are a happy (and some might say mildly insane) bunch doing battle with those retailers - and there’s plenty of temptation out there at the moment. We are seriously committed to saving money, but nobody said it can't be done with a smile on your face - so we organize riotous nights out and gatecrash any function going - all without leaving the comfort of our own imaginations or armchairs!

On a slightly more serious note, we are here to help each other avoid spending for the number of days we feel we can manage to try to take back some control over our hard-earned money. 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. Have a look at the next post from our sponsor (and godmother of this challenge) BigMummaF, this contains some guidelines and ideas for starting you off on the challenge.

It’s amazing how inventive you get when you’re determined NOT to spend - from weird menu ingredients to surprising DIY solutions - but you know what? 99% of the time those wacky ideas work.

Just remember that mentioning the F word (f-a-i-l!) is not allowed,and anyone who dares speak the word which must not be spoken will find himself in a spot of bother with our toothy bouncer Shawnie boy.
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PS I'm usually a modest lass,but I just have to add that The NSD Challenge is the best of the bunch! ;) :cool: :j
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  • edited 28 August 2015 at 10:26PM
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    edited 28 August 2015 at 10:26PM
    Some helpful suggestions and ideas to follow below from our sponsor and godmother, BigMummaF :A


    NO SPEND CHALLENGE.


    1. Have a good, long think about what YOU want to include in your Spend & Excluded categories.
    Some of us count everything from Direct Debits & school expenses, while others do not include things like essential Bills or emergency medical costs. If you plan what is or is not a Spend for you now, it will help you decide on a realistic Target.
    2. It is NOT a race!
    We all have very different demands on our time & bank balance, so please do not think you have to buy everything on 1st January & make it last till 31st December! A few of us have been following this Challenge for a long...long...LONG time so have developed plans & ploys to help us along the way wink2.gif
    3. Most important of all, WE..DO..NOT..FAIL!
    Sometimes we can't quite reach our Target, but that is fine :) Everyone knows how Life will try to trip us up, & that is when you will find us here to help you back on to your feet.

    OK, an idea of how some of us do things.
    1. What you will or will not include as a 'Spend'.
    Some people are doing other challenges too, & don't include the money spent on those for this one.
    Some will try to shop for other bits on the days their direct debits etc go out of their bank accounts; they're the real hard core of the bunch sport-smiley-003.gif & have been l-o-n-g time NSDers so don't panic :p
    Some won't count those annoying last minute demands from school & collections as you can't plan for them in advance, likewise emergency prescriptions or visits to the vet :(
    Personally speaking & providing I don't buy anything else, I don't count parking for hospital appointments.(..but then I usually do my shopping because I'm already out :whistle:)
    General thoughts on €bay sales is the buyer has paid P&P so no cost to you :D
    2. It takes Time to reach mega-numbers!
    The First suggestion is the first, because a bit of planning will work wonders on your road to your Target. Have a look at thefirst posts each month for a hefty list of other threads that may be of help. For example, there's a few giving ideas for packed lunches so you can avoid standing in the queue at the bakers for 45mins of your lunch hour! A good incentive to tweak your healthy eating & the pounds you save will show in your bank balance AND your waistline action-smiley-076.gif
    It helps to have various 'money pots' for the different costs that happen like Scouts, dinner money, yoga, window cleaner etc etc. The idea is you "spend" all that money in one hit by..:think:..
    let's say **putting the week's bus fares into the pretty coffee jar, Jo's tumble tots [Weds mornings] in the cracked teapot & Ben's £1 coin for the gym locker [Friday lunch] in the pocket of the changing bag, on Tuesdays every week when you've got some change from doing the food shop, so an already spendy day. At least four 'spending days' condensed into one ;) (**mine's jam jars for windows, milkman & a bit towards the bills!)
    3. Any day the money stays in your pocket is a bonus!
    If you look at it as a day you beat the system, you can't help but :j so don't fret it--ENJOY! If nothing else in here, we do manage find something to make us smile :D

    We have virtual outings to wonderful places that never cost us a bean :rotfl:New York, Edinburgh & Brighton have been a couple & nargle usually pilots the Tardis but you can use your own transport; my personal favourite has been a sit-on lawn mower borrowed from the cricket club :D The only thing to be aware of is Hubert the donkey who is partial to anything remotely edible but is not yet house-trained :o

    And Remember;
    there are no silly questions, so don't be afraid to ask us anything!
  • edited 31 August 2015 at 2:58PM
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    edited 31 August 2015 at 2:58PM
    So,what lovely presents do we have planned for our hard working nsders?
    Prepare to be amazed!

    1st target A cool drink 5e5spk.jpg


    2nd target A friendly Maine lobster! 2e4es21.jpg

    3rd target If you forgot your camera,you can borrow mine! dqrrm1.jpg



    4th target An encounter with a skunk,hehehe. 195wdc.jpg



    Target exceeded Igor mooning,silly boy... 2w4fqtt.jpg



    Consolation prize a spot of watering... fded5u.jpg
  • edited 3 September 2015 at 11:17PM
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    edited 3 September 2015 at 11:17PM
    Post your target and I'll add you to the list!

    marmite 20/20 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgtarget exceeded 22/20 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg



    bestfootforward 0/15

    freeby 14/15

    Nargle 16/18 fded5u.jpg

    Knit Witch 10/10 achieved! 5e5spk.jpg2nd target 15/15 achieved! 2e4es21.jpg
    3rd target 20/20 achieved! dqrrm1.jpg


    fedup 20/20 achieved! 5e5spk.jpg2nd target 27/27 achieved! 2e4es21.jpg

    cw18 15/15 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgTarget exceeded 19/15 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg

    slowly 4/18

    donna dynamo 5/15

    scotmum 1/15

    Aphidgirl 8/10

    Munchin 15/15 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgTarget exceeded 16/15 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg

    stripeyjumpergirl 10/10 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgTarget exceeded 11/10 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg

    *snow*white* 2/12

    claireylulu 0/12

    DeafLeopard 0/20

    zenshi 8/15

    Itsa Longshot 20/20 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgTarget exceeded 21/20 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg

    DFF 6/10

    Gem-gem 13/15

    Maybe_its_because 10/10 achieved! 5e5spk.jpg

    jodles16 20/20 achieved! 5e5spk.jpgTarget exceeded 22/20 achieved! 2w4fqtt.jpg


    Westie983 0/20

    Saver-upper 1/10

    belleandthebudget 1/7

    Mountaingirl 7/7 achieved! 5e5spk.jpg2nd target 10/10 achieved! 2e4es21.jpg

    Seaotter 4/5 fded5u.jpg
  • edited 3 September 2015 at 11:18PM
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    edited 3 September 2015 at 11:18PM
    This is where you aim to get so many nsds in a row.
    Post your target and i?ll add you to the list!

    The prize: 2qjc8id.jpg


    marmite 4 achieved! 2qjc8id.jpg

    freebyfifty 3 achieved! 2qjc8id.jpg

    Knit Witch 20 achieved! 2qjc8id.jpg2qjc8id.jpg2qjc8id.jpg2qjc8id.jpg

    cw18 4 2qjc8id.jpg

    scotmum 3

    Munchin 3 2qjc8id.jpg

    Maybe_its_because 3 achieved! 2qjc8id.jpg
  • marmiterulesokmarmiterulesok Forumite
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    Link to the July challenge.
  • freebyfiftyfreebyfifty Forumite
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    I love that you are all still here.:hello:

    Can I return to the fold? Head between my legs and thoroughly ashamed of myself?

    August 15 NSDs and 3 in a row.

    A nice gentle start, I can't remember the last time I had a NSD.
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  • marmiterulesokmarmiterulesok Forumite
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    I love that you are all still here.:hello:

    Can I return to the fold? Head between my legs and thoroughly ashamed of myself?

    August 15 NSDs and 3 in a row.

    A nice gentle start, I can't remember the last time I had a NSD.

    I don't believe it: freeby it's you!Oh,this is great! :)
    I often used to think about you and hoped that you were ok.
    So good to see you back.
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    marmite - thank you for launching the August challenge, and I, being a culture vulture, am so pleased we can dip our toes into the world of the Arts. I still live in hope of the NSD gang being refined, cultured folk, which we are most of the time......I will sign up for 18 NSDs please!

    freebyfifty - welcome back sweetheart, I hope the demands and hassles of Life that caused you to leave us before have been sorted and that you are ready for the NSD challenge.......Ennessdee Towers, our lovely HQ, is still standing. We have Igor as ever, general sous chef and factotum, Swedish Chef in charge of the kitchen, Mrs Doyle as housekeeper and of course, Hubert, the slightly simple brained, greedy, incontinent donkey who likes girl's clothes and stiletto shoes.

    Tread carefully around Igor, he fell in love with a hefty female shotputter called Tatjiana, but she left him standing at the altar and ran off with an arch-bounder called Bert Scroggins. The less said about him the better.

    So, you are now up to date, take a seat and Mrs Doyle will bring you a cup of tea and one of her egg sandwiches.
    One life - your life - live it!
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    You forgot to mention Igor's sister Helga and her beard dwelling voles....
  • freebyfiftyfreebyfifty Forumite
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    Helllllooooooooooooo:j:j:j

    I am so excited to be here and I am so excited that you actually remember me :beer:

    Poor Igor, I would hug him but what is that he is wearing??? Tell him to stop buying Lady Gaga's outfits off ebay :eek:

    I'm off to kick whoever is in my chair out of it.............unless, of course, they're bigger than me _pale_
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