Weekly Spend Challenge w/c 6 Sept 2015

crazy_cat_lady Posts: 7,063 Forumite
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edited 12 September 2015 at 7:13PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
After last week's success I thought I would go for week 2 of a weekly spend challenge. Please feel free to join in - I spent way less last week than I normally would.

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"

W/C 6th September Challengers/Total Spent/Pledges
1. crazy_cat_lady £21.31/£30
2. curlywurly82 £0/£50
3. Frugal surf £33/£40
4. determined new ms £108.77/£25
5. BaileysBabe £8.66/£50
6. Munchin £65.24/40
7. sunshine81 £4.74/£10

W/C 30th August Results
1. crazy_cat_lady £27.34/£30
2. Determined New MS
3. GTR King £0/£125
4. Dawn W £53.18/£50
5. Tallyhoh £0/£15
6. sleepless saver £57.71/£60
7. Baileys Babe £0/£10
8. CurlyWurly82 £65/£70
9. 32b3 £57/£50
10. JoJo £0/£30
11. LittleOne83 £0/£50
12.Sunshine81 £196.30/£200
13. sweetpea26 £47.66/£100
14. Frugalsmurf £147/£150


  • I'll like to sign up again please as it really focused the mind.

    I am going to say £50 which will include any lunch I buy but not main grocery shop. It will include the random shops in between grocery shops and any other random buys. I won't include Accupuncture appointment cost.
  • Welcome. It did me the world of good last week just to have that £30 in my purse and think before I handed it over for anything.
  • frugalsmurf
    frugalsmurf Posts: 159 Forumite
    edited 6 September 2015 at 9:40PM
    Hi. Please count me in this week.last week I was left with £3 left :) although I had a way bigger budget as it included lots of things. Whereas this is unaccounted for things as its easier to organise myself that way.

    I'll say £40 please.
  • Ok couldn't even begin to work out how much I needed last week! Going to be a bit more expensive than I can really afford this week as it is my son's birthday and I will be going to visit him tomorrow (oh has said he'll give me some money to buy lunch) and it is a friend's birthday and I have agreed to go to her birthday bash that is in a pub on Thursday, but will drive so can nurse 1 drink to keep the costs down....

    So am going to pledge £25 and hope it come in under this....

    I'd like to have 4 NSDs as well
    DF as at 30/12/16
    Womblng 2020:
    NSD Jan 2/18 YTD: 2
  • Hello

    Last week I spent £0 :j

    This week is mega busy and no doubt a bit spendy. I am going to say £20 miscellaneous spending and £30 grocery spending so that is £50 for the week.
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  • Munchin
    Munchin Posts: 2,816 Forumite
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    I would like to join in this week and will aim for £40. I'm buying heating oil this week but will not count this as it has been budgeted for.

  • sunshine81
    sunshine81 Posts: 1,485 Forumite
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    Ah new thread!

    Well last week we took £200 and spent £196.30. Happy with that as it meant we didn't break into 'normal' income, leaving us with more money this month for debts, groceries, bills, stuff for the new baby etc!

    Ok this week I'm going to aim for £10 of unplanned spending. Have a good week all x
  • After our morning HE activities we went to a picnic to celebrate HE one of the other parents bought a piece of cake and a coffee at the cafe, I was so tempted, but I held true to my DFW ways and resisted.

    £0/£20 miscellaneous spends
    £0/£30 grocery spends
    Fashion on a ration 2024 66/66 coupons remaining
    80 coupons rolled over 0/80 coupons spent - using for secondhand purchases

     income, home educating family 
  • Well done on a zero spend week BaileysBabe - I am seriously impressed. And welcome to everyone joining this week's challenge.
    I've managed a NSD today (no surprise at work really), and found 75p of roadkill lurking around and about. Nice.
  • I spent £20 by not really thinking properly! I'd gone to drop something off and went past a shop I don't often go near. It was too tempting (lesson learnt!) Although it helps having cash in my purse rather than a card.

    So £21 spent of £40......£19 left
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