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NST: August Adventures

apple_muncher Forumite Posts: 14,328
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edited 29 July 2019 at 7:07AM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
NST: August 2019
August Adventures
Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul.

New Month.
New Mindset.
New Focus.
New Intentions.
New Results.

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
J. P. Morgan

A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are.

Adventurising. I'm shamelessly nicking this idea from mothernerd's July challenge. Get out and about. Explore. Do new things. Eat new things. Wear different clothes. Listen to different music. Thrill your soul.
Unplug. From tech for an hour before bed. From mindless interweb browsing. From gawping at the gogglebox. From toxic people in your life.
Generosity. Let this be a quality where you excel. Donate items to charity. Support your local foodbank. Give your time to people who need it. Volunteer. Smile at people.
Ugly and Useless. Again lifted from July. Let ugly and useless items (sorry, but not people!) have no place in your life or your home. For someone else they may be beautiful and useful. Let them go!
Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure. Give it a go!
Think long term. Finances, obviously, are key to the NST challenges. Do things that your future self will be grateful to you for. Health - look after your health now or pay for it later. This is physical health, mental health, spiritual health. Do what you need to do for yourself.

Some rules:
  • The challenge runs for the month of August. It is a funny month with school hols, returning to school in some areas, exam results, or simply work, work, work.
  • Pay to your debt/mortgage/savings first and live off the remainder.
  • Budget for the month - look at all your outgoings and plans. If you do not have enough money to cover it all, then cut back.
  • Take your lunch to work; take drinks and snacks when you go out; take picnics. Eat your own yummy food rather than pay through the nose for bland unpalatable fare.
  • Aim for 15 NSDs (keep one if you only buy reduced goods, or medication, or fuel). If you have random things to pay for, look ahead to see how much this should cost this month and put that money aside, ready.

Who is up for August Adventurising with me? No pith hat or khaki drills necessary...

NST March lion #8; NSD ; MFW9/3/23 Whoop Whoop!!!


  • apple_muncher
    apple_muncher Forumite Posts: 14,328
    Ninth Anniversary 10,000 Posts Mortgage-free Glee! Name Dropper
    edited 5 August 2019 at 7:26PM
    August Adventurers:

    1 apple muncher
    2 Kerty Woman
    3 Deni debt-free dreamer
    4 mothernerd
    5 sashanut
    6 dolly84
    7 Toni'sfriend
    8 Calling14
    9 f0xh0les
    10 fmess
    11 crazy_cat_lady
    12 Karmacat
    13 SSDD23
    14 nannygladys
    15 PhoeniX
    16 Shrewbie
    17 shabbychic12
    18 Dottydaisy
    NST March lion #8; NSD ; MFW9/3/23 Whoop Whoop!!!
  • Kerry_Woman
    Kerry_Woman Forumite Posts: 3,130
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    Can you please add me. Thanks.
    Frugal Living Challenge 2023 Mortgage free as of 1st August 2013
  • Deni_debt-free_dreamer
    Deni_debt-free_dreamer Forumite Posts: 1,768
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    Me please apple ! I have some time off in August and am going to stay at my sister's house in East Anglia where I grew up and am looking forward to visiting places I haven't been to for 30+ years. We will take lots of picnics and have lots of walks by the sea. Thank you for running the thread, it sounds great :)
    LBM - October 2018; finally debt free on 16 March 2021 2023 Mortgage Free Wannabee #92023 Mortgage free in March 23 ! Decluttering Campaign member🏅
  • mothernerd
    mothernerd Forumite Posts: 4,827
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    Wonderful challenge apple. Sign me up please
    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
  • sashanut
    sashanut Forumite Posts: 3,252
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker Mortgage-free Glee!
    Hi there:j

    Count me in please, Apple
    New start JAN15 - NOT BUYING IT 2015 :eek:. Long haul DFW #145 : 2011 DEBTBUSTING : £5500 OD GONE, £2000 OD - GONE £93,610.30 cc & loan debt - GONE 27.6.14 FINALLY DEBT & MORTGAGE FREE :happyhear
  • dolly84
    dolly84 Forumite Posts: 5,852
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    I'm in apple. Thanks for running August. I am away for a few days at the beginning of August and a few days in the middle so will be missing for a bit of it.
    Debt Free and now a saver, conscious consumer, low waste lifestyler

    Fashion on the Ration 28/66
  • Toni'sfriend
    Toni'sfriend Forumite Posts: 3,880
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    Me too please, Apple.
    Have adventures. laugh a lot and always be kind.
  • Calling14
    Calling14 Forumite Posts: 3,498
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Can the new me join please?

    Adventure is out there:j:j:j
    LBM 13039 1.1.13 Now £0 Finally Debt FreeMortgage free Oct 2019:)EFund/savings £25000 10/11/22
  • f0xh0les
    f0xh0les Forumite Posts: 6,420
    Ninth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Mortgage-free Glee! Photogenic
    Me please Apple, I will have to duck out from 5th - 15th and I am going to look into a sneaky YHA weekend after the exam results come out at the end of the month before school goes back. I need one pair of school shoes but the rest is all sorted, so I can abandon ship anytime up until school starts back on 29th.
    4/10/22 Mortgage Free Yay! NSTurtle # 13 🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢 🐢 ......... 🐢 No Turtle gets left behind. ******PROUD MEMBER OF THE TOFU EATING COALITION OF CHAOS !!!******
  • Fmess
    Fmess Forumite Posts: 2,920
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    Count me in please
    LBM = 07/09/13 Debt = £13339 (100% cleared)
    New roof and car £8557/£19003 New kitchen £396/£5039 Credit card Paid Student loan Paid
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