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Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2020

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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misstaramisstara Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Welcome to the new MMM thread for 2020 :D

Looking back at my first post on the 2019 thread, I could literally just copy and paste. My goals for 2019 were declutter books, DVDs and clothes, do various things to the flat, clear out the cupboard of doom, learn to use a sewing machine properly and be less wasteful.

Well I still have far too many books and DVDs, the flat still needs work, the cupboard of doom still exists and I still can't use a sewing machine. However, some progress - a little painting has been done in the flat, did a clear out of clothes a few months ago and definitely recycling more and thinking more about I purchase.

OH bought me a new sewing machine for Christmas, a nice lightweight one so I will learn how to use it. I've been looking on Pinterest this afternoon for inspiration and decided that I will learn how to make cushion covers. Me and OH have made a list of things that we would like to get done in the flat in 2020 and new cushion covers is on it so at least this will cover both goals :D

Looking forward to reading your stories of MMMing in 2020.
Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £0
Debt Feb 2020: Credit card - £607.09. Now £425.51 (30% paid)
Car - £4992.88. Now £4699.24 (5.9% paid)
Emergency fund - £190.50/£1000. Car fund - £515/£1000.


  • BetharooniBetharooni Forumite
    112 posts
    100 Posts
    Hi all

    Can I join in with this for 2020?

    B x
    Save £15K in 2020 #6 £ £3,152.09/£15,000
    Make £2020 in 2020 #11 £189.78/£2,020
    Pay ALL Your Debt Off By Xmas 2020 #015 £1,332.73/£11,978.16
    Saving for House Deposit £2,481/£40,000
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #300 £200/£1,000
  • ailz95ailz95 Forumite
    325 posts
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Photogenic Debt-free and Proud!
    I'm in again. I'll be trying my best! :rotfl:
    Clutter free wannabee 39/52 bags to cs. 593/2020 'stuff' out of the place
    Fasting target 2020 - 5000 hours. 1586/5000.
    Jan 545 hours. Feb 450 - became a vegan. March 600 hours.
  • ChocolatedrinkerChocolatedrinker Forumite
    348 posts
    Eighth Anniversary 100 Posts
    I'm in please, I'm aiming for 2020 to be a year of decluttering, and sorting out the many things that are making my life less than it could be.
    Declutter 2020 in 2020 1578/2020 Craft makes 11/100 SPC = 133
    Loan payments left 0/60 :D Credit card paid off!!! £30.40/£531 pay debt by Xmas 2020
    Save 6 months salary - 44/100ths
  • Mrs_Salad_DodgerMrs_Salad_Dodger Forumite
    2.2K posts
    1,000 Posts Second Anniversary I've been Money Tipped!
    I’m in please !

    Happy New Year everyone
  • miss_empty_piggymiss_empty_piggy Forumite
    721 posts
    Debt-free and Proud!
    Me too please - DOH and I had our bi-yearly planning meeting to discuss what we want to achieve in the house, our rented accommodation and our allotment this year. The financial part of that meeting/end of year review is scheduled for this evening, with end of month reviews to happen throughout the year. Some people at work have suggested that this is totally weird and too informal but it really works for us. What do you think?

    Make do: LO food from stores
    Mend: stash to be approached at some point today

    Minimise: DDs 1 and 2 monster storage boxes of 'baby/growing up' memorabilia significantly reduced/decluttered. Went through with them and if it held no real value for either of us it got rejected. Trying to make space for the Xmas decks as we're wanting to reconfigure the outhouse as it's overflowing so starting with the decs.
    DFW Nerd No: 600

    £193.07/£300. Jan grocery challenge 2020
    Pay all debts off by Xmas 2020 £125/£6k
    Wombling 2020 £9.64
  • dNDdND Forumite
    488 posts
    Part of the Furniture
    I'm in again too :grin:

    I've been meaning to post but it's been the same old, same old; stuff out the door but also stuff coming in - but on the whole, more out than in :rotfl:

    Starting the year, I'm full of positivity that this will be the year I get back to the UK and start living again but until then it's all going to be about preparation and streamlining my house and possessions, but making sure I don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    So, a Happy New Year to all, and may 2020 be all you wish.


  • bargainhunterssbargainhunterss Forumite
    751 posts
    Tenth Anniversary 500 Posts Photogenic
    Thanks for setting up the new thread misstara. I’m in again this year as I’m getting frustrated with the amount of stuff and waste that goes on in our house. I had big plans to declutter over the Christmas period but only managed my wardrobe and a couple of kitchen cupboards. Looking forward with optimism for the year - good luck everyone on their MMMing journeys! :j :money:
    Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don't want..to impress people that they don't like...:cool:
    "Every time you borrow money, you're robbing your future self."
    Every pound we spend is a vote for the sort of world we want
  • misstaramisstara Forumite
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    Sixth Anniversary 1,000 Posts I've been Money Tipped!
    Used up a soup from the freezer today for lunch, thought there was 2 portions but thankfully only 1. Don't know what I did to it as it's a soup I've made loads of times but really wasn't very nice and freezing hadn't improved it :rotfl: What I thought was the 2nd portion is actually stock so will use it to make lentil soup tomorrow. Made a bacon and tomato frittata instead to take for lunch tomorrow.

    Meal plan has been done using up the contents of the freezer. Plan is to then defrost the freezer on Sunday. Shouldn't need to buy any food until the start of next week, really trying to minimise food spends as it's an area we consistently go over budget on.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £0
    Debt Feb 2020: Credit card - £607.09. Now £425.51 (30% paid)
    Car - £4992.88. Now £4699.24 (5.9% paid)
    Emergency fund - £190.50/£1000. Car fund - £515/£1000.
  • SeekingFlightSeekingFlight Forumite
    44 posts
    Fourth Anniversary 10 Posts

    This looks like an awesome idea, i thought i might tie it into the 2020 theme and do 20 makes, and 20 mends, i'm also down to lose 20b on the old style weight loss thread does that count as minimising ;)

    Actually i've been trying to change the way i cook to only produce leftovers if don't already have leftovers, does that make sense? i like to take them for my lunches but can end up with a whole stash.
    January make £5 a day £196/£150,Old Style Weight Loss Q1 -6/20,2020 Frugal Living Challenger

    "Remember not to do too many things at once" said me to herself.
  • Viking_mfwViking_mfw Forumite
    149 posts
    Second Anniversary
    Make do: made soup from New Year's Day leftovers to take to work
    Mend: sewed up the crotch of the toddler's puddlesuit - that thing gets a lot of hard wear!
    Minimise: took a stack of paper from my office to the recycling.
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