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Wombabeluba 2020!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
Welcome to the wombling thread for 2020!

What is wombling?
In the words of Bobarella, the founder of the earlier wombling threads:
"Wombling is at its most basic level finding things. That you can use and someone else decided they couldn't. When I started this challenge in January of 2015, I used to Womble a lot of brand match coupons, these were just like finding money and I have no idea why people ever threw them away.
My initial idea was to try and find one thing each time I left the house that would make my life cheaper in some way. Roadkill (change found on the road, bus, self service till draw) is a great one for that. I find that I can usually find at least 1p per journey and although some people would say what's the point? Because I trained myself to look for coins as second nature I have found a lot of money over the years £ 84.20 in 2015, & £62.28 last year.
I often find useful big items left in the street outside people's houses with notes saying 'take me away' last year I even found a Hoover. I needed a new one so took it. This saves me quite a lot of money. My own wombling style is finder, but a lot of people Womble a lot of money by doing BOGOFFs. Or eBay buying.

YS shopping is worth a mention. If you are able to buy food with a huge mark down then that's a Womble.

Basically if you are able to make a saving in any way, including comping then that's a Womble. I don't have any strict rules for this challenge and quite often we just chat! So come on in and join the free fun."
Wombabeluba 2020! € 124,28 = £ 61.09
2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7.116,68 = £ 6,309.50
Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
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  • stressed.mumstressed.mum Forumite
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    Hi Siebrie, I’d love to join in this year.

    I wombled 8p today hoping for a small womble every day, counting finding/couponing/cashback and anything else I can do to save money
    Hoping to stick to the challenge this year!!
    Make £5 a day for 366 started Dec 2019
    YTD £ £ 78.23/£1£1,825
    Cash - £ 48.23 Vouchers - £ 30

    Wombling into 2020 £38.78
  • TrushTushTrushTush Forumite
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    I’m in!
    It’s not in my nature so hoping for a mental switch and see what I can do!!
    No Spend Days 2020 Jul 24 / 28 Jun 20/25 May 22/25 Apr 20/25 Mar 16/25 Feb 20/20 Jan 20/15
    Clear all Debt in 2020 #97 WE DID IT!! DFD June2020
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    SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    edited 3 January at 10:59AM
    Welcome, Stressed.mum and TrushTush!

    My sister-in-law gave me half a panetone on New Year's Day, which she was given in a christmas hamper. She is single, and her dds and grand-dds don't particularly like it. I'm not too keen on fresh panetone, either, but like it toasted. €1.

    My father gave me a christmas loaf (€1), which I will slice and freeze to enjoy during the year. I use plastic bags (from inside cereal boxes) cut into rectangles to separate the slices.
    Wombabeluba 2020! € 124,28 = £ 61.09
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7.116,68 = £ 6,309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
  • miss_empty_piggymiss_empty_piggy Forumite
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    Hi Siebre, can I join please? Love a great womble xxx
    DFW Nerd No: 600


    £193.07/£300. Jan grocery challenge 2020
    Pay all debts off by Xmas 2020 £125/£6k
    Wombling 2020 £9.64
  • SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    Everyone is welcome; I love reading what other people have found!


    15 cents in 1 and 2-cent coins from parents.
    company New Year breakfast €1.
    Wombabeluba 2020! € 124,28 = £ 61.09
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7.116,68 = £ 6,309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
  • miss_empty_piggymiss_empty_piggy Forumite
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    3 chocolates in the staff room
    2 chocolate chip cookies and 1 brownie made by DD2 for us coming home from work.
    She and her friends have got a Chinese in so DOH and I are hanging around for any leftovers lol. Does anyone else find that their children can afford nights out, cinema, takeaways but they themselves can't? Maybe it's just different priorities.

    I'll count the chocolate - 15p (5p each)!
    DFW Nerd No: 600


    £193.07/£300. Jan grocery challenge 2020
    Pay all debts off by Xmas 2020 £125/£6k
    Wombling 2020 £9.64
  • miss_empty_piggymiss_empty_piggy Forumite
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    Yay. There were leftovers for us. 2 plates for DOH, 1 for me and a bag of prawn crackers. I will allocate a nominal £5.00 x
    DFW Nerd No: 600


    £193.07/£300. Jan grocery challenge 2020
    Pay all debts off by Xmas 2020 £125/£6k
    Wombling 2020 £9.64
  • SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    How very kind of your daughter and convenient for you!

    I, too, in general only count what a meal would normally have cost me, so even a gold-plated-steak-and-salmon meal would only be maximum €5 (and not the €35-€50 the restaurant would charge).
    Wombabeluba 2020! € 124,28 = £ 61.09
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7.116,68 = £ 6,309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
  • NBLondonNBLondon Forumite
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    Well - good luck to you all. I'm lucky that I don't have to count something given to me by family - but I watch out for roadkill; check the self-service tills and the Coinstar in my local supermarket.

    So far this year.... 20p in roadkill (but so bashed it may not be spendable); 2p; 1 US cent and 1 Eurocent from the Coinstar. Plus a happy birthday e-mail from Krispy Kreme worth a free doughnut.
    Wash your Knobs and Knockers... Keep the Postie safe!
  • SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    Welcome, NBLondon! Do you have a special goal for your roadkill? I remember when I was a student, and I would save up all the roadkill for a theatre ticket; I found a ticket's-worth over two years.
    Wombabeluba 2020! € 124,28 = £ 61.09
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7.116,68 = £ 6,309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31 = £ 2,969.05
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