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Chrimbo crackers countdown

edited 3 August 2010 at 10:08AM in Debt-Free Wannabe
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gwen80gwen80 Forumite
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edited 3 August 2010 at 10:08AM in Debt-Free Wannabe

Hope78 previously organised these challenge threads, but is now concentrating on other challenges, so I thought I'd get one organised. Apologies for the blatant plagiarism...:o

The challenge is to reduce our debts/increase our savings and is starting today (or any date you want to join in), finishing on 18th December - just in time to get in the last minute shopping! :xmassmile

The levels are:

Bronze cracker - £510
Silver cracker - £1010
Gold cracker - £2010
Platinum cracker - £3010

You can start at any level and if you want to upgrade/downgrade at any time - just drop me a PM and I'll change your challenge level.

I'll be updating the totals monthly.


The Rules

Money must come from anything extra to your normal income and must be obtained lawfully!!

But how do I make more money?

Try the second post for some tips/tricks and FAQ's.

The third post will be the list of challengers and how everyone's doing.

Usual ramblings to follow in the next two posts so please wait until I've posted them to rush and sign up!

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Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending


  • edited 17 July 2010 at 4:21PM
    gwen80gwen80 Forumite
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    edited 17 July 2010 at 4:21PM
    Tips/tricks of trade



    Amazon 'Sell Your Stuff'
    You can sell books, CD's, DVD's, and more on Amazon. It is very easy to list them and, unlike ebay, there are no fees until you make a sale. Read more at The Amazon Thread


    Learn how to sell
    You can sell anything on Ebay (well almost!). Listing can be quite time consuming and it costs to list items even if they don't sell. Ebay can be fun and quite addictive! Read more at The Ebay Thread

    Cashback sites

    Quidco - Read more on this MSE thread

    Mystery shopping

    Become a Mystery shopper or if you already are one join another and use the extra funds towards your total.

    Survey sites


    This is a good focus group website:
    Mostly in London, but if you are close enough to go there then you could earn some serious money.


    Another tip is to join swapit shop and collect free points, then get vouchers or goods for these free points then sell them on ebay. You can get the points from this thread:
    It's a completely flexible, do as much or as little as you want, part-time work from home job, all the details in the link. It's a text messaging service and you will be hired as a researcher to answer the questions people send in and you get paid 30p per text, you do it through a PC not your mobile phone. You need a degree though and the test to pass is not easy. If they are not hiring right now, check everyday because it seems to change daily.
    A new website, earn money from rating music! Read the Slice the Pie thread here...

    Matched betting

    Try here for help
    Newcomer's Guide to Matched Betting

    Thread for questions about Matched Betting (no need to read the entire thread before posting your question).

    General FAQs

    Can bank charges claimed back be included?

    As before, no. We have decided that bank charges refunds should not be included in total as it doesn't represent making huge effort to make extra money (luckily for those who have or are in the process of being refunded it simply takes (in most cases) a few letters). We are happy for you if you get them refunded but it doesn't seem fair for everyone. Please tell us if you have been successful as it is great and you should be congratulated. Maybe add it in brackets after your total.

    Can I join after the 17th July?

    Definitely! Just PM me if you want to join later with your challenge amount.
    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
  • edited 26 July 2010 at 11:16AM
    gwen80gwen80 Forumite
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    edited 26 July 2010 at 11:16AM
    Here is the list of our 'Crimbo Crackers' :snow_laug

    1. Gwen80 - Silver £5/£1010
    2. Broken hearted - Bronze £5/£510
    3. craby ducky - Bronze
    4. Herewego - Bronze £37.05/£510
    5. hattiefats - Bronze
    6. gettingthereslowly - Bronze
    7. Pollydaydream - Bronze £30/£510
    8. fedupandskint - Bronze
    9. natsing - Bronze £25.50/£510
    10. nottoobadyet - Platinum
    11. Buffythedebtslayer - Bronze
    12. debtfreemission - Bronze
    13. Hope78 - Gold
    14. miss empty piggy - Bronze £22.86/£510
    15. MinniMe - Bronze
    16. kiwigirl - Silver
    17. georgiebrown0 - Silver
    18. Gemmzie - Debt busting Bronze Savings goal Silver
    19. dearme - Bronze
    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
  • Make that two of us. I'll go for bronze.:beer:
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring

  • gwen80gwen80 Forumite
    2.2K posts
    Make that two of us. I'll go for bronze.:beer:

    Fab :D I've added your name to the list.
    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
  • crabyduckycrabyducky Forumite
    383 posts
    Add me please ill take bronze as its my first challenge.

    One question though does money gained before the challenge count?? I made 25.00 in cashback in the last month.
  • HerewegoHerewego Forumite
    2.5K posts
    Can I be added please my first challenge too so I will go for Bronze, thank you
    MARCH 2016 DEBT £25750/ £25035
    EST DFD JAN 2021 (that needs to change)
    NOW JAN 2019 (that still needs to change)
  • hattiefatshattiefats Forumite
    140 posts
    I'll go for the bronze too please!
    Sealed Pot Challenge 4 no:1079!!!!! Target £250
  • I'll go for Bronze to please xxxx
  • Have £3 coming into paypal from lightspeed surveys. Doing a carboot sale next Sunday so should be off to a good start.
    Barclaycard 3800

    Nothing to do but hibernate till spring

  • Hi Gwen, thanks for starting the challenge. Can you add me for bronze please (I'm trying to be a bit more realistic at the moment).

    Plus, my lovely dad gave me £30 this morning, so I've actually made a start (ahead on a challenge- that's a first :rotfl:)

    Good luck everyone, and here's to a fabulous crimbo :D

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