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    svb53
    The use it or lose it challenge - please join in
    • #1
    • 28th Dec 09, 8:26 AM
    The use it or lose it challenge - please join in 28th Dec 09 at 8:26 AM
    Good morning all,

    I've been looking around my house so see what I've actually wasted my money on and built up some of my bills. I have so many books that are waiting to be read, bottles of moisturisers coming out of my ears, clothes that I hardly wear etc.

    So, my challenge is that in 2010:
    -I will not buy any books until I have read all of the ones that I have. Will put titles of new books that I'd like on a list for when i'm either debt free, or people ask what I'd like for my birthday.
    -To use up the endless bottles of moisturiser/body lotion/shower gel/perfume without buying more first
    -To only buy clothes when what i've got really need replacing. I do 45 hours plus per week on my feet so shoes come and go fairly quickly.But other than that I can't see that I'm going to need much, particularly when there's hardly any room to hang the fresh ironing up in our wardrobe.

    And to sell anything that I've got that isn't being used, i.e. endless suits from Next, designer make up, wedding dress from when we got married 4 years ago, cross trainer that's hardly used etc.

    So, it's use it up, or lose it from the house. Whether selling, charity shop or recycling, I want my bills to go down and my house to stop resembling a junk shop.

    Anyone else?

    SVB x


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  • firestronaut
    • #2
    • 28th Dec 09, 8:32 AM
    • #2
    • 28th Dec 09, 8:32 AM
    Yes, I'll join.


    I'll get rid of my endless books too.
    As well as baby clothes DD grew out of 6 months ago.
    And any other little bits and bobs I find around the house. I don't go crazy with make-up.
    I've already joined the crazy clothes challenge, but I'll also sell any clothes I out-grow/slim out of.
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    • Primula
    • By Primula 28th Dec 09, 5:41 PM
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    Primula
    • #3
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:41 PM
    • #3
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:41 PM
    Hiya
    I'll join in too please. I have tried so hard to stay away from the sales this year already and so far have just bought undies which I did need and new boots for the snow/ice, again which I did need. Fully understand where you are coming from though with moisturisers, books etc, so count me in guys!
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  • Jewelleryfan
    • #4
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:53 PM
    • #4
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:53 PM
    Great idea, im in!

    I must have well over a hundred books which i really want to read. Its so easy to buy them at 50p from a charity shop and before you know it its out of control I've already started to read some so thats a start........

    There is also a book swapping website i use called www.readitswapit.co.uk You list the books you dont want, request other books and make a swap. I've had loads of great books this way, getting ones i want and getting rid of the ones i dont!

    As per my signature my love of beauty products and smellies is out of control I used to buy all the expensive bath products from QVC etc but never used them, i just liked buying them so i now have a HUGE stash filling 2 long wide shelves. I will use up my stash before buying anything else.

    Good luck everyone!
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  • WelshWoofer
    • #5
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:56 PM
    • #5
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:56 PM
    I'll try too!
    Am definitely not going to the sales - I got given a Next voucher for my birthday and am going to wait until the new spring stuff comes in to spend it.

    I also have done a stocktake of cosmetics/creams/bath stuff and have enough Clarins/Clinique (mostly all presents) to last at least 6 months if not longer. No more buying that kind of thing.

    I will make a menu plan and try to use up what we have before buying more.

    I will also try to use up the cleaning and household products that I have in.

    Anyone else got any other ideas I can pinch?
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  • Redsky
    • #6
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:58 PM
    • #6
    • 28th Dec 09, 5:58 PM
    Great idea im in too!
    You just reminded me; I need toinvest in a cross trainer asap.

    I will not buy any books in the coming year. Ive already got PLENTY, and havent read half of them.

    I wont buy any shoes for the coming year either, unless I REALLY need to. I already have an infinate amount of boots, converse, pumps and comfy shoes.

    Thanks svb53 for the great idea.
    Thanks Jewellery fan for the link.
    & Thanks everyone for the motivation Lets go..
  • Jewelleryfan
    • #7
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:02 PM
    • #7
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:02 PM
    Great idea im in too!
    You just reminded me; I need toinvest in a cross trainer asap.

    I will not buy any books in the coming year. Ive already got PLENTY, and havent read half of them.

    I wont buy any shoes for the coming year either, unless I REALLY need to. I already have an infinate amount of boots, converse, pumps and comfy shoes.

    Thanks svb53 for the great idea.
    Thanks Jewellery fan for the link.
    & Thanks everyone for the motivation Lets go..
    Originally posted by Redsky
    Thanks, its a great site.

    I've had about 60 swaps from there.
    Its a bit like Ebay in that you leave feedback for each other but you dont pay for anything. All you pay is the postage to send them your book.
    Most normal paperbacks cost 1.85 second class.

    So for less than 2 you are getting rid of a book you dont want but someone else does, and you get the book you want too.
    I think its a brilliant idea!
    Saving my pennies for my wedding on 10th August 2013!

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  • Redsky
    • #8
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:31 PM
    • #8
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:31 PM
    I think its a brilliant idea!
    Originally posted by Jewelleryfan
    Agreed! I never knew such things existed...
  • Jewelleryfan
    • #9
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:36 PM
    • #9
    • 28th Dec 09, 6:36 PM
    Agreed! I never knew such things existed...
    Originally posted by Redsky
    No neither did i until about a year ago

    So now before i buy a book i write down the title and check to see if its available to swap. If its not then i wait and check to see if i can buy it cheaper somewhere else.

    Another good site is www.find-book.co.uk a really handy book comparision site. They also have one for dvd's, cd's and games etc
    Saving my pennies for my wedding on 10th August 2013!

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  • tiptoes
    I like the ide of this thread and had plan to get started on something similar as OH and I are looking to move to reduce or rent. So I could do with reducing the clutter in this place, to make moving easier.

    I'm goig to ebay, charity shop and freecycle all the clutter
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  • skipsmum

    So, my challenge is that in 2010:
    -I will not buy any books until I have read all of the ones that I have. Will put titles of new books that I'd like on a list for when i'm either debt free, or people ask what I'd like for my birthday. Yep, Im in on this one.
    -To use up the endless bottles of moisturiser/body lotion/shower gel/perfume without buying more first and this...got loads for christmas
    -To only buy clothes when what i've got really need replacing. I do 45 hours plus per week on my feet so shoes come and go fairly quickly.But other than that I can't see that I'm going to need much, particularly when there's hardly any room to hang the fresh ironing up in our wardrobe. I have a real problem with buying shoes. Im not sure how to tackle it.

    And to sell anything that I've got that isn't being used, i.e. endless suits from Next, designer make up, wedding dress from when we got married 4 years ago, cross trainer that's hardly used etc. I also still have my wedding dress to sell, a year on. And two dry suits. And a major buggy. And about 20 designer dresses, all unworn.

    So, it's use it up, or lose it from the house. Whether selling, charity shop or recycling, I want my bills to go down and my house to stop resembling a junk shop.

    Anyone else? YES!!!!

    SVB x
    Originally posted by svb53
    Absolutely going to do this!
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    • faye1978
    • By faye1978 28th Dec 09, 7:25 PM
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    faye1978
    Can I join? Haven't posted in a while but have already started to de-junk and have made a conscious decision to use what I have before buying more.

    I have my wedding dress to sell on - however, I still haven't had it cleaned - do you think I should get it cleaned or offer it uncleaned??? And apart from Ebay (cost me 7 on a free listing day to list and it STILL didn't sell), any ideas where I could sell it?
  • Jewelleryfan
    Can I join? Haven't posted in a while but have already started to de-junk and have made a conscious decision to use what I have before buying more.

    I have my wedding dress to sell on - however, I still haven't had it cleaned - do you think I should get it cleaned or offer it uncleaned??? And apart from Ebay (cost me 7 on a free listing day to list and it STILL didn't sell), any ideas where I could sell it?
    Originally posted by faye1978
    My friend sold her wedding dress on Gumtree which is free.

    Also your local newspaper if that has a classified section
    Saving my pennies for my wedding on 10th August 2013!

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  • ladymoon
    I'll join too please.
    I have a spare room full of bits and bobs, 5 boxes of clothes that the girls have grown out of and lots of old toys.
    I also have a garage full of stuff, and i have no idea what is lurking in the wardrobes
    I will de clutter my life this year, and as we are looking to rent a smaller/cheaper house in July this will be a good start to raising money for the moving fees
    • moneysavingmonkey85
    • By moneysavingmonkey85 28th Dec 09, 7:59 PM
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    moneysavingmonkey85
    What a good thread, I will definately join in the no toiletries club, i have 3 drawers full and a bathroom cabinet! Unfortunately I lived in 3 places in 2009, so I do know what I own, but I'm sure I can manage another ebay/amazon push. Good luck everyone!
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  • svb53
    Thanks to everyone for joining in, it's so nice to know that I'm not doing this on my own! I'm hoping doing this will also help create quite a few NSDs for me, as I could definitely use a few of those.
    I got so many lovely books and smelly sets for Christmas, but I'm trying to be good and either read or use up some of my oldest bits first.
    Anyone else want to join?
    • iwilldoitthistime
    • By iwilldoitthistime 28th Dec 09, 8:21 PM
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    iwilldoitthistime
    I'll join too, if thats okay?

    Ive also got the toiletries problem (is this a problem everyone has??) and will use them before I buy any more. Of course the shelf got even fuller over Xmas, so even more to get through now!
    Ive also got the NEXT vouchers from Xmas, but am keeping them for new bedding in the spring. DEFINATELY no wasting them on clothes in the sale that none of us will wear!
    I will also try to start a pile for EBAY - Ive got loads of things which have never been used that probably never will be!

    Good Luck everyone x
  • sibles
    I think this is a great idea and I'd love to join in!
    I buy things when I really don't need to, so going to work through all my books and smellies etc... and then head to the library!
    • MessyMare
    • By MessyMare 28th Dec 09, 8:46 PM
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    MessyMare
    I vow to use my toiletries up before I raid Lush again too! I started out vowing to read all my unread books before I buy any more this year but I had a bit of a fail moment on that! However, I will renew this vow; along with another one. I will pay my fine off and start using the library again when I fancy something a bit different (in fact, I'm doing this online now ) I will also stop buying clothes until I need them...so far I shouldn't need any for an age as I just bought the one thing missing from my wardrobe- a waterproof jacket!

    Another one though- I will not buy a whole album when I only like one track! I'll either borrow it or just download one song from itunes!
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    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 28th Dec 09, 8:52 PM
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    *Jellie*
    I'm with you. Have already started and done tons of decluttering this year.
    Will continue to not buy new books, cds and dvds. I'll only buy to only replace toiletries, cleaners, clothes and shoes.
    Completely crazy clothes challenge 2018 40/0!!
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