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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
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    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017
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    • 18th Dec 16, 4:46 PM
    Completely Crazy Clothes Challenge 2017 18th Dec 16 at 4:46 PM
    For those who haven't popped by this year's Crazy Clothes Challenge thread in the past few days, or perhaps are yet to join us; I've agreed to take over the running of the challenge from somerandom, who may not be able to visit MSE as much in the coming year. I'll be taking over from January, but thought that I would start the thread now as a number of other challenge threads for 2017 are already up. That and I may not be too clever on New Year's Day!

    With the price of clothes now rising at the highest rate since 2010, there's never been a better time to join us and reign in the spending. How you do this is entirely up to you. Here are some ideas that members have used in the past:

    - No clothes spend weeks/months
    - Charity shop spends only
    - Essentials only
    - Spending only money made from selling on eBay etc
    - Spending contingent on weight loss
    - Simple monthly or annual budget
    - A combination of two or more of the above

    Your budget can be as little or as much as you want; last year, our budgets ranged from zero to £600. If you don't know where to start, then estimating how much you've spent on clothes in 2016 and aiming to shave 10% (or another percentage of your choosing) off of it may be useful. Anything you can save is a plus.

    It's never too late in the year to join; you can work out what you would like to spend in a year and pro rata it for the months/weeks remaining of 2017.

    Many of us found that even if we didn't spend as little as we wanted, we were putting more thought into our purchases - hopefully no more looking back and thinking, 'I don't know why I bought that top/pair of trousers/shoes' or whatever it may be.

    If you would like to join us, simply post below and I will allocate you a number. If you have a preference, let me know and I will give you that number if it is available. I will try my best to add everyone as quickly as possible, but should I manage to miss anyone (say if you haven't had your number within 3 or 4 days) please pop me a PM and I will get you added.

    Happy saving


    If you haven!!!8217;t already, join the forum to reply!
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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 19-10-2017 at 2:48 PM.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

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    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 9th Nov 17, 8:35 PM
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    Hi Rachlikeswinter

    Sorry I've only just seen your post - haven't been reporting to the thread as much since I've been finally succeeding in not buying anything!

    I'd be happy to add you if you'd like to join, otherwise I look forward to seeing you on the next challenge.

    I'm below my 2016 budget and have exceeded my 2017 so I think I'll go straight down the middle for 2018.

    Hope I don't spend much cash in the upcoming Sainsbury's double up!
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th Nov 17, 10:32 AM
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    Florence J
    £2 on clothes at Sainsbobs. Did the double up to get a £20 voucher and my 4 items of clothes came to £22. They were in the sale, so the full retail price would have been £64! I'm very happy with that

    I think my total for the year is £61.86
    Sealed Pot Challenge 11 #553
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #253
    Wombling free 2017 = £2195.92
    Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£3168.45/£3000)
    February 2018 Credit Card Debt: £3885
    • FrugalWeirdo83
    • By FrugalWeirdo83 18th Nov 17, 4:39 PM
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    Hi could I join please? I want to stop buying clothes for a year as I have too many and it's a bad habit
    Sealed pot challenge 196
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Nov 17, 3:02 PM
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    Hi could I join please? I want to stop buying clothes for a year as I have too many and it's a bad habit
    Originally posted by FrugalWeirdo83
    Sure, I've given you number 39.

    We'll be moving into 2018 soon enough, so do come and join us in the new challenge once it's up and running.

    Good luck
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • try harder
    • By try harder 12th Dec 17, 10:02 PM
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    try harder
    I have bought myself a coat from CS costing £10 and a couple of small bits making a grand total of £30 ,i dont think i will buy anything else this year now , i am more than happy with this amount ,at last one challenge i have done well in
    • *Jellie*
    • By *Jellie* 17th Dec 17, 9:49 PM
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    *Jellie*
    I'm in again please. My rules for this year
    1) only buy from charity shops or make clothes.
    2) budget £200 plus any money made selling clothes. Budget to include material, wool, patterns and purchases from CS.
    3) intentional shopping only! Plan capsule wardrobe for each season, make list of items that will need replacing or that I would like to make (including style silhouette and colours want). Only buy in CS if item completely matches something on my list or can be refashioned immediately to do so!
    4) accurately track and report spending!
    I think that is everything
    Originally posted by *Jellie*
    Iím sneaking in with my tail between my legs to do an update before I start afresh next year!
    1. I did mainly buy from CS or make clothes but I ended up replacing several jumpers and buying lots of new thermals
    2. Completely blew the budget with the new clothes but also spent too much on fabric. On the plus side my fabric stash should last me a while- just need to not buy any more and use what I have!
    3. Was more intentional with buying fabric and from cs. I was much better at only buying from list in cs and I virtually stopped buying anything to refashion as the reality is when I get time to sew I am making new clothes not refashioning.
    4. Once again attempted several times this year with different methods and didnít stick at it. I think this is a key habit for me- if I can crack this I think everything else would follow.
    I get the deja vu feeling of having lots of good intentions in December and then fading!
    Completely crazy clothes challenge 2018 £0/0!
    New year...new start!
    • FiscalPickle
    • By FiscalPickle 18th Dec 17, 5:36 PM
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    FiscalPickle
    Hi, can I please join the 2018 challenge? My budget for the year is £300 with the following conditions:-
    January - April must be no spend months
    I get an extra £50 for every half stone I shed, up to a max. of an extra £150

    Thanks!
    DFD - 26/10/19
    In the process of shedding £20k and 35lbs
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th Dec 17, 10:25 PM
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    Florence J
    Bought 2 sports bra's today as the ones I had were rubbish to begin with and have only gotten worse over time.

    Spent £38.40, had a 20% saving of £9.60.

    I will have to look up the exact 2017 total spends but I know it is slightly less than £100.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 11 #553
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #253
    Wombling free 2017 = £2195.92
    Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£3168.45/£3000)
    February 2018 Credit Card Debt: £3885
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 18th Dec 17, 10:34 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi, can I please join the 2018 challenge? My budget for the year is £300 with the following conditions:-
    January - April must be no spend months
    I get an extra £50 for every half stone I shed, up to a max. of an extra £150

    Thanks!
    Originally posted by FiscalPickle
    Hi FiscalPickle

    I'm yet to start 2018's thread but I have bookmarked your post and will add you as soon as I do.

    Good luck with the challenge and have a happy Christmas and New Year

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 31st Dec 17, 1:14 PM
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    Kim_13
    Hi, can I please join the 2018 challenge? My budget for the year is £300 with the following conditions:-
    January - April must be no spend months
    I get an extra £50 for every half stone I shed, up to a max. of an extra £150

    Thanks!
    Originally posted by FiscalPickle
    Hi FiscalPickle

    I've now added you to 2018's challenge.

    The challenge thread can be found here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5766230

    Kim
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 31st Dec 17, 10:03 PM
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    Florence J
    My total spends this year on clothes, most of which happened this month come to £147.30 in total.

    From the best of my memory it consisted of:

    Black Jeans
    3 x White Shirts
    2 x Skirts
    Sweater vest
    Cardigan
    2 x Dresses
    Tights
    4 x Bras
    2 x Sports Bras
    Denim Jacket
    Rain Mac
    Vest Top
    2 x Pairs of Shoes

    I also collected 10 items for free at a swishing party.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 11 #553
    £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #253
    Wombling free 2017 = £2195.92
    Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£3168.45/£3000)
    February 2018 Credit Card Debt: £3885
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 1st Jan 18, 11:14 AM
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    Kim_13
    My total was £236.95. Would have been under budget if it were 2016!

    And I only weighed myself twice all year, epic fail.

    For 2018 I am going straight down the middle between 2016 and 2017's budgets, £180.
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00

    I'm a Board Guide on the Savings and Investments , Budgeting and Bank Accounts , Credit Cards and Marriage, Relationships and Families boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this.) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.com
    • Eltee12
    • By Eltee12 2nd Jan 18, 12:46 PM
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    Eltee12
    Happy New Year



    Final total for #11 is now £285.04/£300


    El
    2018 AFD 23/240
    2018 CCC #11 £38.40/£250
    Mortgage-free since 2013

    Debt-free since Nov 2017
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