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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 2nd Jan 20, 10:13 AM
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    Wombabeluba 2020!
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    • 2nd Jan 20, 10:13 AM
    Wombabeluba 2020! 2nd Jan 20 at 10:13 AM
    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! 19,15 = 16.37
    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.mum
    • By stressed.mum 2nd Jan 20, 11:09 PM
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    • #2
    • 2nd Jan 20, 11:09 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 20, 11:09 PM
    Hi Siebrie, Id 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 78.23/11,825
    Cash - 48.23 Vouchers - 30

    Wombling into 2020 38.78
    • TrushTush
    • By TrushTush 2nd Jan 20, 11:53 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 20, 11:53 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 20, 11:53 PM
    I’m in!
    It’s not in my nature so hoping for a mental switch and see what I can do!!
    No Spend Days ~ Clear all Debt in 2020 ~ Make 2020 in 2020
    .....Jan 11/15............1028.71/9978.90..........234.86/2020
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 3rd Jan 20, 9:47 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 20, 9:47 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 20, 9:47 AM
    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.
    Last edited by Siebrie; 03-01-2020 at 9:59 AM.
    Wombabeluba 2020! 19,15 = 16.37
    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 piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 5th Jan 20, 4:16 AM
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    • #5
    • 5th Jan 20, 4:16 AM
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    • 5th Jan 20, 4:16 AM
    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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 6th Jan 20, 10:41 AM
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    • 6th Jan 20, 10:41 AM
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    • 6th Jan 20, 10:41 AM
    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! 19,15 = 16.37
    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 piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 6th Jan 20, 6:21 PM
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    • #7
    • 6th Jan 20, 6:21 PM
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    • 6th Jan 20, 6:21 PM
    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 piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 6th Jan 20, 10:43 PM
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    • 6th Jan 20, 10:43 PM
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    • 6th Jan 20, 10:43 PM
    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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 7th Jan 20, 9:08 AM
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    • 7th Jan 20, 9:08 AM
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    • 7th Jan 20, 9:08 AM
    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! 19,15 = 16.37
    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
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 7th Jan 20, 9:57 AM
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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.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 7th Jan 20, 12:36 PM
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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! 19,15 = 16.37
    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
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 8th Jan 20, 1:37 PM
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    Not a goal as such... Usable UK currency goes into a money box which is then emptied to provide ice-cream money and 2p for the arcades if we go to the seaside. Foreign currency gets sorted: Half-Euros and above plus US quarters and dimes go into a pile on the bookshelf to be used for future holidays; the rest into a general jumble which gets converted to UK once a quarter and added to the seaside pile. As m'wife is heading to New York in the spring - the general jumble might get converted to dollars instead this time round.
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 9th Jan 20, 9:56 PM
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    YAY 10p found on the classroom floor today - small pickings but feeling good
    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 piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 12th Jan 20, 11:06 AM
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    Cleaned the house and found 97 pence laying around for no-one to claim. So I'm claiming that as roadkill.

    Going out for a sit down 3 course meal which was a xmas present for DOH and myself so really looking forward to that.
    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 piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 13th Jan 20, 8:35 PM
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    2 pence roadkill on the classroom floor again today. - 2p

    3 glasses of bucks fizz at our meal yesterday - nominal 1 each for these 3

    Jaffa cake mini roll - gift from student - 20p
    2 salted caramel matchstick chocolates - 5 p
    1 mini chocolate bar and a sweet and 1 quality street - 5p
    small amount of sour cream - 10p

    What a great day today has been for wombaling! total is 3.42 Whoop whoop 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
    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 13th Jan 20, 8:36 PM
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    Is there anybody out there???.....
    Have I become a lone womble?
    missing my fellow wombles
    DFW Nerd No: 600


    193.07/300. Jan grocery challenge 2020
    Pay all debts off by Xmas 2020 125/6k
    Wombling 2020 9.64
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 14th Jan 20, 10:00 AM
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    Siebrie
    My wombling is erratic, I post about once a week.


    Wombles from the weekend: 1 mandarin (free for a child accompanying a shopping adult at the sm), 1 non-alcoholic beer (handed out when leaving the Brussels' car fair gala opening night). €1.



    The gala night invite and small party was a gift (worth about €50 for the 2 of us), but as we had to spend the same amount on clothes and babysitter, I'm not counting it.
    Wombabeluba 2020! 19,15 = 16.37
    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
    • NBLondon
    • By NBLondon 14th Jan 20, 11:38 AM
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    the Brussels' car fair gala opening night
    Originally posted by Siebrie
    That explains the euro... I was assuming you were in Ireland.

    A hit on the Coinstar on Sunday - 1.04 (mostly in silver) and 1 Swedish Krone (that's just over 8p or 9 1/2 cents)
    "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 14th Jan 20, 1:04 PM
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    I love the UK! I tried moving to you guys in October 2007, but the recession had already started to hit, and people (at least in London) were getting laid off per hundred, so there wasn't a chance for me to find a beginner position as a translator/interpreter, with all these qualified people around desperate for any job. Too bad.


    I'm now in Brussels, and have worked for an international hospitality company for 11 years until I got a new boss and we just didn't hit it off. At that level, you have to be hand in glove (boss and assistant), and we just didn't 'click'. I was asked to leave in November 2018, spent 9 months at home destressing, and then got offered a Project Assistant position with a small environmental non-profit. I took a 25% hit to my income, but the job is stressfree, has 3 lovely colleagues, and is a 30-minute bikeride away. There is not much to womble at the job, though! The job at the hospitality headquarters was exceptionally good for wombling (but what does that say about the job, that I loved it for all I could womble there?)
    Wombabeluba 2020! 19,15 = 16.37
    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
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 15th Jan 20, 9:04 AM
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    Siebrie
    2 Bags of clothes from a school Mum for dds €10
    Bag of Barbie dolls from dd1's friends for dd2 €5
    Wombabeluba 2020! 19,15 = 16.37
    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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