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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 4th Jan 20, 6:28 PM
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    Impulse buys
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    • 4th Jan 20, 6:28 PM
    Impulse buys 4th Jan 20 at 6:28 PM
    In 2018, Brits were said to make and average off 9 impulse purchases every month, at a cost of £200 per month (study by jamjar.com, but I got the data from The Infographics Show).

    Now I consider myself to be a savvy spender, but I think my impulse unplanned buys probably total more than 9 per month, but the cost will usually be £20-50 per month thanks to my chazzer finds and predilection of scouring Poundland - which I love, but don't cost me the earth. Am I abnormally thrifty, I wonder?
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
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    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 6th Jan 20, 5:03 PM
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    Me too! I have an ottoman seat full scented candles (it smells delightful btw), 100% of which were impulse buys from Poundland - half price tins at 50p each - and larger glass candles reduced to silly prices in B&M. Its just occurred to me that I bought these nearly 2 years ago when I was trying to track down a vacuum cleaner.
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    All of mine are bargain buys too. I have them stored in a cupboard in the dining room. It always smells lovely. Can’t remember the shop now but went bust years ago, and I’m talking 10 plus, I still have candles from there, and they still smell wonderful . It wasn’t the Past Times shop, but something similar before they closed. I also still have an amazing cushion cover from there that had been £55.00 and I got it for 50p. Still looks like new years later.
    Last edited by calicocat; 06-01-2020 at 5:07 PM.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 6th Jan 20, 5:04 PM
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    The Pier shop.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 6th Jan 20, 11:36 PM
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    Its a real pity if it's genuinely wasted. I can't believe you would buy food and not use it?!

    As for chazzer finds, if you're not using them then there is the option of donating them back, which means that the money spent there is not wasted but going to a good cause.

    ETA: just realised yours was the last post on the Sneaky Ways... thread, good on you!
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Iím quite good at using up stuff but itís more like I spend a lot on food I donít need & then it takes effort to find ways to use it.
    "I want to be a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum
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    • pattypan4
    • By pattypan4 7th Jan 20, 7:45 AM
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    could these not go to friends, family or neighbours? maybe as a trade for something you do like to eat/drink?
    me and my pals do this quite often, better someone has the benefit of them rather than the bin
    Originally posted by purpleybat
    The thing is purpleybat that these sort of high sugar/high fat things are not good for anyone so why would I want to send friends to an early grave on the rubbish that I impulse bought. Believe me I have kept anything nutritionally half decent. Anyway I learned from this, next year will be avoiding this rubbish and will be getting better nibbles like pickled walnuts and peaches in brandy and roasted salted nuts instead of candy coated nuts, all in small quantities I hope

    Magazines used to be very much better, they used to be informative and not glossy. I had my impulse buying thrill and am now settled into using whatever I have in. Yankee candles come to mind and so do those yankee tarts, I impulsively bought a lot of them, maybe 2 years ago and still they are taking up space. Must put one on today
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 7th Jan 20, 3:19 PM
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    I had several impulse buys this lunchtime: 5 items from the chazzer that I intend to use until their death for £8.50, and a load of containers for £7, so 11 items for £15.50.

    I only went out for a walk and some pumpkin seeds
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 7th Jan 20, 3:46 PM
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    Oh dear, I sinned earlier. I called in a shop to see if they had any leftover Christmas puddings reduced, as we like a pud (they had, and they weren't). I came out with a bottle of low alcohol beer, and 2 cans......
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 8th Jan 20, 3:41 PM
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    I don't do many impulse buys these days - DH is more the one for that, lol! He bought me a winter coat I admired a few months back (£250 ) when I had no intention of succumbing to temptation. Mind you, like a previous poster, it was the first item of clothing I'd bought all year so not really an extravagance, especially as my previous newest winter coat was purchased ten years ago

    Since then I did impulse buy a couple of jumpers (one had a RRP of £200 but was £20 in TK Maxx, a place I usually hate for clothes shopping), the other was a fleabay (my preferred shopping destination) purchase - All Saints, as new, huge reduction on original price.....

    I'll admit we used to impulse buy candles - decent quality/aka expensive brands - but only when they were on sale, and used to have a sideboard drawer full, but now only buy these when I think we need one

    Neither of us were tempted by anything in the sales, although we did need a new, larger utensil jar for our newly finished kitchen and found the perfect coloured pot by Burgon and Ball in a local (ish) independent shop. It wasn't reduced, but at only £15.99 it was too good to pass up. We hadn't set out to buy one, so I guess it was an impulse buy although required!

    We do look in charity shops, but there seems to be a severe lack of good quality stuff in this area. Think the last time I made an impulse buy in a charity shop was in Ludlow about three years ago - a velvet cushion with a bird/floral pattern for £3, in perfect condition and £30 new. DH occasionally finds books/DVDs in the charity shops/carboot sales which are impulse purchases, but these days decorative item wise, it's quite unusual for us to buy anything even to add to our collections (Arts & Crafts Movement mainly) as we've been trying to slim them down so it would have to be something pretty special for us to be tempted.

    I guess, if anything, I'm most likely to make impulse buys for the garden - which was almost devoid of flowering plants when we bought the house two years ago - and I confess to being occasionally tempted by a new, interesting plant Actually, an impulse buy of a few months back was when the local Wyevale was closing and all their seeds were reduced to 50p per pack. I think I bought about 40 packs, lol!
    Last edited by phoebe1989seb; 08-01-2020 at 3:45 PM. Reason: Typo!
    Paid off mortgage early - mortgage-free for twelve years!

    Over £40,000 mis-sold PPI reclaimed
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th Jan 20, 12:12 AM
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    A couple more (well, three actually ) for me today because I couldn't resist returning to that same chazzer. A Regatta coat, Uniqlo ultra light down gilet and M&S Collection jumper - for an amazing total of £4.50. It would have been rude not to
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • pattypan4
    • By pattypan4 9th Jan 20, 7:08 AM
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    I have been good for three days, I mean surely I cannot count the extra bowls I just bought to match my new crockery. Of course they are not impulsive, I might need them and they might discontinue the range and I got my endorphins


    My neighbour, last house, was incredibly impulsive for her garden, she always came home with new plants which she stuffed into whatever tiny space. Her back garden looked glorious in full bloom but it became far too difficult for her to manage, tiered and up steps. The weeds started to embed themselves and she could not get in to take them out. Five years later and it was a jungle and any dainty plant had been strangled by weeds
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 9th Jan 20, 7:13 PM
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    Places like the Works do canvases and paint sets for not that much - alternatively, maybe ask on Freecycle or Swapping sites locally? Painting is one of those things which people take up with great enthusiasm, then lose interest and are left with a load of stuff - especially things like brushes and palettes.
    Originally posted by Wraithlady
    Precisely why I will be keeping spending to a minimum as I am not Picasso .
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 9th Jan 20, 7:22 PM
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    A couple more (well, three actually ) for me today because I couldn't resist returning to that same chazzer. A Regatta coat, Uniqlo ultra light down gilet and M&S Collection jumper - for an amazing total of £4.50. It would have been rude not to
    Originally posted by VfM4meplse
    Exceptional bargains, and totally correct that it would have been rude not to.

    Another thought for this year is going to chazzers this year if anywhere.

    No impulse buys today for me.....not even tíinternet.

    Easel arrived. It was a pile of wood, but asked nextdoor blokie to give me a head start on it. Instructions in Chinese , but thatís what you get going cheap. Anyhow it will do the job nicely. Now researching how to paint on the cheap as letís face it it , it is for myself, doesnít need to prove anything, and doesnít need to last a life-time or be restored in the future.

    More stupid clothes used to fill Moroccan pouffe thing better as foam meant if you sat on it you fell over. 4 pairs of jeans, and 5 tops in the bottom now to give it more stability.

    Impulse buys from past re-cycled ....
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th Jan 20, 8:55 PM
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    I went into Lidl for carrots this evening....and left with carrots and a set of orange-stickered watercolour paints for £3.49. Too good a price to resist, and I was a talented painter as a child. Not quite up there with Picasso, but not bad either
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Jan 20, 10:56 AM
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    I somehow managed a whole day without any impulse buys yesterday! I never considered myself to be an impulse buyer until I logged my behaviour this week
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 11th Jan 20, 7:45 PM
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    I am very proud of myself today - I visited 3 charity shops to donate a car-load of stuff & some furniture AND DIDN’T BUY ANTHING!!!

    Not sure I’ve ever done that b4 lol
    "I want to be a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum
    'Coz how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?" ~ Dr A. Tapping


    I'm finding my way back to sanity again... but I don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there
    ~ Lifehouse
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Jan 20, 8:47 AM
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    Had an impulse buy yesterday - but it was an ideal birthday present, and at just £2.99 a Disney bargain.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 13th Jan 20, 9:30 AM
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    I've got an ongoing S/H coffee stuff habit. Have bought six espresso/cappu cups+saucers and another vintage Cona coffee brewer in the past week or so. I'm in debt and supposed to be decluttering so it's a bit of a problem. At least they should sell on for at least what they cost, so hopefully it'll be possible to recover the dosh one day.
    • calicocat
    • By calicocat 14th Jan 20, 6:58 PM
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    I have decided to maybe go out and buy a years worth of household stuff, things like toilet room, cleaning products, toothbrushes etc etc to curb impulse buys........ in theory....

    This way i will only really need to buy food for the year other than things for birthdays etc.

    It did work when I did this in preparation for 6 months part time, so will start with 6 months maybe instead of a years stuff.

    One can only try.
    Yep...still at it, working out how to retire early........ Going to have to rethink that scenario as have been screwed over by the company. A work in progress.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 14th Jan 20, 7:30 PM
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    I have decided to maybe go out and buy a years worth of household stuff, things like toilet room, cleaning products, toothbrushes etc etc to curb impulse buys........ in theory....

    This way i will only really need to buy food for the year other than things for birthdays etc.

    It did work when I did this in preparation for 6 months part time, so will start with 6 months maybe instead of a years stuff.

    One can only try.
    Originally posted by calicocat
    Impulse buy fail...you'll always use these up, eventually. I find it helpful to buy in bulk when I have a minimum value spend voucher and need to make the total up.

    I went a bit crazy with my impulse purchases today - but they were all brilliant January chazzer finds. Another £12.70 spent on 12 purchases.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

    "No man is worth, crawling on the earth"- adapted from Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio

    Hope is not a strategy ...A child is for life, not just 18 years....Don't get me started on the NHS, because you won't win...I love chaz-ing!
    • gt568
    • By gt568 14th Jan 20, 7:41 PM
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    Purchased 4 sausage rolls on a whim from M&S today. Utterly disappointing.
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • DianneB
    • By DianneB 14th Jan 20, 10:33 PM
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    Bought a mug today. Do I need another mug? Of course not, even if I did there is a wide and wonderful selection in every charity shop! But no I went into a posh supermarket, big mistake in itself and a saw a lovely sky blue mug with a terrier on it. Just couldn't resist. Total impulse buy.
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