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Welcome to the blog of SAVINGFORTRAVEL! I now have 2 blogs: my newest-100 COUNTRIES BEFORE I AM 50 and my oldest, the faithful: SFT's LIFE AFTER MORTGAGE-which is in part about funding my travel experiences, the sealed pot challenge and this and that!View my complete profile

BUENOS AIRES-MARCH 2015


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SAVING FOR TRAVEL

2014

APRIL: Country 54 JAPAN

MAY: Country 55: MALTA

AUGUST: Country 56 RUSSIA

OCTOBER: Country 57 MOROCCO

DECEMBER:Country 58/59VIETNAM LAOS&THAILAND

2015

MARCH: Country 60/61 ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

JULY: Country 62/63 MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

2016

MARCH: Country 64 IRAN(FINGERS CROSSED)

JULY: Country 65/66/67/68 TBCESTONIA,LATVIA,LITHUANIA,BELARUS&RUSSIA

DECEMBER: Country 69 BURMA (MYANMAR)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 2-AN AMAZING WEEK FOR OUR SAVINGS FOR SOUTH AMERICA! PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS FOR WEEKS 3 AND 4 TOO!

SEALED POT UPDATE-What we have achieved in WEEK 2!

FOOD (for 2 people)


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TARGET (for drinks, lunch and dinner for 2 people for trip) 
=£806. Hoping to raise most of this from 2 'free' council tax months and sale of some tickets)
This week's progress 
£2 saved on Christmas shopping
£2 saved on Christmas shopping
£4 saved on Christmas shopping
£7 saved on Christmas shopping
£5 saved by Mr Sft
CURRENT TOTAL=462/806 (344 left to save)

EXCURSIONS (for 2 people)
HELICOPTER RIDE=£172

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MONEY FROM MY FREE MEALS AT SCHOOL and any other free dinners! 
This week's progress:
Eaten at school all week
CURRENT TOTAL=122/172 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
50 left to save! I think this is achievable as I think that's about how many school lunches are left.

SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN=£32

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This is covered by my birthday money
CURRENT TOTAL=32/32-TARGET REACHED!

CHRIST THE REDEEMER=£57

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This week's progress:
CURRENT TOTAL=45/57
£20 for Christmas from my Mum and Dad-Yesterday was the last time I would see them before Christmas so we exchanged early presents.
£12 from presents to go.

TRAIN RIDE TO SIERRA DO MAR


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=£76-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM CHRISTMAS TRIP?/ MONEY SAVED FROM DEC FOOD BUDGET  
This week's progress:
We have saved £62 from December's food budget! 
£14 saved from our trip is needed.
CURRENT TOTAL=62/76

BOAT RIDE TO ILHA GRANDE

=£40-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM JAN FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/40
Meal planned for the month of January. Got a lot of the food already-just need a few more main courses and all the veggies and weekly parts. So this is looking achievable.

BOAT RIDE TO PARATY

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=£37-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM FEB FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/37

BIRD PARK AT IGAUZU FALLS
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=£30-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM MAR FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/30

BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR=£20/£20
ACHIEVED! THANKS TO MR SFT!
MONEY FROM MR SFT'S COMPUTER JOBS-CURRENT TOTAL=20/20

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RIO CITY TOUR=£52-
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HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE FROM DEC TO MAR?? 
CURRENT TOTAL=3.20/52=£48.80 to find.
This week's progress:
3 x 50p
2 x 20p
1x 10p has sneaked in too.

TIPPING-£87-Not sure how to raise this money=0/87 

GRAND TOTAL THIS WEEK HAS BEEN: £114!!!!!
AMAZING and we are so thrilled.

WE ARE NOW 51.7% TOWARDS OUR GOAL-MORE THAN HALF WAY!

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x

We are off shortly so PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR WEEKS 3 and 4. We will do our best to save £16 on our trip to finish saving for the TRAIN TRIP. Apart from that we will be enjoying ourselves.

CC will be updating the other blog tomorrow.

EDITED IN: HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF MY FOLLOWERS! HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 1 OF NEW CHALLENGE-MY SOUTH AMERICAN SAVINGS UPDATE

SOUTH AMERICAN SAVINGS-WEEK 1

SEALED POT Update and what we have achieved!

Despite saving a healthy amount in our last sealed pot we still have a lot to save for.

Here is an update of what we have achieved IN WEEK 1:

FOOD (for 2 people)


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TARGET (for drinks, lunch and dinner for 2 people for trip) 
=£806
Will be saved for-ALL RANDOM MONEY SAVED WILL GO TOWARDS THIS! Additional income e.g. FROM MR SFT'S COMPUTER JOBS! I also hope to sell some tickets too.
This week's progress (£25): 
£2 saved from a Christmas Card Sale
£3 saved-Mr Sft contribution towards a spare Christmas Present
£3 saved-Do not need to send a parcel for Christmas
£10 saved by using a voucher for a Christmas present
£5 saved off a gift
£2 saved from groceries
CURRENT TOTAL=437/806 (369 left) 

EXCURSIONS (for 2 people)
HELICOPTER RIDE=£172

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Which leaves £62 to save for-MONEY FROM MY FREE MEALS AT SCHOOL and any other free dinners! (£5 per week)
Looking ahead this is an achievable total when I have counted the number of free lunches I have remaining before we leave for our trip.
This week's progress (£7):
Eaten at school all week
CURRENT TOTAL=117/172 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday plus free meal  last Sunday and yesterday)

SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN=£32

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This is covered by my birthday money
CURRENT TOTAL=32/32-TARGET REACHED!

CHRIST THE REDEEMER=£57

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This week's progress:
£10 from my Auntie and Uncle for my birthday.
£15 given from my brother
Mum and Dad have said I can have the cash if I am 'good' :) So that means we should reach our target on 25th December!
CURRENT TOTAL=25/57

TRAIN RIDE TO SIERRA DO MAR


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=£76-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM CHRISTMAS TRIP?/ MONEY SAVED FROM DEC FOOD BUDGET  Since we are away from 18th to 31st we are hoping to put £50 of our £100 December food budget in the pot. So this looks like it is achievable too.
CURRENT TOTAL=0/76

In 2015 we will return to meal planning in earnest.
BOAT RIDE TO ILHA GRANDE


=£40-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM JAN FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/40

BOAT RIDE TO PARATY

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=£37-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM FEB FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/37

BIRD PARK AT IGAUZU FALLS
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=£30-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM MAR FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/30

BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR=£20
This week's progress:
MONEY FROM MR SFT'S COMPUTER JOBS-CURRENT TOTAL=20/20

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ACHIEVED! THANKS TO MR SFT!

The following two targets look the hardest to achieve.

RIO CITY TOUR=£52-

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HEPTAGONAL PLUS-CHALLENGE FROM DEC TO MAR?? CURRENT TOTAL=1.20/52-
No 50ps this week but 6 20ps!
Maybe any small change should head this way too.

TIPPING-£87-NOT SURE CURRENT TOTAL=0/87

GRAND TOTAL THIS WEEK HAS BEEN: £78.20. Amazing! But it has been my birthday.


HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Monday, 1 December 2014

SOUTH AMERICA AND OUR SEALED POT SAVINGS


Huge Congratulations to the SEALED POT FAMILY, many who opened their pots yesterday!

We did it!

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SOUTH AMERICAN SAVINGS SO FAR!

OUR SOUTH AMERICA TRIP STILL HAS A LOT TO SAVE FOR. Here is an update of what we have achieved so far:

FOOD (for 2 people)
TARGET (for drinks, lunch and dinner for 2 people for trip) 
=£806
After opening our SEALED POT yesterday we have £442
£30 goes towards excursions so that leaves £412
Which leaves £394 to save for-ALL RANDOM MONEY SAVED WILL GO TOWARDS THIS! Additional income e.g. FROM MR SFT'S COMPUTER JOBS!

CURRENT TOTAL=442/806

EXCURSIONS (for 2 people)
HELICOPTER RIDE=£172
Which leaves £62 to save for-MONEY FROM MY FREE MEALS AT SCHOOL (£5 per week)
CURRENT TOTAL=110/172

SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN=£32
This is covered by my birthday money
CURRENT TOTAL=32/32

CHRIST THE REDEEMER=£57
I will be asking for money from my parents for Christmas so that will pay for more than half of the total. Then need to find remaining £27-hopefully more cash from relations as presents?
CURRENT TOTAL=0/57

NEXT EXCURSIONS and our ideas so far. I think we will continue with our HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE....Maybe our food budget savings can help


TRAIN RIDE TO SIERRA DO MAR=£76-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM CHRISTMAS TRIP?/ MONEY SAVED FROM DEC FOOD BUDGET  
CURRENT TOTAL=0/76

BOAT RIDE TO ILHA GRANDE=£40-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM JAN FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/40

BOAT RIDE TO PARATY=£37-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM FEB FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/37

BIRD PARK AT IGAUZU FALLS=£30-MONEY LEFT OVER FROM MAR FOOD BUDGET
CURRENT TOTAL=0/30

BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR=£20-MONEY FROM MR SFT'S COMPUTER JOBS-ACHIEVED this week! Will share in next Sunday's update! CURRENT TOTAL=20/20



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RIO CITY TOUR=£52-HEPTAGONAL PLUS-CHALLENGE FROM DEC TO MAR?? CURRENT TOTAL=0/52

TIPPING-£87-NOT SURE CURRENT TOTAL=0/87

So we need to get our heads together! I think we may be a little bit short but we are determined to do the best we can.

Sft x

Sunday, 30 November 2014

WELCOME TO THE GRAND OPENING OF THE SEALED POTS!


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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the 
GRAND OPENING OF THE SEALED POTS!

But before we move onto that:

OUR FINAL SEALED POT WEEK

£5 SAVED FROM EATING AT SCHOOL THIS WEEK



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£18 SAVED FROM OUR NOVEMBER FOOD BUDGET


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NOW ONTO MY OPENING! 



Here is my pot-As you can see it is HANDMADE, covered in photos of SOUTH AMERICA, such as the  one above, to spur our SAVINGS on.

We are travelling next March so it is very exciting to see HOW FAR we have got with our savings.

So we opened  the pot. Here are our savings:



GRAND TOTAL FOR THE POT: £452!

SFTs HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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Now onto the result of our HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE:

Here are our savings (I wish I had got a photo of our savings tin SMASHED to pieces by Mr Sft and my dad). I'd forgotten a couple of £2 and £1 coins had found their way in (as well as a few 10ps)



AND THE GRAND TOTAL FOR THE HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE: £110 exactly!

SO overall we have saved £552! We are absolutely delighted!

WHAT ABOUT YOU? WHAT WAS YOUR GRAND POT TOTAL?

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN OUR NEW CHALLENGE WHICH 
STARTS TOMORROW-PLEASE 
LEAVE YOUR NAME AND GOAL (IF YOU'VE DECIDED) BELOW:

Sft x


Sunday, 23 November 2014

SIGN UP FOR THE NEW CHALLENGE-SEALED POT SUNDAY-7 DAYS TO GO-WE OPEN OUR POTS SUN 30TH!

Hi Everyone!

If you want to sign up for the new SEALED POT CHALLENGE 2014/15 leave a comment letting me know. 

MY SEALED POT WEEK

Has gone well with £35.00 
 heading to the pot!

SAVED NOT SPENT-£5

5 free dinners at school this week-so £5 to go in the pot.



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GIFTED MONEY-£30
My dear Mum and Dad have given me a cash birthday gift of £30 and I will put this money in my pot to pay for my trip up the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio! My parents are very happy with this.



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HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE 2014

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Has also gone ok this week

Just 1 x 50p and 1 x 20p in the pot.






As you all know the heptagonal challenge is for FUN! FUN! FUN!

We have prioritized our list now:

1. HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER IGAUZU FALLS-This should be covered by the HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE this year.



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2. SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN-My parent's present money will pay for me. Mr SFT to save for.



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3. CHRIST THE REDEEMER



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4.TRAIN TO SIERRA DO MAR



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5. BOAT TRIP AT ILHA GRANDE



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6.BOAT TRIP AT PARATY, BRAZIL




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7. BIRD PARK AT IGAUZU FALLS



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8. BUENOS AIRES CITY TOUR



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9. RIO CITY TOUR



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10. TANGO SHOW (PERHAPS?...VERY EXPENSIVE)



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HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK? 

KEEP SAVING-JUST 7 DAYS TO GO!


IMPORTANT: Let me know if you want to 

sign up for the new sealed

pot challenge!

Sft 




Sunday, 16 November 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-2 WEEKS TO GO UNTIL THE GRAND OPENING!

Hi Everyone!

MY SEALED POT WEEK

Has gone really well with £45.00 
 heading to the pot!

SAVED NOT SPENT-£5

5 free dinners at school this week-so £5 to go in the pot.



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SAVED NOT SPENT-£10
We went to Duxford Air Museum last Sunday for REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY and of course had the chance to look at more of the amazing aircraft as well as a special display featuring one of my distant relations. It would have cost Mr Sft and I £35 admission any other day but it is free on Remembrance Sunday so after our donation we are contributing £10 to the pot.



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EXTRA CASH FOR THE POT! £30!
Mr Sft has had 2 computer jobs this weekend and earned £30 for the pot! Thank you Mr Sft!




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Brazil/Argentina March 2015 will require possibly the most spending money we've ever needed for a trip(with the exception of Japan). I keep reminding myself it is for 2 of us! I'm hoping that like Japan we won't need all of it. We continue to aim towards a total of £450-£500 for our pot. This will all go towards food costs (OMG!) which I've worked out at £806.

Thinking ahead we would love to achieve £500 from our sealed pot.
Then we have until the end of March to find £1000 more!

HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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Has also gone ok this week

All thanks to Mr Sft we have 

3 x 20ps 
2x 50ps

going in the pot this week!

Any money saved in the heptagonal challenge will go towards our fun excursions:
Buenos Aires city tour
Helicopter Trip over Igauzu Falls
Bird Park at Igauzu Falls
Train to Sierra do Mar
Boat trip at Paraty
Boat trip at Ilha Grande
City Tour at Rio 
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Christ the Redeemer

Possibly a Tango Show (probably bottom of the list-not because we don't want to go but because it will cost $190)

HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK? 

Sft 

p.s. keep saving everyone we have 14 days to go.....