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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

SAVING FOR TRAVEL

2014

APRIL: Country 54JAPAN

MAY: Country 55:MALTA

AUGUST: Country 56RUSSIA

OCTOBER:Country 57MOROCCO

DECEMBER:Country 58/59 VIETNAM, LAOS THAILAND

2015

MARCH: Country 60TUNISIA

JULY: Country 61/62 MALAYSIA &SINGAPORE

OCTOBER: Country 63/64 ISRAEL, PALESTINE

2016

FEBRUARY: Country 65 MALDIVES

MARCH: Country 66/67 BRAZIL ARGENTINA

JULY: Country 68/69/70/71 ESTONIA,LATVIA,LITHUANIA,BELARUS RUSSIA

Saturday, 28 February 2015

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 12-TIME FOR OUR NEW SEALED POT CHALLENGE

Hi Everyone!

The end of this month has brought the end of our present SEALED POT CHALLENGE and we are delighted!

Now we are really LOOKING FORWARD TO Brazil 2016!
Due to our grocery savings and council tax free month we have reached our target of £1471! We have all the money needed for Brazil 2016:

  • Food and Drink
  • Tipping
  • Excursions: Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer)/Sugar Loaf Mountain/Rio Football Match/Samba Show/Bahian Dance Show/Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo/Manaus-Opera House Tour/Iguazu-Helicopter Flight over Falls/Visit Argentinian Falls/Bird Park
  • We will also being spending time watching wildlife in the Pantanal and Amazon Rain Forest!





Amazon Rainforest-March 2016-This is one internal flight we are looking forward to-flying over the rainforest! Google Images

NEW SEALED POT CHALLENGE

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Our New Challenge: Now our SEALED POT CHALLENGE will be spending money for our Summer Trip! We are off to Malaysia and Singapore. Like our previous challenge I have costed out the trip.

TOTAL=£560

WEEK 12 has been a great start for the challenge as we sold our theatre tickets!

FOOD AND DRINK BUDGET: £366
Progress so far: £116.70/£366
FROM:
Part of the ticket sales cash=£100
Left over money from February's food budget=£11.70
£5 from school lunches this week.
Hope to get the rest from:
Money to raised from: March, April, May, June, July FOOD Budgets (£40 per month)-£200. Now is the time to really run the food cupboards down and start using up!
School Lunches (£5 per week-term time) 11x5=£55



TIPPING: £30 /£80
£10 from ticket sales
£20 from a computer job
Hope to get the rest FROM:
Any money raised from Mr Sft's computer jobs

Any gifted money
Any found money

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Petronas Tower-£40.10/46
FROM 
TICKETS SALES.
SAVED NOT SPENT £1 from getting cheaper lunch alternative
Heptagonals: Excellent Week: £5.10
3 x 50p = 1.50
18 x 20p = 3.60
Rest from Heptagonal Challenge


Penang Furnicular Railway-£2/£14.00
FROM: ticket sales
Hope to get rest from : SAVED NOT SPENT MONEY


Jungle Boat Trip-£2/£24
FROM: £2 from ticket sales
Hope to get rest from SAVED NOT SPENT MONEY

Kuala Lumpur Dance Show-£2/£4
FROM: £2 from ticket sales
Hope to get rest from SAVED NOT SPENT MONEY

Singapore Night Safari-£2/£24-
FROM: £2 from ticket sales.
Hope to get rest from: any SAVED NOT SPENT MONEY


AND THE GOOD NEWS IS:
ALL PAID FOR!Teman National Park-Canopy Walk-£2/£2-
FROM: ticket sales





Current Total: £196.80/£560

At the end of Week 12 we have £363.20 LEFT to save to reach our goal (we are 35there).


HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Saturday, 21 February 2015

SEALED POT SUNDAY-WEEK 11-AMAZING NEWS! OUR CHALLENGE IS NEARLY OVER! Also new MALDIVES CHALLENGE!

Hi Everyone!

EDITED IN: NEW POST ON MY OTHER BLOG: 100 COUNTRIES BY 50
http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk



Our Challenge: As you know we are adding up our Sealed Pot savings each week to pay for our spending money in Brazil next year. Our hope is to have all of this in place by end of March, so we can move onto the next travel challenge for our sealed pot!

WEEK 11 has gone brilliantly! We decided to bank some of the sealed pot money and found out we had saved more than we thought! 

STILL TO SAVE FOR:
Tipping:  £39/£120-Good progress! Our 2nd Council Tax-Free Month should cover the remaining £81 of this. Waiting for end of Feb.

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer):PROGRESS:£56/£86
£2.40 saved from taking own drink to theatre.
We are now pretty certain that the £30 we  put to one side will not have to be touched and then we will have reached our goal by the end of the month!
We also have £16 of our reduced £70 budget left with 1 week to go! 



ALL PAID FOR LIST:
WHAT OUR PRESENT SEALED POT SAVINGS FROM 2014/2015 (so far) ARE GOING TOWARDS:
Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:

Football Match: £73/£73 Reached our target!
Heptagonals-Very good Week
3 X 50p
6 X 20p
No money saved from school dinners as I have been on half term holiday from school.
But did save:
£5.15 from using voucher for a meal with friends.
And took remaining 40p needed from £3 saved from taking own drink to theatre



Samba Show: £86/£86-Reached our target!- I listed some Theatre Gift Vouchers and made £40 profit. I then added this to the additional money we had saved.



Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 

Visit Argentinian Falls: =£100/£100

Bird Park: £24/£24


All Photos from Google Images

OUR CURRENT TOTAL IS £1326!

At the end of Week 11 we have £111 to save to reach our goal (we are NOW 92.8% there).



My New MALDIVES CHALLENGE



I have also started another savings bar on my blog. 

This is for money towards a sailing trip around the Maldives next February. 

I will reward myself for healthy lifestyle choices. Hopefully the progress bar will go up steadily. I need to reach £170 to pay my holiday deposit.

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sunday, 15 February 2015

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 10-Good week for the Brazilian Football match!

Hi Everyone!

Our Challenge: As you know we are adding up our Sealed Pot savings each week to pay for our spending money in Brazil next year. Our hope is to have all of this in place by end of March, so we can move onto the next travel challenge for our sealed pot!

WEEK 10 has gone well.

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer):PROGRESS:£23.50/£86
February/March Food Budget Savings-Hope to save: £31.25 per month from our £100 budget. 
We still have £30 of our reduced £70 budget left (£35 per person, including my Mum staying for 3 days holiday) and we are exactly half way though the month. Hopefully the £30 we  put to one side will not have to be touched.

Football Match: £64.75/£73- (Hoping to save from School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge)
£18.55 saved this week!
School Dinner Savings=£7 because I was bought sandwiches for 2 evenings (when I was having Parents' Evenings-very nice of school)
55p saved from using our 5p collection for paying for eggs (I am now looking for a small crazy saving each week to amuse Kevin!)
3.50 saved as Mum gifted us some washing up liquid and toilet rolls.
Heptagonals-Good Week
£5 saved from making our own Valentines Meal rather than eating out.
50p x 3
20p x 5
£8.25 left to save!


Samba Show: £0/£86-NO PROGRESS MADE! I reduced the price of the tickets so am hoping that will create a sale. No luck yet!
Theatre Tickets sales

Tipping:  £0/£120-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Our 2nd Council Tax-Free Month should cover most of this. Waiting for end of Feb.

ALL PAID FOR LIST:
WHAT OUR PRESENT SEALED POT SAVINGS FROM 2014/2015 (so far) ARE GOING TOWARDS:
Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 

Visit Argentinian Falls: =£100/£100

Bird Park: £24/£24


All Photos from Google Images

OUR CURRENT TOTAL IS £1,159.55

At the end of Week 10 we have £278 to save to reach our goal (we are NOW 80% there).


HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

WEEK 9-SEALED POT SUNDAY-SLOWLY, SLOWLY! Good week for the Brazilian Football Match!

Hi Everyone!

Our Challenge: As you know we are adding up our Sealed Pot savings each week to pay for our spending money in Brazil next year. Our hope is to have all of this in place by end of March, so we can move onto next travel challenge for our sealed pot!

WEEK 9 has gone ok. No huge savings but we have made good progress in saving for the Brazilian Football match.

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer):PROGRESS:£23.50/£86
February/March Food Budget Savings-Hope to save: £31.25 per month from our £100 budget. We have actually hid £30 from this month's budget to keep us focused on what we have left-which is about 2 thirds of the remainder for 2 weeks. During that time my Mum will be staying so we expect to spend a bit more.

Football Match: £46.20/£73- (Hoping to save from School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge) 
£4 for getting cheap cinema tickets and taking own drink into cinema.
£10 gifted money
80p from Gifted Sugar (I hope that makes Kevin smile!)
£5 for Free School Dinners
£8 free lunch
2 x 20p
2 x 50p

Samba Show: £0/£86-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Theatre Tickets sales

Tipping:  £0/£120-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Our 2nd Council Tax-Free Month should cover most of this.

ALL PAID FOR LIST:
WHAT OUR PRESENT SEALED POT SAVINGS FROM 2014/2015 (so far) ARE GOING TOWARDS:
Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 

Visit Argentinian Falls: =£100/£100

Bird Park: £24/£24


All Photos from Google Images

OUR CURRENT TOTAL IS £1141!

At the end of Week 9 we have £296.00 to save to reach our goal (we are NOW 79% there).


HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?



Sft x

Saturday, 31 January 2015

WEEK 8-SEALED POT SUNDAY-EXCELLENT PROGRESS TOWARDS BRAZIL 2015 SAVINGS!

Hi Everyone!

Our Challenge: As you know we are adding up our Sealed Pot savings each week to pay for our spending money in Brazil next year. Our hope is to have all of this in place by end of March, so we can move onto next travel challenge for our sealed pot!
WEEK 8 has gone very well for the sealed pot:

EXCURSIONS TO PAY FOR:
Visit Argentinian Falls: NOW PAID FOR! So happy!
Council Tax Free Money amounted to £116 so used £92 to pay for this.
=£100/£100

Bird Park: £24/£24-NOW PAID FOR! So happy!
Jan Food Budget Savings were £20.50
50p remaining taken from Council tax money leaving £23.50.

Rio-Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer):PROGRESS:£23.50/£86-Making good progress! Now need 62.50
Used the remaining money from Council Tax Savings.
February/March Food Budget Savings-Hope to save: £31.25 per month from our £100 budget.


Football Match: £18.00/£73-GOOD PROGRESS! (Hoping to save from School Dinner Savings
Heptagonal Challenge) I am not a huge Football fan but would love this experience.
School Dinner savings-£5
Savings from Free Eggs (given to us by lovely neighbours because Mr Sft helped them out with some lifting) 80p
Heptagonal Challenge: £1.60
2 x 50p and 3 x 20p (all from lovely Mr Sft)


Samba Show: £0/£86-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Theatre Tickets sales-Have put theatre tickets up for sale

Tipping:  £0/£120-NO PROGRESS MADE!
Our 2nd Council Tax-Free Month should cover most of this.


ALL PAID FOR LIST:
WHAT OUR PRESENT SEALED POT SAVINGS FROM 2014/2015 (so far) ARE GOING TOWARDS:
Brazil 2016
Paid for so far:
Meals and Drinks:£600

Excursions
Salvador
Bahian Dance Show (Dinner from food costs)=£46

Capoeira Martial Arts/Dance Demo=£15

Salvador Community Tour=£66

Manaus
Opera House Tour £7

Iguazu
Helicopter Flight over Falls:£215 


All Photos from Google Images

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x