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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 58/59 VIETNAM,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 TBC ESTONIA,LATVIA,LITHUANIA,BELARUS&RUSSIA

DECEMBER: Country 69 BURMA (MYANMAR)

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.....

Saturday, 8 November 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-3 WEEKS LEFT UNTIL THE GRAND OPENING!

Hi Everyone!

MY SEALED POT WEEK

Has gone really well with £86.00 heading to the pot!


SAVED NOT SPENT

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



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SAVED NOT SPENT
We saved £25.00 from our OCTOBER SHOPPING BUDGET. We continue to look for reduced items at the supermarket so we can save some of November's budget which will hopefully go in the pot before we open it. This week we have bought a reduced price steak (for my birthday dinner-half price piece at £1.80), salmon fillets (1 of which will also be used for my birthday dinner-2 pieces for £2.20) and pieces of chicken breast (£1.60 which Mr Sft will use in a curry). We have a CO-OP supermarket near us which can have some excellent deals.



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SAVED NOT SPENT
I saved £54 from my spending money from Morocco. It felt really good exchanging my Moroccan Dirhams for British Pounds at the exchange counter at Marrakesh airport. I was fairly careful with my spending-I ate and drank well (not much alcohol as it is a dry, Muslim country) but I didn't spend much on other things. I did visit a co-operative and buy 2 of Mr Sft's Christmas presents-they have to be small and light as we will be in Northern Thailand on Christmas day, a small leather bag for me and one as a present and 5 fridge magnets.



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SAVED NOT SPENT
£2 is  being put in the pot as I smuggled the bottle of Moroccan wine I was given on my return flight home and so we didn't need to buy any this week. It's only a small bottle but I wanted Mr Sft to try it and Moroccan wine is quite a rarity given that it is a Muslim country. The group I travelled with did try some Rose too which was quite nice.



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HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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Has also gone well this week

We have 

6 x 20ps (2 I got from exchanging my dirham back to pounds)
3x 50ps

going in the pot this week!

Mr Sft and I were discussing how we hope for £50 from this challange.

Thinking ahead we would love to achieve £500 from our sealed pot.

I did break into it early as I needed to pay for my extra flight to Russia in the Summer so £500 would be incredible and a third of our spending money for South America!



HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK? 


Sft x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-4 WEEKS TO GO! (ADD YOUR COMMENTS FOR NEXT SUNDAY TOO PLEASE!)

Hi Everyone!

Later today (Sunday) I am flying out to Morocco for a week! Very excited about that but I won't return until the evening of next Sunday so you are more than welcome to leave a 2nd comment letting me know how  you got on next week too. If you see what I mean?



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I will be travelling on a budget and will be aiming to save not spend on my trip as much as possible on things that don't matter. I won't scrimp on anything I really want to do however and I will have to buy a couple of souvenirs as mementos.

MY SEALED POT WEEK

Has gone really well with £26.20 heading to the pot!

SAVED NOT SPENT
2 free dinners at school this week-so £2 to go in the pot.



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SAVED NOT SPENT
£6.60 on group discount on train ticket.



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SAVED NOT SPENT
£10 as I was given a free theatre ticket this week to see the Lion King. It was great!



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SAVED NOT SPENT
£5 Saved when I took a packed lunch instead of buying food out.



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SAVED NOT SPENT
£2.60 My lovely mum treated me to a beautiful Hot Chocolate.



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We now have enough for our lunches and now are saving for our dinners. This is also a biggie as it will be £220 each for the trip=£440. So we have saved £32 towards this goal. It will be nice when these basics are out of the way so we can concentrate on saving for the fun things (that's not to say we don't enjoy eating-and I really hope we can save money from this food budget-BUT apparently it is expensive to eat in Argentina/Brazil).

HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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Has also gone really well this week

We have 

9x 20ps
3x 50ps

going in the pot this week!

I really hope we will have enough from our heptagonal challenge for Mr Sft's helicopter flight! We need £68 for him and any over could go towards my flight!

My lovely dad is bursting to count it for me on the 30th!


HOW WAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK? 

Don't forget to leave an extra comment next week!

Sft x


Monday, 20 October 2014

SEALED POT MONDAY-5 WEEKS TO GO!

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. It was one of those days...I'm sure you know what I mean! In fact it was one of those weeks!

One development has been that my generous sister and family have bought me my own trike. So it will lovely to take rides in the countryside on it! It has a pretty floral seat cover and matching bell. Also a large basket on the back :)


MY SEALED POT WEEK

Has been quiet :(

SAVED NOT SPENT-Regular £5 from eating my main meals at school



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SAVED NOT SPENT-£5 from re-gifting a bottle of wine




HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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8 X 20ps this week. All thanks to Mr Sft.

How has your sealed pot week gone?

Sft x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-6 WEEKS TO GO! We are still trying to save all that we can!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a lovely weekend. We were treated to a few nights at Centre Parcs, staying in a lodge with my sister and her family. The park is set in beautiful woodland, where squirrels and deer wander around freely outside. We were also visited by a family of ducks. I particularly loved riding my trike around the cycle paths. We were lucky to have dry, fresh days with a little sunshine too. Last week certainly turned into Autumn in our part of the UK!


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MY SEALED POT WEEK

SAVED NOT SPENT-Regular £5 from eating my main meals at school


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SAVED NOT SPENT-We didn't need to pay for 1 evening meal, 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch this weekend so I will be putting a £10 contribution from our food budget in the pot.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£2.50 Treated to a coffee by a friend this week. Thank  you!


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And now to the ....

HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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2 X 5Ops
4 X 2Ops

All thanks to Mr Sft! He is so keen to  have enough money to take a helicopter ride over the Iguassu Falls!


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Over to you...How was your sealed pot week?

Sft x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-7 WEEKS TO GO! SAVINGS ON THE SHOPPING BUDGET

Hi Everyone!

So we have just 7 weeks to go before the Grand Opening of our Sealed Pots!

I am getting rather excited. My dad has already volunteered to count up the coins from my hexagonal challenge.

I hope you have all a good week's saving.

Thanks to Mr Sft we have had a good week too.

MY SEALED POT WEEK


SAVED NOT SPENT-LEFTOVER MONEY FROM OUR SEPTEMBER SHOPPING BUDGET-£34.88


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We are keen to save as much as possible from this month's shopping budget too! We will be eating from the freezer and store cupboards as much as possible.

SAVED NOT SPENT-£12.20 SAVED from using our RAILCARD



SAVED NOT SPENT-£5.00 SAVED from taking our own packed lunch.



SAVED-£5 saved from eating my main meal at school this week.



So our weekly total stands at £57.08.

We now have just £11 to go before we have enough money for our lunches.

Hopefully we should be able to raise that this week.

HEXAGONAL CHALLENGE


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A few more hexagonals for the pot:

4 x 20ps
1 x 50p

We are very pleased.

How has your sealed pot week gone?



Sft x