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Sunday, 4 November 2012

NEW SEALED POT CHALLENGE-SIGN UP PLEASE!

Hi Everyone!

It is isn't long before lots of us open our sealed pots.

We hope to have enough cash to cover the accommodation cost of our March/April holiday in Devon/Cornwall. We have a bigger, homemade (covered in photos of beautiful Cornwall-for inspiration) one and a smaller one. And we also have a red star which we wave when we put anything in the pots (I know...crazy children us!)

I have listed the other SEALED POT CHALLENGERS on the right hand side of my blog-along with many of their goals for how to spend the money.

We will be opening our present pots together on the 4th December.

And the new challenge starts on the 4th December. 

If you are interested please let me know and I'll add you to the new challengers list:
1. Sft 
2. Sue15cat
3. Silversewer
4. Morgan
5. Fran
6. Mum
7. Karen
8. Carole
9. Mabelandmaisy
10. Scarlet
11. Judy
12. K and S
13. Sandra
14. Jane
15. Becky Bee
16. Sharon
17. Betty
18. Andrea
19. Little Anna
20. Suze
21. Patricia
22. Cheapchick
23. Dannie
24. Miss Piggy Bank
25. Laura
26. Wishus
27. Antie Eboo
28. Lesley
29. Bets
30. Auntie Bee
31: Got this Far
32: Compostwoman
33. Majorie
34. Rikke
35. Susan B
36. Vonlipi
37.  Kay
38. Matt







WHAT IS THE SEALED POT CHALLENGE?-YOU CAN JOIN AT ANY TIME-JUST LET ME KNOW!

THE NEW SEALED POT CHALLENGE
STARTS DEC 4 2012
WHAT'S IT ABOUT????


Well,little bits and bobs of money are squirrelled away in an assortment of SEALED POTS and the result is....A NICE CHUNK OF MONEY JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS, OR TO PUT TOWARDS HOLIDAYS... OR A TREAT, OR LOTS OF FUN when we open them in DEC 2013!

Following the CHALLENGE couldn't be easier as you simply get a pot (mine is an old gravt tub but others have posher types), make a hole for cash (if not provided), make sure it's sealed so you can't open it, chuck your spare cash in it and then ON THE 3RD DEC WE WILL OPEN THEM TOGETHER! It's not a competition, we just will support each other here to keep going with ANOTHER CRAZY SCHEME TO SAVE MONEY!

Have a fantastic week! 

I'm back at school tomorrow so may post a little less.


Sft x

87 comments:

  1. Sign me up again. I have high hopes for this years pot (it's got lots of £2 coins in it), I will be using it again, after all it is a 'bread bin'.

    This opening will give me the money for ------
    haha - it's a secret, I'll let you know when I've opened it and counted the lovely lolly!!

    Next years will be for something completely different - even I don't know yet!!

    Sue xx

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    1. I'll put you 2nd on the list (after me LOL!).

      Love the joke about the 'bread' bin....just perfect!

      You are such a tease about your goal, it will be a nice surprise for us all.

      I don't know about next year's goal yet but I've got a feeling it will have something to do with travel...it always is!

      Sft x

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  2. Me please, I know there is not a lot in mine this year. I spent dosh on the bits we needed for the caravan, I promise to do better next year.

    My machine is paid for.......I did really well with sales this year and have paid it off. 11 months after I got it.

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    1. Will add you at number 3. I'm sure you needed all the things for the caravan and your adventures!

      THAT'S AMAZING THAT YOU HAVE PAID OFF YOUR MACHINE ALREADY! Wow! That's brilliant.

      Do you love your machine now?

      Sft x

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  3. Please sign me up again - I know I opened mine early this year, for the June holiday, but it did the trick and paid for almost all our expenses. Can't think what I will save for specifically yet this year, but I definitely want to do it again - and I have a union jack sealed tin already.

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    1. It's great when you hear what wonderful things people used their sealed pot money for-to pay for almost all your holiday expenses is just amazing. Makes it all worth it, doesn't it?

      Sft x

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    2. Yes - it came out at about £140 and paid for the entries to the places we visited, souvenirs, diesel, gifts and ice creams!! And some of the food too. I was very pleased.

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  4. Sign me up please! I would like to save up for a really good food mixer next year. Can't wait to open this years, but it only seems like yesterday we started this!! Xxx

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    1. A great food mixer is a brilliant goal. I know you love cooking.

      I can't wait to open mine either. It does seem only yesterday we started...we've now got just under a month to go...so I'll be putting in any change I can!

      I'll add Morgan and you to the list.

      Sft x

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  5. Put me down again, please. It doesn't seem a year since I volunteered last year. Doesn't time just fly by. I'm sure your Christmas half term will pass in no time as it's such a busy one. Don't do too much.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. Yes, it really has flown by. I'll add you to the list above.

      This Christmas term is going to start really busy because I am determined to have the important school stuff (reports, plays) out of the way before my birthday too. I'm probably mad...but it's worth a try.

      Sft x

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  6. Please put me down again, I think this such a brilliant idea. I must have been optimistic last year when I bought 2 tins, so I'm all ready for the off. I will be away when you all open your tins on the 4th December, sunning myself on a lovely beach :-) so I will leave it until I get back just so I wont dib into the money. I hope you all have lovely suprises when you open them and have saved lots of money for your chosen treats.

    Thank you SFT for keeping this challenge going and for your support over the 2012 savings year.

    Karen x

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    1. Hi Karen, I'll add you to the list too.

      We'll all be thinking of you on that beach when we open ours and looking forward to hearing about yours when you return.

      Great that you're all organised for next year.

      I think some people have done really well but at the end of the day any extra money is welcome isn't it? Particularly at this time of the year.

      Thanks for all your support too.

      Sft x

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  7. We have a savings scheme at work, it starts in January and runs till the end of November and then pays out. You nominate the amount and it is taken from wages, I save every year and never miss the money. At the payout weekend i book and pay for a holiday and then use it for whatever I need, last year a sewing machine, this year is undecided.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Pam.

      Your work savings scheme sounds fantastic. I don't suppose you miss it if it's out of your wages.

      Sounds like you bought some lovely things with your savings. Who wouldn't want a holiday in December?

      Sft x

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  8. Doesnt seem like 5 mins since the last sealed pot !!

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  9. I am in that is for sure and I await the counting with great excitement,I have scrounged every cent I can this year and you know I mean that lol...

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    1. I think I am looking forward to your grand opening as much as mine! I know how hard you and BOB have worked on saving!

      It's so exciting!

      I'll add you to the list.

      Sft x

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  10. Hello, can you count me in please? I opened this years a bit early to help clear my overdraft but ready and raring to go for next year :-)

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    1. I'll add you to the list too Mabelandmaisy. I think clearing your overdraft was a good excuse to open this year's early.

      Sft x

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  11. Can you put me down for the next one please? This year's hasn't got much in it - only withdrawing £100 per month to pay for our shopping, and then a bit for thrifting doesn't leave much 'spare change'. I think I'm going to put a percentage of my ebay sales into the next one - it may have to be a 'virtual sealed pot' with the money actually going into my savings account.

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    1. I'll add you to the list Scarlet.

      Virtual Sealed Pots are fine too.

      I like the idea of adding a percentage of ebay sales :)

      Sft x

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    2. Ooh that's a good idea, a % of eBay sales, I usually end up squandering mine on costumes for my son's school trips! Great idea Scarlet x

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  12. Hi Sft please include me on the new list, same goal as this year (anniversary getaway). We decided to change this year's - we are going to see Aussie singer John Williamson in Feb so will use the money for that and any leftover will pay for a special dinner or lunch for our anniversary Cheers Judy xx

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    1. I'll add you name Judy,

      Sounds like you've used this year's really well. And have next year's goal sorted too.

      So organised.

      Sft x

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  13. Hello, hello, hello!

    We are having to catch up - have been hopeless...

    Thank you for your lovely comments!

    Perhaps we could meet up while you're at Penzance (as well as next year)!

    Please add us to your sealed pot list. We want to do something nice with the kidlets, so it'll be a good way of getting us to save!

    K&S :)

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    1. I know that if I don't hear from you, you are working and playing hard!

      Yes, we'll have to arrange a meet up, if Penzance isn't too far for you to travel.

      I'll add you to the Sealed Pot list!

      Sft x

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  14. Yes put me down! I may just count on Dec 4 and then carry adding to it until 2013 as for me the challenge is to get the tin full & it's about half way now. My goal is to buy a piece of furniture from the antique store.

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    1. I'll add you to the list Sandra.

      What a lovely goal for you.

      Sft x

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  15. I can't be the only person NOT to be in the challenge so....
    I'll join and I'll only put in loonies....don't worry guys, you are all safe! Loonies are $1 coins. Hmmm,what shall I put it towards? Christmas groceries or the mortgage is the most sensible but I've ALWAYS wanted to see The Nutcracker (and I can't justify spending the money). I'll need help on this one.
    Jane x

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    1. so pleased you are joining the challenge Jane!

      I've heard of someone putting the loonies in their pot before, I think it might have been Gill.

      Yes, chose The Nutcracker!

      We'll all help you to reach your goal.

      Sft x

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  16. I'm in! Love this challenge!

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    1. I've added you to the list Becky Bee!

      Sft x

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  17. Oh, I'm so in again! In fact, we ended opening our sealed pot this past weekend. We purchased a brand new Samsung 37" HD television!!! We were so excited! Total amount? $302.00! Sorry I opened it a bit early, but we knew exactly what we wanted!

    Definitely put me down for next year's challenge too!

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    1. That's an amazing result Sharon! You must be thrilled that you were able to save enough for your TV.

      I've added you to the list.

      Sft x

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  18. Me please if an online system qualifies? 2012 challenge is nearing the £200 mark - no surprise when opening as it is an online account called Pot of Gold - into this throughout the year I have transferred any 'Save the Change' where my budget bank account automatically rounds itself down to the nearest pound and puts any loose change into my Pot of Gold - likewise when we get paid we transfer any odd numbers of pounds into the account and anything else we can spare throughout the year. This is our fund for our annual trip to London. This year we plan to stay overnight for the first time; rooms already booked via a refund Travelodge gave us earlier in the year which we used on one of their early bird booking deals. Our pot should cover our meals/outings over that weekend for 4. I will start the online pot again to save again for 2013.

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    1. Yes, online systems are fine. It follows the same principle-of squireling away money you won't miss.

      I love it when people share what they are doing with the money from their sealed pots, especially if it's for a treat they wouldn't normally have. Your trip to London sounds fantastic!

      I've added you to the list.

      Sft x

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  19. This sounds like a great idea. Count me in!

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    1. Excellent! I will add you to the list Andrea. I've just had a look at your blog and it's great.

      Sft x

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  20. Maybe a double post as the one I did has not appeared. I will try again next year.bit sad about this years. I have more than one pot and the one with£1s in has been emptied by my 13 year old. She did own up so that is good but we are still not sure what to do about it. Teenage years can be so hard

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    1. They certainly can, I was a horror!

      My poor parents.

      I hope you get a nice amount in your other pot.

      And I'll add you to the list.

      Sft x

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    1. Great! I'll add you to the list Suze!

      Sft x

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  22. Count me in again, I don't think I have as much in my current sealed pot as I had hoped, but every little bit helps. Using what I have to purchase something special for Christmas meal with my family.
    At a later date I will have to decide what the 2013 sealed pot will be used for. Also going to put in loonies instead of pennies and other small coins.
    I thought I was over the jet lag and then along comes putting the clocks back and hour on Saturday night, messing up my internal clock again. Hopefully, today I will be back to normal, what ever normal is.

    Patricia

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    1. Yes, it all helps and I'd love to know what you end up choosing for the Christmas meal.

      Let me know what you goal is for the next pot, when you've decided.

      I hope you are feeling a bit less jet lagged. That was an incredible journey you made. I will never moan about flying from the UK to Africa again.

      Sft x

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  23. I'm In for next year! We shall save our sealed pot for travel money!

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  24. Am looking forward to opening them together, although i haven't put much in there. Still anything is better than nothing!

    Please sign me up for the next one and i will have a think about what i will be saving for that time!

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    1. I am looking forward to opening them too. And any extra is a good thing, isn't it!

      Let me know when you've decided what your goals is!

      Sft x

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  25. Please sign me up again! Anniversary night out for me :)

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    1. I'll add you to the list. I love your goal.

      Sft x

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    1. Ooh, I need a goal don't I?

      OH will finish his Doctor Who Collection, he thinks, but he might join me on my writing retreat

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    2. I add your name. Is your writing retreat your goal, if not you can let me know later.

      Sft x

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    3. Hi, yes.... because I'm also saving for my wedding and loan repayment next year, it will be nice to also have a chunk towards a small treat in 2014.

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  27. Please add me to the list again. I can't wait to open our current one, which is 3/4 of the way full of coins and some paper. My goal for 2013 Sealed Pot will be a week getaway for me and hubby to somewhere warm. :)

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    1. I'll add you to the list Antie Eboo, I love your goal, especially somewhere warm :)

      Hope you do really well with your current sealed pot-try to fill up that last quarter.

      You still have time :)

      Sft x

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    2. Meant to add I've joined your blog to see how you get on!

      Sft x

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  28. Could I join in too please? It would be the first time for me as I've not been blogging very long. It sounds like a great idea! I think I would like to take the family to the theatre if I save enough.

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    1. I'll add you to the list Lesley.

      What a lovely goal, I love going to the theatre.

      I've joined your blog.

      Sft x

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  29. I'd like to be included in next years challenge please, I found you after hearing about the challenge on "our new life in the country's" blog. I've been trying to save a bit this last year, but my pot wasn't sealed!...you can guess the rest.
    I think I'd be happy if I could save enough for the airfare to visit my friends in Holland in 2014. It's been a few years since I visited. Of course, if I got some spending money out of it too, that would be nice.

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    1. I've popped your name on the list Bets! Glad you found me via Sue.

      I need to have my pot sealed and mentally convince myself there is no way of opening it! Otherwise it's just too easy to open! :)

      I love your travel goal-what an incentive.

      I've joined your blog.

      Sft x

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  30. I joined in this year, and have an extremely heavy tin to be opened on the 3rd December. I think I'll be the first to open their tin, as New Zealand is a day ahead of everyone else in the world. My 20 year old son and husband are more excited than me at the thought of opening the tin, our money is to pay for our Christmas food. Sign me up for next year, I am planning 2 tins next year, a Christmas tin and a emergency tin.

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    1. Ooooooo your tin sounds fantastic!

      Oh, how lovely that you'll be the first to open.

      Carole's in Australia so she'll be one of the first too.

      I wonder who'll be our last?

      I love that your family is so excited-probably keen to see how much they'll get to eat this Christmas :)

      2 tins for next year-FANTASTIC!

      Sft x

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  31. Ooh! Yes, sign me up too please! Mine will also be a gravy container :) Umm, as a goal... if it's a little, then some essential oils. If it's a little bit more, then some new bedlinen. There's an incentive!

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    1. Mine is a converted gravy container too! I love your goals, great incentives.

      I'll add you to the list.

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  32. Sign me up please as well - I have actually been doing this for a number of years and usually open mine on 1st Dec.

    I am saving for a much better apple press - so around £350 would be good - I have one already but would like a better one - I can sell the existing one on Ebay when I get the new one.

    Also a tapestry/rug making frame would be good - unless Compostman makes me one for Christmas/Yule.

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  33. I'll add you to the list Compostwoman. I've signed up to your blog. It looks great.

    Sft x

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    2. Thank you :-)

      I have linked to this post on my latest blog post. http://www.the-compostbin.com/2012/11/opening-my-2012-sealed-pot.html

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  34. Sign me up again for 2013. My goal is a treat for my three sons.

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    1. Oh, that's lovely Marjorie. I've added you to the list.

      Sft x

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  35. Please add me! It will be a wonderful and fun challenge.

    I will drag my better half in this too and maybe we could go to France! LOL

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    1. You must do that! Lots of people share the challenge with OHs or family members, getting them all to add and going to France is an amazing goal! TRAVEL YEAH!

      Sft x

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  36. Just discovered your blog and I love the sealed pot idea! Not wanting to buy a pot specially and knowing my tendency to dip in for change to any stash of cash I wondered what i could use !
    The solution came in the form of a trip to the library with the kids where we spotted a paper mache book. We now have a great big pig drying after hours of messy fun! the only problem I can see is not wanting to break it to get in next year lol.
    Please add me to the list !
    Im looking forward to reading more of your journey :-)

    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, Lovely to hear from you. I love the idea of the PAPER MACHE PIG! Can we see a photo? Are you going to paint it?

      I know what you mean about smashing it at the end of the year, Sue15cat broke a beautiful one a while back :)

      Sft x

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    2. Hi, we painted the pig purple and gold and my son has christened him Jo ! I will pop a photo up as soon as I get the hang of this google/blogger stuff lol !

      Not sure that ours counts as beautiful but hedoes have a certain charm ! :-)

      Kay x

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  37. Wow, is it that time of the year already? My current pot isn't too heavy unfortunately...we just don't use cash very often. But it all counts right? Sign me up again please.

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    1. Of course it does Matt!

      I know what you mean, if you use a debit card or don't spend much, then there isn't much change to go in the pot.

      Hope you get enough for your goal or a little towards it!

      Sft x

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  38. Sign me up! Vonlipi sent me. I don't have a jar made yet, I have to find the perfect one & I have yet to have a goal - just make it a vacation!

    ♥ Sir Thrift-A-Lot
    http://www.sirthriftalot.blogspot.com

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  39. I will add you to the list Sir Thrift-A-Lot. So pleased Vonlipi sent you over.

    Sft x

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  40. Please add me! I'm here via Vonlipi. I haven't decided yet what my goal is. So many options! Personal care (massages, pedicures), a bicycle, knitting supplies, travel (always a good idea), new camera, new computer ...

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  41. Hi, please sign me up for the next years challenge! I have been dropping my change into a lovely gifted tin shaped like a British phone booth. It has a drop slot in the lid. It's bright red and I love seeing the children dialing the phone on the sides. In the past I've raided it when a quarter was needed, or son was short of laundry money. I'll be sealing it up tight on the 3rd, and saving for a vacation on Prince Edward Island...hopefully in 2014. Love your saving for travel idea! Thanks, Finn

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  42. First comment ever so bear with me but can I join the challenge. I am about to enter my 50th year and will use any savings in my sealed pot to help towards my 50th party costs which will be just after 3.12.13. I will be saving in a china red robin 'piggybank' that has sat on my windowsill for a year waiting for some coins to be fed to him. Hopefully every £2 coin that comes into the house will find their way into him as well as any stray coins 'left' for me to tidy up.

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