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Saturday, 15 December 2012

SEALED POT SUNDAY-WEEK 2-A GLOBAL CHALLENGE-WHICH COUNTRY ARE YOU FROM?


                     Hi Everyone!

                And welcome to the 

            2ND SEALED POT SUNDAY!

What is SEALED POT SUNDAY ABOUT?

It's a great way to support each other over the year ahead  by sharing our achievements for the week and 'getting to know each other' a bit.

Firstly-A bit of news, we have had MORE people join our MERRY GLOBAL BAND OF CHALLENGERS! They are very welcome!



Secondly I'm hoping to fill in a little bit more of the detail of our list. 
I'd like anyone who has now chosen their goal to let me know!
At the moment we have 21 goals still to be chosenTBC (To be chosen)-wouldn't it be amazing if we could fill in some of those? 
I'm sure a goal would help focus any mind more firmly :)
Whenever I add a little change to my pot I gaze at that picture of the St. Charles Bridge and think....'I will get there!'





SO HOW HAS YOUR WEEK GONE?

My achievements this week have been:


1. I put the £10 my Brother in Law sent to me as a belated birthday present in my pot.

2. I put Mr Sft's change in the pot.

3. I put £2 in the pot as I am still chocolate free-I will continue to do so, as long as I abstain. The grazing has improved but could be better.

4. I put the change from my purse into the pot.



5. Save instead of Spend: I put the 29p (every  little helps) from sending an envelope 2nd class rather than 1st class in the pot.

6. Save instead of Spend: This week I was lucky enough to receive a bonus from school. I felt the urge to go to our school work's do but resisted if I had I would have spent £35 on a ticket £10 maybe on drink and possibly felt the urge to buy a new outfit. Well I didn't go so I will put £10 in my pot.


               Next week I hope to:

Save instead of Spend: Save the money I would have spent on chocolate and grazing snacks for my pot.

Save instead of Spend: I want to test myself and abstain from buying something I'd really like and put the money in the pot instead. I'm going into our nearest town on Tuesday.



Empty my purse at the end of the week.

Encourage Mr Sft to empty his pockets again too!

SO HERE IS THE GLOBAL CHALLENGERS LIST AS IT STANDS:




1. Sft (SOUTH EAST ENGLAND)- A WEEKEND IN EUROPE!
2. Sue15cat (BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND) - A wonderful Christmas 2013
3. Silversewer (SCOTLAND)- CARAVAN AND OVEN FUNDS
4. Morgan (ENGLAND) - TBC
5. Fran (SOUTH EAST ENGLAND) - TRIP TO ROTTERDAM -TO SEE BLOGGING FRIEND VAL, WHO ALSO  LIVES ON A BARGE!!
6. Mum (LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND)TBC
7. Karen (ENGLAND) -Christmas 2013
8. Carole (AUSTRALIA) - 2014 UK/EUROPE TRIP!-SAVING FOR THE 2ND AIRFARE
9. Mabelandmaisy (ENGLAND)-NICE CHUNK OF WHATEVER DEBT LEFT
10. Scarlet (LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND) - 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TRIP
11. Judy (AUSTRALIA) - WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GETAWAY-JAN 2014
12. K and S/Rose and Asa (CORNWALL, ENGLAND) - A HOLIDAY WITH THE KIDLETS-SAVING NOT SPENDING
13. Sandra (SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND) - ANTIQUE FURNITURE
14. Jane - THE NUTCRACKER
15. Becky Bee - TBC
16. Sharon - FUN ITEM (RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS) 
17. Betty (UK) - WEEKEND IN A COUNTRY COTTAGE (SOUNDS LOVELY!)
18. Andrea - TBC
19. Little Anna (ENGLAND) - TBC
20. Suze (AUSTRALIA) - Queen Mary 2 Cruise-from Brisbane to Sydney
21. Patricia (CANADA) - TBC
22. Cheapchick (BRITISH COLUMBIA ?, CANADA)- 2013 CHRISTMAS MONEY
23. Dannie (ENGLAND) - TBC
24. Miss Piggy Bank  (ENGLAND)- TBC
25. Laura (Leicestershire, England) - ANNIVERSARY NIGHT OUT DEC 2013
26. Wishus - SMALL TREAT IN 2014
27. Antie Eboo (LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA) - GETAWAY WITH HUBBY
28. Lesley - FAMILY THEATRE TRIP
29. Bets - AIRFARE TO HOLLAND
30. Auntie Bee - CHRISTMAS FOOD
31: Got this Far - TBC
32: Compostwoman - APPLE PRESS
33. Majorie - TREAT FOR SONS
34. Rikke - Christmas 2013
35. Susan B - TBC
36. Vonlipi- GO TO FRANCE
37.  Kay - TBC
38. Matt (NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND) - Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
39. Rainbowchild (ENGLAND)- TBC
40. Sarah and Ryan-WEEKEND BREAK
41. Dreamer (SCOTLAND)-TBC
42. Linzi - FAMILY TRIP TO MAINLAND
43 - New World (ENGLAND)- ZIMBABWE OR GRADUATION MEAL
44. Joan (MANCHESTER, ENGLAND)-SOMEONE SPECIAL SAVING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL
45. Welsh Poppy-PRAGUE CHRISTMAS MARKETS
46. Lisa-A TRIP TO ALASKA
47. Vicky (ENGLAND)-FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRIP-SPENDING PRECIOUS FAMILY TIME TOGETHER.
48. Sir Thrift Alot-VACATION
49. MAA-TBC
50. Anne-Holiday in 2014
51: Priscilla (SINGAPORE)-PIANO
52: Simone-TBC
53: Aubrey Rose-TBC
54: Ruthdigs-TBC
55: Datacreata-TBC
56: Finn-TBC
57: Nic (UK)-2ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY GETAWAY WITH DH-JAN 2014
58: Lorna-a trip to Omaha to see her lovely boyfriend.
59: Cathy-a trip to the seaside and a camera for her boys.
60: Penny Wise (BURTON ON TRENT, ENGLAND)-Besties Hen Do in 2014
61: Gill (CANADA)-Weekend away for her 50th!
62: Bonsaimum (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA)-MAGICAL HONEYMOON (AFTER 29 HAPPY YEARS OF MARRIAGE)
63: Pam (UK)-Trip to Australia
64: Linn-Debt repayment
65: Janine Eccleston-DATE NIGHT AT A NICE RESTAURANT WITH BOYFRIEND
66: Debbie Burgess-50th Birthday party
67: Teri (TENNESSEE, USA)-A DONATION TO THE NEEDY NEXT CHRISTMAS
68: Sarah-A FAMILY TREAT FOR CHRISTMAS 2013!
69: Carole Dent-TBC
70: Connie (CANADA)-A wonderful Christmas 2013
71: Clare: A Wonderful Christmas 2013
72: Lonestarsky:(SCOTLAND) A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY-JAPAN, SAN FRANCISCO OR NEW YORK!
73: Astra: (IRELAND) TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA-SO NEW BABY BOY CAN MEET HIS GRANDPA, GREAT GRANDPARENTS, COUSINS, AUNTIES AND UNCLES!
74: Lena: TBC
75: Kirstie: 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DINNER!
76: Jane (CANADA): A WEEKEND WAY WITH MICHAEL TO BENMILLER INN, in GODERICH, ON.
77: KatieJane: (NR. STONEHENGE, ENGLAND): CHRISTMAS 2013 IN NEW YORK


So here are this week's SEALED POT questions:

1. What are you proud of achieving this week? This week I am proud to have achieved:

2. What do you hope to achieve next week? Next week I hope to:

3: Which country are you from? 

(I'm sure you will have noticed that I have filled in my country location next to my name. I think by filling in this detail will  make our list even better!)

so over to you........

Sft x

67 comments:

  1. I am proud of getting direct claim status for the PTLLS course that I teach.
    Next week I hope that the Education Dept wins the staff fancy dress sports day.
    Uk xxx

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    1. How's the sealed pot going FRAN?

      Any news?

      I'll add on the list that you are from England.

      Sft x

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  2. I am spending my sealed pot for 2012 next weekend, will tell all about it after of course. Have decided to join in sealed pot challenge for 2013 please - my aim will be to save for a weekend in a country cottage at the end of 2013. Betty the wood fairy (UK) Thankyou for all the encouragement and inspiration during 2012.

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    1. Have a fantastic family weekend in London Betty! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

      I already put you on the 2013 list (No. 17) and have now added your goal and UK-Is that England? Thank you.

      Sft x

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  3. Hi
    This week my haircut was less than I had budgetted so the change went into the pot ($10). I also found a $5 note in my purse so that went in as well as the change, so that was around $20 in total.
    Next week I hope to not eat chocolate again in the office so that money will go in as well. Plus the remains of our shopping money although I'm not sure how good that will be as I will be doing some more food shopping for Christmas.
    Judy in Australia xx
    Oh and next week I will ask hubs to empty his wallet of change :)

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    1. Hi Judy,
      What a lovely surprise, when a bill is less than anticipated. Great news about the haircut!
      And finding that hidden $5 note!

      I am really proud to hear that you are not eating the office chocolate-it's so easy to have 'just one', esp at this time of year when everyone's tired and feels they deserve a treat.
      I was amazed at how I ignored the chocolate in the staff room at school and when I actually saw how quickly it disappeared I realised that people really don't know when to stop.
      I'm putting £2 away per week to cover the chocolate I WON'T be buying.
      I think we'll all be doing better on the grocery change once Christmas is over-in fact I'll be returning to a budget on Dec 26th!
      I think it's great how we're not leaving the hubbies out of this challenge! Mr Sft knows there will be another 'RAID' next week! :)

      Sft x

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  4. The sealed pot challenge will really get going the day after Boxing Day, til then I am just muddling through!!! Xxx

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    1. Thanks Fran, and good luck with your busy week ahead.

      Sft x

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  5. Ok so Im from Ireland :) and our sealed pot this year is going to go towards a trip to South Africa for christmas, our son will be about 10 months old and ready to meet his grandpa and great grandparents and my cousins and aunties and uncles. A real family reunion :)

    we didnt add to our pot this week because we bought a christmas tree and a few other bits but we're trying out a new budget system now that Im at home and I hope it will mean more money in the pot for our trip :)

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    1. Thanks for explaining your goal Astra, that is one of the best! As you say a real family reunion! Looking forward to hearing ab out your new budget system to boost that sealed pot fund and make that trip a reality!

      Sft x

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  6. This week I am proud to have achieved: Getting all my Christmas decorations up and boxing up the ones I don't want any more to take to the charity shop on Monday.

    Next week I hope to: Have lots and lots of fun playing with my baby niece and nephew!

    Which country are you from? USA (I live in Tennessee).

    I haven't found a container yet... I can't decide if I want to use a large jar or something I can't see in so it will be a bigger surprise when I open it. So for right now, my change is going into a bowl in my dresser.

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    1. Hi Teri!

      Congrats on getting the Christmas decorations up and sorting out those for the charity shop (someone with limited funds, will be soooooo grateful for those!)

      I also have a niece and nephew, I enjoyed my time with them as they grew up, now they are teenagers. Since I don't have children I dote on them. I have taken my nephew to South Africa/Swaziland and in 2014 I'm taking my niece to China.

      I've added your location to our list! Thanks for letting me know!

      That's an interesting deliberation between a transparent or opaque container. I've always had one I can't see into.

      Hope you get that sorted out soon, we'd love to see it!

      Have a great week.

      Sft x

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  7. This week so far i have managed about $20 as I found change in the car!!!I did not think I had missed any lol...then I out my change in before this weeks shopping.I am in Australia and I have found that I need to work really hard at pot this time as I did well last time and it will be difficult to better that.Also the money from our just opened pot has gone into its very own savings account and this year I will put any extra work money that comes along in that account,but it will not be added to the pot as it is all done via internet banking so i cannot actually grab it!
    How exciting that so many have joined,even if some can save just enough for extras next Christmas that would be wonderful,there is no competition only with yourself and that is what I love(and our spouses of course!).

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    1. Hi Carole,

      $20 in the car is a great haul. No wonder you were surprised. I know for a fact that Mr Sft dropped change in it the other day..so it could be worth a look. Thanks.

      I really like your idea of emptying the weekly grocery change into the pot and starting afresh. I will be trying that when I take up my Grocery Challenge again on the 26th!

      I'm just like you in that I want to do better than last time. I think our Mortgage Freedom challenge took presidence for a while and the little pot got neglected :( NOT THIS YEAR!

      YOU SOUND SO ORGANISED AND DETERMINED..I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO DO REALLY WELL AND REACH YOUR TOTAL!

      I am overwhelmed with how many people, from all over the world have joined in! And I feel so happy that it gives them a little pleasure each December. I'm also so happy with the variety of goals we seem to have. As you said, no competition JUST EVERYONE WANTING TO DO THEIR BEST..and get the family involved too.

      Sft x

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  8. I have done pretty well on the frugal side until yesterday. I bought some lovely containers to hide the dvd's and cd's that litter the house. True to form as I try to solve one of the problems of too many people, too little space and hoarding someone in the household is grumbling non stop about the solution. I have been searching for a pot that Miss 16 cannot raid and have yet to find one!

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    1. I am from Australia. Sorry for leaving that detail out.

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    2. Hi Suze,

      Well done on finding those containers. Storage solutions are a god send. Just ignore the grumbling. For some people it's a habit,and not genuinely felt.

      HOW ABOUT A CONTAINER WITH A KEY? It may be a little expense to start but...and HIDE IT AWAY!

      I've added your location to the List.

      Sft x

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  9. 1. I added $12 to the pot that would otherwise have gone to pay for prescription medication. The med was $3 and dispensing fee would have been $9. I work at a pharmacy and the owner/pharmacist kindly waived the fee and also gave me the med at no cost to myself. In my mind the $12 had been spent so into the pot it went.

    2. This upcoming week I have set a goal of five no-spend days. I will complete the gift shopping on Monday and purchase fresh produce next Sat. to take me through the Christmas week. Wallet change at the end of Sat. will be deposited into the pot.

    3. Greetings from Connie in Canada. :)

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    1. Hi Connie,

      1. Great news about the $12 saved at the pharmacy. That's exactly how the old SAVE NOT SPEND principle works. I think it happens to lots of people. The key is to act like the money was spent and put it in our pots! WIN WIN!

      2. I really like your idea of NO SPEND DAYS and I'm looking forward to hearing how you got on next Sunday. I often have these during my busy school term, but because I don't carry cash in my purse, I don't really benefit. Must change the way I look at that.

      3. I'll add your location to my list!

      See you next Sunday! Have a great week!

      Sft x

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  10. This week I added:
    - £1.20 from my daughter.....she owed me £7, so something not quite right there lol and the remnants from my purse.

    I'm cutting hubby's hair today and I'm hoping to get a big tip for the pot ;)

    I'm in the UK.

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    1. Hi Laura,

      LOL about your daughter's debt repayment! Let's hope the remaining £5.80 appears sometime soon!
      Good news on emptying the old purse.

      I hope your hubby leaves you a BIG TIP for his haircut. I'm sure Mr Sft got charged £14 last time he went to the Barbers? So £7 at least for you :)

      I'll add your location to the list, Are you in England, it's just I want to have England and Scotland separate.

      Have a great week.

      Sft x

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  11. This week I am so happy to say I have put £40 in my sealed pot. I took advantage of some really great shopping offers in November and my freezers and fridge are groaning full,my pantry is packed to the rafters and I am "shopping from home" All I had to buy was milk, fruit and veg.

    Next week I intend doing the same, I should not have to do a real shop before February.

    I am from the UK

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    1. Hi Pam!

      Wow! £40 in your sealed pot. THAT'S AMAZING! AND NO REAL FOOD SHOPPING UNTIL FEBRUARY! All saved from clever grocery buying. I am starting my Grocery Budget again on the 26th so will be up for saving anything not spent! Thanks for inspiring me.

      I'll add your location to the list? Are you in England, Scotland or Wales?

      Sft x

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    2. Meant to wish you a great week. See you next Sunday!

      Sft x

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  12. This week I am proud of achieving - putting all my £2 coins into the pot and NOT being tempted to spend a single one (it was close). AND I'm also getting myself into the habit of putting all coins of less than £1 denomination from my purse into the pot on a Sunday night.

    Next week I hope to: Follow Lauras lead and charge Lovely Hubby for his haircut, he's been getting them free since we met, now the Sealed Pot will be asking for a £2 fee for all hair cutting.

    I am from Berkshire in England, UK.

    Sue xx



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    1. Hi Sue,

      Well done on putting all those lovely £2 coins in the pot-go on tell me how close you were! I think emptying our purses on a particular day really helps, don't you!

      Mr Sft has a fine head of hair which costs £14 to cut every 2 months. Shame you don't live closer, I could have sent him to you and he could have paid you the cash instead!

      I've added your location to the list.

      Have a great week!

      Sft x

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    2. Number 44 on your list Joan - saving for something special is in Manchester, England.

      It's my Mum and I'll be seeing her later this week - I can't wait.

      Sue xx

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    3. Aren't Mum's wonderful Sue! We are very lucky! I'll add her location!

      Sft x

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  13. I was tempted to go for a cuppa while in Penryn... Instead of going into one of our favourite cafes - Miss Peapods, we visited one of our daughters & her boyfriend (I would normally phone & say let's meet them there), so I put £5 in. They, Rose & Asa have also started their own pot too! On Wednesday, we spent the day at our home education group in the middle of Truro (where I get spoiled for choice for coffee), but I took my own coffee & cafetiere & made it at the studio instead, so another £2 in the sealed pot.

    We had a cash Christmas present from a client of £25 - that's gone in & we also went out for a meal with the parents of a young woman we used to support up north - they are down here on holiday & we knew it would be expensive, but had put money aside to do it... They secretly paid the bill & refused to have even a contribution from us! Such lovely folks & that has meant we've put an extra, totally unexpected £50 in the pot!

    Feeling very pleased with ourselves - £82 altogether this week, can't believe it!

    Kay :)

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    1. Hi K & S,

      Congrats on avoiding your cuppa treat! £5 is £5.
      Great news how your whole family is getting involved-Well done to Rose and Asa, I've added their names next to yours on the list.
      And well done for taking your own coffee to the Home Ed group. I must say a nice cuppa is a lovely, cheap treat isn't it? I have a weakness for beautiful coffee too so I feel especially proud of you.

      Wow! What a generous Client! And those parents would only have paid for you because they so appreciate your hard work with their daughter.

      ALL IN ALL YOU HAVE HAD AN AMAZING WEEK! Such weeks keep us going I think. Your pot must be sighing with contentment!

      You should feel so proud of yourselves, You are going to make this family holiday dream come true!

      Sft x

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  14. I haven't been to the carboot this week, so have moved £5 to my virtual sealed pot - I very rarely spend that much when carbooting but £5 seemed like a good amount to move. I've also emptied the 1p,2p and 5p coins from my purse into my actual sealed pot and rounded down my bank account.No ebay sales this week as I didn't bother listing anything last weekend ( I've got enough to do without posting parcels!) Next week I'll probably do the same. I'm in Lancashire, England.

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    1. Hi Scarlet,

      I agree, £5 seems a good amount for the Virtual Sealed Pot.
      Great news on those coppers and 5ps too, and rounding down the bank account. It all helps.

      Have a great week. See you next Sunday.

      Sft x

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  15. As always with this challenge, I'm finding it really addictive! :) I'm from the UK x

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    1. Hi Nic,

      Glad it's addictive! Come on share the detail, I'm intrigued!

      I'll add your location to the list. You're from England right?

      Sft x

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  16. Wow, those sealed pots will be groaning under the strain by December 2013, there's some great amounts going in there.

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    1. Incredible isn't it Jo! Some people are a real inspiration and I like all the 'thinking outside the box' going on!

      Let's hope everyone keeps the momentum going and achieves their goals.

      Sft x

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  17. This week I am proud to have achieved: Steering clear of the CS - because I always have to come away with something.

    2. What do you hope to achieve next week? Next week I hope to: Enjoy myself swimming and dancing but with minimal spending.

    3: Which country are you from? Lancashire, England

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    1. Surely steering clear from the charity shops deserves a small contribution to the sealed pot-you have saved not spent after all?

      I love your goals for next week.

      I'll add your location to the List ANY IDEAS ABOUT YOUR GOAL YET? OR ARE YOU STILL T.B.C?

      Sft x

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  18. Hi Sft! I am going to join your Sealed Pot Challenge once again even though last year I had to break open my box early due to some unforeseen expenses (flooded basement!) My challenge will be to NOT open it up early this time around. My goal for my Sealed Pot will be.....a weekend away for Michael and I to Benmiller Inn in Goderich, ON.
    The saving begins now!! There...just dumped the change from my wallet into my Sealed Pot!!
    Thanks Sft for starting a GLOBAL challenge... I'm from CANADA!!

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    1. Hi Jane,

      So pleased that your joining the GLOBAL SEALED POT CHALLENGE!

      I've added you, your location and wonderful goal to the list.

      Great that your saving has already begun. Keep up the good work and see you next week for SEALED POT SUNDAY!

      Sft x

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  19. This week I'm proud to have acieved: Adding at least $8 to the pot. I didn't count it before I put it in, but I know there was at least a $5 bill, a $2 coin and a $1 coin, as well as other various coins.

    Next week I hope to: do a Save, not spend on a coffee & donut purchase at least one time to add to the pot.

    I live in London, Ontario, Canada.

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    1. Hi Auntie Eboo! Lovely to hear from you!

      Well done on adding those notes to your sealed pot! I think it's important to just chuck change in from time to time! Otherwise we'd all know how much we've saved and it would spoil the surprise!

      I'm just like you, hoping to SAVE NOT SPEND on a treat, so I can add to the pot.

      I've added your location to the pot. So nice so many of the GLOBAL SEALED POT CHALLENGERS ARE IN CANADA!

      Sft x

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  20. 99% of the time i only put £2 coins in my sealed pot. This week i have managed to put £2.20 in my sealed pot. The £2 coin was from selling my breadmaker and the difference went towards my car tax. I found the 20 pence coin in my shopper bag. This week i am hoping to have a no spend week how well it will go, who knows.

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    1. Congrats on adding to the sealed pot New World!
      It all helps. Mr Sft found 20p in is van today and gave it to the pot. I was thrilled.

      Don't forget to reward yourself for No spending!

      Am I right in thinking you're from England?

      Sft x

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  21. 1. What are you proud of achieving this week? This week I am proud to have achieved: Paying of another debt by studiously selling what I could on eBay and paying it straight off the debt.

    2. What do you hope to achieve next week? Next week I hope to: Buy several bags of shopping for the local foodbank using left over cash from our food budget :-)

    3: Which country are you from? England, UK.

    PS My savings goal is to pay a a nice chunk of whatever debt I've got left :-)

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    1. Hi

      You are doing so well with paying off your debts. I am impressed.

      Foodbanks do a great job. I admire you contributing to them. We gave all our harvest donations to our local foodbank this year.

      I'll add your location to the list.

      Have a lovely week and see you NEXT SEALED POT SUNDAY!

      Sft x

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  22. I achieved making my first batch of Christmas fruit mince tarts. I also arranged to catch up with three friends before Christmas and met each one for either lunch or coffee. I did the bulk of my Christmas shopping, I had my in-laws for dinner on Tuesday evening for my MIL's birthday, fed a staff member dinner Mon & Tues, I updated my blog slightly, threw a few coins in my sealed tin without counting them, attended our staff Christmas party on Friday evening and PMSL all night :-0, oh there must be more, I just cannot remember!

    This week I MUST do my Christmas mail!!!! I would also like to complete my Christmas shopping by Thursday and have a serious wrapping session of both our own gifts and the staff gifts. I would also like to ice my Christmas cake and stock the tins with Christmas goodies. Research some recipes for salads for Christmas day, trim a small hedge in the garden and dead head the roses. I also need to pick the raspberries and strawberries regularly and make some raspberry cordial. It would be great to catch up with my friend Janine too. There we are all these things that swirl around in my head! Oh and I would like to think that I could update my blog again...........

    I live in the South Island of New Zealand in rural North Otago.

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    1. Hi Sandra,

      Those fruit mince tarts sound delicious! Glad you had a nice catch up with friends.

      Good news about the Christmas shopping.

      And looking after the family.

      Good to hear some coins were fed into the sealed pot. We mustn't count them too much otherwise there won't be a surprise!

      Wow just reading all your news makes me feel tired!

      Hope you get all your mail and the remainder of your shopping done next week-in time for your wrapping session. We need to do that too!

      Picking strawberries in December, now that does sound bizarre to us in England!

      Have a great week!

      Sft x

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  23. Oh and there's more! I would love to wash the windows and put the fly screens on. Sx

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    1. That's enough!!!!1 I can't cope with anything else on your list!!!

      Sft x

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  24. This week i have put every gold coin that I have received in change into the sealed pot. I am from the state of Victoria in southern Australia. Hello to everyone. :)

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    1. Hi Bonsaimum!

      Sounds like you've had an excellent week! Our gold coins are £1, what about yours?

      I've added your location to the list.

      Have a great 'savings' week and I'll see you next SEALED POT SUNDAY!

      Sft x

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    2. Our gold coins are $1 and $2.

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    3. Thanks for letting me know bonsaimum. Hope you collect lots of them this week.

      Sft x

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  25. This week I am proud to say we got another step closer to a happy warm home, in what has been a testing 4 months of endless DIY thus far. Not long to go now!

    Next week, we will be getting new carpets and I can finally decorate the house for Christmas. Emptying my purse on a Sunday night seems to be working well and I'm considering a swearing sealed pot at work for my team so we can save up for a good booze up next Christmas too.

    I am from the UK, currently in the brewing capital of the world - Burton upon Trent.

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    1. Hi Penny Wise

      Sounds like you've had a great week sorting out your happy warm home-so important in these temperatures. Hope it doesn't take much longer.

      Great idea to have a regular time for emptying the purse, lots of people are finding that works well.

      I'm sure that we could do with a swearing sealed pot in our staff room, although only one teacher would be contributing.

      I've added your location to the list.

      See you next SEALED POT SUNDAY!

      Sft x

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  26. Hi. I'm just joining the sealed pot brigade. I've made a papier mache pig that is completely sealed apart from the slit in the top to put the money in! That way I cant be tempted to borrow from it! I'm saving to spend Christmas 2013 in New York with my son and daughter in law. DIL is American and S has emigrated out there only 4 weeks ago so it's a quiet christmas in our house!! I have other financial aims but that's teh sealed pot challenge...
    I live near Stonehenge in the UK
    KatieJane

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    1. Hi KatieJane!

      Your paper mache pig sounds great! I think you've thought of a great goal, as you must be really missing your Son and Daughter in Law, especially at this time of the year.

      I'll add you to the list, and make sure you visit my blog for SEALED POT to let us all know how you've got on this week.

      Good luck!

      Sft x

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  27. This week I'm proud because I found a new apartment. Next week I'll be happy spending Christmas with Family and of course I'm from NZ. Glad to see I'm not the only Kiwi on the sealed pot list :)

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    1. That's great news about the apartment! Enjoy your family Christmas Matt! In the sunshine!

      I think there are 3 of you-Matt, Sandra and Auntie Bee!

      Sft x

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  28. Hi I'm Vonlipi no. 36, I'm from Canada.

    The minimum we put in the pot is 10$ every week. I dump most of my change in there too.
    I'm proud of myself becasue I actually look forward to putting money in the pot.

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    1. I am so pleased that you've popped across Vonlipi, would love to see you on Sunday too!

      Just think that's a guaranteed $520 plus all that lovely change.

      Fantastic!

      Sft x

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  29. I am saving for Christmas 2013. So far, I've emptied the small change from my purse into the pot twice. I won't really start in earnest until January, but its nice to know I've made at least a tiny start!

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    1. Hi Andrea.

      Thanks for popping by. I will add your goal to the list.

      Congrats on emptying that purse. Lots of folk are doing the same!

      I think making a start-a commitment is what counts. Now we're all busy with Christmas, life might be a bit quiet on the sealed pot front!

      Sft x

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