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Welcome to the blog of SAVINGFORTRAVEL! I now have 2 blogs: my newest-40 at 40-about my greatest travel experiences 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!

SAVING FOR TRAVEL


2014

APRIL: JAPAN

AUGUST: RUSSIA (T.B.C)

OCTOBER: MOROCCO (T.B.C)

DECEMBER: INDIA/NEPAL

2015

MARCH: BURMA (MYANMAR)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

SEALED POT SUNDAY-IT'S ALMOST THE LAST WEEK OF THE CHALLENGE!

Hi Everyone!

This week's inspiration pictures are from our trip to Namibia in 2005. They were taken at a Waterhole in Etosha National Park. The animals and bird life were incredible. We will definitely be returning to Namibia one day soon.




So we are now at the last week of our SEALED POT CHALLENGE!

MY SEALED POT WEEK

SAVED MONEY-Mr Sft saved £10 when putting a gift voucher towards a Christmas gift. Savings went in the pot.

SAVED MONEY-I saved £5 by putting a gift voucher towards a Christmas gift. Savings went in the pot.

SAVED MONEY-I saved £25 by putting a gift voucher towards a Christmas gift. Savings went in the pot.

SAVED NOT SPENT-Mr Sft put £1.10 into the pot.

So an excellent week!  don't feel bad about using gift vouchers in this way. The money saved will go towards the 2020 Africa Trip which will be the ultimate 'gift' from these people. I know they won't mind.

HOW DID YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GO?

GOOD LUCK FOR THE FINAL WEEK OF THE CHALLENGE! 
I'm hoping to have some money saved from the Stretch it out November challenge.

Sft x

36 comments:

  1. First of all I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed all the little tips you have taken and the big ones lol..just amazing.
    Without your blog I would not have had a sealed pot last year I had never thought of it and we got a really good start to our holiday savings for our trip on retirement.
    Because we are Postman and parcel lady our lives are so busy at the moment we are almost over it all !and we are working weekends so we had to do our pots a week early.
    I hope it is ok to post the results a week early.I might say we decluttered our home over about 4 months and we are still dribbling along but we filled 6 pots,we are still in shock so here goes.
    Pot 1...$1,719.90
    Pot 2 $1,260.05
    Pot 3..$1,779.80
    Pot 4.$2,022.80
    Pot 5$1,678.45
    Pot 6 $702.85..we removed $1,200 from this pot to Christmas shop, buy a new ,for us, second hand lounge (leather chesterfield yahoo! in new cond we were very excited)
    So in all over $9,000.
    Bob and I were shocked, I have collected vintage items for over 30 years, we had too much inside the home and I also had my own little shed up the back.Mind you I still kept 45 cups saucers and plates lol but what we have now are all special things but to be honest we still can let go of a lot more.We put all the odd coinage back in the pot to start off next year which will be very lean as we will be retiring in 6 months.
    So we now have our fares for our big trip to Uk prob 2015 as we have health issues to deal with first but at least we made it!
    Once again thank you so much and to all the other lovelies with pots ,the excitement of counting is almost too much,we had a ball and if we had saved just $100 it would have been just as amazing, I would highly recommend looking around and what you need and what just sits there and try decluttering, not only is it great for the pot it is great for the soul.
    I can't wait to read what everyone else posts..happy counting girls.xx
    I feel like we have won the lottery as we worked so hard to get the pots full,every spare cent went in from my wallet each week,i feel it is just fantastic and thank you so much.

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    1. That is over £5000! Unbelievable. I will comment further but I had to take a break from writing my school reports to congratulate you and Bob.
      I really hope you can sort out those health issues too as your family is so lovely.

      Sft x

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    2. An awesome effort Carole - congratulations! You & Bob have so much to look forward to, so I am sending you happy get well soon thoughts from across the ditch. xx

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    3. Congratulations Carole. That is amazing!

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    4. Congratulations Carole, you have done amazingly well! So happy for you xx

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    5. An amazing and inspiring challenge result. Well done you.

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    6. Wow! Well done, truly dedicated and what an amazing amount!

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  2. I have been following Travel With Kevin and Ruth Blog (on my sidebar) and they are in Namibia right now! They are taking all sorts of great photos like yours. I put more change into the pot yesterday - sure will come in handy at Christmas!

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  3. Hi sft! I haven't been around these past few weeks but have enjoyed reading and catching up on your blog this evening. Sorry to hear about the family upset, but excellent news about your Japan savings goal and lovely photos from your recent visit to Scotland [Luss was one of the first places the mister took me for a drive one afternoon shortly after we met - being a Scottish lass of the '80's, Take The High Road was essential TV viewing growing up & I'd always wanted to visit 'Glendarroch'!].

    Although I haven't been here, we've been continuing to put our pennies away and I'm looking forward to opening our sealed pots - how quickly the time for that has arrived!

    Please do count us in for next year - Sara, Scotland, Dream 40th birthday trip with hubby.

    Good luck to everyone on their final week, I can't wait to hear how everyone has done!

    Sx

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    1. I had my dream trip to Scotland 2 years ago. There hasn't been a day since I've not thought about it.

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  4. Hi Sft! Another good week for you and hubby! I saved $28.84 this week and found $1 so a total of $29.84. Of that amount $6.84 went into Skippy (my sealed pot for this challenge) with the rest going into my other money pots.

    Since I started late, my sealed pot is for 2014 so I won't be opening with everyone next week. But I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's numbers :-) Pru

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  5. You never seize to amaze me with how well you manage your money. Another great week for you, well done. I managed to put a £2 coin in my pot yesterday. I have been holding on to that coin since Monday and was determined not to spend it after last weeks £2 coin spend.

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  6. I've put the spare change from my purse into the pot a couple of times this week. I actually lifted it up and was really surprised at how heavy it is. Very excited to open it up next week. And almost equally excited to close it up again and start all over! I also have a smaller moneybox that I'm going to use for just my 50c pieces next year. And a small container that I am going to save all of my 5 euro notes in until I get to 200. I read about someone doing that a few years ago and although that's quite a big commitment I think it'd be good to aim for. The purpose of the 200 is literally just to have cash on hand in case of emergencies. There are five banks on my road, the one I have my account with and five others whose ATMs I can use so it seems highly unlikely that I'll never be able to get money but, as I learned a couple of years ago when my purse was stolen, things happen sometimes and it can be useful to have cash around and safe. 200 seems like a reasonable amount to me, I think any more than that and I'd be a bit nervous to have it in the house. I'm interested to see how that works out anyway.

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    1. We always kept between 100 and 200 euro in cash (in the 'van) when we were travelling, as you never know when you will need a bit of cash, either because your spend is fairly small or because the retailer does not take a particular type of card. This is a really good idea. I still keep loads of small change with us for washing, parking etc even though we are back in UK.

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  7. Looking forward to cracking open my Christmas jar and see what I have to give away!

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  8. You do so well & I am sure that the givers of the gift vouchers will not mind the way you are using them, after all they gave them so you could choose your own gift. This reminds me of a story of a friend who was not as smart as you. Her husband gave her a $100 voucher for a supermarket for Christmas. She was gutted! (I would be quite annoyed too!!) Anyway I asked her if she had used the voucher for the family groceries and taken $100 cash from the grocery money so she could buy herself something for herself.........she HAD NOT. She had not even thought of it :-(

    I have not contributed to my pot this week & I am considering counting it today as there are a couple of things I have spied in town that fit my brief.

    Have a great week!

    Sx

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  9. Really excited about the totals coming out next week. Are we all going to log on at a certain time?

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    1. Well I have been thinking about this. I was thinking about 10am UK time, so if everyone could look up what that time is in their country we can see all the results coming in!

      So excited!

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    2. I have been trying to hold off and not count out what is in the tin until Friday night. I already had to empty it twice so that added to what is left. I think I am going to squeal when I see the amount

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  10. Hi SFT

    Another good week for you!

    Not so good here, sadly, but still excited for the grand opening!

    xx

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    1. Although I do have some other exciting news! I've now finished my chemo treatments, I actually declined to have the last one as I'd been so sick throughout and I just figured I would take my chances on 5 instead of 6! But yay, I am so excited as I just feel so much better already, woo hoo!

      Sorry, for all of the exclamation marks, but I'm a bit excited as you can tell :)

      xx

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    2. Oh Judy, you've made my week! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sft x

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    3. Well done Judie. Congrats and a happy dance for you.

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  11. We received goodwill £10 from supermarket for problems with product - so have put that in my pot. On parking saved this week £5.40 in the pot (and had to walk a very long steep hill to earn it!) Good luck everyone on the final week!

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  12. Confession time. Earlier this week I bought my youngest a week long horse camp for the summer holiday that is now upon us. Then I was hit with an unexpected tuition bill for said daughter's college fees. By last night I was BROKE. So I decided it was time to open the pot. Mum gave me a small contribution and when everything was done and dusted I had just a few pennies over the camp fee at just under $470.

    So today I took my bagged and counted money to the bank. I remarked that every time they weigh my money my count is always under. The assistant manager asked if I was sure this time and I told him two or us had counted. The manager rang me at home and said their count was $25 out in my favour. However I think he has deposited the money into mum's account and not mine as it is not showing online. I can deal with that tomorrow. The point is that well over 300 was banked in my long term account.

    I have so enjoyed this challenge and learned so much from you all. Thank you SFT. You are on inspiring pair.

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  13. I have decided that as \i opened my tin in April to help with the removal costs I am not opening mine until we go away on holiday next April, I know there is not a lot in it it has been an expensive time one way or another. I have made an early NYR to try harder next year.

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  14. I can't wait to open mine and see how much we have managed to get together out of all the bits and pieces. I've been nowhere near as good as last year (when I saved £2 coins), it's been all 1p, 2p and small silver this year. It will all be used for Christmas. A couple of bottles of something nice, a couple of cheeses and a buffet party for our family on Christmas Day.

    That's really all we need to have a nice time.

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  15. I don't think I'm going to have as much as I could... there have been a few accidental 'spent not saved' like this morning when I felt too ill to get up for the bus and ended up falling asleep again, meaning I had to get the train to work. Boo! But I'm looking forward to opening my tin nonetheless. :-)
    Well done to the early openers who have done so well!

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  16. I had a good week over £100 in savings. Full write up on my blog. Can't wait to open the 50p tin! x

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  17. Still only pennies going into the pot this year but I still will be pleased to open the pot and check the amount. Most of this is money that would not have been saved otherwise. I have started to plan for next year's challenge and feel sure it will be bigger and better! We are just about to pay the balance on our Norway cruise so the pot opening is very timely. We have decided to buy a camcorder to take with us and have already bought my lovely duck-down jacket and some thermals for hubby, so hope there is enough in the pot to cover that. Next year the pot will almost certainly be for a trip too.

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  18. I'll be going on a well earned holiday in February so I may not open mine till then. Is that ok? It'll be good to see how all the other go. Sue

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  19. Hello. Have you already decided for your travel club this year? Hehehe. I am also scouting for something new, unique and really attractive so my guests would be impressive. Keep sharing and bookmarked this helpful page. :D Merry Christmas in advance

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