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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, 1 December 2013

LET THE GRAND OPENING OF THE SEALED POTS BEGIN!

Firstly here is the list of challengers for the

NEW SEALED POT CHALLENGE-STARTING DEC 2ND 2013!

Please check that I've added you!

Good Luck!

2013/2014 List so far

1. SFT (ENGLAND)-AFRICA 2020-PART 2-SUDAN & ETHIOPIA

2. MOONWAVES (GERMANY)-BIRTHDAY PRESENT

3. MABELANDMAISY (ENGLAND)-ANNIVERSARY TRIP

4. KELLEY (USA)-FUN GOAL

5. T'POL (TURKEY)-MISCELLANEOUS FUND-FOR GIFTS & UNEXPECTED EXPENSES

6. SUZE (AUSTRALIA)-FAMILY CHRISTMAS OUTING?

7. KAREN (ENGLAND)-FAMILY TREATS FOR CHRISTMAS 2014

8. CAROLE (AUSTRALIA) T.B.C

9. HELEN (ENGLAND) CHRISTMAS 2014 & OUTINGS IN 2015

10. NEW WORLD (ENGLAND) ZIMBABWE TRIP

11. SHAZ (NEW ZEALAND) FAMILY REUNION PERTH, AUSTRALIA

12. SARAH AND FAMILY OF 3 (ENGLAND) CHRISTMAS TREAT

13. JUDY Y (AUSTRALIA) CHARITABLE DONATION :)

14. RIKKE (DENMARK) CHRISTMAS 2014

15. PRU (USA) MUSEUM PASS AND A HOLIDAY MEAL

16. SOL (ENGLAND) A NICE HOLIDAY, MAYBE FRANCE

17. PATRICIA (CANADA) T.B.C.

18. JANICE (CANADA) WINTER HOLIDAY

19. FRAN (ENGLAND) T.B.C

20. PETE (ENGLAND) T.B.C

21. STACEY (ENGLAND) OVERPAYING THE  MORTGAGE

22. DONNA (ENGLAND) CHRISTMAS 2014

23. SANDRA (NEW ZEALAND) ANTIQUE FURNITURE

24. SPENDER2SAVER (INDIA) A FAMILY MEAL ON A FLOATING SHIP DOWN THE GANGES

25. ALISON (ENGLAND-AT THE MO) 2014 TRAVEL PLANS

26. SUE (ENGLAND) CHRISTMAS 2014

27. LONESTARSKY (SCOTLAND) T.B.C

28. CHEAPCHICK (CANADA) WEEKENDS AWAY


29. BETTY (ENGLAND) HOLIDAY IN TURKEY


30. COMPOSTWOMAN (ENGLAND) ELECTRIC APPLE SCRATTER


31 LAURA (ENGLAND) ANNIVERSARY MEAL

32 SWEET BLONDIE BLUE EYES (ENGLAND) BIG TRIP SEPTEMBER 2014

33. CHRISTINA (USA) SAVINGS ACCOUNT

34. CATH (UK) WEEKEND AWAY

35. SARA (SCOTLAND) 40TH BIRTHDAY TRIP WITH HUBBY

36: DREAMER (SCOTLAND): WALKING El Camino de Santiago de Compostela WITH SOPHIE

37. MARJORIE (CANADA) T.B.C

38. MUMMYHEN (ENGLAND) FAB HOLIDAY SAVINGS CONTINUED!

39. CONNIE (CANADA) VACATION 2015/CHRISTMAS GIFTS 2014

40. CLLR NAT: (ENGLAND) HOLIDAY TO U.S.A.

41: DEBORAH (ENGLAND) T.B.C.

42. TERI (USA) CHRISTMAS CHARITY GIVING

43. LIFEISFULLOFSUNNYDAYS (CANADA) T.B.C.

44. AGA2041 (ENGLAND) SPENDING MONEY

45. DC (ENGLAND) CHRISTMAS

46. BONSAIMUM (AUSTRALIA) T.B.C

and......

HERE IS THE GRAND OPENING OF MY POT!

SEALED POT CHALLENGE 2013-2020

MR SFT'S NOTES SHOW:

1ST BANK (THE BIGGEST) WAS £623.09

2ND BANK WAS £371.48

AND IN THE POT WAS £395.75

SO OUR GRAND TOTAL MADE:

£1390.32!

(Edited in: We ending up saving £50 from our Stretch it Out November challenge!)



I WAS AIMING FOR £1000 


so I am so PLEASED to go so far over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the money is to go towards our 2020 trip to Africa!

Over to you...how did you get on this year?

Sft

P.S.  Thank you to everyone who made this year's challenge so much fun. You've been brilliant!







129 comments:

  1. We started off a bit late so are going to keep our tin going until 13th December. We have some money to put in from leafleting our boys did which hasn't been paid yet so will hold out a bit. Our Turkey 2014 savings are an online account where hubby puts his commission and I put my overtime, so we will start a new Pot of Gold from 1st January for Christmas 2015! Will update my blog on 13th! Fabulously well done to you SFT for mega savings and thanks for the motivation and inspiration, I don't think I would have saved much without this blog to keep me on track! Good luck everybody hope you all have loads of cash in those tins! Betty

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    1. How nice it is for you to save for a trip to my country! I live in Istanbul and if you need any help you may just drop a comment on a post on my blog: frugalistanbul.blogspot.com

      I will be happy to share tips to make it a frugal visit for you. Best Wishes!

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    2. Hi Betty,
      I'm looking forward to your grand opening on the 13th. I'm sure your boys leafleting money will be a great addition to the pot.

      You are so inspirational with your different pots. It makes all the overtime and hard work you all do worth while when you have such fabulous goals to aim for.

      I am so glad this challenge has helped. I've been so lucky to be supported by such a great team of like minded people.

      Sft x

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  2. Well done to SFT. My pot was somehat lighter at £179.44 BUT we did start very late in the challenge, and our income has not been fixed throughout the year. However, the items we bought for our Norway trip in February totalled £179.97 so they only actually 'cost' me 53p!! The pot has been emptied and will start again today ready for 2014 challenge. Cannot wait to hear everyone else's totals.

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    1. Hi Alison

      You have done AMAZINGLY well! All those coins you've added really mounted up and considering you joined us late... It must feel lovely that all those items for Norway have been paid for-or cost just 53p!

      I can't believe the new challenge starts tomorrow!

      Sft x

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    2. Alison, you've got me grinning from ear to ear here - I love coincidences like that. It was just meant to be. Hope you have a fabulous time in Norway.

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    3. I love the story. Well done you.

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  3. That's brilliant SFT!

    And I have to say a HUGE thank you to you for your regular updates, inspiration and motivation throughout the year. Although we're nowhere close to your figure I'm thrilled with our pot of just over £41 - those pennies really do add up! - something we wouldn't have started if I hadn't been inspired by your blog posts and everyone who takes the time to comment each week.

    I've done a wee blog post to share my reveal: http://afrugalwife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/sealed-pot-challenge-2013-reveal.html

    I can't wait to see everyone's numbers come in & here's to a fabulous year of saving in 2014!

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    1. Hi Sara,

      I'm glad you've enjoyed my regular updates. I know everyone has keep me going through the year, leaving their lovely comments.
      You've done really well-you are right those pennies do add up!-And it's all money we wouldn't have.

      I'll be popping over to your blog post to see the reveal too! Good luck for 2014!

      Sft x

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    2. Well done Sara, especially as you joined the challenge later than me!! I bet it is tempting to put the money towards Christmas or kids birthdays but I do hope you invest it for your 40th as planned. We had a lovely holiday away on my 40th, a week in Zante, which really does not sound much, but at the time it was hubby and my first trip abroad together and really sparked his passion for European travel.

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  4. Dear SFT, A job very well done! I am looking forward to this year's challenge which I will be participating...

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    1. Hi TPol

      I am so glad you're joining next year's challenge! Thank you for all your support this year too.

      Sft x

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  5. Hi SFT

    Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing total you and Mr SFT have! Just awesome!

    I'm happy to report that my maize fund donation will be $660.15 (aud) so I'm pretty sure my good friend who runs the charity will be happy with that!

    I'm definitely glad to be included on next year's list.

    Thanks again for your inspiration, it's just amazing what a few bits and bobs can add up to!

    xx

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    1. Hi Judy

      We were thrilled with the result.

      And as for yours-that's amazing-I'm sure the charity will be so happy! Could you explain a little more about it please.

      These bits and bobs really do add up!

      Sft x

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    2. Hi SFT

      The lady who started this charity went to Tanzania a few years ago and saw a great need for a school so (to put it simply) came home and decided to raise the money to build the school which happened earlier this year (we also sponsor a child through the school). On one of her visits she met some Maasai people and as an offshoot to the charity for the school she also raises funds for maize for the Maasai (not sure if I'm spelling this correctly, sorry!) and sends the money over to them. One of the ways they raise money is to have a morning tea (all food donated) on the first Saturday of the month at the local church and you just pay whatever you can which is all donated. She is a brilliant woman, and the charity is run by a group of 5 dedicated committee members and a group of Friends (of which I am one!). Sadly this last few months I have not been able to offer much help except for an occasional visit to the morning tea, and this is one of the reasons why I changed my plans for the pot this year. These people do an amazing job and I'm just so thrilled to be able to help them.

      xx

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    3. Judy brilliant effort for a wonderful idea and cause.

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    4. the once a month tea is a brilliant fund raising idea...might have to borrow that idea! such a good charity project...

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  6. Brilliant amount in your pot SFT.Well done :)
    I actually opened my pot a few weeks ago when Ian was in hospital, the £328 which was in there helped enormously with the cost of travelling back and forwards doing the 120 mile a day trip for weeks on end.Not what it was planned for but I was really glad to have it to fall back on at that time.
    Count me in for next year. I am planning walking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela with Sophie during 2015 so that's what I will be saving for next year.

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    1. Hi Dreamer

      Thank you Dreamer! I am so glad your total helped with those costs to see Ian. I think these savings are so useful in time of trouble. My love goes to you all.

      I love your savings goal for next year! I'll be adding you to the list!

      Good luck!

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    2. Dreamer I think it is splendid that the contents of the pot helped you through a rough time.

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    3. Hi Dreamer,
      I really hope everything is a little more settled now. I expect you are disappointed that you had to open your pot early, but it was really useful and probably one less think to worry about. Good luck with saving for your trip next year. X

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  7. I am stunned by your total SFT.

    Well done everyone.

    I was forced to open my pot last week and it had $470 isn. I used the money to buy my daughter a horse riding camp and now I sincerely wish I had not. I will keep the reason secret but I am so upset right now.

    Earlier I had opened 2 pots and I went to get the totals and found my blog had been hacked and I cannot retrieve the information. Anyway I know my total should be over $700.

    Anyway because I opened early I have started for next year. I have tin that says it will hold over $1000 AUS if I use $1 and $2 coins so I am putting those in that. I have another pot for the other change.

    Best wishes for the 2014 challenge.

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    1. Thanks Suze!

      I am so upset to here you have been hurt again. You are one of the loveliest people in the world and you have been saving so hard.

      Do drop me an email if you want to talk.

      Sft x

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    2. I would love too but I cannot find email in my account at suzanmw@gmail.com.

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  8. Wow SFT, what a fantastic result for you. You must be thrilled. I blogged my opening here: sealed pot opening (I tried to do a fancy hyperlink there, hope it works!)
    My pot had €134.29 in it and I am over the moon. Never would have done it if I hadn't come across this challenge (thanks to Sue from Our New Life in the Country for that) and it has been great to follow along with everyone's ups and downs through the year. Here's to another great Sealed Pot Challenge for 2014!

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    1. Wow! You have done so well and your grand reveal post was brilliant!!!!!!!!! Yes thank you Sue for promoting the challenge.

      Good luck for next year.

      Sft x

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    2. That is really great. As we all say, it is amazing how quickly those small coins add up. I really hope you enjoy your time in Dublin, and yes, you really must spend the money on yourself!!

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  9. $2725 Cdn Some will be used for a ski trip for the DS and the rest will be banked. I am in for next year.

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    1. Marjorie that is a massive total. I am so pleased for you. I have banked almost my entire contents as I used my credit card to buy the camp! It feels so good to have the money there to pay for these treats.

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    2. Hi Marjorie,

      Wow! You have done so well. I bet your DS is thrilled! And savings in the bank are always a great idea.

      I'll add you to the list. Any ideas of your goal yet?

      Sft x

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  10. Well done, an amazing amount of money. I checked my sealed pot account this morning an it has £1395. happy dance. I do have a bowl of copper coins on my bedside table and they should be the start of next year, it weighs a ton, I have decided to give them to the local animal shelter. I will bag them up and as a charity they can deposit them with no cost. Everyone has done very well, I sold a few things and have decided to dispose of a stack of things in the new year, my little cottage is bursting at the seams and needs (like me) to lose a little weight.

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    1. Thanks Pam, We have tried really hard this year. You and I have practically the same total, that's amazing!
      What a lovely idea for your coppers. I'm sure the animal charity would appreciate it.

      You are such an inspiration, selling unwanted things. I am hopeless in that area. My cottage is certainly bursting in the clothes department but it's me that has to lose the weight :)

      Sft x

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    2. Well done Pam. I have a seperate charity tin and put any found money in it under £1 in value, whether its found in the house or out in the street. Like you I bag it up and we hand it in to our local Age Concern charity shop for them to add to their till.

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    3. Another amazing job. WOW.

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  11. WELL DONE! To Sft and everyone else but particularly Sft for hosting the challenge : )
    My total in 2 tins was.... £248 + £100 from an earlier tin that I opened so £348 for me. All paid off debt, thank you again : ) x

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    1. Hi M&M
      Thank you! And everyone has done so well!

      You have done amazingly well and that debt has been well and truly blasted!

      Your anniversary will be a lovely incentive for save for this year. Good luck!

      Sft x

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  12. Well done you. I have counted mine - see my blog and got just over £900 - which is OK but was looking for 4 figures; may be next year. Count me in for 2014. I just love looking at your pictures - the lilac breasted roller is my favorite. MummyHen

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    1. Nine hundred plus pounds is brilliant.

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    2. Hi MH

      Everyone has done Brilliantly! Remember the only competition is with yourself to keep going, even if you are just adding 1p! As Suze commented £900 is amazing and you should feel so proud. I'll be adding you to the new list now and then I will be reading your post.

      I too love the LB Roller-just so beautiful!

      Sft x

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  13. Well done SFT, what an amazing total you have!
    I had £56.12 in my pot - plenty for a night out, so I'm very happy.
    I've started to make my new pot - just need to wrap it - and I'm going to try and be a lot better at filling it this year!

    Congratulations everyone x

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    1. We were amazed Laura and so pleased that we have saved over one seventh of the cost of our 2020 trip already.

      You will have a wonderful night out with your pot total, and it will feel such a treat.

      I am going to recover my pot and am also saving 50ps in a bigger pot-that won't be opened until it is full!

      Sft x

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    2. Well done Laura! Good luck for next year!

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  14. Wow,SFT what a brilliant amount,you must be so pleased :-)

    My Sealed Pot is at the other house, so I will be opening it on Monday, I can't wait to see what we have, although next to your amazing total it will seem like peanuts!!

    Well done.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      We are DELIGHTED!

      I believe that savings are savings = money you could have spent so a bonus really. So all the amounts we are reading about today make me smile. I love that this challenge is only a competition with oneself.

      You did so well last year but have had a very busy time this year, I am sure you will be thrilled with what is in your pot tomorrow. Good luck!

      Sft x

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  15. Wow and well done. You have worked very hard to raise these funds. My pot had £156.70. I am very impressed with my total. Graduation is tomorrow and I will only be using £26.70 from my pot to go for a meal as it's just me and Master T. The rest will be exchanged into US $ tomorrow as I don't want to hang on to it for my trip to Zim.

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    1. Thanks NW! We have really focused on this challenge and it has been interesting to see what we really need and what we can do without.

      Congrats on your pot total. That is brilliant! Have a wonderful graduation and celebration meal. You so deserve it!

      Good luck for this year too! Here's getting you to Zim!

      Sft x

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  16. Wow sft, that is an amazing total!
    Ours had £35.27 in it, am so pleased as it is the spending money for the children when we go to Disney in 3 weeks! I'm going to round it up to £50 then they get £25 each for our couple days away.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! We have been lucky to be able to save that amount.

      That money is going to be so wonderful for the kids to spend in Disney! I bet you ALL can't wait! I'm looking forward to reading all about it.

      Sft x

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  17. Everyone has done very well with their sealed pot, congrats to you all.
    In my sealed pot I had $219.15, however, I did open it up earlier as it was getting very full and at that time realized I had a lot of money that should not be in the house, so to the savings account at the bank it went. My grand total is $1,419.15. So pleased.

    I have decided to take some of this money and add it to my two youngest granddaughter's bank accounts. Both are very smart and their school marks show it. The 15 year old has just received a plaque for being on the honour roll ( over 80% in all 8 subjects) for her first year in high school and also a certificate for having the highest mark in Science over all of the students in the first year of high school. I can see University studies in the future so some of my sealed pot money will help in some small way.
    Patricia

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    1. Hi Patricia,

      I agree, everyone has done brilliantly!
      Including you-THAT IS AN AMAZING TOTAL-you are so right to be pleased!

      I think helping your granddaughters' future is such a beautiful goal. Sounds like they are aiming high!

      Sft x

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  18. Well done SFT!!! thank you so much for this blog...I enjoy your words and all the comments...it's especially nice to hear what everyone is doing with their savings...

    My pots have totaled $902.85 US...my father passed away a few weeks ago and the money will come in handy to help Mom with some expenses...and have a few photos enlarged, matted and framed for her...at 90 the little photos too hard to see...

    Already started my pot for next year...will do two pots...one online with a payout date of Dec 1 and one for change to donate to local animal charity and Kiva...

    Thanks again...without you I would be scrambling for extra $ right now...

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    1. Hi Kelley

      I am so glad you enjoy the blog. Everyone is so lovely and encouraging! I have really enjoyed reading everyone's comments today.

      You have done really well with your savings and I'm really sorry to hear about your lovely dad, but so glad you could help your Mom, those photos will be treasures for her.

      Well done for starting your next pots too. 2 great ideas and I'm so glad you are joining us again. Is your goal still for fun?

      I like to think that if our 2020 adventure doesn't materialize the money we saved will only help with finding pleasure in other ways.

      Love to you and your Mom xxx

      Sft x

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  19. Good day SFT and all savers in 2013! :) I have successfully saved $425.40 Canadian. I am thrilled that I have saved this amount quite painlessly toward family Christmas gifts. It is more than enough and I'm feeling very blessed. Please include me in the SFT challenge for 2014. I'm going set my main goal for a vacation in 2015 with a side goal of gifts at Christmas Dec. 2014. So I have set a goal to save more in 2014.

    Good wishes to all who challenge themselves in 2014!!

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    1. Sorry SFT, somehow, somewhere along 2013 Google changed me to allie3, LOL! allie3 and Connie from Canada are definitely the same person. :)

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    2. Hi Connie or Allie :)

      You have done brilliantly with the challenge! I am not surprised you are thrilled and it's so wonderful that you can now spend it on Christmas gifts.

      I'll add you and your goals to the list.

      Any ideas for where you will be going on vacation!

      Sft x

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    3. I have lots of ideas..... lots and lots and lots! :) Now to narrow down and decide. LOL!

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  20. I didn't join the challenge but did it anyway and we had £315 which we will use for a debt free Christmas X! May join officially this year though! So count me in for 2014!!!! Saving towards a holiday to USA!!! Xx

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    1. Congrats on your total C.Nat! That's a great feeling knowing Christmas is covered!

      I will add you to the list. I think you are in England? And happy saving!

      Sft x

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  21. Wow that is amazing amount sft! Well done to every one else. I had $243.89, very pleased with as I didnt start till September. Its enough to get my chook house built! So what can I do for 2014? Over $1000 I hope, will pay for my flight to Perth,yay.

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    1. Thanks Sharon! Everyone has done so well!

      You have done amazingly well, especially considering you didn't start until September. I am so delighted that your chooks will have a lovely home.

      Sft x

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  22. Amazing total. Well done. I only put coins in mine. I'd empty my purse in the evening and any £2, 50p and 20p coins would go in there. I quite often forgot so I didn't do it every day. I also didn't start the challenge at the very beginning, not until February or March this year I think. Nonetheless there was the grand total of £272 in there. Instead of using it for Christmas as I'd intended, since I've already done the majority of my shopping, we're going to ration it out throughout next year and have lunch or day out once a month. I've already decorated my new tin all ready for tomorrow but I'm thinking of having 2 tins, one for next Xmas that I'll open at the beginning of November, and another towards more outings in 2015 that l'll leave until Dec 1st. I'm hoping for an even better total next year as I'll be starting right at the beginning this time.

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    1. Hi Helen,

      Thanks!

      All those coins do add up! And you've done brilliantly, especially considering how late you started. You must be thrilled. I love your idea of treating yourselves each month, that way you can make the treats last and last.

      I'm having 2 tins too this year. One for any amount towards 2020 and the other for 50ps towards 2020.

      I know you will do really well!

      Sft x

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  23. I know that I have not blogged or left any comments recently but I will be opening my pot this evening as I have still fed my pot weekly. Please add me to the next sealed pot challenge. Deborah in sunny Devon.

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    1. Good luck with opening the pot Deborah! I hope you have done really well.

      I will add you to the next challenge list. Any ideas what your new goal will be?

      Sft x

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    2. Sorry I forgot to report back how much we saved this year. I saved in my tin 3193.03, Mr D managed £97.30 in his tin. Both together that was £290.33. Plus I also saved on my Asda shopping card £72.00. So grand total of £362.33. We are delighted. Thank you so much, words cannot express our thanks for inspiring us to save.

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    3. In my tin should read £193.03!!!

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  24. Mr and Mrs SFT congratulation it was wonderful to see you did better than you thought!
    To everyone else you have all done so well,it is amazing that everyone enjoyed it so very much.
    Three cheers for SFT for giving us all the encouragement and ongoing support.Thank you both so much and now we are al getting our new pots started,just the best fun ever! Happy Christmas everyone.xx

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    1. Hi Carole,

      We were delighted! Everyone has done so well haven't they? I've loved all the comments left!

      We have literally just finished redecorating our pot for the new challenge. I will put a photo on my blog soon. We also have a pot for our 50p challenge too.

      Good luck for next year's challenge.

      Sft x

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  25. Well done everybody!

    I saved £51.29 - not huge but gonna get creative.

    We checked at the start of the year and OH had just over £30 in his pot (for Doctor Who DVDs). Saving only 20ps he has managed to double that, which is enough for about 10 DVDs! He's well chuffed.

    It's taken me a while to post this because I nipped to Brum for the Good Food Show today - just got back. Free tickets, of course! :-)

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    1. And well done to you Donna! I'm so glad your OH has got his Dr Who DVDs!

      I hope you enjoyed the free Good Food Show!

      Sft x

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    2. Thanks, I did indeed!

      2014's goal is a travel one... a holiday in France. So I want to do a bit better if I can. Please add me to the list! I will post over at frugalwench.blogspot.com later about my sealed pot challenge.

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  26. I'm away on for the holiday right now, so I'll open my sealed pot on the 3rd.

    Definitely want to do the sealed pot challenge for '14!! I'll be saving for the same thing... Christmas charity gifting.

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    1. Hi Teri

      I'm looking forward to hearing how you've got on Teri.

      I'll add you and your goal to the list.

      Sft x

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  27. Well done everyone! Looking forward to opening my pot in Dec 2014! ~ Pru

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    1. Thanks Pru! and good luck for your goal!

      Sft x

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  28. Well done to everybody! We had 270 pounds in the pot, up 36 pounds from last year. I'm well pleased and looking forward to next year's challenge. :-)

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    1. Hi Rikke,

      You have done SOOOO WELL! You must be delighted! And good luck for next year's challenge. I can't wait to get started!

      Sft x

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  29. Hi everyone! I am pleased to report although I had to dip in to it for car repairs. The total altogether that I saved is £967.42. OH has said he will round this up to £1000. I am still hoping for the northern lights but I will have to do lots of over time if it is available.

    Off to shake my empty squid tin!

    Good luck for 2014 everyone!!!

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    1. Hi Sol,

      Your total is AMAZING! especially as you dipped into it! How lovely your hubby is rounding it up too. I do hope you get to see your Northern Lights!

      It is strange having an empty tin again.

      Good luck for 2014 too!

      Sft x

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    2. I was waiting to hear Sol's total, as they did so well especially in the early stages. Well done Sol - All that walking instead of using public transport made a huge difference. The office I work in is about to move which would most likely mean a bus then train ride, but I am hoping to take a leaf out of your book and walk to the station (at least sometimes) to save the bus fare. I really hope you get to see the Northern Lights, we are off in February. x

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    3. Brilliant work. I have to agree with the strange sound of the empty tin.

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    4. Thanks everyone. I am lucky I can walk. I have also lost 1 stone in weight. this is due to walking.

      I aimed for £28 a week in savings, as I wanted to get close to £1500. It was a lofty amount. But £14 a week saving is a beginning. And then I sold jewellery that I make whilst watching the tv. I work somewhere else now. so that has to be knocked on the head.

      As the prices of everything are going up. I am now looking into a whole food coop with some of the people I used to work with. to see if I can make savings. This will be new to me. Maybe someone else is also going to do this...?

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    5. SFT, I have a picture of the squid ball peanut tin on my blog today. In case you want to use it. I cant seem to get a good picture of it.

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  30. Hi, just counted the money and my total for 11 months is $340.05. As I did my saving a little different I think it is a pretty good total. This is money I would find in my coat pockets at the end of every month. That's over $30 a month from pocket change. It's a bad habit I got into years ago of putting my change in my pocket instead of in my wallet. We had hoped to put this money towards a winter holiday but that might not be possible. The big C has reared it's ugly head in 2 family members with not very good prognosis so we are all staying pretty close to home at the moment. We'll see what happens.

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    1. Hi Janice,

      Sorry to hear about the news. Love to you and your family.

      You've done so well with your savings. You must be thrilled.

      Sft x

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    2. Hugs and prayers for you and yours.

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  31. My sealed pot total for Christmas 2013 was $912 Canadian. It is such a relief to have all of the presents and some of the travel arrangements paid for. No stress due to lack of Christmas funds here! And I am joining for 2014 sealed pot - goal of weekend away money! I hope to book at least one weekend away to an Island lodge to go kayaking since we learned how to do it this past summer. Cheers!

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    1. Hi CC

      Congrats on that amazing total! You have done so well and now it's time to enjoy the stress free Christmas funds.

      Good luck for this year. I love your goal!

      Sft x

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    2. Brilliant work and I am pleased for you.

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  32. I shall open my pot tomorrow. Can you add me in for the next challenge 2014.

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    1. Good luck Bonsaimum!

      I'll add you to next year's challenge too. What is your goal?

      Sft x

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  33. I haven't been online this weekend so totally forgot about this! But I checked today, and have a grand total of £358!!! This includes the £170 I banked earlier this year, but doesn't include some loose coins that round up to a pound so I've left them in the pot for next year's challenge! I've really enjoyed this and can't wait to see how I get on it 2014 - this time I'm setting a target of £500 to see if I can stretch myself, and will use the money as a mortgage overpayment! It sounds a bit boring but I really want the mortgage paid off ASAP and this will be a good boost for it.

    Well done on saving so much in your pot, it really is amazing how much 'extra' money can add up :) xx

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    1. Hi LS,,

      Wow! That's brilliant! You must be thrilled.

      And a great goal for next year too. I've updated it on the list.

      I know exactly what you mean about saving of extra money!

      Sft x

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  34. £120 in our pot. Starting again now. Going towards Christmas!

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    1. Hi DC!

      That's a great amount DC! It will really help towards Christmas.

      I'll add you to next year's list.

      Sft x

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  35. Hi
    I know i havent officially joined but my pot had £125.04 this will cover shopping for my 4 months daughter. Can u add me for next year. I am hopping to save £500 for spending money. I am also impressed how everyone did so well.

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    1. Well done Aga, you have done brilliantly! And such a great goal. I will add you to next year's list now

      I am so pleased with how everyone has done too!

      Sft x

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    2. Hi Aga

      You have done so well this year and what a great goal too!

      I'll add you to the list. Are you in England?

      Sft x

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  36. Awesome job! I had $445.37 CDN in my pot. I will definitely be doing it again next year. Thanks for the great idea.

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    1. Hi LIFOSD,

      Thanks, I'd love to add you to the challenge! What's your goal?

      Sft x

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  37. Congratulations, Mrs. SFT! and to everyone else as well! I haven't been here to comment for a while; family support is taking much of my time these days. I have put money in when I could, but not so much as in the first few months. Due to issues at the condo Mum rents (where I stay with her when not with her older sister on another floor), we had to rent another storage unit and move things out. My income has still not stabilized, but I hope to get that done soon. I suddenly remembered today (must be the happy chiming of all those saved coins, eh?) and will count up my savings later on. I had earmarked them for reducing my largest debt, a bank loan. However, I am going to put the money in a bag and keep it handy for a while. I could find myself having to move suddenly and may need it then. I did have enough money for a move (truck rental plus damage deposit and first month's rent), but had to dip into that for part of the rental of the new storage unit and moving our things there. I'm now slowly building that fund back to where it was; in the meantime, the Sealed Pot money gives me a feeling of having a bit more security.

    Mrs. SFT, please add me to the 2014 challenge, as I am going to continue saving. I will re0use my Pot, as I never did seal it; I just poked money in through a wee slot and didn't lift the lid. ;-) All the best in 2014 to you and to all the challengers. It's fun to challenge myself, instead of someone else. This is a wonderful idea and I'm so glad I found you! I will be blogging about my savings, once I know what they are, and will highly recommend your challenge for any of my followers wanting to save for something special.. Hugs to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ~ Linne

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    1. Hi RH (Linne)

      Good luck with counting your target! I think keeping the cash 'just in case' is a great idea. And of course security.

      I will certainly add you to the 2014 challenge. And I do hope you get the chance to blog about it or leave a comment from time to time.

      God bless

      Sft x

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  38. Hi, please may I join the sealed pot challenge for 2014. We are planning to have six weeks in Europe in May and June 2015 and this will really help my savings. We're taking our son who will be 11 then and this will be our "bring things home" money. Everyone has done amazingly well and I love the comraderie.

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    1. Hi Farmgirlnz,

      Of course you can join, I've added you to the list. Your trip sounds very exciting and I find such goals really help you focus on ways you can save, especially on things that in the long run don't matter. Is that what you mean by 'bring things home money'.

      Everyone has done brilliantly, They are all truly a lovely bunch. Welcome!

      Sft

      P.S. sorry it's taken so long for me to answer your comment.

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  39. Just opened my pot today, late as we have been away and I didn't have my new one to start. Having bought one today we had the grand opening......£171.61..... I am so pleased with that. It will be used for some family treats at Christmas plus a lovely Sunday Lunch for all the family at our favourite eatery. I have started the new tin using £11.61, so off to a good start for 2014.

    Well done to everyone, haven't we done amazingly well. I wonder how much it is collectively!!

    Thank you so much SFT for all your organizing over the past year and for spurring us all on, you really are a true inspiration. xxx

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    1. Hi Karen

      Firstly sorry it's taken so long for me to answer your comment.

      You have done so well with your savings-that money will provide some wonderful Christmas treats and a delicious meal.

      Glad the 2014 savings have got off to such a great start too.

      It certainly would be interesting to see how much we have saved collectively this year. Mmmm.

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I find it's so much easier to save, when you are surrounded by like minded people.

      Sft x

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  40. Please may I join this year ?. I did a little sealed pot in September so that my daughter and I could have lunch out when we went shopping this week. There was £34. 20p in there! Shows what I could achieve next year.
    Gillx

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    1. Hi Gill,

      Sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to this comment. I've added you to our list. Sounds like your sealed pot September provided a lovely treat for you and your daughter!

      So you could do amazingly well this year too.

      Let me know if you have a goal in mind.

      Sft x

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  41. Hi SFT,

    Congratulations to you for your truly inspiring sealed-pot total, and to everyone else for their wonderful saving achievements too! I guess I would say I got a C+ because I was aiming for €2 a week and got about 2/3 of the way there with a total of €67,59. It's ok, it's plenty of room for improvement for next year :) I'll be replacing our current bedlinen with the funds saved this year and you can surely count me in for next year. Maybe it will be enough for a weekend away next time :)

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    1. Hi Gotthisfar,

      I was so pleased with our total, and so amazed by how well everyone else has done too. Sound like you're using this year's funds wisely on lovely new bedlinen.

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

      Sorry it's taken a while for me to reply to your comment.

      Sft x

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  42. I've only just read about this challenge. Please can I join if it's not too late?

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    1. I should have said that the money I save will go towards a photography holiday.

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    2. It's never too late Eileen. I'll add you and your goal to the list. Are you from the UK?

      Welcome and good luck. I'm looking forward to hearing how you've got on each week.

      Sft x

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  43. I just checked my savings, I have $285.65 for Christmas food. Not my best year, but with all the things that happened this year I'm not upset. Inspired by your effort, I am determined to do better, please, please can I be included on the 2014 challenge.

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    1. Hi Aunty Bee,

      You have done brilliantly! Despite all that's happened. I hope you buy some really delicious Christmas food.

      I'll add you to next year's list. Are you saving for the same goal?

      Sft x

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  44. Can I join for this year.... 2014sealed pot: the start of a tour of Canada fund

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    1. Hi Tessie,

      Of course you can join, I'll add you and your goal to the list. Are you from the UK?

      Sft x

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  45. Hello Sft
    Well done on your sealed pot amount, that is absolutely fantastic, I have only just opened and counted pot and I have £390.00 which I am really happy with as I started late.

    Thanks for spurring us all on through the year. Hears to another good year ahead.
    Deb x

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  46. Sorry I'm so late with my total, but here it is at last: I saved $536.91 Canadian dollars. I counted it on Christmas Day. I put it all in a bag and am using the same pot for this year's challenge. Not much has gone in so far; I'm getting by on about $600 per month right now, but that will go up by the end of March, when I'll be able to be more diligent again. This is such a great idea and I can't thank you enough for it. I'd never have saved anything if it wasn't for the challenge. Due to my situation here, I'm not putting it toward my loan yet, although that's the ultimate goal. If I have to move suddenly, I will need it for that. Still, I'm looking forward to this year's savings. Congratulations on your fantastic total, too! Well done! ~ Linne

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