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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 18th Feb 15, 6:31 PM
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    The Happy Savings Fund
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    • 18th Feb 15, 6:31 PM
    The Happy Savings Fund 18th Feb 15 at 6:31 PM
    I am going to copy over all my posts about my new kitchen or lack of it!!!!

    I am changing my thread name back to a more saving focussed one so I don't get distracted.

    Addendum: I have changed the name again as I am planning to chill out now I have savings and am going to continue to save for happy times. lol.
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 03-12-2016 at 8:16 PM. Reason: to re-focus my savings
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 18th Jun 17, 1:19 PM
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    I went to the car boot, we got there late but had a fried breakfast for myself and the friend that took me. I bought an assortment of things eg lots of petunia plants, some pretty cake shaped pots, a few decorations, two punnets of apricots and some disposable gloves.

    Total spend £25! But that is my treat for the week. I'm washing my bedsheets, then I am going to have a nap then clean the windows. I have 200 bulbs to plant tonight too. I might not have the energy to paint my garden table but will try when I wake up.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 18th Jun 17, 4:00 PM
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    Gosh you are going to be busy planting all those bulbs SW ! Sounds like you had fun at the car boot.
    Aims for 2017 -
    1. save as much as possible. spend as little as possible but still have a social life !
    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 18th Jun 17, 8:23 PM
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    I planted the petunias from the car boot and some bulbs but don't know if the bulbs will come up this year or next year.

    Tomorrow I have to investigate changing my gas/electricity supplier and also start thinking about renting out a room downstairs so I don't fall into financial problems after the summer holiday. I hope it all works out.
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 19th Jun 17, 6:38 AM
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    I am sunburnt after yesterday but will go out and plant a few more bulbs before it gets really hot. It is 19 degrees now. Yikes. I don't think the bulbs will come up this year but they will do next year so it'll be fine.

    I'm having a rest and then visiting my friend in the afternoon. Ive got to vacuum before I go.
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 19-06-2017 at 8:08 AM.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 19th Jun 17, 1:33 PM
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    Hope you've got your suncream on today SW its scorchio out there ! What sort of bulbs did you get ?
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    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 19th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
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    I don't have suncream on but I did keep my hat on as I learnt my lesson after the carboot.

    I have just come back after a great afternoon away. I am so de - stressed.

    This morning I planted over a 100 crocus and anemone de caen bulbs, I have freesia bulbs too but will plant those later in the year when I can decide where I want some taller flowers.

    I sat in the shade in my friend's lovely garden. We also popped into a great garden centre and I have soooo many ideas of pretty flowers I can get over the summer and next year. My friend will be buying a really fancy garden set (cost £2000!!!!) tomorrow once she checks the final measurements. OMG. Holy moly!!! I only spent £5 on taxi fare there and they gave me a lift back.

    I have asked my parents to pick up a new garden parasol for me on G*mtree near where they live. It is only £20 instead of a lot more. But I should not buy anything else now. They will be bringing the last of the bedroom furniture on Monday when they visit (also purchased from G*mtree).
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 20th Jun 17, 4:36 PM
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    Your garden will look lovely SW. Lucky you parents coming to stay and bringing bargains with them
    Aims for 2017 -
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    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 20th Jun 17, 8:35 PM
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    I had a leaflet in the post today it says they are looking for host families in my area???? Foreign tourists will pay to stay here. I will investigate when I can.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 21st Jun 17, 1:57 PM
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    The only host family adverts I have seen in my area are for foreign students rather than tourists ? Might be worth looking into if you prefer short term tenants
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    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 21st Jun 17, 8:01 PM
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    Yes that's what I've seen. I thought it might be ok to try it first as I might make some money over the holiday but it means I can't stay over anywhere as I have to feed them. If I earn anything it will go straight into my happiness/retirement fund!

    A short term tenancy sounds great but I don't know if anyone will move in. I am going to prepare an advert on gumtree too.
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 21-06-2017 at 8:12 PM.
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 22nd Jun 17, 4:59 PM
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    The foreign student lady is going to ring me tomorrow after one and she will make an appointment to see the house. I am hoping they can come the week after next as my parents are going to be here next week.

    I hope I can host a student it will be nice to make some money over the hols. I have applied for a student union card (we can get them through work) and it means I get some discount in the shops. I am not planning on going to the cinema (on my rubbish budget) but it might help with other purchases.
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 22-06-2017 at 5:03 PM.
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 23rd Jun 17, 1:39 PM
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    I have just put some clothes on the washing line. It should dry by tonight.

    Something amazing happened, I found a tenner today in the street - no one was around to ask if they dropped it so I have kept it. It has never happened before. Usually if I find anything I find the owner or give it to charity but I am broke so I am keeping it.

    The housing lady is going to visit my house on the 5 july to see if I can house a student. I think I am supposed to have a desk in their room but I don't however there are plenty of tables round the house they can use. I hope that is ok. Fingers crossed as I will need plenty of money to make up for the new contract which involves a 3.5 grand pay cut at work.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 23rd Jun 17, 3:00 PM
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    Well done on finding the tenner SW I would have kept it in those circumstances too. Good luck with the housing lady cos that is a scary pay cut
    Aims for 2017 -
    1. save as much as possible. spend as little as possible but still have a social life !
    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 23rd Jun 17, 3:37 PM
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    It's horrible I never expected to be this poor at this stage in my life. I am just so grateful that I have a job still. Plenty of people at work have lost theirs. I have to think smart now that's the only way to survive.
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 23rd Jun 17, 7:40 PM
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    Am deciding whether or not to go to a car boot on Sunday. I did buy some nonsense last week which cost £3.50 and think i dont like it.

    I must hoover, mop, iron and sort paperwork out tomorrow.

    Ill see how i feel later on in the weekend. I have £20 to spend?
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 23-06-2017 at 10:24 PM.
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    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 24th Jun 17, 5:38 AM
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    It's drizzling v lightly outside so at least the garden is having a drop of rain.

    Today is Operation Tidy.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 24th Jun 17, 9:38 AM
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    wow you had an early start this morning SW ! Its raining here today too and the drop in temperature is a blessed relief
    Aims for 2017 -
    1. save as much as possible. spend as little as possible but still have a social life !
    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • savingwannabe
    • By savingwannabe 24th Jun 17, 10:11 AM
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    Hello my lovely I went back to bed and only just got up. I agree with you about the rain, I'm so glad we can walk around without the extreme temperatures. It is still raining here but it is only slight.

    My friend has just rung up and said not to car boot tomorrow but they are treating me to a breakfast. I think that's lovely as I am a bit poor and don't really want to take money out of the holiday fund (as there isn't much in it!). lol.

    This is Operation Cheapskate (NSD) or Operation Tidy :

    Anyway, I'm going to try to :
    • sort dishes in kitchen,
    • clean bathroom,
    • dust,
    • clean mirrors,
    • vacuum,
    • mop
        • sort paperwork out
      • and iron
    In between watching some telly. Not a lot on the telly but I did spend £3 on naughty snacks to munch on.

    I saw Bridget Jones' Baby (v good) and am leaving the ironing to do outside tomorrow.
    Last edited by savingwannabe; 24-06-2017 at 8:19 PM.
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    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 25th Jun 17, 8:28 AM
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    That's really nice of your friends SW enjoy your breakfast !
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    2. no takeaways !
    3. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!
    • VintageHistorian
    • By VintageHistorian 25th Jun 17, 12:10 PM
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    Hope you've had a lovely morning out SW! It's so difficult to think of ways to have an NSD when the weather is so nice. You want to enjoy being out but it's so difficult to not spend money DX
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