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    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 4th Nov 16, 12:10 AM
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    Sue-UU
    "Sealed Pot Challenge ~ 10"
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    • 4th Nov 16, 12:10 AM
    "Sealed Pot Challenge ~ 10" 4th Nov 16 at 12:10 AM
    Alright then Potters, it seems awe-inspiring that we're starting off with with "SPC "No 10"!!! Where have all the years gone since it first began! So very hard to believe that by the end of this year we'll have been going for a full decade!!!!

    For all newcomers, yes "Old Timers" too - it's so very important to please read through this entire post to see what the SPC is all about, dates for counting up and our re-opening date etc.. However, please be sure to Join the forum first in order to be able to join the challenge - if you haven't already! For ALL SPC members, please chat away on this SPC 10 thread about your conquests, money-saving ideas etc from Post 4 onward, it gives encouragement to all, including yourselves as it keeps the motivation to save far stronger.


    Hello yet again dedicated MSE Sealed Pot Savers! We're off once more with another Sealed Pot Challenge No 10. We've had 9 amazinly money-saving years, but it's all purely through the determined saving of you all - many thanks to you amazing folk who have made SPC what it is!!

    For all newcomers - a really huge heartfelt welcome! We're a terrific bunch who just adore greeting more members to the flock. Please read through the whole of this post and you'll be aware of why SPC is so special. You all settle in straight away and become part of our saving family!

    The idea is to save as much as possible throughout the following year until just before Christmas - which this year will be to open our pots on Thursday the 2nd November 2017. We save it in pots that we've pre-sealed to stop us being tempted to open them. Any spare cash can be put away, every day/week/month, whatever is best for you. If you have change left over after you've been shopping - pop it in the pot! After all why not! However small the change...the likelihood is that it won't be missed, and might otherwise have been wasted!

    Most of us put the difference in that we've been saved on special offers etc, it's all saved at the shop so it makes sense to save it in the pot to mount up!

    Below are the basics for making your pot and sealing.

    Firstly: Get yourself a pot, and remember - it doesn't need to cost much - if anything. If money's tight then use any pot for now, i.e. A sweet tin, coffee jar..extremely MSE!! Next - seal it with sellotape and be sure to make a slit in the lid, big enough for a 50p to go in, that way all coins will fit in. Later on, if you wish, you can always take advantage of finding a cheap pot in the sales after Christmas, or put one you fancy on your Christmas list! You can always buy ready sealed tins from reasonably priced shops! They're usually about a POUND from a £ store!!

    It can also be interesting and challenging to make yourself a Papier Mach! pig (or any animal) etc by using Frugaldom's recipe by clicking here then going to Post No. 597 or by going to a totally separate thread papier mach! animal here. Many thanks to Frugaldom.

    After selecting your pot, seal round the lid with sellotape or superglue if necessary. Again, be sure to make a slit in the top that is the right size for a 50p to go in! NB. If you make a Papier Mach! pot you will need to "operate" on it at the end of each challenge! Still, you can always have the pleasure of making a new one towards the end of the year, or getting the kiddies involved - if you're the daring type! The mind could run riot with what to model!

    Anyone wanting to show a picture of their pot on the thread, here are directions by jakes-mum: "Go to www.photobucket.com and create an account, click the orange 'upload' button at the top and select your picture from your computer. Once uploaded, select the picture and click 'edit' then 'resize' change the first size number to 400 and click save. On the right hand side click the link next to 'direct', come back here and click the little picture of the mountain above the reply box, delete out the http and right hand click, select paste and your link should get pasted in. When you post your reply your pic should be there and not absolutely massive". Many thanks, jakes-mum, you are a gem!

    Terrimundi pots are available in many shops and on-line, they're very attractive and another ready sealed way to save, and though the manufacturers and retailers would have you believe differently, you DO NOT need to smash them to remove your cash!! I've used mine for 9 years...and at the end of each year's (since 2009 when I graduated from a carton!) challenge, hubby and I have a whale of a time, doing things the 'old' way by tilting the pot and using a knife! Though, a few years ago DH bought a 12" steel ruler in from the shed which is thin and broad and perfect for the job. So be assured that, so long as you go carefully, you CAN use them again and again....unless you drop the darned things!! They are costly though, but this is where your Christmas list comes in handy, though always keep a look out in charity shops too!

    Regarding the Sealed Cans many of you use, apparently the best way to open the sealed tins is, rather than using a tin opener, squeeze the side of the tin, where the seam meets and you can pop the seal and tip the money out that way.

    The term roadkill = any money found on pavements, parks etc; even in car parks or on shop floors etc.

    NB. A few notes of interest.

    1/ Any money given as a gift (other than Birthdays, Christmas etc) i.e.. Inherited can not be included as savings. Likewise any money put directly into the bank cannot be counted as savings with SPC. Money from small second jobs is ok, such as cleaning for Mrs Bloggs down the road/ taking in ironing, a part-time job or anything similar is ok to be saved. Any savings saved via Christmas Clubs can also be used in your SPC Totals, it's another way of saving for Christmas after all. Money received from cashback sites such as Quidco, topcashback etc can be included in your pots. Likewise, any money made from sales on E-Bay, Facebook or similar can be saved.

    Also it's possible to include all other savings from MSE Challenges with your SPC Totals i.e. the £2 Challenge as, apparently they aren't put down on the challenge threads themselves. If you're unsure, please ask on the thread, and remember - there's no so thing as a stupid question!

    Second incomes can come in many varied and very lucrative guises and anything such as that would be unfair to other members. Mostly the SPC is a challenge to see how much we can save during the year...mostly it's relatively small amounts which are saved from wages, housekeeping, good budgeting etc. Remunerations via the letting of second homes cannot be included in the SPC.

    2/
    Whenever you're in the dilemma of "ooh should I buy that?" If you don't need it, but just want it - leave it there and pot the cash instead, you'll be much more satisfied with the accomplishment, pleased with your self-discipline too. All too often, if I go back a second time I find I didn't even like whatever it was anyway.

    3/ You can ask me to put a Target on for you to try to meet (it goes alongside your name and number on the 2nd and 3rd posts below) but it's not necessary. If you do set one, but are unable to meet it, it doesn't matter at all, at least you will have tried! A few people keep account of all they save, but most of us count what we save daily or weekly, then put it on the thread to help encourage others then we pot it and forget about it and ....wait for the surprise at the end of the year! If you're hoping for a particular amount, but still want a surprise at the end of the saving year, work out what amount you'd like and what's needed per week to achieve it - save that amount weekly/monthly as well as still putting your bits of change in without holding the amounts in your head - you're bound to come out on top that way and still get a surprise!

    Please don't worry about the amounts others save! There are such differences with jobs, wages, commitments etc so some naturally find large sums easy to save, while others of us don't. However, it's the pleasure that counts - so be happy with yours, proud too, and remember it's NOT a contest!!

    4/ Mainly SPC is a challenge to see how much we can save in a year for Christmas 2017. However, over the last 9 years we've had some members who needed theirs throughout the year for bills, and personally I'd far sooner they take the cash out for that than pay more interest or...miss a due date! You can always start again, even if it's getting later in the year, you can even include what you needed to take out, after all, you will have saved it. Whatever you need to do, don't worry about it - be happy and proud you have saved!

    5/ If you wish to save for something special, a holiday, wedding etc then please do so, just please remember to declare it on November 2nd. The most important thing, is that you are saving ...and hopefully not tempted to take it out unnecessarily. If anyone has any other queries, then please sing out...though not too loudly.....you might shatter your pot/s!

    6/ At the end of the year (or when we've saved for what we wish) count up all your money saved and declare your Total either by waiting until the declaration date - or (if you've needed your cash for other things - by putting your Total on your MSE signature to remind you to include it in your full Total; that particularly applies to those using their money for holidays etc, but PLEASE remember to return to the thread on the 2nd November to declare those Totals to me. Some members prefer not to keep too much money in the house and count theirs up every now and then to bank it, in which case they always pop the amount banked on their MSE signatures.

    7/ DO KEEP YOUR POT or POTS SAFE!! If you hide it, be sure to remember where you put it as it wouldn't be the first time that members have forgotten where they've hidden it!

    8/ "Holding Pots": To anyone concerned about putting money into their pot...then possibly needing it later in the week/month: Why not use an unsealed pot or purse as a "holding pot" and pop the money in there first each day/week/month - then, if it's not needed (for car parking costs, little Johnnies school trip etc) - put it in your Sealed pot so it stays put. Do that each week and it'll save you taking money from the bank. Discipline yourself to only take what's needed though!

    9/ "Where to take bags of cash at the end of the year?": With regards to this all important question, here's vital help from girlatplay: "I bank with Bank of Scotland and they accept as many change bags as you have, as long as you take them to the business banking counter." That is so handy for members to know, many thanks to GAP. This applies to many banks, I suspect most banks/building societies are the same if truth be known.

    10/ Members who do not return by the end of November of any year will sadly now lose their numbers as, many people who sign up to the challenge then don't bother returning! To be fair, I think a lot get swept up in the excitement of it all, but then, for one reason of another, can't or don't wish to keep it up, but that then leaves me with a long list of non savers on the list which makes things very difficult over time. Sorry folks, but any saving members won't be at all worried about this - but if those 'defaulting' (bad word, but...!) members remember then - come on back and ask for another number, they will always be be more than welcome!

    On the 2 posts below is a list of members and their numbers, always display your No on your signatures please, that makes life so much easier for me and my DH when counting up all of our Totals. In December or thereabouts I declare the Grand Total of ALL that we members have collected, what a terrific sight that is! Please declare yours savings ASAP on or close to the 2nd November, many thanks.

    Just a quiet word of warning to all those in the Cambridge area - forget ever thinking of looking for roadkill there as jakes-mum will even tackle you the ground to get to it first! Think I'm joking??

    Once again, we've just had another truly amazing year, let's keep it up and see what we can achieve this year. Good luck everyone and save well!!

    PLEASE take note everyone Thursday 2nd Nov is the closing date for 2017, the day we declare what we've saved on the thread, kindly declare your monies saved within 2 weeks of the 2nd, thank you kindly.

    Anyone wishing to join us please post on the thread to ask and I'll give you a number and an official welcome so you can join in the fun......and please do note that...time means any time of year!

    It's Never Too Late To Join Us! and You Never Need To Re-join....well, unless you stop visiting us in November! However.......you can always return to the fold and be made very welcome!

    Many thanks for reading
    , Sue x
    Last edited by Sue-UU; 04-11-2016 at 12:11 PM.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 001 My Totals = 08 £163.95 09 = £315.78 10 = £518.80 11 = £481.87 12 = £694.53 13 = £1200.20! 14 = £881 15 = £839.21 16 = £870.48Grand Totals of all members (2008 uncounted) 2009 = £32.154.32! 2010 = £37.581.47! 2011 = £42.474.34! 2012 = £49.759.46! 2013 = £50.642.78! 2014 = £61.367.88!!
    2015 = £52.852.06! 2016= £52, 002.40!!!

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    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 10th Mar 17, 9:45 PM
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    32b3in2013
    Hello

    £1.24 potted today. I'm glad it's Friday.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 10th Mar 17, 10:12 PM
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    lynnejk
    Evening lovely potters

    I have potted my weekly £10 today. Will have a count up and bank next week before we go away.

    Really looking forward to some warm sunshine now - always seems it's been cold for ages when we get into March.

    Hope you all have a fantastic weekend
    Lx
    £10day..2014=3213..2015=3421..2016=3238..2017=441.....MAR=152.05/150
    GrocC..2014=2162..2015=2083..2016=2181..2017=389.....MAR=62.65/120
    Bulk buy.......MAR=28.71
    GC.NSD....2015=216....2016=213....2017=17....MAR=11/10
    SPC130x57...2014=1178...2015=1287...2016=4616. ..2017=394.22
    OS WL= -1/4 ......CC =0......Savings = £7600
    • Dragon Lily
    • By Dragon Lily 10th Mar 17, 11:04 PM
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    Dragon Lily
    Potted £2.50 today in 50's. Change from shopping
    Star from Sue-UU

    SPC10 #105
    3-6 EF #66 Target £3000 (£906) 30%
    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 11th Mar 17, 12:13 PM
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    Sue-UU
    Have a wonderful weekend SPCers!!
    Have a super Saturday all Potters, a wonderful Sunday too! Never stop potting! For all those of you who might be a little poorly or who are down in the dumps for whatever reason then here are a load of good wishes and very many {{{{hugs}}}} to help you feel much better very soon!

    Great potting MLE007, though taken from DH's wallet??! Disgraceful, but darned good work!!! JUST 50p on Wednesday?! Along with the £5er you're doing exceptionally so be mighty chuffed with it!!

    Is it your birthday today Sue? If so, many happy returns. Hope you had a great day x

    32b3
    Originally posted by 32b3in2013

    My Birthday was on Sunday (5th) 32b3, same as Cas's but we had a sickness bug here so didn't enjoy it to the full but we have plans for the weekend instead. I sincerely hope Cas is alright. Thanks very much for the wishes, just as lovely when they're belated I assure you. Brilliant work with your potting!

    Its only Tuesday lol :-)

    Westie983
    Originally posted by Westie983


    Ah but the day I posted it on was late Tuesday, Westie, so the wishes were for Wednesday; forward planning see!

    WOW - another plastic £5er eh, 3forholidays! I wonder just how many you'll have saved come November?! Heck of a lot I bet a bob!!

    Hello there little_sweetie! It's really lovely to see you. Oh it's such an exiting time for sure. I really missed babies when our DD stopped churning them out but now it's starting all over again and I couldn't be happier!!!!! How old is your little treasure, well over a year I know? D'you reckon you'll ever get to go over? I truly hope so.
    D'you mean you've had problems in the house which caused you to have to decamp with the tourer? I hope not, but it sounded like it. Good luck with the comparison site searching!

    Nice work Chutney!

    Day 68 eh HoneyBee83?! Crikey you really are keen, I wouldn't have had a clue; I know the first and the last but couldn't cope with what comes in between!! Good to hear you're keeping up the great work, you'll never be sorry!!!

    Wonderful news indeed, ETO, thank you. I'll definitely be letting you all know as soon as it arrives; it's due on the 16th but we all know what first babies are like so no doubt it'll be late.
    You did marvellously with that £20 so I hope you're really chuffed with yourself!! Try to budget well and downgrade on brands i.e. buy cheaper named versions of goods which are just as good! You can do it ETO!

    Pounds are gold
    Dollars are green
    I've just potted £8.51
    Which hasn't left a bean ...


    Still, it's only money
    Originally posted by Money Rollercoaster


    Ah you're not the only one who's a poet, Money Rollercoaster...

    Notes are green (mostly), cash is brown (mostly
    Pot all you can and you won't wear a frown!
    OR
    Roses are red, violets are blue.

    You potted a lot which is GREAT for you!!

    Well maybe not a poet but....!

    Ahh! So there you are at last, jakes-mum, and not before time!! I know you're busy but please don't leave it so long in future - it does me no good at all!! Thanks a lot for the wishes, we are all sooooo happy!!

    You slipped up when your DH found that £1, why not have asked him to double it so you could change it for the £2s you're in need of?!

    Very good saving Plumduff! That's the way to get Christmas covered. Keep up the good work.

    Well done with your weekly £10er, Lynne! You're right about the cold this winter, even down in the south west it's been really cold especially Feb and March, the bitter winds making it feel quite raw. Still, you'll soon be enjoying the sun on holiday!

    Nice work Dragon Lily!

    A lovely £20 potted after shopping again and as usual that's it for the week but quite chuffed with it.

    Don't worry about how much or how little you save, folks, whatever it is at least potting it will stop you spending it! Think Christmas or holidays and pot all you're able to!!


    Have a brilliant weekend, Potters. Don't forget to pot!!!


    Sue xx

    2nd November is the opening date for 2017.

    Anyone wishing to join us, it's NEVER too late, so please just ask, you'll be made very welcome.
    Last edited by Sue-UU; 11-03-2017 at 12:15 PM.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 001 My Totals = 08 £163.95 09 = £315.78 10 = £518.80 11 = £481.87 12 = £694.53 13 = £1200.20! 14 = £881 15 = £839.21 16 = £870.48Grand Totals of all members (2008 uncounted) 2009 = £32.154.32! 2010 = £37.581.47! 2011 = £42.474.34! 2012 = £49.759.46! 2013 = £50.642.78! 2014 = £61.367.88!!
    2015 = £52.852.06! 2016= £52, 002.40!!!

    • AntoMac
    • By AntoMac 11th Mar 17, 3:22 PM
    • 149 Posts
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    AntoMac
    £8 potted this week. Could have done better but could have been a lot worse.
    Belated Happy Birthday Sue. Enjoy your belated celebrations. It was my Sister's birthday on Wednesday and my Mum tomorrow so double celebrations here this weekend.
    Have a good rest of weekend everyone and keep potting what you can.
    Sealed Pot Challenge No 46

    Season Tkts (21%) 4/16, (28%) 5/16, (35%) 6/16, (42%) 7/16, (50%) 8/16, (63%) 9/16, (67%) 10/16, (79%) 11/16, (88%) 12/16
    • Pennydreams3
    • By Pennydreams3 11th Mar 17, 6:34 PM
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    Pennydreams3
    I was starting to consider potting very 'un-spare' change because my pot was looking so sorry for itself. But! I found a dusty old £1 in a handbag I sold on eBay whilst packing it up to send today, and so that went in. My poor old olive tub dreams of better days gone by, when he was full!
    Last edited by Pennydreams3; 11-03-2017 at 6:40 PM.
    March nsd 4/15
    Sealed pot challenge 10 - 123 : )
    It all started with a penny and a pot..
    MFW 2017 #107 £232/£3000
    Remaining balance £157,719.60
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 11th Mar 17, 7:56 PM
    • 1,937 Posts
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    £4 potted today

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
    • 3forholidays
    • By 3forholidays 11th Mar 17, 9:56 PM
    • 1,093 Posts
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    3forholidays
    Another shopping trip & another plastic £5!
    A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realise how blessed you are.

    SPC 10 - No 043
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 12th Mar 17, 12:30 PM
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    Florence J
    10p to the pot.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 Wombling free 2017 = £294.58 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£566.55/£1500)
    March 2017 Debt: £5373.31
    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 12th Mar 17, 3:42 PM
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    VickyA
    A belated happy birthday Sue

    Lovely day, out with the in-laws for lunch. One week in to FIL's chemo treatment, but by jove I was exhausted by MIL's chat!

    £3.58 potted, swelling the coffers a bit!
    SPC 8 #153 975.71 #9 £881.44 declared
    £366 in 366 £275/£366 #21
    NST NOvember #41
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 12th Mar 17, 9:46 PM
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    29p potted today.

    Have a great week everyone.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
    • siju
    • By siju 13th Mar 17, 12:48 PM
    • 193 Posts
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    siju
    94p to pot today. Have a lovely week everyone
    SPC 9 - #192
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79
    • MLE007
    • By MLE007 13th Mar 17, 7:40 PM
    • 279 Posts
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    MLE007
    Evening potters, another 50p for me today
    SPC #015

    2017 in 2017 £923.96
    • Pennydreams3
    • By Pennydreams3 13th Mar 17, 8:06 PM
    • 75 Posts
    • 368 Thanks
    Pennydreams3
    50p today : )
    March nsd 4/15
    Sealed pot challenge 10 - 123 : )
    It all started with a penny and a pot..
    MFW 2017 #107 £232/£3000
    Remaining balance £157,719.60
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 13th Mar 17, 9:57 PM
    • 1,937 Posts
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    £1.15 potted today.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 14th Mar 17, 8:34 AM
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    VickyA
    £1.90 potted last night. Keeping going and not that long (well, 10 days....) until pay day when hopefully I will be able to pot even more.

    Happy Wednesday everyone!
    SPC 8 #153 975.71 #9 £881.44 declared
    £366 in 366 £275/£366 #21
    NST NOvember #41
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 14th Mar 17, 9:18 PM
    • 1,937 Posts
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    £4.81 potted today.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
    • KONG
    • By KONG 15th Mar 17, 9:22 AM
    • 827 Posts
    • 1,256 Thanks
    KONG
    Morning,


    £3,29 potted today.
    "Sealed Pot Challenge" Member No. 938
    "Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge 2011" Member No. 7
    • siju
    • By siju 15th Mar 17, 12:39 PM
    • 193 Posts
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    siju
    £2.00 in the pot today Have a lovely Wednesday folks...
    SPC 9 - #192
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 15th Mar 17, 8:49 PM
    • 1,937 Posts
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    32b3in2013
    Evening

    £3.25 potted today.

    It's been very quiet on here recently. I hope everyone is ok.

    32b3
    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
    Jan 17 NSD - 1/15

    CCC 2017 #24 - £102/£300
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