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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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    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 14th May 17, 3:45 PM
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    jakes-mum
    hubby handed me 2 x £2 coins and 2 x £1 coins plus lots of little silver coins pots well fed today
    SPC No 002 SPC(3) £285/£250 (4) £519.84/£500 (5) £768.32/£500 (6) £911.30/£600 (7) £913.23/£600 (8) £1184.82/£750 (9) £2864.04/£750 (10) £500/£1000
    Total Wins Of 2012 = £3015.03 Wins Of 2013 = £4427.11 Wins of 2014 = £2361.97 Wins of 2015 = £1754.90 Wins of 2016 £267.98 Wins of 2017 £20
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 14th May 17, 4:21 PM
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    Florence J
    I'm really happy as my most recent tin got destroyed when I opened it up, but I have just managed to get a new one for free from the app OLIO, so that was a nice little saving.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £851.64 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2060.37/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £643.75/£1001.75
    June 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4628.46
    • MLE007
    • By MLE007 14th May 17, 5:10 PM
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    MLE007
    Hello all! Bad potting week for me this week, only 50p gone in, need to be better at getting cash out instead of using the debit card! Still I suppose 50p is better than nothing, have a good week all
    SPC #015

    2017 in 2017 £2218.00
    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 14th May 17, 6:00 PM
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    Sue-UU
    A very happy Sunday to all
    A very happy Sunday afternoon Sealed Potters! Apologies for not getting on here on Friday or yesterday, but problems with our DD. I hope you're all enjoying a really wonderful weekend!
    To all those of you who are just not feeling quite right or who are poorly I do hope that you'll soon get better and here for you are some {{{{hugs}}}} to help xxxx

    There is no need to be sneaking back in in order to know the wonderful some of £5.25, seekingthesunlight, be proud and chuffed that you've got that much in your pot, excellent saving!! I'm so pleased you love the new fivers and hope you're able to save a good number!

    I'm really happy as my most recent tin got destroyed when I opened it up, but I have just managed to get a new one for free from the app OLIO, so that was a nice little saving.
    Originally posted by Florence J
    I don't expect it will take you too long to save for and buy a new pot, Florence, so keep your eyes out for cash to pot when you're able! PS. I barely get the words down and - look at that post above! Very well done on the free pot Florence!!!!! You've saved even more!!

    I am pleased you're feeling well again, jakes-mum, no doubt that £45 given to you by your DH was a great tonic!!! Very wise to change cash into dollars just to be on the safe side!

    A really fair amount to have saved, Chutney! Keep it coming when possible.

    I'll bet working yesterday went totally against the grain for you, 32b3! Still if you'll benefit as a result - why not!! Good saving and you were right earlier in where was everyone! Thanks so much for filling that last slot so to speak.

    A wonderful idea to give your friend a pot to help her realise her dreams, Cazzie, very kind indeed!!!

    Hi all,

    A paltry 50p potted recently. However, it's 50p more than nothing, isn't it?!

    x
    Originally posted by VickyA


    You bet it is Vicky! Don't ever worry about a small amount saved being paltry, it all adds up so don't forget that and just keep on potting away however small or big it is!! Keep an eye on DH mind and be sure that any trail he leads go straight into your pot!!!!

    Oooh no wonder you're getting so excited, siju, so would I be if I was headed back to France and all it holds!! We've stayed in Brittany and had a brilliant time, but we've never been to The Loire yet but it's certainly one of the places we'd love to explore...next time!! Have a fantastic time with very safe journeys! Great potting!!

    Well done with yet another £10 Lynne! A great Friday feeling to get you ready for, and enjoy, the weekend! I do hope you're feeling much better.

    Hello again there Fiasco! It's lovely to see you drop in to update us. Well done with banking your cash and for updating your siggy. Enjoy the summer but don't forget to drop by again whenever possible.

    A whole £20 potted after the shopping was done!


    Save as well as you possibly can, MLE007, as you say, 50p is so much better than nothing so keep that in mind!!

    I hope you're all having a super weekend, folks. Keep feeding those pots!!!


    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; 14-05-2017 at 6:04 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!!!

    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 14th May 17, 8:13 PM
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    Evening

    Excellent potting Sue. Working yesterday was certainly against the grain for me, I prefer to have no plans for weekends. Ive done it now though, so alls well.

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

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • CazzieLT
    • By CazzieLT 15th May 17, 5:47 PM
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    Evening all.

    Apologies for being quiet over the weekend (or you're welcome for the peace!) I'm afraid I was stuck in the dark pit of doom - I wish it had been the 'work' one rather than the 'depression' one but alas, it was the latter. But today I managed to get to the hospital for some much-needed support and treatment and I am fighting back. I'm also happy to report plenty for the pot today - two fivers, a rare £2 coin, and four shiny new £1s, so a lovely £16 for the pot. And then as a little extra lift, I arrived home to find a pair of brand spanking new headphones that I've obviously won in a competition (did check my bank account to make sure no-one had bought them with my money, as I hadn't had the usual email advising me of a win, but all was well there). Looked them up on Amazon and they retail at £49.99, so was preparing them for auction and then my bro, who reports his pair are on their last legs (or should that be last ears!?), offered me 30 quid for them, and so a deal was done. I was meant to be visiting my friends and my gorgeous Godson-to-be this weekend, and being totes MSE, had pre-booked and pre-paid my train tickets to get the best deal, but sadly I'm not well enough to go away right now and can't get a refund, but that 30 quid has covered the £29.50 cost of that, so I'll pop that to one side for when I'm well enough to go again and hope I can get an equally good deal. Every cloud, eh?

    Hope you're all potting well and feeling well. Sending so much love to anyone feeling poorly in any which way, know that you are not alone, and if you're unfortunate enough to be in the same dark pit I'm trying to dig myself out of, we can at least get comfy together, I bought my hug rug so we'll be nice and warm and cosy at least.

    And to all those 9-5ers, Monday is over, wahoo! xxx
    Flat Deposit Fund - £26,604/£30,000
    Emergency Fund - £600/£3,000
    SPC 10 (Number 138) - Target £1,000 for the Emergency Fund
    Cruise Fund - Ha ha, I wish!
    • VickyA
    • By VickyA 15th May 17, 9:03 PM
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    Ah, Cazzie, much love and thoughts heading in your direction. Thinking of you, but so glad you've got support there for you.

    A teensy bit potted today. 20p in total. No coins left by DH. He really is slacking.

    My potting might dip even further because... the governors of my school are in agreement to me dropping my hours by a small amount! It's only a temporary measure, and I'm not sure when it will start, but I'll be talking details with the headteacher later in the week. I'm so relieved.
    SPC 8 #153 975.71 #9 £881.44 declared
    £366 in 366 £275/£366 #21
    NST NOvember #41
    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 15th May 17, 9:08 PM
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    Still soldiering on with my £2s, put 4 in the pot tonight.

    It's been a hectic time so I haven't been around much, as we were inspected by Ofsted at work last week. Consequently I'm having a free day off today, which isn't coming out of my flexi or my annual leave, in lieu of having worked a Saturday to prepare. Also got another 16 or so hours' flexi out of it as well but my word I was knackered - talk about post-Ofsted slump on Thursday and Friday! Our manager told us all to finish at 4pm on Friday and we were sustained by sweets, chocolates, nuts, fruit, sandwiches, all mostly paid for by work. We also get to go out for lunch this week, again paid for by work!
    PAYDBX 2017 #71 £1194.54 / £3053.49 * Xmas 2017 #8 £186 / £365 * (2016 £424.32 / £366)
    * SPCNo.10 #66 (SPCNo.9 £442.64 inc Quidco to 2/11/16 £138.92 *
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 15th May 17, 9:32 PM
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    Evening

    So sorry to hear you are having a bad time Cazzie xx The department I work for are putting a lot of focus on our mental health at the moment. Something happened to a colleague a while ago and when I think back I wish I could have done more to help her, so I have been applied and been accepted on a training programme to help me identify actions which I might otherwise think nothing of, and hopefully I will be in a better position if a similar thing happens in the future. Great potting by the way.

    £1.18 potted today

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

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 15th May 17, 9:36 PM
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    Take care CazzieLT, I am also struggling with my mental health at the moment.

    Collected my new tin today decided to combine the journey on foot into the town centre with Day 1 of my running training, so got that done at the same time.

    It was raining

    Oh well, I have my new tin, it's a little smaller than the last one, but I think it will be fine
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £851.64 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2060.37/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £643.75/£1001.75
    June 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4628.46
    • Chutney86
    • By Chutney86 16th May 17, 6:32 AM
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    £2 potted for me today
    SPC #23 - 2015 = £319.60 / 2016 = £315.50
    MFW #93 - 2017 = £925.11/£1500
    MFiT-T4 #28
    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 16th May 17, 5:34 PM
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    Hug to you Cazzie, you are never alone as we, your SPC family are always here and care very much about you

    Alas Sue, I spoke too soon as said virus came back with a vengence on friday but I finally seem to have shaken it this morning! Which was good as it was bingo day with my mum (they sent me free vouchers for my birthday so mum and I got to play for free ) won £10 on a line and then £8 on the slots! AND they gave me a free box of choccies for my birthday too! All money bar one was paid in new £1 coins so had to delve in my purse to get my mum her half as I couldn't let those beauties go, plus mum had 2 x £2 coins so £21 in the pot today
    SPC No 002 SPC(3) £285/£250 (4) £519.84/£500 (5) £768.32/£500 (6) £911.30/£600 (7) £913.23/£600 (8) £1184.82/£750 (9) £2864.04/£750 (10) £500/£1000
    Total Wins Of 2012 = £3015.03 Wins Of 2013 = £4427.11 Wins of 2014 = £2361.97 Wins of 2015 = £1754.90 Wins of 2016 £267.98 Wins of 2017 £20
    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 16th May 17, 8:48 PM
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    Evening

    Happy new pot Florence . Well done on running too.

    Glad you feel better and well done on the bingo win Jakes-mum. Excellent potting too.

    14p potted today.

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

    CCC 2017 #24 - £116/£300
    • CazzieLT
    • By CazzieLT 17th May 17, 2:54 PM
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    CazzieLT
    Hello lovely potters,

    Hug to you Cazzie, you are never alone as we, your SPC family are always here and care very much about you
    Originally posted by jakes-mum
    Thank you all so very much for your kind words and encouragement. This board truly does feel like a little family and I'm so glad I came back and became a proper part of the board. Not only is it helping me to create my all-important Emergency Fund, but you are all such lovely buddies and to know I am not alone makes me feel so much better. This group is like a giant hug I am so sorry to hear that I am not the only one suffering but knowing we can all be here for each other is just wonderful and I'm so glad and so lucky to be a part of such a great family

    Talking of potting, just paid a visit to Hobbycraft (I'm under the care of my local Crisis Team at the moment, and the lovely lady who visited me yesterday decided I need a colouring book in my life, so she took me out today to buy one!) Spent the princely sum of £2 to buy a fabulous kiddies' book of ballerinas - badly need new glasses but the finances just won't stretch to such extravagances right now, so those fancy-pants adult ones with their intricate designs just weren't going to work for me! But obviously I paid with my usual tenner and am pleased to report a delicious £7 for the pot today, in the shape of a fiver and a rare and beautiful £2 coin. Sadly the £1 was a stinky old one but that will pay for a stamp to post a card to a friend who is also suffering and the leftover shrapnel will be added to the shrapnel pot to await exchange with mother dearest for any pot money she manages to get her hands on!

    Right, I'm off to colour in some ballerinas! Can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon! Will check in to report on the therapeutic benefits later, and maybe you can help me decide if it can also be counted as CPD hours for my job as an Occupational Therapist! I'm all about Continued Professional Development

    Lots of love to all of you and thank you again so much for being in my life xxx
    Flat Deposit Fund - £26,604/£30,000
    Emergency Fund - £600/£3,000
    SPC 10 (Number 138) - Target £1,000 for the Emergency Fund
    Cruise Fund - Ha ha, I wish!
    • CazzieLT
    • By CazzieLT 17th May 17, 3:11 PM
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    CazzieLT
    So sorry to hear you are having a bad time Cazzie xx The department I work for are putting a lot of focus on our mental health at the moment. Something happened to a colleague a while ago and when I think back I wish I could have done more to help her, so I have been applied and been accepted on a training programme to help me identify actions which I might otherwise think nothing of, and hopefully I will be in a better position if a similar thing happens in the future.
    Originally posted by 32b3in2013
    Thank you 32b3 for trying to make a difference. With Mental Health Awareness Week and the young Royals doing a bloomin' fabulous job promoting the importance of awareness as well, it can't help but make the future look a lot brighter for all of us touched in any way by such issues. Whilst I'm sure whatever happened to your colleague could likely not have been avoided, the fact that you want to do your best to stop it happening to anyone else makes me feel a hundred times better about the world, so thank you and good luck to you xxx

    Keep potting, potters! Money may not buy happiness but it does buy holidays and I reckon that's gotta be a pretty close second, right!? xxx
    Last edited by CazzieLT; 17-05-2017 at 3:13 PM.
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    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 17th May 17, 9:05 PM
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    Ahh I am glad knowing we are here for you makes you feel stronger Cazzie As someone who has had to deal with depression for her entire life (first my mum, then myself, now my husband) mental health is something that means a lot to me and after feeling so very alone at my worst time I would never want one of my friends (real life or those of you who live inside my computer) to believe that I did not care or that I was not here with you should you need someone.

    Re the virus, it again has reared its head in the form of a nasty ear infection I swear this thing is never going to leave me alone! plus poor DD got sent home from school with a tummy ache (as the school said, she's never one to moan for no reason so they said she really deserved the benefit of the doubt) down to doctors as she was literally balled up crying her eyes out, and its a urine infection bless her, she was in sooo much pain! BUT antibiotics and calpol have seen her happily off to bed, so hopefully wont be long till shes back to her usual chirpy self.

    As we were at the doctors for over an hour and a half! we all felt that fish and chips was an excellent tea idea, and the chippie must have agreed as a lovely £2 coin was in my change
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    • 32b3in2013
    • By 32b3in2013 17th May 17, 9:26 PM
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    Evening

    I just want to be able to spot when something isn't right Cazzie The civil service seem to have loads of support available to people who seek it but what about those who might potentially slip through the net. I"m looking forward to the training.

    Hope your ear infection and your daughters urine infection clear quickly Jakes-mum.

    £1.57 potted today.

    32b3
    Last edited by 32b3in2013; 17-05-2017 at 9:34 PM.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 17th May 17, 10:00 PM
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    Hugs to those who are unwell or are looking after someone unwell
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    • seekingthesunlight
    • By seekingthesunlight 18th May 17, 12:12 PM
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    Much love to you, Cazzie - I totally get the feeling of a family on here, as you've all been so welcoming to me as a newcomer!

    One more plastic fiver potted today. I've finally found an ATM that dispenses them, so see many more trips there in the near future...

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    • siju
    • By siju 18th May 17, 12:54 PM
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    It's good to know you are not alone, potters. It's so lovely to see the support in all aspects of our lives.

    In potting news, I have £4.02 to add to my pot today. Have a lovely Thursday everyone
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