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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    Santas challenge 2017
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    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2017 31st Dec 16 at 1:04 AM
    A warm welcome to old and new friends.

    What is Santas challenge...

    We're a lovely thread, may be small but we're good... I know Christmas happens every year, yet by planning throughout the year this can take off some of the financial pressure of finding everything last minute, spread the tasks throughout the year.

    It's not just about Christmas, it's birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day,x cleaning those kitchen cupboards, having a general moan about life, yet being there as well.

    The great plan is for a challenge on the 24th of the month, so that by Christmas Eve we are all ready and can sit back and relax...

    A big welcome to everyone. Xx
    17 crafts in 2017 = 0/17
    Sisters legacy -50 charitable acts 30/50
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 11th Jun 17, 7:51 PM
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    DB all finished, found a couple of quirky top up presents for him that I know he will like. So chuffed, he is always nearly the last to be finished as I really struggle.
    I'm over two thirds done now which I'm really happy with as I have a landmark birthday in August, I want to start saving for Prague and my saving for my decorating has come to a full stop.
    This is the first year I've really felt in control and prepared, if I can keep this up in the future, it will save me so much, especially with some major surgery coming up at some point in the future.
    Originally posted by Happy Kitties
    Any room in the suitcase for Prague, love it there xx
    17 crafts in 2017 = 0/17
    Sisters legacy -50 charitable acts 30/50
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 11th Jun 17, 7:54 PM
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    Hope every one ok, feet back on ground for a bit, got back this week from morroco, thou come back with strip of severe burns on lower back....

    Brainbox decided lie on my front... then realised must have fidgeted... ended up with bottoms rolling down about 2ins, literally red raw, downgraded from daily dressings change at hospital, to every other day at go surgery.

    Thou the holiday was great, got a few scarves for Xmas prezzies, there help bulk the presents out.

    As from this weekend it's 200 days to Xmas... where has the time gone x
    17 crafts in 2017 = 0/17
    Sisters legacy -50 charitable acts 30/50
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Jun 17, 2:07 PM
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    Ouch mum2one I hope the burns have settled down. I remember dropping a freshly made cup of tea onto my lap 2 years ago now and pleading with my GP to keep me out of hospital, but having to go for dressing changes. I use a wheelchair and have no feeling so the tea had gone underneath aswell, but I had a great level headed nurse at the surgery despite my GP looking like he would pass out, hates anything to do with any form of treatment with me.

    Re: Prague, we were going to go somewhere else for the Christmas markets this year, but a friend asked if we were going back as they are keen to go, we really enjoyed it aswell so said why not. Planning to get gingerbread to hang off gift bags with the labels.
    DM has already given us a list of all the baubles she wants bringing back and I wouldn't mind a couple more, I only brought one back for me!
    2017 birthday savings so far thru shopping frugally = 228.72 284.31 306.81 481.15:money.
    April grocery challenge £171.21/ £200 May GC £248.47/£190 June GC £87.69/ £190
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 18th Jun 17, 7:36 PM
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    Hi everyone, sorry I've been awol been a hectic month so far.

    I completely messed up the dates this month (problem of having a page per day diary) so had a mad scramble to make some gifts which needed to be sent the following day.

    Also had other birthdays to sort plus Father's Day.

    It was no excuse really about the diary because I have so many other lists and diaries lol

    My main goals this year are emergency supplies and boxes around the house (like mum2one suggests in the challenges).

    Hi Julie, hope you enjoy this group.

    Mum2one. I would have been very surprised not to hear about a medical emergency for some reason it always seems to happen to one of your family - I'm sorry to hear about the sunburn being as bad as that.

    Did you meet anyone nice over there?

    Your house must be really tidy as you're often having a big clear out, I wish I could get equally motivated.

    Happy Kitties, I'm curious what you mean by DB - is this a brother?

    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 20th Jun 17, 10:06 AM
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    Yep DB is my younger very annoying brother!!!!!
    2017 birthday savings so far thru shopping frugally = 228.72 284.31 306.81 481.15:money.
    April grocery challenge £171.21/ £200 May GC £248.47/£190 June GC £87.69/ £190
    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 25th Jun 17, 5:21 PM
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    6 months today its Christmas Day, where has the time gone...

    A day late.. apologies... [COLOR="Red"]junes santas challenge

    [/
    [COLOR="red"]christmas presents[/
    It's 6 maths to go, so how's the time to look again at the lists, see who need what, what budget and whether you have joint gifts to get.

    Once you have this done, keep a little note in back of purse so if you see any bargains you can grab and go.

    [COLOR="Blue"]xmas paper / gift bags etc
    [/its not just the presents, but the accessories.... hopefully there be emergency starches of paper hidden.

    [COLOR="DarkGreen"]cards and stamps[/
    Check / redo your list of cards - see who will need posting, whether you can double up etc... see how many stamps you need, so can get some throughout the year.

    Extras
    These always seems to be the mad part, but look at the extras you need for Xmas, if your liable to have guests ( day or stay over), then toilet rolls are going to be used quicker...
    Add an extra item to the shopping list weekly / monthly.
    Toilet rolls
    Kitchen rolls
    Hand soap
    Dried milk
    Tinned Items
    Cooking foil
    Tea bags
    Coffee
    Etc to name a few...

    [COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]summer sales
    Some shops are starting the summer sales early.. as usual it's only a bargain if you really need it.. I find that if need swimwear in July... it's a military planned operation... so think ahead and grab now.
    [/

    Miss hoodies corner....
    That lovely gem... this month the freezer.... with the warm weather the freezer will have been working overtime, so we're give it a treat, with a sort out and a defrost.... dare we ask how many peas have escaped..

    Insurances etc..
    Whether it's this month or 6 months, check your policies, whether they have sneaked you into the auto renewal program,... pop in the diary a nite about a month before the renewal so you can shop around.
    On the renewal notice the insurance company have to show you how much you paid last year...

    Surveys / receipt snappers etc...
    Whether you already do surveys or snap receipts, see if there are any you want to try, it may be extra few pounds for Xmas.

    Me time...
    Take some me time, whether it's a long soak in the bath, a sit in the sun with a good book, face mask and pamper evening.... have a treat.. but for fun don't spend more than £2.......

    Challenge yourself..
    Is there something you want to try, but never got round to it, it could be as simple as a new recipie, start a d I e t....., take up a new hobby, look in to, give it a try...

    As always use it as a puck and mix xx
    17 crafts in 2017 = 0/17
    Sisters legacy -50 charitable acts 30/50
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 28th Jun 17, 10:18 AM
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    Doing pretty good with mum2one list.
    Christmas is full steam ahead, have been wrapping going along. Bought an extra wrapping paper storage holder the other day to pack up the extra paper. Amazed by how much paper i actually have. Also bought an extra storage container to store wrapped presents in.
    I really want to get some decorating done and go back to Prague before Christmas so the more prep i can done now the better
    I'm just waiting for a payment on quidco and then going to cash it out via an Amazon voucher to get these special walking socks my uncle likes. It's a really good feeling to know that I won't have paid a penny towards the socks, just been money savvy.

    Will work on the extras I think. Already have a gammon in the freezer ready, but just to have the extras in does make a difference, esp if they last into January as I always try and save Jan monies for the sales.

    Hope everyone is doing well with their Christmas prep aswell x
    2017 birthday savings so far thru shopping frugally = 228.72 284.31 306.81 481.15:money.
    April grocery challenge £171.21/ £200 May GC £248.47/£190 June GC £87.69/ £190
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 12th Jul 17, 3:34 PM
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    Greetings everyone!!

    I have hardly been on here in the last couple of months too busy ... doing what??
    Erm.. spent month in Ireland May/June. Not particularly good weather, in fact I missed the scorchers here but dogs loved their race-around-sized garden.
    Then late June went off for first cruise since the new knees. Stayed with a friend overnight and she gave me early birthday present ,a Satvav, ummmm, until now I have managed fine with road map and piece of paper with major junctions / landmarks, road numbers listed. Maybe I'm now old enough to have one? The only time I used one it drove me... insane recalculating!! ( I also receicved Christmas presents for 2016)

    Finally been to Iceland, the 4th attempt. And no, not the shop. Some stunning scenery and lucky with the weather which was not very warm but was dry in the main.
    Certainly did not do any present buying there!! Heard that a kit to knit your own Icelandic wool shawl was £90. My CC bill shows I paid over £4 for 2 x packets of peppermint boiled sweets and a bar of chocolate in Netto! Cruise line was not the one I know and it was a bit of a mixed bag, some things excellent but not the food and not the lack of kettle in the cabin!
    Got home yesterday to a message from travel agent: my usual cruise line have given me a free upgrade from deck 3 'E' grade cabin with porthole to a deck 5 'B' grade cabin with picture window for sailing in October. I'm well pleased- my very first complimentary upgrade.

    At the end of the month I am going to deliver some of the last year's Christmas pressies that didn't make it- due to the knee op.

    Washing machine is calling me to see to the third load, it's nearly all done and drying nicely.

    Hope everyone is fit , well and enjoying the sun.
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!

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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 12th Jul 17, 7:14 PM
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    Katie hound.... great to see you back, Iceland sounds amazing, I know when we were in Lapland the prices were not the best,

    That's brill news about the upgrade with the cruise. Very modern with the sat nav, I swear by mine, (99% of the time), but do keep a map for back up.
    ".........

    Been quiet here, took mum up to north wales for weekend for her bday, all fun and games we hit a big accident on the Sunday, what should have taken 20 mins to get back to the caravan.... took nearly 3 hrs, thecsat nav kept wanting me to go back to the a55... doh... big accident in conwy tunnels, so to get back to towyn we had to go to Betsy-coed, then cross country, miss hoodie had an emergency lesson in how to read a map, she dud good bless her.

    Haven't done much Xmas planning, been plodding along with premmie knits, up to 96 cardigans, 14 dresses, plus hats, nappy covers, booties, socks.

    One gd bit found my Xmas list, so need to update the computer list xx



    All quiet here, slowly plodding
    17 crafts in 2017 = 0/17
    Sisters legacy -50 charitable acts 30/50
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 14th Jul 17, 12:02 PM
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    My uncle's hiking socks now ordered and not a penny paid, now saving for a pair for my niece.
    mum2one You were right up my neck of the woods in North Wales, u can't beat the A55 when there is an accident or when there isn't on a Sunday evening in the summer and everyone coming home after a long weekend.
    Still wouldn't live anywhere else.
    It's brilliant with the amount of premmie knits you have done.
    Katiehound great that you managed to get to Iceland, always wanted to go but don't know how I will quite manage with the wheelchair. Friends did exactly the same as you with the cruise, they really enjoyed it. I'm glad the new knees are doing okay.
    Not much going on here, there are a couple of presents I want to wrap but cannot find them at all, so frustrating!!
    Even with slowly packing up the back bedroom ready for decorating and repacking presents to a new suitcase, there is still no sign.
    Got the odd birthday to send out for the remainder of the year but nothing like the first five months of the year where it's birthdays galore. Have presents all ready except for one but now have a few ideas.
    That's about it from me.....slowly plodding along!!
    2017 birthday savings so far thru shopping frugally = 228.72 284.31 306.81 481.15:money.
    April grocery challenge £171.21/ £200 May GC £248.47/£190 June GC £87.69/ £190
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