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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 18th Jul 17, 1:57 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 1:57 PM
    Unsinkable 18th Jul 17 at 1:57 PM
    New diary, I have been thinking about it for a while now. I have been back almost a year give or take two weeks and boy what a year that has been, reading back over my old diary.

    The title of my new diary comes from a Lucy Spraggan song, which the lyrics fit the mood at the moment.

    Reflection on the past year:
    * Current debt is now - £8500, this doesn't include the OD or the BC (yet!)
    * Changed jobs four times and looking to move again, hopefully for the last time for a while
    * Moved house - This is my favourite one
    * Year Goals when I find them again are improving
    * Got a horrible situation with DS's ex-gf sorted
    * Still trying to get my MSE head to stay on, but I'm getting there slowly

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    There are still improvements that need to be made but overall I/we are getting there. I think carefully about anything I go to buy.

    I am happy that I have rediscovered the survey sites and some new ones that I hadn't done before, my overall plan for next year is to build a stash up towards Christmas and birthdays, making 2018 as frugal as I can

    There are still things in the house that need sorting/unpacking/binning but it does feel like home and the kids love it and that to me is all that matters

    I like trying to get the most out of £2 per day, how sad is that?

    So as the song goes 'We won't abandon this ship. We are unsinkable'
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 5th Oct 17, 3:41 PM
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    Great they're on the same day but wow you'll be shattered! How long will it take you to get to London?
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 5th Oct 17, 4:12 PM
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    Hi Missy,

    It usually takes me 2 hours to get to site now, I'm hoping that as the other place is 'nearer' it won't take me as long.

    I've then got to get home and jump in the car to drive to Swindon.....

    I may have a beer that night lol
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 5th Oct 17, 4:15 PM
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    Lol if have two, great that it is all in one day and you only need to take one day off current job, good luck! X
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Oct 17, 9:51 AM
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    Morning,

    Woke up to find that I have a 50p bonus given to me on PA, so my balance has crept up a bit.

    DS is going over to his gf's with some friends and won't need feeding as her mum is ordering pizza for dinner.

    We went to the pub last night...four pizzas and two bowls of chips for £25. Slightly expensive as we had drinks on top but it was something we'd not done as a family since we moved in and it was nice too.

    I did wake up feeling rather worse for wear, probably because I over indulged and haven't done for a long time. I feel rather tired now!

    Hoping to get some surveys done later.

    Have a great Friday
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 6th Oct 17, 11:46 AM
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    It's good to indulge once in a while! Happy Friday!
    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 6th Oct 17, 9:05 PM
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    Exciting about the job interviews. Have a great evening.
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt at highest = £58,766
    Current debt = £16,234, Emergency Fund = £200
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Oct 17, 8:54 AM
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    Morning,

    Tried to post a survey update yesterday afternoon but the Internet on site went belly up and I lost my post one thing about my company is that they scrimp on everything and complain when they don't see anything being sent out because the Internet has gone down again.

    Moving on.....I didn't hit the payout on VO and missed a £3 one last night on there. Oh well. There's always next week.

    I'm inching ever closer to payout on OP, I need £4.30. Hoping I'll hit that next week.

    Cap One statement has come in and has gone up by £5 in interest but it's still heading in the right direction and will be in the £400's by Christmas if I keep plugging away at it.

    DD has her Big Gig concert tonight with the Guides, they leave at 3.30 and will get back about 10.30-11.00 tonight.

    DH and I were discussing the London job I'm going for and have worked out that if they offer what I want, we'll be much better off.

    DH has also expressed that he wants me to have my haircut today, he knows I hate it, but he says he wants me to have the best chance of getting this job as possible. I know he's right and I should do. Just hate spending the money for something I don't enjoy.

    Need to do food shopping today, although we don't need much as I bought loads last week.

    Got the usual housework bits to be done too today, it's going to be a long day lol
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Oct 17, 6:45 PM
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    Evening,

    DD has gone to the concert, she was so excited. She's going to be knackered tomorrow lol

    Food shop done and a few bits bought that were needed. Won 1000 points too, so my Sainsburys stash is building up again

    Pork and apple casserole cooking away in the oven, not something we have on a Saturday but the pork wouldn't have lasted another day. Need to put DD a bowl of it aside in case she's peckish when she gets home.

    Had my hair cut...should've been £30 at the Haircuts place but as my stylist went and cut her finger and my hair dried, she cut it and it didn't need blow drying, so I got it done for £25 instead. Not sure I'd go back there but it's done now.

    DH has almost finished the washing.

    Tomorrow I need to sort the car insurances out and hunt for the British Gas home care thingy to cover the boiler....all through Quidco of course

    Other spends today included:
    New wine glasses...we go through stages of breaking these
    £10 spending money for DD
    £15.50 for DD's coach hire for concert
    £5 spending money for DS

    Tomorrow should be an easy day, just need some cream and DD wants to buy a LOL doll? If she's enough money.

    Have a great night xx
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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 7th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
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    Good idea to look good for the interview. DC certainly help us to spend our money don't they?
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt at highest = £58,766
    Current debt = £16,234, Emergency Fund = £200
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Oct 17, 7:46 PM
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    Good idea to look good for the interview. DC certainly help us to spend our money don't they?
    Originally posted by HairyHandofDartmoor
    Thanks Hairy, yes they do don't they
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Oct 17, 8:22 PM
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    VO finally hit payout. MiLs last voucher redeemed.
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    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 7th Oct 17, 9:49 PM
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    Well done on the surveys.

    Hope DD has an amazing evening

    Fingers crossed for monday xx
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    • Purplebonnie
    • By Purplebonnie 8th Oct 17, 7:40 AM
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    Good luck with the interview. If you look good, you feel good and that will help. I sympathise with the hairdresser situation, it bores me to tears sitting there having my hair done. Luckily my DIL is a hairdresser so I get mine done in exchange for babysitting, but even so I still dislike having it done.
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    October 2017 Debt £36149.48 / DFD 01/04/22
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    • missymoo81
    • By missymoo81 8th Oct 17, 8:14 AM
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    How you feeling about tomorrow Hun? Much planned for today?
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 8th Oct 17, 8:31 AM
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    Morning,

    Missy - I'm a bit nervous but no need to be really, I've had so many of them over the the past few years. Hopefully they'll realise that I'm perfect and won't interview anyone else

    Plans for today:

    Quidco for car insurances and boiler cover
    Order kids school photos
    Cooking of some description
    Usual washing and ironing
    Nip to Tesco with DD for cream and the LOL doll

    I bought a beef joint yesterday but can't decide wether to do a pie with it or a roast. We had roast beef last week.

    DD had fun last night and has said she'd go next year, one of the things I'm going to try and save up for.

    Back later x
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    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 8th Oct 17, 2:34 PM
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    Make sure you focus on your good qualities purplemum and why they would suit you to this particular role. Also which of your skills makes you perfect for this job

    Have you thought of any questions to ask them, because they always say that don't they? I hate it when they say "Tell me about yourself". It's hard to know where to begin and how much detail to give

    Have a great day and try and schedule in some rest, so you are fresh and raring to go tomorrow. Interviewers like candidates who seem confident and have a lot of positive energy

    Sorry if I'm telling you stuff that seems obvious to you, just trying to be helpful

    Good luck!
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
    Debt at highest = £58,766
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    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 8th Oct 17, 8:51 PM
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    Sorry if I'm telling you stuff that seems obvious to you, just trying to be helpful

    Good luck!
    Originally posted by HairyHandofDartmoor
    Thanks Hairy, very helpful xxx
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    • Hiddenidenity
    • By Hiddenidenity 8th Oct 17, 8:57 PM
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    Fingers crossed for tomorrow, will be thinking about you and wishing you well x
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    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 8th Oct 17, 9:09 PM
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    Hope tomorrow goes well.

    I do a lot of interviewing - things to avoid are fairly obvious - being negative about current job or boss is oddly common but damaging. Saying you would break your notice - if you would do it for me, then you would do it to me! Be enthusiastic about what you do.

    What have you achieved this year that you are proud of? I was so 'grr angry' about my hated job that I couldn't answer that without much thought.

    Read the job description thoroughly, see what skills/competencies they want and use those buzz words. I often ask what people think they would be doing on a day to day basis in that job. If its competency based they want specific examples, not 'I would' but 'I did'. Go easy on the 'we' did too.

    'Talk me through your experience', focus on recent, relevant stuff, and skim the earlier stuff unless really relevant.

    Q's from you - these can be adapted to most interviews.
    Why does the vacancy exist?
    if its new - why did they decide to invest now, what return do they hope to see?
    If a replacement - If I could do something differently to the previous post holder what would it be?
    Why did you, Ms Interviewer, join X company? Why are you still here? (Watch the body language! Crossed arms, looking down - run for the hills)
    If I took this role what would you see as the key focus for the role in the first few months? (gets them to visualise you in the role)
    How would you describe the culture of the department?
    How would you describe your management style?

    Hope this gives you a few ideas

    Can you check them on linked in? I see you worked for x can break the ice nicely.
    Last edited by redofromstart; 08-10-2017 at 9:18 PM.
    • redofromstart
    • By redofromstart 8th Oct 17, 9:11 PM
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    Interviewers like candidates who seem confident and have a lot of positive energy
    !
    Originally posted by HairyHandofDartmoor
    Absolutely, enthuse and I wake up and respond.
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