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    • mothernerd
    • By mothernerd 29th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    mothernerd
    NST February A FOREST ADVENTURE
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    • 29th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
    NST February A FOREST ADVENTURE 29th Jan 18 at 8:24 PM
    NST February

    A FOREST ADVENTURE

    For February, I want to take you on a trip to the Fantasy Forest. This is no domestic wood. The Fantasy Forest is packed with dense green foliage and bright flowers. It is dense and humid. (You may want to retreat there for a few minutes each evening).

    The forest is wild and dangerous. There may be traps (broken boiler/ burglary). The animals may not all be friendly. We may encounter snakes, monkeys or polar bears (salesmen, procrastination, totally unexpected) to slow our journey or force us from the path to debt freedom.

    The insects will undoubtably bite. We may succumb to lurgy or delirium (getting am*z0n to send a drone won't really hurt, will it?). Youngsters and young adults will be joining us during half term and we must make provision for them.

    How will we survive. We will prepare and plan thoroughly. We will think what we need (not want) and stick to our goals, find solutions when set backs occur. We need to be as fit as possible (physically, mentally, spiritually and financially). If we are under par, we must take steps to right this.

    When it's hard, we will just keep plodding. We will help and encourage those who are struggling or suffering and celebrate any and all success. No turtle gets left behind.

    The forest is beautiful and magical. Enjoy the journey.

    THE RULES

    Always pay to debts or savings first, live on what is left.

    First of February until the 28th, inclusive. All turtles commit to following the rules.

    Organise your budgets before the start of the month and stick to them.

    Reserve a small portion of your budget (cash or goods) for the food bank or charity of your choice.

    Environment Be aware of your surroundings and use all your senses. Be alert to danger but also to beauty.

    Stock take your cupboards, fridge and freezer. Base your meal plan upon them and your shopping list on what is needed. Stick to your list.

    Takeaways are forbidden (unless as part of family entertainment night/ birthday choice). Coffee shops, vending machines, works canteens etc are also banned (pastoral exceptions).

    Always take your lunch to work and snacks and drinks for outings or appointments (may excuse one trip with children or allow ice creams etc if part of the experience).

    Do something different. If nothing changes, nothing changes. We want to see small positive changes which become habits and then just part of who you are. Pick 2 or 3 things you want to change. Start with one small change and after five successful days, add another.

    Valentine Who? We will not be celebrating commercialism or bad taste. Do your own thing. Practice kindness to all and don't forget yourself. Treat yourself kindly, like a friend or someone you love and care about. Smile, hug, say hello (I understand these things are culturally unacceptable in London and some southern regions - try to change it but don't get arrested or committed). Small gestures of kindness may make someone else's day.

    Exercise 5 times a week please. It should be commensurate with your abilities and current state of health (be careful after flu/ viruses). Getting outside helps with mantal health too.

    NSDs are staying at 18 this month. that is still 10 days available for necessary shopping. There would be far fewer opportunities in the forest. Exceptions for medical care, petrol (should be within budget), bus fares, ys bargains and milk for greent.

    Throw
    it away. We should all be aware that there is no such place as 'away' and recycle or donate appropriately but we all have too much stuff and even if you are ill, getting the rubbish and recycling helps slow the descent into chaos.

    Use what you have. Fix something (for free if possible). Make something from a cardboard box (ideas for half term). If you have time, it may be useful to go round your house making a list of things that need fixing. Some may need to wait for better weather but when you are repaying debt and the focus is on that, you may find your house looking rather shabby. If you have a list of things that can be fixed or improved at little or no cost, it can give you a lift and a sense of progress.

    Refuel properly. You ask a lot of your body, give it the fuel that it needs - healthy food, water, a reasonable amount of sleep. Refuel your mind and spirit by taking time to relax and rewind.

    Elephants and Frogs. We all have them. For newer turtles who have never visited Flylady, a frog is any task you have been putting off - eg a difficult phone call. Over time the small task has become a giant obstacle. Tackle the frog and the rest of your day will be a breeze.
    An elephant is such a huge task that you just do not know where to start. How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time. elephants need to be broken down into small manageable pieces. i want to hear about lots of frogs being eaten and the odd elephant being cut down to size. (That will leave us with more time to hide from the polar bears).

    Along the way we will have daily inspiration. This challenge is intended to be hard (several turtles were already anticipating a difficult month) so this month's quotes are going to be gentle and nurturing.

    They are not a get out of jail free card, but when you are having a difficult day, just focus on the quote of the day, take comfort from it.

    There may also be mini challenges, but these are optional.

    So who is tough enough for the turtle challenge.











    This year I will be fierce
    NST Feb #1 SFD 12/18 Food £68.14/£120 Travel £4.40/£20 DIY £0/£30 Ent £2.05/£20 (+ £20 membership fee)
    No Debt No mortgage
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    • Calling14
    • By Calling14 5th Feb 18, 11:56 AM
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    Calling14
    Apologies for not posting over week, find it hard going on a tablet. Sure my eyes can't cope with back light on it.

    Been well behaved and pleased to announce I have spent nothing so far this month.

    NSD 5/18 not spending today. Best start ever to a month.

    Walked 10k or over each day bar Saturday tried but was so wet only managed 6k. Did a National Trust garden walk yesterday with grandkids, picnic bit brr but hey ho nice to get out in fresh air.


    Broke a tooth over the weekend oh joy, not hurting but appointment tomorrow so the financial pain may hurt.

    Managing with what food stocks I have in. Looks like use up pasta or rice tonight even though craving a baked potato - not shopping until tomorrow.

    Frogs - not losing weight but I do tend to nibble - will try a food diary this week as I feel so miserable about my size(growing 16)and clothes I can't fit into.
    LBM 13039 1.1.13 Start 2018 £5552 NOW £4108
    EEK house repairs pushed it back up end of last yr

    PAYDBX 2018 #16 1444/£5552 DFD 12/18
    E
    Fund #9 £220/£1,000
    1 x 100 days challenge
    £1279/£2000

    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 5th Feb 18, 12:00 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    Today will be NSD no. 2

    Saturday we went food shopping. Signature to be updated, I can!!!8217;t find the receipt so will wait until it comes up on my phone app. Stupid me!

    Yesterday I met up with my sister so another spend day at coffee shop. Got some new jeans, I fell over on Saturday and ripped mine, but they were spent using a voucher. Spends for coffee, a doughnut and tram fare. Within my weekly budget there so that!!!8217;s okay.

    Working from home today which is why today will be a NSD. I really need the rest of the week to be NSD also to build them up.
    February grocery challenge £75.40/£275 | February NSD 6/18
    Credit Card 1: £45.00 (0%) | Credit Card 2: £2,113.50 (0%) | Credit Card 3: £771.92 (0%) Car Finance: £7,491 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £110,984 (2.79% APR) | Emergency Fund: £69.68/£1000 | Honeymoon Fund: £772.62
    • Calling14
    • By Calling14 5th Feb 18, 1:30 PM
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    Calling14
    Just catching up on reading this thread.

    Apple - sorry to hear about you losing that much money how annoying. Will gladly play along with fat busting competition for grandma's

    Kat - Glad to see you back on here. Still jealous of your Seattle trip Ok I have watched much to much Grey's Anatomy.

    Lauralozzle - hope you weren't injured in your fall and no one saw you take a tumble.

    Right back to the grindstone lunch over.
    LBM 13039 1.1.13 Start 2018 £5552 NOW £4108
    EEK house repairs pushed it back up end of last yr

    PAYDBX 2018 #16 1444/£5552 DFD 12/18
    E
    Fund #9 £220/£1,000
    1 x 100 days challenge
    £1279/£2000

    • f0xh0les
    • By f0xh0les 5th Feb 18, 6:14 PM
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    f0xh0les
    NSD 3 today!

    All pitfalls and man traps avoided.

    It is cold though.
    MFW START DATE May 16 £118,340 :
    October 17 - £109,495.00
    December 17 £108,800

    Jan 18 £108,392.98
    NEXT GOAL is sub £105k
    Mortgage-free wannabe 2018 #161
    • WelshKitty85
    • By WelshKitty85 5th Feb 18, 6:27 PM
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    WelshKitty85
    Up to 3 NSDs. Weekly shop done so should build up a few more NSDs now.

    Exercise done daily so far. Healthy eating going well but still need to drink more water.

    Ombudsman complaint done and posted.
    Battling my final debt:
    Credit card - £4844.62(Dec 16) £3132.78
    • Kerry Woman
    • By Kerry Woman 5th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
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    Kerry Woman
    apple muncher - Thank you. Am really pleased with all the sorting out of things in the flat the past few months.
    Thanks for the comments regarding going back to work. It was a tough day as it was the school I was working in when my Mum had the fall. Brought back some emotions. They have been supportive and hopefully I will feel better as time goes by. I work in the front office, so time does go by quickly.
    NSD - 3/18.
    Brought my own lunch into work.
    Walked from the bus stop near work and back after work which is about 10 minutes each way. Then this evening got off quite a few bus stops earlier so about another 15 minutes.
    Grateful for:
    Getting support in work.
    Self care.
    Having a chilled out evening.
    Frugal Living Challenge 2018
    Mortgage free as of 1st August 2013
    NST February A FOREST ADVENTURE NSD 13/18
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 5th Feb 18, 7:32 PM
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    DawnW
    Great to hear that going back to work was ok for you Kerry Woman

    I am on NSD 3 today. I needed bread, but made a loaf using flour etc that I already had, as opposed to buying one

    I will have to spend tomorrow though, as I am running out of washing up liquid. Although... I have some shopping vouchers from a survey which I could use instead of cash. Does it count as a NSD if you buy something, but use vouchers to pay for it??
    Last edited by DawnW; 05-02-2018 at 9:42 PM.
    NSDs for February 8 / 18
    Decluttering 30 / 28

    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 5th Feb 18, 8:08 PM
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    apple muncher
    Great to hear that going back to work was ok for your Kerry Woman

    I am on NSD 3 today. I needed bread, but made a loaf using flour etc that I already had, as opposed to buying one

    I will have to spend tomorrow though, as I am running out of washing up liquid. Although... I have some shopping vouchers from a survey which I could use instead of cash. Does it count as a NSD if you buy something, but use vouchers to pay for it??
    Originally posted by DawnW
    So long as no money changes hands, then you can keep your NSD.
    NST Feb Forester #5; NSD 9/18 ; Ex 14/20 ; craft 3/20 (21); remove 51
    2018 Pay off: £527; 2
    018 sell

    Mortgage £22,936 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • NinjaSavingKat
    • By NinjaSavingKat 5th Feb 18, 8:13 PM
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    NinjaSavingKat
    Good Evening Turtles... NSD 3 in the bag. Gym session 2 in the bag for the week. Back in early tomorrow for cardio.

    Calling14 - nice to see you again. Where do you suggest I visit in Seattle? I have a list of things from my friend but do you have ideas?

    I have decided to up my savings per week to a well rounded amount that I am not going to print because my mother watches this thread and has done since I stopped doing them and will know all my business...hahaha!. This will be tough - saving the money that is, not keeping mother in the dark.

    I've removed my CC from Amazon and haven't spent any of my weekly allowance yet. I'd like it to stay where it is until Friday (weekly payday) to allow myself to get ahead instead of chasing my tail.

    Other than that life is simple; work, eat, gym, sleep, repeat.

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent".
    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 5th Feb 18, 8:13 PM
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    apple muncher
    Today I am grateful for a relaxed journey to work, for headspace, for a good day, for my hat and gloves, for the French theatre company being really good this afternoon, for a lift to the bus stop from a lovely colleague, for a good line management meeting, for dh making a delicious shepherd's pie.
    NST Feb Forester #5; NSD 9/18 ; Ex 14/20 ; craft 3/20 (21); remove 51
    2018 Pay off: £527; 2
    018 sell

    Mortgage £22,936 (01/14: £78,201; 01/15: £59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • laurenh1
    • By laurenh1 5th Feb 18, 8:31 PM
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    laurenh1
    DawnW I wouldn't have thought so.

    managed my NSD, some lovely lady gave me her parking ticket & the kids did get some sweets but hub paid. as a rule I only count money he spends from the main bigger budget not money that is just his (bdays extra jobs he does etc) though I guess its a grey area. Either way we had a lovely day.

    I am really trying to make the most of things we already have, I started last month to read my kids books we haven't read before & I have contined this. each night I choose one & they choose the other. using existing tickets to go to the aquarium is part of that. money is tight at the moment but there is no reason we can't make the most of things.

    I downloaded a diet app to count my calories, I have been running/ exercising & it doesn't seem to be making a huge difference, although I do feel better in myself. I am hoping tracking what I eat more specifically rather than guessing will help! I usually do slimming world but while I have a budget of 200 per month to live off Im not sure I can justify the cost so Im hoping some old fashioned calorie counting and moving my butt will work

    filled my car up & came in £8 under budget so moved another 10 pounds into savings. budgets now;
    1060 emergency fund
    700 Paris spends
    100 xmas 18
    115 spends

    hope everyone has had a lovely start to the week. hugs to all that need them xx
    • greent
    • By greent 5th Feb 18, 8:48 PM
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    greent
    Always pay to debts or savings first, live on what is left. - car & 0% CCs on direct debit. 'Regular' spending CC cards always paid off in full by start of month. Once kitchen/ workmen fully paid for this month we will know what (if any!) we have left and that can go to OH's 0% CC. Any extra monies will also go there

    First of February until the 28th, inclusive.
    Organise your budgets before the start of the month and stick to them.
    * Food 86.03/450 - more little bits from Tesc0 - slight cooker issue...
    * Diesel (me) - 0/65
    * Toiletries - 0/10
    * Clothing - 0/100 (DS1 desperately in need of new jeans)
    * Social - 0/50
    * Half term - 0/75
    * Money in - 0/50

    Reserve a small portion of your budget (cash or goods) for the food bank or charity of your choice. - ok. Monthly DD to WWT. Should be attending a charity coffee/ cake morning mid month. Also £1 in aid of charity for non-school uniform last week (and will have another this week)

    Environment Be aware of your surroundings and use all your senses. Be alert to danger but also to beauty. -
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    Stock take your cupboards, fridge and freezer. Base your meal plan upon them and your shopping list on what is needed. Stick to your list. - desperately in need to top up supplies once kitchen is in!

    Takeaways are forbidden (unless as part of family entertainment night/ birthday choice). Coffee shops, vending machines, works canteens etc are also banned (pastoral exceptions). may have family takeaway as social if budget unspent elsewhere

    Always take your lunch to work and snacks and drinks for outings or appointments (may excuse one trip with children or allow ice creams etc if part of the experience). - have half term budget- will take lunches if applicable but something like ice creams may fall into budget here

    Do something different. If nothing changes, nothing changes. We want to see small positive changes which become habits and then just part of who you are. Pick 2 or 3 things you want to change. Start with one small change and after five successful days, add another.

    Valentine Who? after 30+ years together we don't really do Val now (although I may buy some of the flowers for myself afterwards if they have been reduced

    Exercise 5 times a week please. It should be commensurate with your abilities and current state of health (be careful after flu/ viruses). Getting outside helps with mental health too. - 3 weeks into flu/ post flu chesty cough/ fatigue/ poor breathing. Not doing any cv exercise until much better. Feeling better each day, so should have some luck here after half term. 10k steps achieved today as a start

    NSDs are staying at 18 this month. that is still 10 days available for necessary shopping. There would be far fewer opportunities in the forest. Exceptions for medical care, petrol (should be within budget), bus fares, ys bargains and milk for greent. 1/18 - not one today. Small Tesc0 shop for more easy food - incorrect oven delivered at weekend and correct one not coming until March. Bought more easy food before the temporary solution of a loan of a small oven later this week (company's error, not ours)
    Throw
    it away. We should all be aware that there is no such place as 'away' and recycle or donate appropriately but we all have too much stuff and even if you are ill, getting the rubbish and recycling helps slow the descent into chaos. - looking to remove 150 items this month - whether sell/ donate/ recycle/ bin - 8/150

    Use what you have. Fix something (for free if possible). we need to update our house to do list this month - some jobs are being done as we have workmen in for the kitchen so are having them do some other bits whilst here (more cost efficient ) My main focus is a big clean and tidy- lots of dust spread everywhere from the works Got a small job done for free by a workman as they were here doing something else - sort of counts!
    Refuel properly. Feb is a month of re-charging for me

    Elephants and Frogs. .Am sure I can find some frogs. An elephant I need to tackle is getting OH's co accounts for the year ready for the accountant


    Today I am thankful for the plumber cracking on with the tiling, the tile shop getting the tiles in super quick at no cost (yeay!), lovely kitchen fitting people to whom nothing seems too much trouble, helpful plasterers, easy food/ ready meals (was too poorly to batch cook (as planned) before kitchen removed), a dry day with blue skies (bitterly cold, but sunny at same time), bulbs peeking through, lovely neighbours who filled my kettle when water was switched off whilst I was out, for having enough, for DS3 having fun at Cubs, for DS2 having a great time at rifle club after school, for DS1's sense of humour
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) Bal 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786. 2018 OPs (#18) £36.39/£4000
    Net sales 2018 £20.45/£1000 PAYDOX18 £991.65/£18654.16 Decluttered 225/2018 items
    • DancingDragons
    • By DancingDragons 5th Feb 18, 10:06 PM
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    DancingDragons
    NSD 3 for me. DH bought flowers for me yesterday. (Birthday treat week) and cake, and wine. Planned day off/ out Tomorrow, but looks like the weather might cancel that.

    Frogs: Need to sort tickets and travel insurance for residential I have coming up. Don't want to put it on a card, but if I leave it too long the train prices will rocket. Will be done tomorrow.

    Get Rid: Duvet covers gone - too faded for Ebay, no time to make them into something else
    Donation of books to school. Been tripping up over them for months.

    Exercise: Didn't quite make the 10,000 steps, but did get to gym.

    House drama part one: resolved by the helpful lady at Land Registry. We now know what needs done to sort that out. Tune in next week as they say...
    Friend Drama, took my advice, but again problems being caused by fine print.
    Thats about it for the day.

    KerryWoman, I hope things get easier for you.
    Laurenh1 - Have you considered using the Slimming World group on MSE forum? I know a few do, and use it to follow plan without going to group. They share syn info and encourage each other. I have been tempted(Lurked) to join but I struggle to keep up with this one thread, so I've no hope with two mass posting threads
    2018 Feb NST Forest Adventurer #15 | NSD 10/18 |
    I can do this! Debt: 11,989.29 11,689.29 goal DFD June 2020
    -34lb to 2019. Lost 7lb

    • misstara
    • By misstara 5th Feb 18, 10:45 PM
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    misstara
    Very quick post just to say today was NSD 3/18
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1068.81 (53.6% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £670.24 (16% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 2/60
    Emergency fund - £55/£1000. Car fund - £100/£1000.
    Mini Targets in January
    Exercise target - 7/12. Groceries target £126.13/£150. NSD target 10/18.
    • mothernerd
    • By mothernerd 5th Feb 18, 10:51 PM
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    mothernerd
    DawnW yes you keep your NSD.

    Kerry Woman Keep remembering the good memories. Glad that the school are being supportive and you are keeping busy.

    I had a visit from the house elf (DS2). came to borrow money but stayed more than 2 hours (I had drifted off to sleep again). I was idsappointed that the kitchen looked unchanged but then found the front room transformed - both couches were empty (except for my one decorative cushion and you could see most of the floor. Some things moved around and quite a lot in bags or tucked away (will need a further sort but some of it isn't my responsibility). But gave me sucha boost.

    Also decided that as it had taken a fit aand relatively healthy young person more than 2 hours to get it to that stage, I should probably be less critical of my own efforts and the length of time things are taking me. It is only a couple of weeks since I was too ill to do anything, so getting some things done is good.

    My plodding has yielded results. One frog has been tackled because I found all the bits required to do it. Another large bag to the cs, one heavy sack of paper into the paper bin (lots of old chequebooks, more will go when I can sort some old accounts of mum's), a small rubbish bag (swept under the bed yesterday), kitchen table is nearly clear (need the surface for assembling kitchen bits and bobs). I have to keep listing what I have done to evealuate the remaining mess/ progress gained.

    Lots of paperwork and old embroidery projects have been culled (the frog took so long because of all the things mum had kept - most of her paperwork is here now). I know there is still more to do but the pile on the bed is greatly reduced (it went back on the bed when I was trawling for frog bits), more trays and boxes have been emptied. Lots of washing up to do as DS2 found 3 plates, about a dozen mugs/glasses and a whole mugful of assorted cutlery. The largest pile I have is empty boxes but some will be used inside drawers.

    Today I am grateful for my house elf (can you have 6'4" house elves - well he is a Will Ferrell fan), that I am not DS1 (had to return home as a schoolchild on the bus was sick all over him) and for easy food using fridge and freezer bits (small spend of £4.80).
    This year I will be fierce
    NST Feb #1 SFD 12/18 Food £68.14/£120 Travel £4.40/£20 DIY £0/£30 Ent £2.05/£20 (+ £20 membership fee)
    No Debt No mortgage
    • mothernerd
    • By mothernerd 6th Feb 18, 12:21 AM
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    mothernerd
    Day 6 inspiration
    When that "would've", "could've", "should've", narrative in her head tried to bring her to her knees, she nipped it in the bud.
    Happiness ensued.

    Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly "you got this, just keep going".

    To whoever reads this, I hope something good happens to you today.
    This year I will be fierce
    NST Feb #1 SFD 12/18 Food £68.14/£120 Travel £4.40/£20 DIY £0/£30 Ent £2.05/£20 (+ £20 membership fee)
    No Debt No mortgage
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 6th Feb 18, 9:51 AM
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    dolly84
    It's snowing here but barely, the kids were hopeful that it would get really bad on the way to school and we would have to dramatically turn back.

    The ebay items which sold on Sunday still haven't been paid for - two separate buyers too. I am going to list some more things today but the one thing I hate about it is you end up having contact with the type of people you would avoid in real life.

    Went for a run last night and for the first time in a while I enjoyed it but I think that is because I am much better at running late in the day, will try to go again this evening weather permitting.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • NinjaSavingKat
    • By NinjaSavingKat 6th Feb 18, 11:31 AM
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    NinjaSavingKat
    The items for my garden are treats for me, that, and saving for a service for our elderly camper van
    Originally posted by DawnW
    I love this post. Fresh veggies in a wee van driving around the countryside on a whim. So tempted to get one myself and live in it at my parents house. Are they expensive to upkeep?

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent".
    • NinjaSavingKat
    • By NinjaSavingKat 6th Feb 18, 11:36 AM
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    NinjaSavingKat
    I've realised that my annual leave allowance that I have accrued and those days I will earn leading up to my trip will not cover the entire 17 working days that I am away. I think there will be a downfall of at least a weeks wages.

    That means (assuming my temp position will allow me to take that amount of time off altogether) I need to make/find/scrounge even more money before then and now!

    AND..... I was hoping to have my birthday day off plus another two in April. Hmmmmmmm and we are not allowed to stretch flexi-days that far in advance either.

    So - time to start thinking of ways to make more money...

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent".
    • DawnW
    • By DawnW 6th Feb 18, 11:48 AM
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    DawnW
    I love this post. Fresh veggies in a wee van driving around the countryside on a whim. So tempted to get one myself and live in it at my parents house. Are they expensive to upkeep?
    Originally posted by NinjaSavingKat
    We have only had it a year, and it was obvious it needed some engine work done when we got it (it didn't cost much to buy, or at least not in camper van terms). About £300 worth of work was needed. It is reliable, starts first time, even after being stood for weeks, and we have done a lot of miles in it since we had it. Fuel wise, it is like a 2.6 diesel car, which basically, it is!

    But it is an old vehicle and we fully expect to have to pay out for repairs etc as and when needed. It is having a check over ready for the summer next month, it will need a service, and they may find other issues, which we will just get done. We are lucky in that it is a bit of a 'cult' vehicle and there are lots of enthusiasts who run businesses looking after them, as we are not very mechanically minded. OH follows forums a bit like this one just to do with these vehicles, and is wise to who is worth using and who isn't. But to be honest, as far as we are concerned, it is our 'holidays' so happy to save up and pay for it. We love it! And the dog can always come too

    It would be chilly to live in during the winter though
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