Sealed Pot Challenge ~ 15

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edited 7 November at 11:10AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges

 A very warm welcome to yet another Sealed Pot Challenge, our 15th!
I'll admit to it being a worry of what to do about SPC for the last couple of years given the Corona virus and all the changes it's brought to us, not to mention the world. However, due to a lot of our lovely SPC friends giving their thoughts and enthusiasm, and our "Westie" who runs the Virtual SPC saying she doesn't mind, bless her, I see no reason why we can't keep SPC going. After all, none of us has any idea how long Covid 19 will be around, it may be here for a long while, though I sincerely hope not. If a successful vaccine comes out then Covid's life might quickly be shortened - what a great thought!  We've been doing it for 14 years now and it's no fault of ours that Covid 19 has mucked things up.
I suggest we all save in the best way possible for each of us: if some still prefer to stick to cash, then do so, but please take care and was your hands vigorously! Those wishing to use debit cards, or save via the bank itself, please do so, though not by extortionate amounts as that's not the way we save.

For all newcomers...Old Timers too - it's so very important to please read through this entire post to see what the SPC is all about, including the declaration date as well as our re-opening date etc.. However, if you haven't already done so, please be sure to join the MSE Forum in order to be able to join the challenge. For ALL SPC members, please chat away regularly about your conquests, money-saving ideas etc, it gives encouragement to all, including ourselves as it keeps us motivated to save far stronger and gives even more ideas of how to save.

For all newcomers - a really huge welcome! We're a great bunch who just adore greeting more members to the flock. Please read through this entire post and you'll be aware of why SPC is so special. Pop on the thread and tell us you'd like to join, then start saving straight away and become part of our saving family. You will very soon be welcomed aboard, but don't worry if you have to wait a day or so.

The idea is to save as much as possible throughout the following year until just before Christmas - which this year (2022) will be to open our pots on Thursday the 27th October 2022. 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 pot the difference 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 it.

Firstly: Get yourself a pot, and remember - it doesn't need to cost much - if anything! Please kindly avoid plastic, thank you. With the emphasis being on saving money, your pot doesn't need to cost anything, a used sweet tin, coffee jar etc..are 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. If you wish, you can always take advantage of finding a cheap pot in the sales after Christmas.

Terrimundi pots are available in many shops and online, 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 12 years...and at the end of each year's challenge, hubby and I used to have a whale of a time, doing things the 'old' way by tilting the pot and using a knife! 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.

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, better still, turn them upside down and get the cash out as advised above with Terramundi.
The term roadkill = any money found on pavements, parks etc; even in car parks or on shop floors etc, however, if you've seen it dropped by another shopper - PLEASE give it to her/him!!

NB. A few notes of interest.

1/ Money from a part-time job or anything similar is ok to be saved. Any money saved via Christmas Clubs can also be used in your SPC Totals or included when declaring, 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, Surveys or similar can be saved.

Also, it is 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. Also, the 1p challenge can be declared. 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. However, doing a little job for Mrs Bloggs can be included. 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!

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 far 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/ If you wish, you can ask me to put a Target on for you to try to meet (it's put in black ink with brackets alongside your name and number on the 2nd post below) but it's not necessary. If you do set one, but are unable to meet it, don't worry, at least you 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....ourselves too; after potting it  we naturally forget each amount and.... wait for the surprise at the end of the year!!! 
3 a/ If you are hoping for a particular amount by Declaration Day but still want a nice surprise come October, work out what amount you would like to save, then work out how much you will need to pot on a weekly/monthly basis in order to achieve it. Save that sum regularly as well as potting any spare change after shopping, that way you are bound to come out on top and have a surprise come October!

4/ SPC is a challenge to see how much we can save in a year for Christmas 2021. However, over the last 14 years we've had some members who have needed theirs at times throughout the year for bills, debts etc, 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, plus you can still include what you needed to take out on Declaration Day, after all, you will have saved it!! Whatever you need to do, don't worry about it - be happy and proud you have saved!
Please don't worry about the amounts others save! We are all individuals with varying jobs/incomes, each with different expenditures and commitments etc so while some find saving a real struggle, for others it's obviously easy. However, it's the pleasure each of us receives from our personal potting results - whatever you manage to pot, be happy with it, and be proud!!!!

5/ If you wish to save for something special, a holiday, wedding etc then please do so, just please remember to declare it on October 27th. 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 just ask.

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 27th October to declare those Totals to us.
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 to remind them to include it when they declare.
7/ KEEP YOUR POT or POTS SAFE and out of sight of others!! If you hide it, be sure to remember where you put it!!

8/ "Holding Pots": To anyone concerned about putting money into their pot - only to possibly need 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 Johnnie's 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?": Most banks will accept them providing you have an account with them. Remember also that most banks have counting machines, so any of you who really don't like counting money, take them in and let the machine do the counting for you; you'll get a receipt which you then take to the counter. PLEASE - DON'T EVER CHANGE IT IN ONE OF THE COINSTAR MACHINES AT THE ENTRANCES OF SUPER MARKETS.... THEY WILL TAKE AROUND 10% OF YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!

10/ Members who do not return BY 2 WEEKS after closing date will lose their numbers and be removed from the list. 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 for one reason of another, can't or don't wish to keep it up,or forget all about it,  but that then leaves us with a list of holes in the membership list which makes things very difficult indeed. Any saving members won't be at all worried about this - however, if missing members remember, then - come on back and ask for another number, you will always be be more than welcome!
On the post below is a list of members and their numbers, always put your No on your signature please, that makes life so much easier for me and my DH when counting up all Totals. In December or thereabouts we declare the Grand Total of ALL that we members have collected, and what a terrific sight that is! Please declare your savings ASAP on or close to the 27th October please.

Once again, we've just had an amazing year, let's keep it up and see what we can achieve this year, in spite of Covid! Good luck everyone and save well!!

PLEASE take note everyone Thursday 27th Oct is the closing date for 2021, the day we declare what we've saved on the thread, kindly declare your monies saved within 2 weeks of the 29th, thank you kindly.

NB folks: Opening date for SPC 14 is 27th October 2021! 

Anyone wishing to join us, it's NEVER too late! So please just ask and you will be made very welcome.

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 = £870.48 17 = £871.52 18 = £800.00 19 = £851.022021=£820.26[/SizeGrand 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!! 2017 = £50,456.23!! 2018 = £47, 815.88! 2019 = £38.538.37!!!! :j


  • edited 3 December at 12:58PM
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    edited 3 December at 12:58PM
    Membership List

    001 Sue-UU
    002 jakes-mum
    003 Peony40
    004 Frogletina
    005 Antomac  (Target £700)
    006 mummytummy
    007 32b3in2013
    008 Buffythedebtslayer (250)
    009 siju
    010 babs_103
    011 scandimore
    012 little_sweetie
    013 Chocolatedrinker (£500)
    014 welshspendthrift
    015 lucyhope
    016 too_much_debt
    017 LittleMissDetermined
    018 Lost2
    019 hickles69
    020 MrsShazbat
    021 VickyA    (£1,000)
    022 bubbs
    023 Hettyhound (£400)
    024 Westie983
    025 2sonmum
    026 SummerDays
    027 e4rub
    028 Maddie57   (Target 1,100)
    029 LivingInTheBlack
    030 YoungandFrugal
    031 hanert
    032 bubbs
    033 kingfisher500
    034 EverTheOptimist
    035 CapricornLass
    039 Honeysuckle02
    040 Bounty123
    041 delta13
    042 catherinen
    043 3forholidays
    044 franlow01
    045 claremylove
    046 IntoTheForest
    151 Cobweb18  (Target £500)
    053 Candy0107
    054 gonnabedebtfree
    055 cdm
    057 Dragon_Lily
    061 Money_Choices
    064 krl147    Target (£60)
    067 MostlyFine
    068 Lookafterthepennies2020
    070 jadewest94  (Target £1,000)
    071 madlyn
    072 lindsay54v3
    073 scotmumof3   (Target £300)
    074 TheAble
    075 dinglefoot
    076 dizzybee
    077 cf1972

    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 = £870.48 17 = £871.52 18 = £800.00 19 = £851.022021=£820.26[/SizeGrand 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!! 2017 = £50,456.23!! 2018 = £47, 815.88! 2019 = £38.538.37!!!! :j
  • edited 28 October at 11:13PM
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    edited 28 October at 11:13PM
    Hello all Sealed Pot Challenge Members and a very warm welcome to SPC 15!!  :) Have a good Friday and keep those brollies handy!
    If any of you are feeling poorly or perhaps low in spirits, please take care, and get well soon with us.  For now, here are love and hugs to help look after yourselves ❤️ 🫂

    Right then folks, I'll start off the year by popping 50p left over from the SPC 14 Declaration, here goes my first potting of the SPC year.

    Keep safe and do STAY HEALTHY!!

    Sue xx

    NB Folks: Opening date for this year is 27th OCTOBER 2021

    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 = £870.48 17 = £871.52 18 = £800.00 19 = £851.022021=£820.26[/SizeGrand 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!! 2017 = £50,456.23!! 2018 = £47, 815.88! 2019 = £38.538.37!!!! :j
  • gonnabedebtfreegonnabedebtfree Forumite
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    I’m here 😀
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    emergency savings £0/£1000
  • mummytummymummytummy Forumite
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    Me too  :smiley:  The jar I’ve used for all the SPC’s (how mse is that) has been resealed and the loose change in my purse safely deposited  :)
    Sealed PotChallenge no.15 (2022) #6
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  • AntoMacAntoMac Forumite
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    Count me in please Sue
    I have added a few 50 and 20p pieces from SPC14 to get started

    27/5/17 Mort 64705 BTs 19040
    31/12/17 Mort 59815 BT 16730
    07/04/20 Mort 49208 BT 15721
    28/07/20 Mort 47387 BT 12634
    14/11/20 Mort 45905 BT 10134
    20/05/21 Mort 42335 BT 6868
    Sealed Pot Challenge 14 Number 17
  • HettyhoundHettyhound Forumite
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    Morning 👋 tin washed out and I will seal up (with my new environmentally friendly paper tape).  I’ll be going to the post office later to deposit my cash and I’ll start the tin off with some of the remaining change.  If a bag is less than half full back in the tin it goes.  It’s also food shopping day and as I’ve reverted back to cash let the challenge begin!
    Grocery challenge November £149.43/£180; December £76.64/£200
    SPC #023 SPC 12: £125.86[/COLOUR]:SPC 13: £214.98: SPC 14: £297.41
    MFW #90 Mortgage start Dec 2015 £79,950; November 2021 £41,146.77 2021 OP £3469.86/£4800
  • sijusiju Forumite
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    Morning Potters, thank you for continuing the challenge Sue_UU and here's to another year of saving.  I'm starting my pot off with £1.70 from SPC 14.  Hoping for another great year of saving.

    Enjoy the weekend :)
    SPC 13 - #09
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79 2017 - £369.49 2018 - £484.24 2019 - £309.90 2020 -£282.06
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