20 20s for 2020

December. The end of the year and this time, a decade. And for some reason it’s got me thinking. We (well a lot of my friends) spend so much energy beating ourselves up about lack of achievement, yo-yo dieting, overspending and can miss out on so much of the small stuff.

With this in mind I’m creating a list of 20 20s to mark the year.

The plan is to maximise my cheap gym membership (unlimited swimming and unlimited classes for £45 a year); remembering to relax, spending time people I love. And appreciate them more.
And do all of the 20s with minimal but also planned spending.

So far on my list I have
Swim 20 miles
Watch 20 new to me films
Read 20 books
Go for 20 walks
Make 20 new meals
Have 20 date nights
De clutter 20 items a month
Make 20 squares for cat blankets
20 bike rides
20 yoga classes
20 lazy days
Enjoy 20 cakes.
20 topless drives (my car is an old convertible and I need to remember to seize the day more often a drive lid free!)

But I need more to get to the 20. Any ideas that won’t cost a fortune. There’s just me & Him & 2 fluffballs at home.

Am open to new ideas - it’s a new decade after all!
I do not make mistakes, I learn lessons.
I work to live, not live to work.
I love to live & live to love.
Good enough is exactly that.
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  • balabooberliesbalabooberlies Forumite
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    How about finding a deal to download and print 20 favourite photographs?

    We all tend to keep them on our phone.
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  • SiebrieSiebrie Forumite
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    Lovely idea!



    Have 20 meetings with friends?
    Volunteer 20 times?
    Do 20 odd chores around the house and garden?
    Plant 20 bulbs?
    Learn to play an instrument / learn a new craft 20 x 20 minutes?
    Are you wombling, too, in '22? € 53,96 = £ 47.35
    Wombling in Restrictive Times (2021) € 2.138,82 = £ 1,813.15
    Wombabeluba 2020! € 453,22 = £ 403.84
    2019's wi-wa-wombles € 2.244,20 = £ 1,909.46
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 972,97 = £ 879.54
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  • CJRyderCJRyder Forumite
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    Learn to cook 20 new recipes. This can be split into 20 starters, 20 mains, 20 desserts etc.

    Save 20 £20 notes.
    Mortgage free by 33 - (21/07/22 - 32 years and a bit...)

    Most DIY problems can be solved by a combination of spanner, pliers, screwdriver, Allan key and a blade. (Hold it, twist it, cut it!) Very occasionally industrial language, a hammer and an adhesive may need to be added to the mix. (Curse it, hit it, patch it!)
  • I like the photo idea, especially as I’m hoping to redecorate the hallway.....the thing with me & photos is that I don’t care if they are flattering if they capture what I class as a “moment”.

    & oooooo the 20 £20s....... that ticks so many boxes!


    20 bulbs could work....am not at all green fingered.....do bulbs work in containers? I.ve got 2 empty ones I’d planned to add grasses to for the cats to chase in the wind.....

    I had considered added make 20:home made treats.....am very limited on ability but there’s nothing wrong with sticking with what will get eaten!
    I do not make mistakes, I learn lessons.
    I work to live, not live to work.
    I love to live & live to love.
    Good enough is exactly that.
  • GersGers Forumite
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    CJRyder wrote: »

    Save 20 £20 notes.


    Just be aware of the new notes coming out though you should have plenty of time to swap them:

    Exchanging old notes

    You will still be able to use the paper £20 note until we withdraw it from circulation. We will announce the withdrawal date after we have issued our new polymer £20 note. We will give six months’ notice of this withdrawal date.

    Many banks will accept withdrawn notes as deposits from customers. The Post Office may also accept withdrawn notes as a deposit into any bank account you can access at the Post Office. And, you can always exchange withdrawn notes with us.


    https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer-20-pound-note
  • CAFCGirlCAFCGirl Forumite
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    20 Acts of Random Kindness?

    20 donations to local food bank?
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  • SlinkySlinky Forumite
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    Get your eyes checked (20/20 vision)
  • TryingAgain2022TryingAgain2022 Forumite
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    Visit 20 new places (needn't be far, maybe just going down a street in your town you've never been down. Sometimes I look a different direction to normal if I'm a passenger in a car and realize there's a house I've literally never seen in 10 years of living here).

    Love the 20 £20s!
    PEAK Dec 2019: £24,273 -- NOW Virgin £2377 Markses £681 Halifax £6143 Loan £6696 Family loan £5819 TOTAL: £21,706 -- Paid off: £2308. Target: Jan 2023 LBM: monthly pay but weekly spend doh :o December 2020 target = £18212 and nothing added to CCs AND by paying an extra 20 a month on something I just knocked 8 months off my target date :-)
  • dan958dan958 Forumite
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    Lurker1972 wrote: »
    Enjoy 20 cakes.

    Is 20 the limit? As I am pretty sure I can overachieve on this one.
  • CAFCGirl wrote: »
    20 Acts of Random Kindness?

    20 donations to local food bank?

    My kinda gal!!
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