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    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
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    mum2one
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx
    • #1
    • 31st Dec 16, 1:04 AM
    Santas challenge 2018 and beyond xx 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
    Last edited by mum2one; 18-01-2018 at 1:59 AM.
    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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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 25th Jan 18, 1:50 PM
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    speeding ahead on the first challenge of the year which makes me feel like i'm at least heading in the right direction.
    I just need to get some birthday cards for Feb onwards and what I want to achieve........a strange goal but just to make it to the end of February okay. The spinal damage makes me tired and things are speeding ahead ready for my surgery this year.
    However I try and make a life away from the disability but I have got a busy period of events coming up. Ideally the aim is for me not to run myself down/get sores and if I can just keep pacing myself then I think I will be happy and the hospital will be so that is my goal
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 25th Jan 18, 8:21 PM
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    First challenge. Woo. Thank you.

    Feeling slightly organised..so far.
    Got a million birthday (and thank you, baby, congrats..cards thanks to card factory. The 29p ones are quite nice so I always stockpiled) and got one of the card organisers with monthly pockets. Iíve written the first few months worth of cards and got them all tucked in ready to give or addressed ready to post.

    Also got a budget planner book where you write outgoings (lots) and incoming (very little, sob). And receipts and all other bits.

    Got going on cashback sites and got my first £14 from topcashback. Meaning some Christmas jumpers from Asda for next year for my daughter weíre free! Also back on surveys and competitions. I did the joining bonus in the MSE email and got £15 of Amazon vouchers.
    Also ebaying some old bits and bobs I donít need to make some extra cash. Iíve said it before and Iíll always say it. I do NOT miss my old job but I do miss my wages. I wouldnít swap having the time with my daughter for anything though. So itís a good job I can cope on next to nothing !!!128514;.
    Any pointers on that receipt scanning would be appreciated please. Heard bits about it but no clue what company or how it works. Or any similar ways to earn a bit extra. I have a regular peep through the forum on here about boosting income. So much itís hard to know whatís any good or reliable.

    Ohh. Freezer is also organised as I started slimming world. Just by myself from home. Being very strict though and making extra of everything so I can freeze meals down for lazy, canít be bothered days.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 28th Jan 18, 3:01 PM
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    I!!!8217;ve ordered a few bits and pieces online as Xmas and birthday gifts. I hope the items are okay when they arrive:

    2 blankets with sleeves: one for OH for now send one as an Xmas gift for a relative.
    A travel jewellery case - it!!!8217;s coming from China, so will take a month.
    Peshtemal towels - these are birthday presents and I!!!8217;ve also bought some restaurant vouchers. Reading this back, it does sound like a weird combo, but I do buy practical gifts!

    I bought Dsis a travel mug for Xmas from TK Maxx, so thats the first person I can cross off my list.
    2018 challenge to save £1000
    Spend less - £510.13
    Live more - £1712.05
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 31st Jan 18, 6:07 PM
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    CCL-I have also been ebaying some bits. I don't do ebay alot but I am determined this year that more bits are going to go out of the house rather than come into the house. It is very satisfying to slowly(snail pace!)be sorting things out.

    I have been plodding along. DD has had most of her birthday presents. Even though her birthday isn't until the middle of Feb I know that she won't open them and it has saved on postage. A couple of presents are still here and wrapped up in her room-things like t-lights which she can't use at uni.

    Still have to get some cards-that is next on my list as I need to pick up a thank you card. Can't believe it is the end of January, it has gone so quick, usually it drags.

    Hope everyone else is plodding on okay
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 31st Jan 18, 10:04 PM
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    Hi everyone.

    Thanks for the first challenge of 2018 mum2one.

    Oh no, not the freezer again. I'll have to pass this month as mine is chocker block and I'm not taking everything out.

    And to finish off a project !!! I've still got projects from over 15 years hidden away.

    Last year I started a number of new hobbies but I feel they are losing their appeal so I may think about something new. Thanks mum2one for giving me the green light lol that's more appealing than finishing the old ones.

    Crazy kitties - wow you've already got virtually all of your presents for the year.

    Blanket wear - I recall showing mum a photo of that in a magazine years ago but she didn't seem interested even though I thought it would be an ideal present as she's always cold.

    In the end I crocheted a blanket for her and she was pleased with it.

    I've dealt with the January birthdays, I no longer give my parents an anniversary card because my dad always forgets (and can't get to the shops himself) and get's into a state about it so mum said to forget it.

    Before dad went to hospital I started cross stitching - I was making up my own Valentine design possibly for a card or to fit into a small frame but had to give up as I can't do it with so much going on. I've got a possible plan B but depends on what happens with dad, he's supposed to be coming out of hospital soon.

    This week has been out of sync as I became ill Sunday night and ever since so had to cancel my hospital visits and I've not felt right all week, and there's been a fair bit of upset too with various things, you know where everything happens at the wrong possible time.

    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 1st Feb 18, 6:26 PM
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    Anglea I hope you are feeling better and with upset with various things it just makes things hundred times worse with stress levels making u feel worse aswell, hopefully things have settled down for you.

    Needed to get a thank you card today so got some birthday cards today. Completely forgot to get ones for immediate family but the cards I did choose are all for specific family.
    One chocolate present I got for a relative for their birthday, they now cannot have due to health reasons so now going to use for Easter instead. I think they will go down very well with DD BF who despite the big box will probably trough them all in 5 minutes flat!!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 3rd Feb 18, 1:23 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Mum had to go to hospital yesterday and my friend went with her (and called into see my dad at the same time whilst mum was having a procedure) then driving back their voluntary driver knocked down part of mum's fence!!

    Meanwhile I was at mum's going through their paperwork because dad's coming home tomorrow and I might not get another chance, luckily I'm feel much better to earlier in the week. Friend and I stayed about 6 hours to make sure mum was ok before we went home.

    I've been think about Valentines and had a few ideas eg a bottle of that wine that's advertised on tv although I've forgotten the name C...de diablo as over Christmas I spotted it for the first time ever and recognised it from the adverts and I know my friend also made a comment about it and we haven't had any wine since Christmas.

    Another idea is liquer coffee (to go with a meal at home) friend has suddenly become partial to tia maria coffee with cream on top after our hospital visit when we went to a lovely restaurant to unwind before taking a 2nd bus home.

    What is the best cream for this? It's been years since I've done it in glasses so can't remember how it's done.

    I don't know if you recall a while back (before December) I mentioned 'open when' letters, I think I overcomplicated matters when I attempted them before (and had to give up) but I may try a simplified version this week.

    I've had to give up with my hand made card idea as I'm not in the mood as I'm too busy.

    Moneysaving - last Sunday about 4pm I went to Co op and returned home with 2 carrier bags of shopping - only £0.90p in total.

    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 3rd Feb 18, 6:34 PM
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    I use double cream

    Warm the glasses with hot water whilst coffee brewing.

    When ready empty water, put in sugar ( if required), add a little bit of coffee, allow sugar to dissolve, add tia Maria, top up with coffee,

    For cream part, stir coffee, use back of teaspoon out the spoon just on top of the coffee, pour the cream on..

    Relax and enjoy xx

    Hi everyone


    What is the best cream for this? It's been years since I've done it in glasses so can't remember how it's done.

    .
    Originally posted by Anglea
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 4th Feb 18, 6:40 PM
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    Thanks mum2one, I've bookmarked your post.

    Today whilst I was at the Co-op again looking at reduced stickers after visiting MIL at the care home, I had a look to see if they had any CD Diablo wine as I'd previously seen it elsewhere.

    They only had red in the large bottles similar to the tv ad and only had small bottles of white they were ordinary looking rather than the distinctive looking ones of the red so a bit disappointing. I looked around for Tia Maria, but none on the shelves, sometimes you have to ask for certain drinks, I forgot by the time I reached the till.

    • chanie
    • By chanie 4th Feb 18, 8:04 PM
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    Angela I hope everything is okay with your family now. Iím very impressed with your CoOp haul.

    Iíve ordered a few bits and pieces online as Xmas and birthday gifts. I hope the items are okay when they arrive:

    2 blankets with sleeves: one for OH for now send one as an Xmas gift for a relative.
    A travel jewellery case - itís coming from China, so will take a month.
    Peshtemal towels - these are birthday presents and Iíve also bought some restaurant vouchers. Reading this back, it does sound like a weird combo, but I do buy practical gifts!

    I bought Dsis a travel mug for Xmas from TK Maxx, so thats the first person I can cross off my list.
    Originally posted by chanie

    My first blanket with sleeves arrived this weekend. OH has barely got to use it as the DC have taken it over themselves. It came in a zip up plastic bag, which Iíve kept, in case I can use it for something else eg regifting.

    My restaurant vouchers arrived and my Mum was really pleased with them as she wasnít expecting it. At least I know what to get her for Xmas now.
    2018 challenge to save £1000
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    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 8th Feb 18, 10:44 PM
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    Hi again,

    My last trip to co-op wasn't as successful as the £0.90p one, barely anything reduced. We've now decided to go on a trip out of the area for lunch that day so not having a meal at home and I can forget worrying about getting some T.M as I don't think I'll get a chance before Wednesday in any case.

    We went out to lunch with DS2 today after a drama when I couldn't get hold of the friend from last night onwards to confirm times and I really thought something bad happened and was about to take the spare key after DS arrived and I was thinking ahead about paramedics etc, as they're prone to blackouts, luckily friend turned up, phone problems.

    Tomorrow I'm going to see if I can make a card and possibly even a present I've got something in mind I was going to make earlier in the week when I went to my craft club but couldn't find all the bits and pieces so I'm really hoping I can on Friday.

    Chanie, I know what you mean, those large zip up bags are good to keep. I've got one full of scarves, hats, shoe inner soles etc near my coats and shoes.

    How are you all getting on?

    • mum2one
    • By mum2one 9th Feb 18, 1:42 AM
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    Hope everyone ok, had miss hoodie off school all week, went t9 go Monday and she!!!8217;s had a bout of flu which has left her with a chest infection, poor kid, literally sat ngt to wed afternoon poor kid was in bed, she literally hadn!!!8217;t got anounce of energy, thank gid she!!!8217;s got over th3 worse, on antibiotics.

    Actually did something for m3 the other ngt went to see Jim Davidson, it must be 20+ yrs size saw him in Torquay, the good old days when it was th3 summer season... he was good but without sounding horrible, not as good as his hey day....

    Next trip out is Sarah Millican.... feel so odd as it was sept last year when we booked the tickets sept last yr...

    Birthday... Feb... got 1 my friends son. So pop £10 in a card
    March... Mother!!!8217;s Day 11th... usually get token gift £10/£15 fir mum off me then give miss hoodie £10 for me and £10 fir mum

    Best mates bday, 3 mini gin set ( free as had money off shopping so brought present), body shop set (freebie with xx spend) get a bunch flowers to go with it...

    Angela... sound like a mass panic glad it all worked out ok. Xx


    Gym... we!!!8217;ve started a new gym, a posh one with pool, haven!!!8217;t braved the pool yet, will do next week, sounds daft have to 0,Uckfield the courage up yet...), the exercise side of it have a 10;min workout, been designed around what can do / can!!!8217;t do... its all going to help.
    Tackling the debt free life one day at a time xx
    RIP Dad, - Always love you, - He was 1 in a million xx
    • Anglea
    • By Anglea 9th Feb 18, 10:26 AM
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    Anglea
    Hi again,

    mum2one, I didn't remember Mother's Day is in March so that's good we've all got a reminder how soon it will be.

    Poor Miss Hoodie, I hope she feels much better soon.

    Jim Davidson, it always seems that entertainers carry on for years - do they change their material - maybe JD hasn't as you said he's not as good as before?

    I hope you enjoy your new gym.

    Today I'm planning on trying to rummage through card making stash to find bits and pieces to make a card or even a present but I'm not hopeful as I couldn't find the necessary items earlier in the week so have no idea where else to look, I usually put everything back in the usual places so where on earth I left them last time they were used (just after Christmas) I really can't imagine.

    • chanie
    • By chanie 9th Feb 18, 9:15 PM
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    chanie
    mum2one I hope miss hoodie feels better soon.

    Two of my eBay Xmas gifts arrived today. The first one was the blanket with sleeves, for a relative. It arrived in a cheap looking plastic bag, but I will reuse the zip up plastic bag that OHs one arrived in. It!!!8217;s also full of static, but I!!!8217;ll wash it nearer the time to get rid of the static.

    The second item was a travel jewellery box for DM. I!!!8217;m really impressed with it and I may buy one for myself - even though I don!!!8217;t go away much.

    A quick reminder that Sainsbury!!!8217;s normally do 25% off their clothing at half term (normally starts on Tuesdays). It!!!8217;s great to pick stocking fillers like hats, pjs and socks.
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    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 10th Feb 18, 9:58 AM
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    Boots have a 90% off sale on the rest of the Christmas stock at the moment. Canít get into Manchester to a decent one. So not bothering. Nothing left in our local little one. Anyone who can though, worth a pick through for the present cupboard. Never know them do 90% before!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 12th Feb 18, 12:06 AM
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    Had a real mare with passwords and getting myself logged back in.
    [B]mum2one[B] hope Miss Hoodie is feeling better, have really done by best to dodge everything going or I would have ended up in hospital.

    Was really lucky and got a Argos clearance gift for a present which is ideal for the person I had in mind instead of getting the same old present for him that I know he likes but is very predictable.
    Now have an overspill of presents to go into 2019. Have set some aside for charity auctions and some will come in very handy for the unexpected present that always crops up.
    Just wish I had better storage. Def need to ship some presents out by the end of March some space will be freed up and I will try to have a better rearrange.
    Still sorting items to go to the charity shop. Have been sticking to my goal of more stuff to leave the house this year rather than stuff coming in........except for presents of course!!!!!!!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
    • chanie
    • By chanie 12th Feb 18, 10:02 PM
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    chanie
    Wow, that!!!8217;s impressive that you are now into presents for 2019.

    What storage are you using for your presents?
    2018 challenge to save £1000
    Spend less - £510.13
    Live more - £1712.05
    My spending diary - Spend Less, Live More - a spending diary
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5576179
    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
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    Chanie I have 2 suitcases under my DDs bed. Her cat always looks at me suspiciously that I'm raiding her stuff when I pull a suitcase out
    Found 2 more empty storage areas in DDs room that I have filled with stuff.
    Under spare room bed a suitcase filled with presents, plus bedside table drawers filled and a storage container
    In my room 2 containers(one for birthday) under the bed filled with presents and that is where the over spill is happening as the present boxes have to share space with the cats secret spaces with their beanies and tend to push the spare presents out.

    nearly forgot.........there's the bottom of my wardrobe and 2 drawers in my chest of drawers aswell
    The problem I've had this year- a couple of presents for younger ones are bulky ones so have taken up more space than normal which has made life difficult.
    With birthdays in Feb, March and April plus Easter that should free up some room to reorganise the other bits properly in my room.
    The family tend to like lots of little presents rather than one big one and thats when things become chaotic aswell.
    I have been really really lucky in the sales this year and have come across items where I have thought should I get or not or will I regret it. Picked up a Disney doll last week at £3 and nearly passed out when i found out that they were selling at £18 before Christmas (plus picked up a box of crackers down from £4 to 25p)

    Going to update my books this week as I'm sure my savings will beat last years and my aim is to have spent less on Christmas than last year which I think I will have done..........especially when I get things like a speeding fine
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
    • crazy-cat-lady
    • By crazy-cat-lady 13th Feb 18, 5:21 PM
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    Snap Happy Kitties, I have some started for 2019 too. Crazy, but when things are good prices, why not?! Only things for my daughter. Toys and clothes. Nothing thatís a passing fad based on tv or films. Only things that are ďclassicĒ and last. My little pony and Sylvanian family toys and lots of nice dresses and tops, shoes. Anything nice in !!!!!! sizes that I can put away til the time comes. I keep an eye on bargain pages for certain things and when theyíre on good sale, get them to put away. Got to start keeping an eye for jumpers and warm pjs going on sale. Thatís what Mum always wants at Christmas. So if I can get them on sale I can get her twice as many. Places should start stocking spring and summer soon, so then is the time!
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 13th Feb 18, 7:04 PM
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    CCL I picked up a pair of cute little monster claw slippers I could only get in one particular size in a Tesc@ sale for peanuts but are absolutely perfect for my cousin's little monster for next year. I debated whether to get them but for the price and they are so cute I just couldn't leave them even though it does sound bonkers.

    I've now got some really nice birthday presents for the start of next year that I've managed to pick up under my allocated budget price. I not only think about the money I'm saving but when I come across something that I know that is a perfect present for a particular person then I am reluctant to leave it.
    Family always think I have spent a fortune, I haven't I just like to think I am a canny shopper......its just storage can get a bit of a problem
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=359.51
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