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    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 3rd Nov 17, 12:05 AM
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    Sue-UU
    Sealed Pot Challenge ~ 11
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    • 3rd Nov 17, 12:05 AM
    Sealed Pot Challenge ~ 11 3rd Nov 17 at 12:05 AM
    Hello again Potters and welcome aboard to any new members, I never thought we would have been running THIS long, but here we are starting off with "SPC "No 11"!!! Where have all the years gone since it first began, apparently very fast for sure! It's very hard to believe that we have now been running for a full decade and are now on the way into our 11th year!!!! We've had 10 amazingly money-saving years, but it's all purely because of the determined saving of you all - many thanks to you amazing folk who have made SPC what it is!!


    For all newcomers...yes "Old Timers" too - it's so very important to please read through this entire post to see what the SPC is all about, dates for counting up and our re-opening date etc.. However, please be sure to Join the forum first in order to be able to join the challenge - if you haven't already! For ALL SPC members, please chat away on this SPC 10 thread about your conquests, money-saving ideas etc from Post 4 (below) onward, it gives encouragement to all, including yourselves as it keeps the motivation to save far stronger.

    For all newcomers - a really huge heartfelt welcome! We're a terrific 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. You all settle in straight away and become part of our saving family!

    The idea is to save as much as possible throughout the following year until just before Christmas - which this year will be to open our pots on Thursday the 1st November 2018. 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 put in the difference in 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.

    Firstly: Get yourself a pot, and remember - it doesn't need to cost much - if anything. If money's tight then use any pot for now, I.e. A sweet tin, coffee jar..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 in. Later on, if you wish, you can always take advantage of finding a cheap pot in the sales after Christmas, or put one you fancy on your Christmas list! You can always buy ready sealed tins from reasonably priced shops! They're usually about a POUND from a £ store!!

    It can also be interesting and challenging to make yourself a Papier Mach! Pig (or any animal) etc by using Frugaldom's recipe by clicking here then going to Post No. 597 of SPC 1 or by going to a totally separate thread papier mach! Animal here. Many thanks to Frugaldom.

    After selecting your pot, seal round the lid with sellotape or superglue if necessary. Again, be sure to make a slit in the top that is the right size for a 50p to go in! NB. If you make a Papier Mach! Pot you will need to "operate" on it at the end of each challenge! Still, you can always have the pleasure of making a new one towards the end of the year, or getting the kiddies involved - if you're the daring type! The mind could run riot with what to model!

    Terrimundi pots are available in many shops and on-line, 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 10 years...and at the end of each year's (since 2009 when I graduated from a carton!) challenge, hubby and I have a whale of a time, doing things the 'old' way by tilting the pot and using a knife! Though, 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....unless you drop the darned things!! They are costly though, but this is where your Christmas list comes in handy, though always keep a look out in charity shops too!

    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.


    The term roadkill = any money found on pavements, parks etc; even in car parks or on shop floors etc.

    NB. A few notes of interest.

    1/ Any money given as a gift (other than Birthdays, Christmas etc) i.e.. Inherited can not be included as savings. Likewise any money put directly into the bank cannot be counted as savings with SPC. Money from small second jobs is ok, such as cleaning for Mrs Bloggs down the road/ taking in ironing, a part-time job or anything similar is ok to be saved. Any savings saved via Christmas Clubs can also be used in your SPC Totals, 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 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. 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. 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.

    2/
    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 much 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/ You can ask me to put a Target on for you to try to meet (it goes alongside your name and number on the 2nd and 3rd posts below) but it's not necessary. If you do set one, but are unable to meet it, it doesn't matter at all, at least you will have 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, then we pot it and forget about it and.... wait for the surprise at the end of the year!
    If you are hoping for a particular amount by Declaration Day but still want a nice surprise come November, work out what amount you would like, then work out how much you will need to save (pot) on a weekly or 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 November!
    4/ Mainly SPC is a challenge to see how much we can save in a year for Christmas 2017. However, over the last 9 years we've had some members who needed theirs at sometime throughout the year for bills, 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, you can even 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 such 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 we all receive 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 November 1st. 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 sing out...though not too loudly.....you might shatter your pot/s!

    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 1st November to declare those Totals to me.
    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.

    7/ KEEP YOUR POT or POTS SAFE!! If you hide it, be sure to remember where you put it as it wouldn't be the first time that members have forgotten where they've hidden it!

    8/ "Holding Pots": To anyone concerned about putting money into their pot...then possibly needing 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?": With regards to this all important question, here's vital help from girl at play: "I bank with Bank of Scotland and they accept as many change bags as you have, as long as you take them to the business banking counter." Thank you so much GAP, it's so handy for members to know. This applies to many banks, I suspect most banks/building societies are the same if truth be known. 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 the end of November of any year will sadly now lose their numbers as, 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 then, for one reason of another, can't or don't wish to keep it up, but that then leaves me with a long list of non savers on the list which makes things very difficult over time. Any saving members won't be at all worried about this - but if those 'defaulting' (bad word, but...!) members remember, then - come on back and ask for another number, you will always be be more than welcome!

    On the 2 posts below is a list of members and their numbers, always display your No on your signatures please, that makes life so much easier for me and my DH when counting up all of our Totals. In December or thereabouts I 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 1st November please.

    Just a quiet word of warning to all those in the Cambridge area - forget ever thinking of looking for roadkill there as jakes-mum will even tackle you the ground to get to it first! Though, how about challenging her!!

    Once again, we've just had a fantastic year, let's keep it up and see what we can achieve this year. Good luck everyone and save well!!

    PLEASE take note everyone Thursday 1st Nov is the closing date for 2018, the day we declare what we've saved on the thread, kindly declare your monies saved within 2 weeks of the 1st, thank you kindly.

    Anyone wishing to join us please post on the thread to ask and I'll give you a number and an official welcome so you can join in the fun......and please do note that...time means any time of year!

    It's Never Too Late To Join Us! and You Never Need To Re-join....well, unless you stop visiting us in November! However.......you can always return to the fold and be made very welcome!

    Many thanks for reading
    , Sue
    Last edited by Sue-UU; 04-11-2017 at 6:50 PM.
    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 Grand 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!!!!

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    • charlies tribe
    • By charlies tribe 24th Sep 18, 8:39 PM
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    charlies tribe
    I've not been on in a while. The tins haven't collected much as we had to go to all on line shopping.
    I have got a bit in cashback sites that I keep and cash out at Christmas and some in a savings account with the left over grocery budget in. Do they count? (i can't remember).
    Also do you want my totals early or late? we go away on the 26th and get back on the 5th? Will the 5th be too late? Then i wont be tempted to spend it on Holiday.
    LBM in April 17 - £12652/£33554 (37.7%) paid.
    Mortgage@1 June 18 = £2373/£76350 paid.
    Total debt @ 1st June 18=£102311 £94879
    SPC #016
    • Chutney86
    • By Chutney86 26th Sep 18, 6:45 AM
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    Chutney86
    £6 potted for me today
    SPC #23 - 2015 = £319.60 / 2016 = £315.50 / 2017 = £490.75 / 2018 = £295.50
    MFW #93 - 2017 = £1942.84/£1900 / 2018 = £8591.23/£9050
    MFiT-T4 #28
    • apricity
    • By apricity 28th Sep 18, 9:15 AM
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    apricity
    Future husband took £2 out of the jar yesterday for the pool table but a work mate paid instead so he potted it back in and gave me 20p to pot as well.

    Today I'm going to get cash out for shopping so I can see how much i am allowed to spend,
    and will pot little change if there's any as I'm going to meet my sister for a coffee & to see Where my wedding dress is - it was supposed to be delivered last saturday after ordering it on the 13th but it's a no show. I need to get work trousers and batteries for our smoke & fire alarm
    SPC #017 - £0.50
    • Saver-upper
    • By Saver-upper 29th Sep 18, 12:19 AM
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    Saver-upper
    I've not been on in a while. The tins haven't collected much as we had to go to all on line shopping.
    I have got a bit in cashback sites that I keep and cash out at Christmas and some in a savings account with the left over grocery budget in. Do they count? (i can't remember).
    Also do you want my totals early or late? we go away on the 26th and get back on the 5th? Will the 5th be too late? Then i wont be tempted to spend it on Holiday.
    Originally posted by charlies tribe

    charlies tribe,Cashback sites money does count in this challenge,as does grocery savings.And reporting after you get back will be fine.SueUU is very good allowing a few days grace,though we don't want people drawing it out tooooooo long-we are all desperate to see what our grand total for the year is .




    I potted 2 x £2 coins the other day.
    SPC #155 x 8.SPC7=£751.10 SPC8=£651.04 SPC9=£843.00 SPC10=£872.76
    Pinecone £301,Valued Opinions £10.50





    • Lost2
    • By Lost2 29th Sep 18, 9:13 AM
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    Lost2
    Ah well another month has almost gone and it was pay day yesterday
    so I have tipped out my purse and have a nice round £47 and I found £1.01 on the floor so it all went into my lovely tins I have also got £135 from Topcashback.

    Hope everyone is well good potting
    Sealed Pot Number 262009..£950.50 2010..£256 2011..£526 2012..£548.80 2013...£758.882014..£510 2015...£604.782016...£704.50 2017...£4752018...£1979.12 2019...£

    SwagBucks £590
    • siju
    • By siju 1st Oct 18, 1:30 PM
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    siju
    Flying visit - £6.06 to pot today. Have a lovely week Potters.
    SPC 12 - #09
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79 2017 - £369.49 2018 - £484.24
    • little_sweetie
    • By little_sweetie 3rd Oct 18, 9:07 AM
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    little_sweetie
    Pot opening day is getting so close that I am making an extra effort to top up the tin. I have been potting £1 or so whenever I can by parking in a free zone and walking to the shops instead of paying to park and I haven't bought any coffee out for ages either. Oh, and I found a shiny 5p on the ground by my car so that's gone in too


    It won't be long!
    stars from Sue-uu ! x15 Sealed Pot Challenge #70
    SPC #5 £111 SPC #6 £175 SPC #7 £151 SPC#8 £78 SPC#9 £72.50 SPC #10 £23.50 SPC #11 £276.18
    SPC #12
    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 3rd Oct 18, 4:46 PM
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    Sue-UU
    Hello again folks! Welcome aboard RebeccaAnn!!
    Hey, very late in the game but can I join you guys? I have a demijohn partly filled with change from my purse. Theres probably not much in there but it would be nice to cash it in and start fresh come november. Don't worry about giving me a number if its easier not to.
    Originally posted by RebeccaAnn

    It's NEVER too late RebeccaAnn SPC No 611. Everyone has to have a number as it's so much easier for me. A VERY warm welcome to you! It's lovely to have you with us. Have fun saving and enjoying the banter. You'll find your number at the bottom of the list on the 3rd post of page 1. Please read through post 1 as it'll let you know exactly what to do with the challenge. PS. We always empty our pots and declare our savings in November, please make a note of this year's date: 1st Nov 2018.

    Please also subscribe to the thread by clicking on "Thread Tools" (lower green bar) and clicking "Subscribe to this thread"...or you may lose us! To put your SPC No on, go to "Quick Links" (right side of top green bar), click and then click on "Edit Signature" and you're away.

    *Please pop your number on your sig, it really helps me.



    Hello again all Potters!!! It's great to see you all!!!!!
    I hope you're all very well and h For those who aren't well in any way, I really hope you get well very soon! Here's love and {{{{hugs}}}} from us all.


    Many thanks for welcoming RebeccaAnn on, mummytummy, here's another gold star for you. Though a bit of a cheeky comment at the same time! You're forgiven.

    Indeed you must find more cash to go in the pot, siju!!! Not at all long now!


    Yay, Sue is back!
    Thanks so much for your kind words. Iím sorry to hear about your health worries and the stress that the renovations have had on you. Iím glad to see you back though!

    Emily x
    Originally posted by e4rub

    Yes, I'm back Emily, and no more renovations to worry about!!! Stress is much better too!! The kind words come easily as you've battled so hard and managed to get out of the woods!!


    What a lovely friend you have, Saver-upper! It's good to have your pot £20 the richer as a result!! E,xcellent returns with the ballet money too! Doesn't ballet ever cost a fortune too! What with the lessons, cat-suits, shoes and tights, it's expensive stuff as I well recall from our DD's days.

    BTW. Thanks so very much for the great advice to charlies tribe, excellent, and for that you get a gold star.


    It's lovely to see you, 166million, though it doesn't sound as though your pot's benefitted! You've still time to catch up, so keep on saving!!!!

    In other news, one of our neighbours has got their C*******s countdown lit up in their porch window
    Originally posted by MrsShazbat

    Great potting, MrsShazbat!!!! It's ok to mention Christmas now as we're in October so all is well!!!!!


    I've not been on in a while. The tins haven't collected much as we had to go to all on line shopping.
    I have got a bit in cashback sites that I keep and cash out at Christmas and some in a savings account with the left over grocery budget in. Do they count? (i can't remember).
    Also do you want my totals early or late? we go away on the 26th and get back on the 5th? Will the 5th be too late? Then i wont be tempted to spend it on Holiday.
    by charlies tribe


    As Saver-upper has rightly said, charlies tribe, all the money you're speaking of CAN be put into your tin and counted with the rest of your cash when you're ready. Declaring your savings after the 5th will be fine, I promise you!

    Some might say I'm a bit of an ogre, but I totally disagree!! Have a lovely time away...without spending naturally!


    I hope you've tracked down your Wedding Dress, apricity, or that you soon will!! Good work from your Hubby to be with returning the borrowed cash!


    Brilliant potting again, Chutney, very well done!!!!



    YAY Lost!!!! What a saving for a month, I'm thrilled to bits for you, also for the Topcashback gains too!!!! So, another month to go then!!!



    BRILLIANT SAVINGS POTTERS!!!

    Keep up the amazing work as it's not long to go now!!



    Yet another great saving, siju!!!!!



    Pot opening day is getting so close that I am making an extra effort to top up the tin. I have been potting £1 or so whenever I can by parking in a free zone and walking to the shops instead of paying to park and I haven't bought any coffee out for ages either. Oh, and I found a shiny 5p on the ground by my car so that's gone in too

    It won't be long!
    by little_sweetie

    Brilliant work, Little Sweetie!!!! Keep up the parking free and walking all year round as it really makes a difference!! No bought coffee either is fantastic!! I'm so chuffed for you. Well done on the 5p!!


    The total potting for Hubby & I during the last two weeks is £12.50!!! We're all getting very excited now as our 2nd great-grandchild is due next month on the 29th. It will be the first child of our eldest grandson and his soon-to-be wife!!!

    Our first DGGS (the first of our DGGD & hubby) was a year old last Thursday, he's a little darling though at times he's got a wicked little laugh.

    Have a super Wednesday, Thursday too folks!! My heart really goes out to all those poor souls in the Philippines! Very sad indeed.


    Sue xx


    Opening date for SPC 11 will be 1st November 2018


    Anyone wishing to join us, it's NEVER too late, so please just ask, you'll 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 Grand 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!!!!

    • siju
    • By siju 4th Oct 18, 12:45 PM
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    siju
    Aw how lovely Sue-UU, I keep nagging my children to provide me with a grandchild, but alas, they completely ignore me!

    Have added some change to the pot (courtesty of DH), not sure how much he put in it though......
    SPC 12 - #09
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79 2017 - £369.49 2018 - £484.24
    • jakes-mum
    • By jakes-mum 4th Oct 18, 6:44 PM
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    jakes-mum
    Did Mrs Shazbat mention Christmas? CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    Talking of christmas ( CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSSS ) I have finished both of the minions christmas presents apart from a few sweets for DD's stocking so the biggest expense is done and I haven't even opened the tins

    3 x £2 coins in the tin today care of DH, who seems to be a favourite with the pubs and shops for them (much to his disgust as he doesn't want to keep giving me his money )
    SPC No 002 SPC(3) £285/£250 (4) £519.84/£500 (5) £768.32/£500 (6) £911.30/£600 (7) £913.23/£600 (8) £1184.82/£750 (9) £2864.04/£750 (10) £3846.25/£1000 (11) £1779.72/£1000 (12) 0/£1000
    Total Wins Of 2012 = £3015.03 Wins Of 2013 = £4427.11 Wins of 2014 = £2361.97 Wins of 2015 = £1754.90 Wins of 2016 £267.98 Wins of 2017 £25 Wins of 2018 £59
    • MrsShazbat
    • By MrsShazbat 5th Oct 18, 8:56 PM
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    MrsShazbat
    Purse clear-out this week, £5.50 into the pot and a good £4+ in loose change into the bottle (not to be emptied yet). Quidco total for the year is up to £182.52 with £32.95 still to track.

    Edit: forgot the £12 in £2s in my special £2 collecting pocket in my purse as well

    Work has been horrendously busy since the beginning of September and I currently have nearly 3 days' worth of flexi to take! Exhausted isn't the word

    Anyway, I can't wait to open up my tin and count
    Last edited by MrsShazbat; 06-10-2018 at 3:43 PM.
    Xmas 2018 #8 £372 / £365 * (2017 £496.53; 2016 £424.32) * SPCNo.12 #66 (11 £480.95; 10 £682.31; 9 £442.64)
    • Chutney86
    • By Chutney86 5th Oct 18, 9:10 PM
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    Chutney86
    £5 potted for me today
    SPC #23 - 2015 = £319.60 / 2016 = £315.50 / 2017 = £490.75 / 2018 = £295.50
    MFW #93 - 2017 = £1942.84/£1900 / 2018 = £8591.23/£9050
    MFiT-T4 #28
    • Frogletina
    • By Frogletina 6th Oct 18, 12:35 PM
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    Frogletina
    Opening day can't come too soon for me. I have £2.50 to pot today but I'm finding it difficult to put any more money in my pot at the moment.

    I've had a good year!

    frogletina
    Not Rachmaninov
    But Nyman
    The heart asks for pleasure first
    SPC 8 #441 £1567.31 SPC 9 #441 £1014.64 SPC 10 #441 £1164.13 SPC 11 #441 £1598.15 SPC 12 #63
    • rancid-a
    • By rancid-a 7th Oct 18, 2:32 AM
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    rancid-a
    Hi Sue-UU, hi all
    Well I totally missed this years Sealed Pot Challenge!! There's only 40+ days to go

    Truth is, there hasn't been much time for internet these past months, too much work, and I'm in the middle of decorating my living room (which I hate doing and have no experience).

    Hope you are pleased with your new kitchen Sue-UU now that the housing association have left you alone - my housing association did my kitchen 2-3 years back - total botch up - especially the wall tiles that needed to be cut to fit & I could actually drop coins down the gap between the wall and some of the tiles - new saving idea?

    But I have been saving! There's the work saving club I join every January. I opted for £75 a week this year (the total will be split between my debts and a holiday next year). I also bought a cheap metal money tin too and have been chucking any change into it. LOL - I bought my Mum one of these too as she get visitors with small children that were pulling out the plug at the bottom of her old tin 'helping Mum count the pennies'... before helping themselves to the pennies'. Wonder how they'll react when they see the new tin with no hole

    I'll try to hang around for opening day this year, 01 Nov - in my diary!

    all the best
    Rancid
    Updated: 25-10-2018
    Work saving club Jan-Dec 2018 (£75 a week starts in Jan.)
    Sealed Pot Challenge Member: 041

    • siju
    • By siju 9th Oct 18, 12:49 PM
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    siju
    Another flying visit - £1.74 to pot today. Hope you are all having a lovely week
    SPC 12 - #09
    Totals: 2014 - £264.51 2015 - £207.50 2016 - £396.79 2017 - £369.49 2018 - £484.24
    • hickles69
    • By hickles69 10th Oct 18, 8:19 PM
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    hickles69
    I'm sorry I maternity pay has taken it's toll. My petrol light is on red, cupboards are bare so pot cut open. Declaring £305.69p. Will update sifnature soon. Used asda machine and then discovered the 10% fee. Gutted
    SPC#364 - 7-£666.54, 8-£489, 9-£264 10-£376
    SPC 11 - target £200 Got £305.89

    Swaggers - 2015/£285, 2016/£270, 2017 / £460 2018 - target £300 for next Christmas

    Fat Club - 25.4lb of 47lb
    • Sue-UU
    • By Sue-UU 12th Oct 18, 6:02 PM
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    Sue-UU
    Hi SPCers and have a great weekend!!
    Hello all Sealed Potters!!!

    It's great to see you all once again, though, in fairness there aren't been many of us coming on to the thread over the last few months! Hands on heart folks, please be totally honest and let me know if SPC is still worth carrying on with as I'm honestly beginning to wonder. The excitement of declaration day and the beginning of the new year is marvellous, but doesn't last long!


    I hope you're all very well and keeping safe from this weather, do take great care folks!! For those who aren't well in any way, I really hope you get well very soon! Here's love and {{{{hugs}}}} from us all.



    Aw how lovely Sue-UU, I keep nagging my children to provide me with a grandchild, but alas, they completely ignore me!
    Originally posted by siju

    Ah don't you worry, siju, one of these days when they're settled and ready, they'll be giving you that wonderful news!!! Great savings for the week incidentally!!



    Yes, MrsShazbat mentioned THAT word Christmas, jakes-mum, as, let's face it, it's not far away now for sure!!!! Crikey, you've been battling on with your shopping haven't you!!! Still, I'd guess you're just one of many who have done the same.



    Brilliant saving, MrsShazbat!! It sounds as though you are working at top speed like jakes-mum, very well done both of you.


    Same with you also, Chutney, great work!!!


    Opening day can't come too soon for me. I have £2.50 to pot today but I'm finding it difficult to put any more money in my pot at the moment.

    I've had a good year!

    frogletina
    Originally posted by Frogletina

    It's wonderful to hear you've had a great year, Froglet, well done!! Focus on that alone as there's so much to be said for it, and there's still some time to get more cash in your pot. It's good to hear from you anyway!


    Hi Sue-UU, hi all
    Well I totally missed this years Sealed Pot Challenge!! There's only 40+ days to go

    Truth is, there hasn't been much time for internet these past months, too much work, and I'm in the middle of decorating my living room (which I hate doing and have no experience).

    Hope you are pleased with your new kitchen Sue-UU now that the housing association have left you alone - my housing association did my kitchen 2-3 years back - total botch up - especially the wall tiles that needed to be cut to fit & I could actually drop coins down the gap between the wall and some of the tiles - new saving idea?

    But I have been saving! There's the work saving club I join every January. I opted for £75 a week this year (the total will be split between my debts and a holiday next year). I also bought a cheap metal money tin too and have been chucking any change into it. LOL - I bought my Mum one of these too as she get visitors with small children that were pulling out the plug at the bottom of her old tin 'helping Mum count the pennies'... before helping themselves to the pennies'. Wonder how they'll react when they see the new tin with no hole

    I'll try to hang around for opening day this year, 01 Nov - in my diary!

    all the best
    Rancid
    Originally posted by rancid-a

    Hello again Rancid!!! It's fantastic to see you again, but as you may have noticed...I'd already given your old No to someone else! However, I've sorted you another forlorn one, which is No 041, please pop it on your siggy for me straight away as it's vital at this time of year!! Thanks Rancid, and BTW, the money you've saved at your works can be put towards your SPC Total!!


    Oh yes, we were delighted to see the last of those workmen go, though in fairness it was the painter that was the worse; he was as much of a painter as I am electrician!!!!! Amazing how your Tiler was useless yet ours was the best of the lot, a proper professional, bless him!!!


    Oh dear Hicksy, what a rotten shame! Still, you have saved and managed to get a great Total so congratulations to you!!! However, I thought everyone knew NOT TO TAKE CASH TO ANY COINSTAR MACHINES AS THEY ROB YOU OF A FAIR AMOUNT OF YOUR HARD SAVED CASH!!!!! Please folk, if you don't want to count your money yourselves, take it to the bank where they do it for FREE as long as you have a bank account!!


    Have a brilliant WEEKEND, folks!! Do TAKE GREAT CARE IN THOSE WINDS AND RAIN!!!


    Sue xx


    Opening date for SPC 11 will be 1st November 2018


    Anyone wishing to join us, it's NEVER too late, so please just ask, you'll be made very welcome.
    Last edited by Sue-UU; 12-10-2018 at 6:49 PM.
    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 Grand 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!!!!

    • lucyhope
    • By lucyhope 13th Oct 18, 8:58 AM
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    lucyhope
    Oh Sue-UU, please don't give up on us!!! I for one probably wouldn't save the amounts I have done over the years without this challengand your encouragemente..I don't post often but read the posts every single day. I lurk in the background mainly because I'm not sure anyone would be interested in what I pot every week
    Sealed Pot Challenge member 28
    2018 total £1520

    • babs 103
    • By babs 103 13th Oct 18, 10:22 AM
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    babs 103
    Please keep on with it Sue-UU, we really appreciate all you do keeping us all in line. I have had problems for a few years with DH health issues and lately my DD has has problems too, but knowing I have something to look forward to in a few weeks is keeping me sane!!!


    KOKO
    Quot Libros, Quam Breve Tempus
    SPC #11 025 - £207.12
    SPC #12 025 -
    • hickles69
    • By hickles69 13th Oct 18, 3:09 PM
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    hickles69
    Our bank only allows 5 bags at a time and doesn't open Saturday's. I was desperate for the money.

    Love spc hopefully it continues next year. I do pop by I just don't always comment
    SPC#364 - 7-£666.54, 8-£489, 9-£264 10-£376
    SPC 11 - target £200 Got £305.89

    Swaggers - 2015/£285, 2016/£270, 2017 / £460 2018 - target £300 for next Christmas

    Fat Club - 25.4lb of 47lb
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