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Welcome to the blog of SAVINGFORTRAVEL! I now have 2 blogs: my newest-100 COUNTRIES BEFORE I AM 50 and my oldest, the faithful: SFT's LIFE AFTER MORTGAGE-which is in part about funding my travel experiences, the sealed pot challenge and this and that!View my complete profile

SAVING FOR TRAVEL


2014

APRIL: JAPAN

MAY: MALTA

AUGUST:RUSSIA

OCTOBER:MOROCCO

DECEMBER:VIETNAM, LAOS & THAILAND

2015

MARCH: ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

Sunday, 28 September 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-ANOTHER GOOD WEEK FOR THE POT-8 WEEKS TO GO!

Hi Everyone!

SEALED POT GRAND OPENING

Thank you for your comments regarding WHEN we should open our SEALED POTS. It will be the 30th November, although I do understand some people have other plans/dates. In fact we will be opening our new one again in March 2015, just before our trip to South America.

MY SEALED POT WEEK

SAVED NOT SPENT-£5 in the pot from eating most of my dinners at school.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£1 More delicious runner beans from my Mum and Dad.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£2 Apples gifted to us from my Mum and Dad.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£4 for not having a dessert whilst eating out and then SAVED NOT SPENT-£4 for not having a dessert whilst eating out again (the will power that took!!)


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£10.00  from using a £10 off voucher.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£12.00 saving from using our Railcard when travelling to London yesterday.


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SAVED NOT SPENT-£10.00 saved from taking a packed lunch with us to London yesterday.


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So total amount saved this week was £48. We are really pleased with that!

Added to our previous total of £144 our total now stands at £192. This money is towards our lunches on our South American trip. We are getting closer to our total and need £68 more.

I have started a savings bar on the side of the blog which shows we have reached 12.8% of our savings total.

HEPTAGONAL CHALLENGE

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Another good week for this challenge.

We have put 6 x 20ps and 1 x 50ps in the pot.

This money will be towards the fun part of our South American Spending Money!

HOW HAS YOUR SEALED POT WEEK GONE?

Sft x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

MY SEALED POT WEEK and WHEN SHALL WE HAVE OUR GRAND OPENING?

Hi Everyone!
When shall we have the Grand Opening?

I was wondering which date will suit most people for the sealed pot opening?
1st Dec looks good on paper but as it's a Monday I'm not sure it will fit in with some of our working weeks.
So should we go for the day before and make it the 30th Nov or the week after and make it the 6th?
I like the sound of the 6th but happy to go with the majority.

Part of the reason I'm asking is because I think I need to start a sealed pot countdown. 9 weeks to to go! That kind of thing.

I do hope you've had a good week savings wise.

MY SEALED POT WEEK

£5 saved from eating at school.


£1 more saved from my Mum giving me more beans.


£10 saved from a 50% off voucher a friend of mine for a dinner out.


£1 contributed by Mr Sft for a card he took from my card box.


£5 contributed by Mr Sft when he re-gifted some wine. It was his to give so he didn't have to buy any more.



£30 contribution from a meal when our friends insisted on paying (we paid last time and this time it was for Mr Sft's birthday on Monday).


So a total of £52

So last week we had £92

Now it's been boosted to: £144. We need £260 to eat out for lunches in South America. This seems like a lot but it's actually about £8 each per lunch.
So now at £144/£260=£116 to find.


Heptagonal Challenge:

We will be putting this money towards the South American trip too. But we have no idea what will be in there. This will go towards the fun aspects of the trip-including a helicopter flight over the Iguazu Falls on the border between Argentina and Brazil.


2 x 50ps and 6 x 20ps

A good week!

How has your sealed pot week gone?

Oh, I will be having the Japan giveaway draw on my other blog very shortly. You can enter as many times as  you like by leaving a comment:

http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk

Sft x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY-IT'S BACK! WITH A JAPAN GIVEAWAY


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Hi Everyone!

I was so blown away by the amazing comments you left on my blog during my absence and also how many of you have continued with your pots. 


Now it's time to continue with our Sealed Pot Sunday updates...

But before we do I have begun a new blog about my new travel challenge of 
visiting 100 countries before I am 50.

With 7 and a half years and 45 countries to go it is going to be a challenge but one that I really want to do.

So to launch the blog I am having a JAPANESE giveaway 


These goodies are all from JAPAN:
A writing pad
Bookmarks
Postcards
A pretty decoration which I would use on my Christmas tree

All you have to do is join or leave a comment on the new blog. 

If you do both I'll put your name in the pot twice.

http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk

(you may have to paste the link into a search)


I have chosen light items so I can send the package worldwide.
(By the way I will also enter the people who have already joined/left comments :)

SEALED POT UPDATE

Well first things first. The bad news is we did open the pot in the summer. Don't ask. But it was the right thing to do at the time. I needed some money (urgently) for my Russia trip and so it did go towards travel.

 The double good news is we have started a new one and we did keep going with the heptagonal challenge-and that tin must be at least half full. 

Another development is that there is NO WAY we will be able to go on our 2020 challenge. It just wouldn't be possible to leave our family for so long. They need us around. So instead I'm satisfying my travel lust with my new challenge.

Of course every penny counts for that challenge so my SEALED POTS are saving towards our spending money for OUR TRIP TO ARGENTINA and BRAZIL in March/April next year!

I have redecorated my pot which I will show next week. It has photos of Christ the redeemer/Igazu Falls/Sugar Loaf Mountain to inspire us. Trip highlights to come!


MY SEALED POT WEEK


Started with my lovely Mum giving us some of the gorgeous runner beans that she grows in her garden. I'm not sure what these would have cost so I've put £1 in the pot.



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I have decided that I will pay my pot for my free school lunches each day-£1 per day=£5. This is great value as we have a new chef who is wonderful. I would pay much more than £1 for his lunches.



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We used £25 worth of Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to pay for food for my Dad's 80th birthday buffet. 




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I was given an anniversary card for my Auntie and Uncle. So I have put £1 in the pot.

The money saved has gone into the sealed pot. Excellent! 

So total savings this week amount to £32
Plus £60 already in there=£92

£92/£1500-Looking at it like that there is a lot of saving to do!!

We have budgeted £260 for our lunches in South America so that leaves £168 to save.


Our heptagonal challenge tin is a complete mystery. We just aim to fill it up and add it to the the sealed pot when it's opened in December. 

Over to you-how is your SEALED POT CHALLENGE GOING????



Sft x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

I'M BACK!-SO IS SEALED POT SUNDAY-AND I HAVE A NEW CHALLENGE!

Hi Everyone!



Thank you so much for your lovely messages. I read every one and was so touched. But my family life got too tough to share for a little while.

Now I have had time to reflect. And set myself a new challenge-travel related of course. If you want to read about it-

http://349sfttoseetheworldchallenge.blogspot.co.uk

(Not sure why this link isn't working-please put this in as a search)

Just to let you know Sealed Pot Sunday will resume next Sunday. 

So get your savings hats on so we can share our progress then.


Take care my lovely blogging buddies!

Sft x

Judy-I have been checking in.
Suze-Sorry I've been distant for a while.

Monday, 5 May 2014

TAKING A LITTLE BREAK FROM BLOGGING.....

Hi Everyone!

I'm having a little break from blogging. May not be too long i hope!

Please continue to fill up your sealed pots and I'm sure I'll back long before we open them together.

A special hug and kiss to Judy. I'll be thinking of you daily. Keep up your positivity!

Big Hugs

Sft x

Sunday, 27 April 2014

NEW PLANS AFOOT & PLEASE LEAVE YOUR SEALED POT UPDATES!"

Hi Everyone!

I haven't disappeared off the face of the planet! 

I returned from Japan and have been hatching plans for my future and next challenge. 

The biggest decision we've made has been that we are no longer planning a 2020 adventure-it would have meant leaving family for far too long-which won't work. 

Instead we are planning more adventures over the following years. Some with be for Mr Sft and myself. Some I will do alone (which suits me-if I didn't enjoy travelling alone I would never have met Mr Sft in the first place!). All will be for the maximum of 2-3 weeks.

The sealed pot money for last year and this year will now go towards our new plans.

I am excited to hear what you have all been up to and will be posting lots of photos from our Japanese adventure. One of the most amazing countries I've ever visited!

Here's the first:


Sft x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 18 AND 19-LEAVE A COMMENT WHILST I'M OFF TO JAPAN!

Hi Everyone!



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Well in 30 mins we leave for the airport to take our overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan.

So it's over to you for your comments for SEALED POT SUNDAY WEEK 18 AND 19!

I will try to chuck some savings in a pot whilst we are away and then let you know how much when we arrive back. I have a feeling however that Japan will not be a cheap country.

Can't wait to share the highlights when we return!

  • 1
    Join tour in Tokyo

  • 2
    Walking tour through Tokyo's shrines and gardens

  • 3
    Free day in Tokyo or optional excursion to Kamakura

  • 4
    Boat ride on Lake Ashi; transfer to Hakone

  • 5
    Bullet train to Kyoto; explore the Geisha district

  • 6
    Free time to visit Kyoto's temples and zen gardens

  • 7
    At leisure in Kyoto

  • 8
    Reflect at Hiroshima Peace Park; train to Nagasaki

  • 9
    Take a walk though Dejima, Nagasaki's Dutch quarter

  • 10
    Train and ferry ride to Hirado Island

  • 11
    Full day to explore Hirado and Ikitsuki Islands

  • 12
    Sail among the '99 Islands' then travel to Fukuoka

  • 13
    Tour ends in Fukuoka


Sft x