Saturday, 7 December 2013

Mum's Advent Calendar 7, Days Left 18

Find me

My sealed pot is invisible. Like last year my sealed pot was not really sealed and it was not the only place where spare money was placed. I've collected all the loose change lying around again in drawers, pockets and pots. 

Money I have not spent is automatically saved. It stays in the bank if I don't need it.

I've sold plenty of stuff on ebay this year and any items I've bought on ebay (Christmas presents included) have been bought with this ebay money so therefore I've saved a pile here but also made some more money which is now 'saved' in Paypal.

I've saved by not buying certain items I may have wanted but not needed.

I've saved by s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g food. For example a chicken can last us about 3 or 4 meals; I use leftovers as a base for other meals. Nothing is wasted.

I've made many presents and cards from recycled craft materials so saving on travelling to shops and spending money on gifts.

I can only put a figure on the cash we had lying around and this money has gone towards my Christmas extravagance of a 'real tree'. I have £28 loose change left.

So from my invisible pot I've managed to pay for Christmas and also have some change - can't be bad.

Thank you Sft for organising the sealed pot challenge. Sorry I couldn't stick to the rules but I find that I save by not spending rather than putting money away that I might have spent - if you see what I mean!

I am linking my Advent Garland to KC's Court this year for a really Advent Bloggy Christmas.


PS Carol has given you a clue as to where to find Snowy on yesterday's post. If you didn't find him - read her comment. He's an easy find today.


  1. Thank you for this post - I thought I was the only person NOT doing the Sealed Pot challenge, but I have applied almost all the Saving Systems that you have. I just don't have any spare cash lying around. I make as few trips to the ATM as I can. If it is not in my purse, I cannot spend it . "big" and "necessary" things are bought with an M&S card, but ONLY if I can pay it off at the end of the month - and the loyalty points accrued keep us in respectable underwear [and meat & milk if times are really hard]!
    Our tree is artificial, and we have had it since 1990. It is a very good quality 5foot one, which we got half price in a sale, and cost per year works out at less than £1!!
    advent blessings x

  2. Told you I wouldnt be able to keep up with the garland!
    I think its amazing you paid for your christmas too in the SFT sealed pot challenge. Who cares you slightly bent the rules, you managed to save anyway! Well done Mum.

  3. Rules are meant to be broken. Well done, I think it's great you paid for your Christmas tree. I found Snowy today.

  4. Well done with your "sealed" pot challenge. L has a pot in her room and in it she has put any money she has found lying around in the street, at school and home. Most has been coppers. We will have to open it soon see how much is in it. Found snowy today.

  5. Well done on all the saving and enjoy your real Christmas Tree. xx

  6. Found snowy today, is he OK? Well done for saving for Christmas : )


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