Our Sealed Pot for 2012.
We sneakily opened it one day early so Lovely Hubby could join in the excitement (and pose manfully in his beloved bright orange dressing gown!).
Ribbon peeled away and then the double sided sticky tape prised off, it was actually very well stuck down that lid, there could have been no sneaky dipping into this pot!
Our first impression - a pathetic little bundle of coins .......
.... languishing way down in the bottom of the 'bread bin'.
But once tipped out of their giant container it looked a lot more - PHEW!! We had a little guess each of the amount contained in the pot, we were both way out (although I conceed that LH was slightly nearer).
A happy five minutes was spent stacking and counting and a big grin is hidden behind the lid, if you enlarge the photo you will see a little blue eye looking at you! This was one very happy little bunny, well a big orange happy bunny actually!!
And the GRAND TOTAL - £480.
Yep, that's right four hundred and eighty whole pounds all in two pound coins. Someone did a happy little jiggy dance all around the kitchen, can you guess who it was.....no photos were taken so you can be sure it was the girl with the camera clutched in her little mits!!
Did you even know that £480 in £2 coins would weigh exactly 3 kilos .... nope neither did we, imagine what the jar would weigh if we had filled it right to the top!!
Next mission ....... seal up the pot again ready for next years challenge.
No sneaky getting into this pot, with new sticky tape and the ribbon back on and it looks as though we have never opened it, so much more cost conscious than last years 'smashing' time (see HERE).
And here are all the lovely £2 coins tucked into our Housekeeping Tin, they fit absolutely perfectly right up to the rim, you wouldn't be able to get one more coin in if you tried, how weirdly fateful is that?
And what are we using all this lovely lolly for, well I decided a while back that in the interest of saving for our new 'forever home' I would start the year saving as much as I possibly could from the housekeeping budget, so this little stash is the Housekeeping Budget for 2013. Well for as long as we can make it last for that is.
A whole new Challenge opens up for 2013 on the results of our Sealed Pot. It gives us a weekly shopping budget for food of £9.23. Seems a tiddly amount but if I can be super frugal and if we eat our way through the freezers and cupboards in a serious fashion and then plan a clever planting plan for the Veggie Patch we could just do this.
After all I have lived on £1 a day for five days twice now when I took part in the Below the Line Challenge, can two of us live for £1.31 a day for a whole year?
Many thanks must go to Sft from My 101 Challenge Blog who started this whole Sealed Pot idea last year, and as today is her birthday, why don't you nip over HERE and wish her a very Happy Birthday. You can also see how much all the other Sealed Potters have managed to save.
Happy Birthday Sft