I'm taking part in SFT's sealed pot challenge for 2013. This involves finding a suitable receptacle that can be tightly sealed to allow no sneaky borrowing over the year; then you chuck your spare change in from today the 4th to next year the 3rd December. At that point you unseal your pot and see what you've managed to save.
In theory having an idea of what the funds will go towards is a good idea but I'm not sure on that front yet. Being one of life's perpetual procrastinators I am keen to non-commit in case I want to change my mind half way through. Not that there's anything to disallow such fickle intentions in the rules but I have an abiding guilt/complex type thing about stuff like that, that leaves me stymied and more likely to not do something at all rather than cope with the idea of announcing my goal early on only to have to admit to failing on it later.
Does that make any kind of sense? No, thought not. Anyway, back to the pot...
My pot cost me a grand total of nowt - free. As a friend of ours says 'nuppence - it's my favourite price'. This was full of Ferrero Rocher and a gift to the office by a visiting agent. I begged the container, no-one else wanted it tbh so it wasn't exactly a great feat. There were even some Ferrero Rochers left in it but I was ever so good and left those behind in the office. Ok, ok, I did have one but as I now have the next 8 days off work (using up annual leave before the end of the year) I doubt there'd be any left by the time I return.
I need to remove the FR label, seal the pot up and hacksaw a slot in the side but here it is with the first contribution - the change from my purse today minus the £ coins. These may get in in later months but not this month. Even with trying to make things / buy pre-loved and generally not partake too much in the materialistic crapmas shopping hell that December can all too easily turn into; it is a more expensive month.
I will post a pic now and then as we go on with the challenge but for now I am holding off decorating Pot with pics of the end goal - as aforementioned I really don't have one decided upon yet. :-)
Before you think me totally humbugish let me assure you I do enjoy the festive season; the lights, the colours, sparkles and the warmth that giving brings. I offer up my advent surprise I did for the Chap yesterday (ok, I was a little late; then again he is 42 so should count himself lucky to receive chocolate bears and elves with popping candy in at all) as proof that I am not bereft of the chrimble urge. Just lacking in motivation to get into debt over a religion-hijacked pagan celebration of midwinter. So there. ;-p