Saturday, 28 January 2012

A drop in the ocean?!

I always thought saving the pennies was not much point. I mean, you can't do much with those 1p's that I seem to find scattered about the house and in pockets.  It is just as drop in the ocean, right?

Over the last few days I have been thinking, that yes, saving pennies is just a drop in the ocean.  But then, that is all the ocean is made up of, countless drops.

I have to remember that it is not just about putting in big chunks into my savings (although that would be nice!), it is also about those pennies.  Every one of them.


I have recently been reading about No Spend Days and the Sealed Jar Challenge over at the lovely SFT blog, and have decided to do it myself.  I have not spent anything for the last three days which is great!   I had to get some vegetables from the Co-op for tea yesterday, but used my dividend points to pay for it.  I also stopped myself from sticking a bottle of drink in my basket - it wasn't on my list and I really didn't need it.  I am amazed how liberating it feels to realize that I really don't have to spend loads.  We were also lucky enough to be taken out for lunch, so no money spent there.  This was followed by a play at the park for the little monkies - again, all free.

I have also made my Sealed Jar.  I have 2 at the moment - one for our holiday in France this summer and the other is the Mortgage Pot (it is in a lovely old milk tin from the 40's).  I am going to make another one for my trip to Dublin later this year.

I am very pleased that I have been able to feed my little pots already.  I have taken all the silver change out of a pot we keep on the side and popped it in the France Jar.   I also got a bit of a bonus - my Dad came and visited for a night and gave us a bit of cash (lovely man!).  This has gone straight in the pots.  Usually any money like this would disappear into my purse and be wasted in a matter of days - now it can actually go towards something.

Still feeling very happy about this.  Not sure my husband is quite and excited - but a warning, he had better guard his pockets, as any change found is fair game and my little sealed pots are HUNGRY!

P.S  A big hello to SammyLeia and thank you for your post already.


  1. I have a hungry sealed pot too. I'm saving all my silver coins but I haven't got many lately as I've been mostly using my debit cards. We don't have 1 cent or 2 cent pieces here so everything gets rounded to the nearest 5 cents. That probably means that I need to throw a few $1 coins in now and then so that it doesn't starve! :)

  2. Hi Becky,

    You are in a great place, feeling the power to say no in a shop is incredible and amazing. This is the start to a wonderful journey for you. BECKY TAKES CONTROL.

    Great sealed pot ideas! Keep looking for those pennies, they mount up. Lots of us are opening them in December 1st but it doesn't really matter.

    Keep up the great work!

    Sft x

  3. Welcome aboard - liberating isn't it! x