The sealed pot is burning a hole in our mental pocket. It's not that we want to spend the money, we just want to know how much is in there! I think we've settled on December 1st to open it, although I'm not convinced.
It seems like a very long time since we saved any substantial amount. We did reach our basic savings goal of filling the emergency fund, so that's a very positive thing. Having multiple changes jars seems to be working well. The sealed pot is for larger amounts, the open tin is for 20p and smaller. we've both got into the swing of emptying our change into it at the end of the week. We have dipped into it occasionally, mainly for parking, but it's been very useful and great for painfree savings.
"Proper" saving will start again at the end of this month. I know December is not traditionally a good month for saving but I think it will be a good one for us. Even more than last year we're stripping back celebrations. We spend quite a bit of time out and about meeting up with people we don't see the rest of the year (quite a few of our friends live overseas). But we don't need to spend tons on this like we have in the past. I've also spoken to people about not exchanging gifts this year, which has reduced the shopping list considerably. Dan's mum has suggested we have a £20 budget again this year as she enjoyed it so much last time round, so we're down to only a couple of more extravagant gifts now, phew.
This month (I know it's only early) other than buying some hay online I have gone back to cash for everything. It's easier for me. I withdrew some cash at the start of the month and I don't want to have to use any more. If this works I'll have a nice buffer in my account which I'll use as an overdraft should I ever have an expensive month, or if there's some kind of deal that's too good to miss. As it is, we don't need to buy anything other than bunny greens, milk and mushrooms this week, less than a fiver isn't bad going.