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Our big fat list of things to save for

I had to have a little chuckle to myself when Tom and I were chatting the other day about going away in the van (Tom has a VW T5 Transporter) this year, and he explained that he'd really like to do a lot more work on the van first - fitting some reclining chairs, redoing the flooring and generally renovating the inside again. The reason I laughed is that we seem to be saving for several things at once at the moment and I don't think we can add a camper-van renovation into the mix! I think we've hit that age where you want to make where you live really lovely, but you still haven't lost that wanderlust and desire to travel, so we're juggling lots of savings goals at once at the moment. So when I was asked to write a blog post on a 'once in a lifetime' spend, and what we'd buy if money was no object, I thought, "Stuff once in a lifetime, we need all of this stuff now!" So I thought I'd tell you about all of the reasons we're currently siphoning money into a savings pot and will be foregoing lots of nights out, dinners out and new clothes over the next 14 months or so....

 1. Trek America trek in September 

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In September we'll be heading off on the Westerner 2 trek with Trek America, visiting the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Big Sur to name a few.  We have a rather hefty amount to pay off in July, not to mention needing to save for spending money for the trip itself so we can afford some of their extra activities, and lots of yummy American food!  I have a feeling this is going to be one worth eating beans on toast for a couple of months for though, we can't wait!
2. Wood Burning Stove



This might seem a little odd, but it's something Tom and I have wanted for ages, can you imagine how cosy it would make our living room! We have a rather empty fireplace at the moment and we're desperate to fill it with a wood-burner by next winter.  Tom has even started building a wood-store in the garden ready for all the wood we're going to need! (Excuse the mess, we've just pulled down a load of decking and are working on the garden!) Bodhi, as always, is on hand to inspect any changes being made!



3. Our wedding


Perhaps I should have listed this a little higher up the list, but of course we're also saving for our wedding in April next year.  We are trying ever so hard to do it on a budget, but having booked the venue, the photographer and with the quote we have from the caterers we've already gone over our estimations and our inching towards our intended max budget!  Luckily both of our parents are kindly helping us out but we still want to save a lot ourselves so that we can do the things we really want to do!

4. A new kitchen



I've mentioned before that our kitchen is not entirely to my taste, with green cupboards and a really odd layout with a freestanding oven and a separate utility room that's a bit too small to house much in.  We painted the floor white in February but we'd really love to give it a complete makeover and get a kitchen designer in to redesign the layout and put some really smart new work surfaces and units in.  We spend a lot of time in the kitchen so it makes sense to turn it into a place that we love!

5. The honeymoon


I really have no idea how we're going to save for a honeymoon - especially the sort of honeymoon we'd like! We'd really like to take a good amount of time off work (perhaps 6-8 weeks if possible) and go to Bali, Australia and maybe Fiji too.  I realise that's very ambitious even in terms of the amount of travel but it seems like a great opportunity to tick a few places off the wanderlust list! At this rate though it'll be more like Bognor than Bali!

6. A new bathroom


A new bathroom is also on the 'to save for' list.  At the moment our bathroom has three peach walls and one white one where Tom had a burst of energy one weekend and then ran out of paint.  It also has lots and lots of wooden cladding with gaps in and zero storage, meaning horrid boxes of toiletries everywhere!  We'd love to do the same as the kitchen and get a proper designer and fitter in to get it done properly!

So that's my 'once in a lifetime' splurge list except for we're trying to fit it all into a two-year period - oops! This blog post topic was suggested by Everyday Loans and I fear we may end up needing one of our own if we don't stop expanding the 'to save for' list!

What would your 'once in a lifetime' spend be - or what big ticket item are you saving for?

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16 comments

  1. I'm often thinking of multiple savings goals as well! I guess, like you, it's the struggle between spending money on going off on an adventure vs spending money to make everyday life more comfortable and beautiful. Great post!

    Charlie x
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  2. Ummm YES come to Australia! I hope you're able to save up for and accomplish all your goals! They all sound so exciting. I went to America over Christmas and it was the best holiday I've ever been on - I am super jealous of you going there this year! I want to go back so badly. Eek!

    Kirsten | kirstenlearns.com

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  3. Have commented on your kitchen post. Am busy today but I will try play around with a few ideas in Dulux colour app over the weekend. remind me. Have you started a kitchen ideas scrapbook ?

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  4. I guess mine is fairly simple, the house. I haven't found one which ticks all of the boxes yet, so at least I can keep saving up towards it. That's the bright-side anyway, as I'm trying not to get too annoyed that I can't find anything I like :(

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  5. Imagine that wood burning stove in Christmas though....dreamy!! So jealous of your trek America trip, so jealous. Honestly the wedding will be ok, just try and do most of the crafty bits yourself like I said. It really does save money. xxx

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  6. I also have loads to save for. Firstly a car, then some roller derby skates, then another European road trip, then Venice.

    The idea of a woodburning stove is tempting too....

    Feeling Stylish

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  7. i've done a trek america trip- the southern sun. Best experience of my life :-)

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  8. Wow, I don't blame you for wanting to do everything on this list, it all looks amazing. I love wood burning stoves, for me, they always make a house feel more homely, especially on winter nights - so cosy!

    Anna xx ¦ The Girl In The Moon

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  9. Save up for your kitchen then get down to B&Q next January for their sales. I got mine with 15% off and a few extras thrown in. Don't get it fitted by them if you don't like chucking money to the wind - local fitters do as good a job for a fraction of the price. All in all mine was 3.5k with appliances and tiles and my local fitters labour. Considering the kitchen and fitting was quote double that, I'm chuffed.

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  10. Possibly a massive no no in your eyes buuut Dan has a lovely bit of fluffy was brand new carpet in his T5 which fits wonderfully, oyu're welcome to have that when we go (how gross does that sound!?)

    Wood burning stove would be LUSH in your lounge xo

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  11. Wow what a list...but I don't think anything on it is unreasonable, it's good to set goals and know what you want in life, planning for them makes things more achievable. I wish the Husbter and I were more like that, we seem to live in the moment and worry about the costs later...not good! I love the sound of your adventures coming up...such an exciting few years ahead.
    Katie x
    http://www.missenchanting.co.uk/

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  12. Oh dear Rosie so much to save for haha! All very fun things though, and I'm sure you'll be determined enough to make those dreams happen. Super jealous of your America trip especially! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  13. Wow, lots of big exciting things to save for! I do always think it's much easier to save when it's FOR something though- I'm not very good at "rainy day" saving, I just end up wanting to spend it. Oops!

    Alice xx | The Cup and Saucer

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  14. I guess the question should really be "Leona, what are you not saving for?" because I just have so many dreams and not enough dollar for all of them! At the moment we're saving to move into a house, be that buying or renting. We just really want to have a cute little house and a little garden that Rex can run around in. If I win the lottery any time soon I'll shoot some money your way!xx

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  15. Ash and I almost booked that Trek America trip, but (as you probably noticed..!) just got back from our own trip to San Francisco and Las Vegas, which included a morning to the Grand Canyon. It was incredible, and we both had the time of our lives. One thing we totally underestimated? How cheap everything is in America. We'd spend $50 on a 2 course meal with 4 drinks, which would see us through to late breakfast the next day. Also the clothes are so crazy, we spent $150 in the Vans store in San Francisco and got SO many goodies...

    We are currently saving for... a trip back to Vegas! We loved it there SO much. :D

    Rosie x
    Every Word Handwritten

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  16. It certainly looks like an exciting list of things to save for! I don't think it's a sign of getting old - more a sign of having the knowledge that a little bit of penny pinching can end up giving you amazing rewards!
    Out list of things to save for also includes a new fire (I'd like a woodburner as well), a new shower, and however many rounds of IVF treatment we need! :-) x

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