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It occurred to me at the weekend that I had missed something out of my budgeting when I was doing all that at the start of the month.
We are going to have a pretty major trip somewhere to take the EFG to university in September! It may be as local as Lincoln, which we could do in a day, but it might be Aberdeen or Aberystwyth, Keele or Reading. The first two I am sure are going to involve an overnight stay, and Aberdeen would probably need several nights, as well as a tank or two of diesel....this is going to cost me!
She has also been invited on "visit days", and would really like to attend the one in Aberdeen in March. At first estimate, this is going to cost about £500 for the train fare and one night in a hotel for the two of us! Since this might very well be the place she decides to spend the next three or more years, I do think she deserves the chance to have a look around, however briefly!
So I reckon I need to aim for about £1000 in that account, one way or another. It might not entirely cover the cost of a long trip, but it would provide a buffer in that month. This is in addition to the already planned savings, and will have to be siphoned off from other things as and when that is possible. Once I find out what her firm and insurance acceptances are going to be, I might be able to modify it, but whilst Aberdeen remains a possibility, I think I had better aim high!