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January 2016



Save More Money This Year with Savings Challenges

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Looking to save more money this year? Challenge yourself with a Savings Challenge!

Is one of your goals this year to save more money? If so, you are not alone. Many people are striving to save more money this year, but they don’t know where to begin. Others make a valiant effort to save more money at the beginning of the year but my Spring Break they are ready to give up on their goal.

This year you can make sure you save more money by creating accountability, and using your competitive side to your advantage, with one of these savings challenges.

52 Week Savings Challenge

Surely you’ve heard of this savings challenge as it’s a pretty popular one on Facebook and other social media networks this time of year. In this savings challenge you set aside $1 the first week of the new year (or whenever you decide to start the challenge) and increase you savings amount by $1 each week. For example, on week 15 you’ll save $15. By the end of the year, you will have saved $1,378!

The challenging part of this challenge is that at the end of the year when holidays hit and money is usually tighter, you will be saving around $50/week. If you are on a tight budget, it might be difficult to complete the entire challenge. Luckily there are some alternatives that might fit your lifestyle, and budget, better.

52 Week Savings Challenge Modifications

52 Week Flat Rate Savings Challenge

Take the amount of money you want to save this year, or the amount you’d save in the normal 52 Week Savings Challenge, and divide it out evenly. This will allow you to save a flat rate each week instead of increasing your savings rate throughout the year. A flat rate of $26.50 for 52 weeks will add up to the same amount as the regular 52 Week Savings Challenge.

Reverse 52 Week Savings Challenge

As mentioned, one of the hardest parts of the 52 Week Savings Challenge is setting aside $50-ish/week during the holidays. One way to modify this challenge and solve that problem is by doing the challenge in reverse. You can start out by saving $52 on week one and end the year with $1 on week 52. This might be easier if you get a bonus during the beginning of the year so you can fund those larger savings weeks with your extra income.

52 Week Savings Elimination Challenge

In this modification, you can choose to save any amount you want each week, from $1 to $52. This allows you the flexibility to save more when you have extra money and less when your budget is tight. Each week you cross the amount you saved off the list and you won’t save that exact amount again during the remainder of the challenge.

52 Week Mini Savings Challenge

If your budget is really tight, you might not be able to set aside $1,378 over the course of year. Taking part in this challenge will help you save money on a smaller scale because this challenge uses $0.50 increments instead of $1 increases each week. It’s just like the 52 Week Savings Challenge cut in half. You save $0.50 the first week and end the year saving $26 on week 52. The total savings will also be half at $674.

365 Day Savings Challenge

If you prefer a daily action instead of a weekly action to make saving money a habit, try the 365 Day Savings Challenge. In this challenge you set aside $0.01 on day 1, $0.02 on day 2, and so on until you save $3.65 on the last day of the year. This challenge will result in savings of $667.95 if completed correctly.

Savings challenges are a great way to make sure you save more money this year, but it’s also important that you use that money wisely. You can choose to put your challenge savings into your emergency fund, invest it, put it toward debt as a lump sum payment at the end of the year, or to pay for Christmas gifts for your friends and family. All of these are good ways to use your savings challenge money if it will prevent you from taking on debt. Plus savings challenges help you build a new savings habit that you are more likely to continue after completing the challenge.

Have you ever done a savings challenge? Which one did you use?

Looking to save more money this year? Challenge yourself with a Savings Challenge!

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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