On the 7th day of blogmas, Aitza gave to me…money savings tips to make 2018 financially amazing.
A few years ago I the 52 Week Money Challenge floating around social media. Wanting to start an emergency fund, I thought it would be an excellent way to jumpstart said fund. The premise of the challenge is to save $1,378 in 52 weeks. If you’ve read my post one Why College Grades Need a Chime Account, you’ll remember I stated nearly 69% of Americans do not have $1000 saved up. Here you have a tool to help you get over that first hurdle. Unfortunately, the traditional money challenge did not work for me for several reasons. Being the stubborn person I am, I was determined to make the Week Money Challenge work in my favour. That’s how I came up with the 52 Week Money Challenge in Reverse
The Traditional 52 Week Challenge
The traditional challenge has the saver setting aside an increasing amount of money every seven days. Week one you’ll have $1, Week two you’ll see the balance increase to $3 once you’ve added $2 and so on and so one.
When I started off, everything was going great. I made it half ways with about $400 saved in July. If you peep the chart above, you’ll see the goal for Week 28 is a balance of $406. So what happened after week 28 you ask? Life. July meant internships were coming to an end, a gap in pay checks, stocking up the dorm fridge. Then as soon as I get settled in August, it is celebration season. Labor Day, Granddaddy’s Birthday, my birthday, Mommy’s birthday, fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, and Christmas. Ya girl needs a lot of disposable income towards the end of the calendar year. That’s why I decided to reverse the 52 Week Challenge. It is easier for me to part with $3-$20 every pay period than it is to part with $60-$100.
Reverse 52 Week Money Challenge
The reason I recommend doing this challenge in reverse, is to take advantage of your cash flow at the beginning of the year. Perhaps someone gifted you $25 or $30 for christmas, well that’s half of your first week’s despoit right there. Maybe your company gave your an end of they year bonus, just go ahead and transfer that into your 52 Week Challenge savings. If you’re in college you might be getting a refund check. Take about $250-$400 out of that to jump start you savings. Maybe none of these scenarios apply to you, but you know you’ll be getting money back during income tax season. Then that is also a splendid time to jump right on in. Then you’re not taking a large sum out each pay check.
Once you’ve built your nest egg, it is more difficult to watch your balance drop from $388 than from $26. Not to mention it’s nice to look back at the end of the year and reflect on how are you’ve made it. Personally, I don’t like to feel as if I have to choose between treating myself to a weekend trip to the mountains are dropping almost $200 in my savings account at the end of the year. Just no. Especially knowing that when January comes around, I don’t want to see people. It is just me, my books, and my knitting needles.
Do’s and Don’ts of the Money Challenge
Don’t Save Your Money in a Jar
I am not one of those people to tell you to take cash out of your bank account and place in a mason jar or envelope or shoe box under your bed. It is not safe and your money isn’t insured. If your house gets robbed you aren’t going to get the $558 back you saved.
Do Create an Online Savings Account
I’m a huge fan of online savings accounts. Currently I’m using Barclays Dream Account which has no maintenance fee, 2.5% on six months earned interest with no withdrawals, and 1.05 % APR (annual percentage rate). Though at the moment the APR is 0.95%.
I prefer online savings accounts because they act like an out of sight out of mind savings method. It takes a couple of days for me to transfer the funds, so no impulse spending. With the right account, your money can earn 1%-1.35% APY just sitting there for Free 99.
Do What is Feels Comfortable
If you aren’t a fan of online savings accounts that take a few days for funds to transfer, I suggest other online accounts that come with a debit card and have no bank fees. As you know, I’m a fan of Chime Accounts, at there are ZERO fees involved and if need be, you can transfer from your savings to checking ASAP. If you do choose this route, keep your Chime card tucked away. That way you aren’t quick to grab and swipe.
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Don’t Treat This as Play Money *
*terms my vary
If your goal is to save our $1,000 to have an emergency fund, don’t dip into this when you want to eat out with friends or take advantage of a 40% off sale at your favourite store. Your future self won’t be thanking you. But if the purpose of this account is to pay for an upcoming trip or fund a move, then it is okay to dip Into it if you are presented with the chance to buy a discounted plane ticket or put down a deposit on your dream place before it’s snatched.
Do Be Realistic About Your Saving
I am all for paying yourself first, but sometimes emergencies happen. If your paycheck is short one week and a bill is due, pay the bill. You’ll be glad you avoided the late fees that can add up. Don’t throw away money if you can help it, then during your next pay period make up for the difference.
That’s all I have good people. I hope these tips help you start your 2018 financial goals off to a great start. If you plan on participating in the challenge, let me know. If you have other money savings tips, I’d love to hear about those too.
Until Next Time,