Adulting really is a thing that is happening whether we like it or not. As I slowly but surely come to terms with this, I've realized that one thing I have to consider is the importance of a savings account. Like a real real savings account.
I know, sometimes we feel overwhelmed just staying above water with our bills, because at times that can be a struggle in itself. But a savings account can make or break your entire money situation, and life, when the unexpected happens; or even if you just want to save for a major life event like buying a car or a house. While it's a big deal, it's not as hard as it sounds. The biggest obstacle is pressing "go" and getting started.
Thankfully, we've come across a few savings challenges that not only make it easy but prove that putting a little away each week or month can help you save more than $1,000 in a year.
1. The 52-Week Challenge:
If you're like me, it's really easy to feel all motivated and inspired to start saving, but when it comes to actually doing it, it can feel a little overwhelming because I might not have a couple hundred dollars on hand to jumpstart the process, so it's hard to start to begin with. That's why I love this 52-week challenge. It lasts a year (clearly) and by the end of the timeframe, you would have saved almost $1,400! And it's really just starting with a little bit at a time and gradually growing the amount you save.
For the first week, you save $1, for week 2, $2, and so on… so for week 29, you save $29, for week 52, you save $52. Just like with all of these challenges, sticking with it is the major key to seeing the results you want.
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Originally published December 28, 2018.