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52 Week Savings Challenge

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by HippieChickadee, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. MickeySP

    MickeySP DIS Veteran

    Jan 11, 2005
    I like this idea too. :) Think I will add this to the saving idea with a twist. I plan on getting one of those giant plastic banks you can't open, the ones yo have to cut t get the change.

    Get the equivalent in change each week and save it there. My CU has free coin counter so I am thinking it works for me. :cool1:

    We also opened Vacation & Xmas club accounts, like the had when I was a kid. We each through in 50 a week - nice bump in May(vacation club) and October(Xmas club)
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  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc <font color=royalblue>We had a wonderful time, but

    Jul 2, 2007
    I think that if you can find a way to save $52 on the last week of the year-- the week right after Christmas-- it would probably be easier to just save $30 every single week. At the end of the year you would have over $1500.
  4. Becky2005

    Becky2005 <font color=darkorchid>I actually thought they mad

    Nov 4, 2004
    I saw this too & one person posted they are going to do it daily. Not double the amount each day but start over with $1 each first of the month, so the most they would put in is $31 at the end of the month and then start over again with $1, etc... I thought that was an interesting way to do it.

    I also like the reverse part too since I know that would definitely work better for us. It is true, most people are very motivated when they start and then as the numbers start added up, it seems harder to put those away vs. $1.

    We are always scrambling to find money come December and it isn't just because of Christmas. We get whopped with some bigger semi-annual bills the first week of Jan., so in Dec. we are scrambling to have money for that (OK..I guess if we were doing this we would have this money saved to take care of it).

    Plus my DH doesn't get paid for holidays -- so over Thanksgiving he loses 2 days/pay over Christmas he loses 2 days/pay and we have to scramble to make up for those.
  5. disney1990

    disney1990 <font color=royalblue>Wow, it make my heart skip a

    Aug 24, 1999
    I totally hear you. I was scheduled for 8 hours this week. Next week's schedule only goes to Tuesday & I'm not on the schedule for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday so far. I don't see it being a good week either. For me, I think it would be easier to just deposit the same amount each week.
  6. chipdale74

    chipdale74 Mouseketeer

    Sep 9, 2009
    I am glad I came across this post. I want to try it also. Here's hoping nothing comes up...
  7. Becky2005

    Becky2005 <font color=darkorchid>I actually thought they mad

    Nov 4, 2004
    That's a good idea too!! I work retail and there are some weeks I can take shifts/get really good $$$ but other weeks where even though I'm scheduled, they call and tell me they are cutting hours so I may be lucky to work 10 hours that week (which is what is going to happen right now until spring time -- it is our very slow time).
  8. WDWBarb

    WDWBarb I need a vacation.

    Mar 24, 2007
    I got serious (finally, but better late than never) about saving about 7 years ago. I did the Dave Ramsey thing and got out of debt and then shoved whatever I could into savings. What really worked for me was using money-management software (Quicken in my case) to understand my typical expenses and build a budget. I put paychecks in and can tell months in advance how much money I will have to put into savings (barring any emergency situations). So I then set up a weekly transfer into savings (through my bank's website) and treat it as a bill.

    My goal is to have 95% of unused money in my savings account. This has worked very well for me and it makes saving a necessary part of my budget. I have different savings accounts for different goals (emergency fund, car, etc). I also don't see a bunch of extra cash in my easily-accessible checking account so I never assume I have extra money to spend.

    Saving is easier when you pay yourself as you would any other debtor. It's an obligation you have to yourself. You don't have to have software to do it, but it makes money management much less of a chore (especially when it syncs with your bank to download transaction) and it's motivating to see your net worth grow every week.

    I don't know what I just typed all that but I can say I'm passionate about it because it made such a huge, lasting and important impact on my life. Dave Ramsey got me started and Suze Orman keeps me going. :)
  9. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 22, 2006
    This looks really neat. Think I'll get an envelope and do this. I've got tentative plans for next Feb at WDW. Think this will be my savings for that trip.

    Thanks for posting!
  10. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

    Dec 30, 2011
    My husband went to the bank today and made our first withdraw. I ended up not being able to start at the high end because he didn't get full hours last week, but I did check off a week on the chart so I'm pleased that we at least got started! We put the money in an envelope until we have enough to open the savings account.

    I hung a copy on the fridge and wrote real big on the bottom "Paying Ourselves FIRST!" in black marker.
  11. carrie1626

    carrie1626 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2001
    You are very very intuitive. THANK YOU!!
    That is exactly what I am going to do!!!
  12. House_of_Mouse Fan

    House_of_Mouse Fan Mouseketeer

    May 21, 2009
    Thanks for sharing! I like the reverse idea, too. Count me in! :thumbsup2
  13. eisforpants

    eisforpants Mouseketeer

    May 8, 2008
    I like the idea of marking off what you can afford that week. I get paid every two weeks so I can see me putting in a larger amount at payday and a smaller amount the next week.

    I'll start after we come back from Disney and try to catch up.
  14. VeganCupcake

    VeganCupcake Almost an Expert

    Feb 14, 2010
    I am in! Sounds like a good way to save for a Disney trip!
  15. dreamin_disney

    dreamin_disney DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2008
    Thanks for this thread. I printed out 3 copies. 2 for me and 1 for dh. Hopefully he does it too.

    I printed out 2 copies for me
    1. to write down the dates of each week. That way I can see my paydays, holidays and months i dont get paid. Makes it easier to figure out what week I can pay into savings
    2. Incase I decide to do what another poster posted. Jump around the page and highlight the amounts I saved.
    july I dont get income so that month will be my $1, $2 etc.
    March we get taxes so I'd pay the higher amount $52, $52 etc

    and just highlight as I go

    I also plan on having a christmas fund so if I follow this and xmas fund I hope to save up $2378
  16. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

    Jul 2, 2008
    One of the easiest ways to save is to reduce the amount you pay to Uncle Sam. There's no valid reason to give the government an interest-free loan, which is exactly what you're doing when you set things up so that you know that you're going to get a refund.

    Reduce your withholding and use the extra take-home pay as your savings.
  17. luvsmickeymouse

    luvsmickeymouse Opt to Adopt!

    Jul 31, 2005
    This is a good idea! I am thinking that when the month has 5 paychecks, make one of the bigger deposits and cross it off.

    I am in!
  18. jetskigrl

    jetskigrl No mumbojumbo here

    Mar 7, 2007
    I'm in :thumbsup2

    I set up my spreadsheet tonight and I am going to use the "put in whatever I have that week and cross it off" method.

    I already put $20 a week away for spending money for our vacations but I am going to do this also for extra money next Christmas.
  19. newMrs.Robinson

    newMrs.Robinson Earning My Ears

    Jun 26, 2007
    We are doing this x7 for each member of our family. The result will be our vacation fund for next year. We are doing it to include the kids in saving money it seems like the smaller ones will understand it more the. Just saying we are saving money......
  20. dreamin_disney

    dreamin_disney DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2008
    How is everyone doing with keeping up with this challenge???

    I have about $91 saved so far. I'm skipping around and highlighting the amounts as I go. I know theres another thread on this but I cant find it tonight
  21. dadddio

    dadddio DIS Veteran

    Jan 4, 2013
    I really like this little savings plan, but I feel that many people don't understand it's true benefit.

    Doing the plan as presented is about budgeting your money and continually tightening the budget by one dollar per week. On the first week, you live your life spending one less dollar than you normally would. The second week, you make week one's budget one dollar tighter, and so on throughout the year.

    For the last weeks, you are not having to find an extra $50 in the budget. You only need to tighten the previous week's budget by one dollar.

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