My husband is saving

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  1. Jenny3

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    I too would be interested in seeing how many people stick with it at the end of the year; I know I would probably not be able to - not with the holidays and whatnot.

    For me, it's easier to put $25/wk automatically in an ING account. I don't miss it and rarely check the balance (always a nice surprise when I do get around to it!) I also arranged to have $50/every 2 weeks dumped in our savings account from my part-time job's paycheck.

    We live pretty tightly, but it's good knowing $200/mo isn't being touched
     
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  3. BadgerGirl84

    BadgerGirl84 I used to have a tag...

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    OP, I think it's great your DH is saving and that you are both excited about having some spending money for Christmas.

    Only on the DIS will you find people poo-pooing your plan for a Christmas fund. :confused3
     
  4. Thumper_Man

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    Wow. I usually try not to comment on things like this, but a little harsh aren't we. As the OP stated, they have a savings account for emergencies, vacations and what not. So they are not new to savings and are in no way setting themselves up for failure. OP was merely stating that this a FUN little project to save money to spend at Christmas. Her DH is not putting the money into a savings account. He's putting the money into a jar at home. If he succeeds to save that much money each week, great. If not, no harm. If he does drop out about half way through, then he's still not a failure. He may not have met the full challenge, but he did succeed in saving some money. Saving some money is better than saving no money at all.

    I'm sure it would be just as easy to do it the way you stated, but the way he chose to do, he chose so he could have fun with it and see if he can meet the challenge. As the OP stated, if she really needs her DH to save the money, she can just tell him to adjust the savings account and have the extra taken out. She's happy and excited that he took the initiative to do some kind of savings, without telling him to.

    OP. Good luck to you and your DH and have fun with it.
     
  5. RitaE

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    As stated before, this thing has been all over the internet since the beginning of the year. Since it heavily hit the internet sites and boards that are dedicated toward finance and budgeting, declaring it to be inherently flawed and only participated in by those "new to saving" is kind of ...... I guess beside the point. There are large numbers of people participating in this who aren't new to savings at all and many who will do just fine at the end of the year.

    And yes, just like with weight loss challenges, book reading challenges, stop smoking challenges, 10,000 steps a day challenges and everything other kind of challenge, many people will drop out.

    The challenge as it was originally stated was just that, a challenge to try and save a little extra. It is a "find a way to tighten your budget a little more, little by little." It starts out easy and gets progressively harder. Many have decided to alter it to suit in their own minds how they want to play the game.

    I really think you are reading way too much into this. If it isn't something you'd want to do that is just fine but you seem a little over-invested in declaring it a bad idea for everybody else.
     
  6. LoriKutchey

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    I agree :confused3 Good Luck to your husband!!!
     
  7. buckirj1

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    I'm not at all new to saving, but I'm doing this in addition to my other savings, just to see how it all works out. I'm doing the savings in reverse, and once I figure I'm at a sustainable level, say $30, I'll contribute that amount through the end of the year.

    Nothing that results in savings is ever a bad idea. Return on savings is just a matter of degree, and some of us are more conservative about that risk.
     
  8. robsmom

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    It is only flawed if they decide to drop out. If it works for OP's husband than it won't be flawed. I think the point about being reminded that you have to give up more each week is the purpose of this plan. It is not meant for the person with a detailed budget and disciplined savings. It could be great for someone that does not really budget and/or wants to use it is a way to cut some cost. The plan is saying, find an easy thing the first week that you can cut out and add new things each week. Week one you decide to stop buying a soda from the machine on Monday's and drink free water instead. Week two you add another day. After 5 weeks you are not buying soda and you decide that you will pack your lunch one day a week. Gradually you build up to packing every day. After a few months you need more savings so you decide to cut a premium channel from your cable plan. By the end of the year, the $50 that you are saving each week is habit and sustainable. Next year you save that $50 every week and you have $2600 in annual savings. For some this could be a kickstart that they want.
     
  9. dadddio

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    the easy answer is that people don't have the self-control to just start saving fifty bucks a week and keep it up. Anybody can save a dollar, however. From there, it's easy to save two dollars. Each successive week, they scrimp a tiny bit more and save a bit more. By the time those last couple weeks of the year roll around, perhaps they've stopped hitting Starbucks on the way to work or are brown bagging it for lunch.
     
  10. dadddio

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    I disagree that the person is setting himself for failure. In fact, I feel that you might be missing the point of this savings scheme. You see, in those later months, the saver won't have to figure out how to save $50 from his weekly budget. He'll only have to figure out how to save one extra dollar from his budget. The weekly buyer was already adjusted the week prior to account for the other $49.
     
  11. davedmaine

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    Any saving is good saving.. Good luck, OP!
     
  12. RitaE

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    or find a way to earn an extra $1. ;)
     
  13. Family Fun Mom

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    I decided to do this method myself, just for some extra cash on hand. I really don't even know what I will use it for, I just thought it sounded like a good idea. And it's easy.

    I have a large, beautiful canister in my kitchen that I have always used as a decorative piece, I never keep anything in it. I've been putting my dollars in there every week. As an added bonus, every few days I empty out any spare change I have hanging around in my purse, wallet, or find while doing laundry and/or cleaning. It will be interesting to see how much that adds up over the next year or so.

    I haven't told DH or the kids that I'm doing it, either. They pass the canister everyday not knowing I'm secretly stashing away some fun money for us. I must be bored because this makes it a little more fun for me. :laughing: It's been a long winter! ;)
     
  14. Mom2apirate&princess

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    I saw this on FB and started doing it as well. We have other savings this is just for fun. I like the idea of switching it and getting the bigger amounts out of the way now...
     
  15. ilovemk76

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    Think of it like a diet. Do you want to try to lose all the weight in the last month or a set amount each month?

    Direct deposit works best as you get use to not having that money and getting to the money is not too easy to do. A jar with cash is easy to raid.
     
  16. gracie1

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    Well said! OP, good luck on saving for your christmas fund, or even fun money!
     
  17. beansmom

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    THANK YOU! I cannot believe how something so positive can engender negativity. I think that anything that can help inspire someone to do something positive for themselves is great.

    this challenge was issued by Kassondra Perry-Moreland and over 4,000 people have joined it on Facebook. It is appealing because it lets you start in manageable amounts until it becomes a habit. Maybe everyone CAN'T save the big amounts in Oct/Nov/Dec...but whatever they save is better than no savings at all.
     
  18. dadddio

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    I like this plan because it tends to force a person to budget his/her money and continually tweak the budget to make it better and better.
     
  19. we3travellers

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    I just received the latest copy of Chatelaine (a Canadian women's magazine) and on the front cover it said "turn $1 into $1300" and guess what? It's EXACTLY this idea! I agree with pp in that it slowly enables you to tweak your budget and find the money. When you see the money grow, you will start skipping that latte, etc. and put the money into your savings.
     
  20. beansmom

    beansmom <font color=blue>Your dream eludes you? Don't you

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    it's not always a matter of how much money you make...more, it is a matter of how much money you KEEP. (this was taught to me by a self-made multimillionaire).

    if you make $250k a year but you spend $300k, then making more money is not the answer.
     
  21. 2girls4me

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    I can't believe people are arguing over this.

    I started this too. I have $21 in an envelope. I should have the $1300 amount by the end of the year. Yay for me! Why is that wrong?
     

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