- Get a Piggy Bank! Make it something fun, big or small.
We all had piggy banks growing up, and they are so fun! There are so many different types out there, from ones that look like actual pigs, to cupcakes and beyond! This is also one of the easiest ways to save up your money. All you have to do is set your change aside when you purchase something, and put it into your piggy bank. Once it is full, empty it out, roll your change, and start filling it up again!
- Save Up All Your Dimes, 2L = $700
Personally, I haven’t tried this one out yet, but I have seen it pop up on Pinterest a lot. I also have some friends who have done this when trying to save some money and they love the idea. This is another simple thing to do… in fact you could do this along with the filing up of a piggy bank. Just separate your dimes so that you have two things going for you to save money. From what I have read and been told, filling up one 2L bottle with dimes will net you about $700.00. That is a lot of money saved doing something is so simple.
- Save All Your 5’s
This is another idea that I have come across on Pinterest. I never really thought much of this one until I had a customer come in the other day. We started talking, and somehow came onto the subject of saving money. She told me how in 2015 she saved up all of her $5.00 bills, and ended up with $1505.00 at the end of the year. Saving $5.00 every time you get a bill back is easy enough, and it adds up very quickly. Just put it in a jar, and don’t touch it until the end of the year.
- 52 Week Money Challenge
My roommate and I did this challenge 2 years ago. We printed out papers with how much money we needed to add every week and taped them onto a big mason jar. We held each other accountable with saving the money, and by the end of the year we had saved up $1,378.00. When you’re in college, that is a lot of money, and you can really put it towards something nice! Below is a picture of when I was doing the challenge. Seriously, try it! You will be surprised with how easy and fun it is.
*Bonus Tip: You don’t have to do the weeks in order. If you have an extra $52.00 in any of the weeks, put that amount in when you have it, you don’t have to wait until the last week to do that. Just mark what you are putting in as you put it in, and you will be good to go!
- Only Use Cash
This is probably something you have heard time and time again; use cash, not plastic. Nowadays it is so easy to just pull out your card and spend money, you don’t have to count anything, and it’s just there on your card for you to swipe. What we should all be doing is taking out a set amount of cash each week, and make that all that we are allowed to spend. This is all about budgeting, and when you go shopping it will really help you stick to that budget when you realize that your cash flow is almost gone. Just try it for one week, and you will see yourself saving money and thinking twice about buying that new pair of shoes that you probably don’t need.
Saving money is something we all want to do, but a lot of people are lost on where they should start, but I’ve just given 5 ways for you to start! If you try any of these, have tried them before, or have another suggestion, please leave a comment with your experience! I would love to hear what you have to say!