Saving challenges are a great way to build up funds if you are looking into alternative saving methods instead of just putting away a set amount each month.
This is a great way to start saving up a deposit if you can’t put away large amounts of your monthly wage.
During the first week you put away $1 (usually in a high-interest savings account). In week two, you put away $2. Then in the third week, you put away $3 and so on. By the time you make it to week 52, you’ll have saved up $1,378 and that doesn’t include any interest you may have accrued over the course of the year!
The $5 challenge
Want to save $6,890 over the course of a year? Of course you do! The fiver challenge is basically the same as the 52-week challenge, except instead of going up in multiples of $1, you go up in multiples of $5. By the final week, you’ll be depositing $260, taking your total to $6,890.
We understand that in the last months it may be challenging to save close to $260 each month, but put aside what you can and take pride in knowing that you are taking active steps to improve your deposit!
In this challenge, you choose a predetermined period of time (it could be a month, it could be a week - it’s up to you) and don’t spend anything for that period that is not essential.
This means no spending on takeaways, clothes, nights out, or any other thing you enjoy that doesn’t fall under your essentials category. Once you reach the end of the challenge, you take the amount that you would have usually spent on your non-essentials and put it straight into your savings account.