Money Savings Bingo >> New Years Resolution

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Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh god, Katie is doing a New Years resolution..new year..new her, thing. It’ll never work and everyone does the same thing.” Well, you’re mistaken. I’m not doing a “new year, new me” thing, I’m doing a save more money…thing.

Every year people try to set these super high New Years resolutions. “I’m going to lose 100lbs, I’m going to buy a lambo”, something like that. I want to be more realistic and just try to save more money this year. Now, last year I had started the savings bingo and I got quite far but then an unexpected expense popped up and I had to deplete the funds (thank God for those funds though for covering it). *Insert crying face*. This year I plan on doing things differently. Before, I would just put money in all the time, not leaving any out to go toward added expenses and then would end up having to empty out the jar (which should be left alone and not touched till it’s completed). With that being said, this year I plan on just depositing around $50 from each of my checks. That way, I still have money set aside for bills, groceries or any emergencies that might pop up. My hopes are to be able to not touch the money in the jar and end up completing the entire bingo chart. (has yet to happen)

Now, if you’re someone who has trouble saving money and complain all the time about being broke, then you should TOTALLY check this out and give it a try! It’s really easy and fun because you get to color in all the squares once you’ve completed that deposit. *insert cheesy grin*

Here’s how the bingo chart works:

  1. Print Chart (see photo below to print)
  2. Find a jar or other way to store money
  3. Tape chart to jar or have it in whatever container you choose
  4. Mark off each square as you deposit that amount
    (i.e: Square 34 – Deposit $34 or if you’re unable to afford that amount, maybe do pennies. So 34 pennies)
  5. Complete Bingo Chart = Cha-Ching! $$$$$$$$

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The Bingo Savings chart is really fun and a great way to get your children started on learning how to save money. Trust me, saving money should be taught because it’ll help in the long run (I know this because I was never really taught to save money and it affected me once I moved out #alwaysbroke). For children, I would recommend doing pennies (unless of course you’re giving your child $52 for some reason lol).

“Is there a certain day or week I should be depositing and marking off a square?”
No. I tend to just go off of when I get paid. If for some reason, I have extra income from either Swagbucks or photos, then I might put a little extra in the jar and mark off a few more squares. Other than that, I just do every pay day.

If you end up having any questions or want to get started on saving money and leaving the broke life behind, feel free to drop a comment below or if you’re on FB – message me.

Hope you all enjoyed my post! Here’s to a new year and more money!! $$$$

Xoxo Katie

Gotta Save Dat Money | Update

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!! I know a few weeks ago I spoke about doing the 52 week money challenge. You can find the blog post here. I was already planning ahead with it and had almost all of March saved for. Then an emergency came up and I had to take from the jar, sadly. Then I decided, why don’t I just do the bingo style that Danielle over at She Makes Cents came up with. 

Basically all you do is fill in the square with the amount of money you put in the jar. I haven’t been doing this weekly but more of a when I have money type of thing. Ha! When I went to print Danielle’s version off her blog, it was a little too light and pixel’d. I’m sure I could have emailed her and gotten a better copy of it for mine but I decided to revamp it for my own use. I made mine a little more bold and bigger letters.

Here it is if you’d like to use it!

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I still kept the amounts the same as hers and hope to have this filled up by the end of the year if not sooner.

Here is the progress on my jar.

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I have the 52, 51 and 50 squares colored in. That means I have saved $153 so far. I want to say that at the end of it you’ll have over $1900 in your jar (if you do the bonus squares). I’m hoping that next week I will have a couple other squares marked off. My strategy is to start with the bigger dollar amounts and then work my way up to the $1 and $10 squares vs trying to do the easy ones first and saving the harder amounts for later in the year.

Have you started the challenge to save money this year? Let me know how it’s going in a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great Wednesday

*side note: Nardi (my mini dachshund) is passed out on my desk in front of me while I’m typing this. He he.