We shared this savings idea with you at the beginning of the year and it is a popular, fun and effective way to save $1,378 by the end of the year.
How do you save this by the end of the year?
It’s a very simple concept!
Basically, you save $1 for each week of the year that it is.
Week #1 – Save $1
Week #2 – Save $2
Week #3 – Save $3
and so on……. by the end of the year and all 52 weeks, you will have accumulated $1,378 towards whatever additional savings goal you have
But there is one issue with it that is an issue for many households! During the “most expensive month” – December – you are to save $48, $49, $50, $51 and $52 each week. Those are the highest amounts of the year and they are during the Christmas season. Now if you can follow the savings plan and still plan on the highest amounts being deposited during the Christmas season, then don’t make any modificiations!
But many of you have requested a modification to this system that will still allow you to save the $1,378 ($1 for each week of the year) but not end up with the highest amounts during the Christmas season.
We agree and we have seen many of you that are making a modification.
We asked on our Facebook page what your changes are going to be and so we will now share those with everyone here so that you can make this work for your family!
Idea #1 – Work Backwards
It’s quite simple. Just take the download below and start saving backwards. Meaning the highest amounts are first and by the time you reach Christmas season, you are depositing $5, $4, $3, $2 and $1 in your savings.
Idea #2 – Deposit Bi-Weekly
The next idea shared was to deposit bi-weekly to also coordinate with a common paycheck schedule, whether you are doing it in order or backwards. Or if you are doing this bi-weekly, one deposit from the beginning and one from the backwards end. So biweekly #1 would be $53 (last week of December and first week of January) and this helps ease the load at the end.
Idea #3 – Average the total either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
Another idea is to take the total of $1,378 and deposit the same amount 52 times, 26 times or 12 times. This way you are depositing the same amount each time.
If you deposit weekly, you would deposit $26.50 each week.
If you deposit bi-weekly, you would deposit $53 each paycheck/bi-weekly.
If you deposit monthly, you would deposit $115 (or $114.83 to be exact) each month.
Idea #4 – Random Deposits
This idea was shared as a way to meet the goal based on funds you have available each week. For example, Reader Tammy shared that they had $23 available to deposit the first week, so they crossed off the date of June 6th. They will do this all year until they have all of the weeks/amounts crossed off!
Idea #5 – Seasonal Deposits
Basically, this idea was shared by reader Vicky. In their family, they have seasonal jobs. The summertime is the busiest time, so they plan to stay on track, and then once their seasonal work kicks in, then they will start backwards from there.
Idea #6 – Save that much in coupons that week and deposit what you “would have spent”
Another great idea!
Idea #7 – Both Spouses Save and one goes in order and one goes in reverse.
If you have this ability, this is a great way to double your savings. One spouse saves the normal “forward” way and the other saves “backwards” so it is not so taxing, but you get double the savings!
So those are all some great ideas and modifications to make this savings plan work!
Don’t look at this and say to yourself “there is no way I would have any week that I could save $50, so I am not even going to try.”
Even if this seems like incredibly overwhelming to you, we suggest just starting. If financial hard times happen and you can’t finish the year, you might have made it half way and have nearly $700 in your bank account, which could be a HUGE blessing to you. Don’t make excuses, just try something! Keep doing month #1 over and over if that is all you can do….. it is something!
We know a thing or two about taking small baby steps. When we tried to chop our $100K consumer debt as aggressively as we could, it backfired. But finally, when we took baby steps, the debt started dropping like hot cakes!
As a reminder from the original post:
Use the ideas on our site to find this extra amount in your budget. Perhaps buy one less thing at the grocery store for the first several weeks (since the amount is quite low!) and as the year goes on, find additional ways to find the extra money in your budget or from an extra sm. job per week from our “Over 100 Ways and Counting To Make Extra Income” list of ideas HERE. You can also take concepts that we share in our 2×2 plan and just add an extra 2.1% or so to make up the savings difference 🙂
And don’t forget your download so that you can check off as you go no matter what way you choose to save!
Thank you to all of our readers that shared their modification ideas to this plan! The most popular idea was #1 – going backwards 🙂
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