Financial Fridays: Challenge yourself

4 challenges to save up some money fast

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Need money for a trip? Saving up for an awesome Halloween costume? Here are four dough-saving challenges to boost your bank account, quick and easy.


Weekend Fast

Money seems to blow through pockets much faster on the weekends.

Control your weekend spending this month by designating one weekend as a Financial Fast. Don’t spend a penny from Friday to Monday! Not for a cup of coffee, a newspaper or a slice of pizza. Spend on nothing!

Can you do it?

Staycations galore

If you’ve checked theme park prices lately, you might need to sit down and take a few deep breaths. The idea of a staycation, exploring the sights in your own area and having fun at home, can be a really attractive option.

What’s your favorite thing about your hometown? What kind of backyard fun do you and your family and friends get into?


Brown-bag Special

How much money do you spend each week for work lunches? Do the math. The number may shock you.

But, for just a few dollars and several minutes of your time, you can prepare something delicious at home.

We get it; you’re busy. And you love that little diner near your office. That’s why we’re not telling you to go cold turkey on the sushi rolls and personal pizzas. We’re only challenging you to brown-bag it once a week: on Tuesdays.

Don’t leave your lunch prep for the morning madness; do it the night before. Also, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before Monday night rolls around by jotting them down on the weekly grocery list.

Changing a long-standing habit is never easy. Are you up to the challenge?


Plan the grocery trip

Do you stop by your local grocery a few times a week? Are you constantly running out of the staples you need for your planned dinner?
Rethink your trips! Can you skip one or more grocery runs this month and throw a meal together using the items you already have in your pantry and/or fridge?
It’s not as hard as it sounds. Be creative and think outside the box (or bag). Remember that your meal needs only to be balanced and delicious; it doesn’t have to win any awards or be magazine-worthy.
Learn to make do with what you have and watch the savings add up!