Hello Random Tuesday!!
How was everyone’s Monday now that most of the kiddos are back to school after their holiday break? Alright, so whose ready to save some money this year? I know I definitely need to since I’ll be moving back down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast hopefully soon. Have you seen an event for a 2017 money challenge going around Facebook? Well I am going to tell you more about what this 2017 Money Challenge is all about for those who don’t know. Let’s get started…
2017 Money Challenge
- $ Challenge Printout
How I Got Started:
So, back when I lived in Dallas with my aunt and uncle in 2014 while working for my cousins (their kids), I still needed some extra cash despite the fact I didn’t really spend that much. One day while watching TV with my aunt and on Pinterest, I came across this 52 week money challenge. Since it was close to Christmas I told me aunt maybe this is something all of us ‘kids’ of the family should do and I could get everyone a jar, make a printout to go on it and give it to them for Christmas.
Within that week we went to Big Lots not too far from the house and found some decent size jars for super cheap. My aunt decided she would help me out so I paid for half and she paid for half. Once we got back to the house, she also added a single dollar to get everyone started. By this time I was super excited since it was giving me a distraction from what had been going on back at home.
Along with the jars, we also picked some chalkboard stickers up so we could put everyone’s names on for each one. Since my handwriting at the time was horrible (and I mean horrible), I had my sister write out everyone’s name once I got home for Christmas.
While still in Dallas, while watching TV another day, I was trying to think of something to go with the jars so everyone would know what the purpose was so I came up with a poem that went with the 12 Days of Christmas song. Though I’m probably bias, I think it’s a pretty good poem considering.
The way the challenge works is simple. Whatever week number it is within the year is how much money you add to your jar. Therefore, say it’s Week #14, you would add $14 dollars to your jar. At Week #39, you would add $39 dollars giving you a total of $780 dollars in your jar. Easy peasy!
2017 Money Challenge Printout:
Despite the fact that I’m pretty sure none of my cousins (except for maybe one) has been doing my money challenge, I keep updating them each year since I started it. Each year I pull up my last spreadsheet and change the dates accordingly based on the dates for the Sundays during that year. This year, since it’s leap year, there are actually 53 Sundays, however; I stopped on the 52nd Sunday since most will most likely be using their saved money either before or around the holidays. Next year, the first Sunday will start on the 7th. Above I added you need a pen. I did this since I like to put a check next to the week so I can know how much money is in my jar (just in case someone decides to ‘borrow’ some). For the PDF file of the 2017 Money Challenge, click here.
From Turkey? Since my sister and brother-in-law live in Turkey and have Turkish Lira instead of US Dollars, I also have a PDF for the 2017 Money Challenge. I hope I have the conversion correct since my sister doesn’t know until she reads this that I made it. To convert I just used Googles Conversion table. If for some reason it’s incorrect please let me know so I can redo it. Thanks!
If you haven’t yet, head on over to Facebook to join the Family and Friends Money Challenge Page. Once there you will find how I’m hoping the challenge will go as far as keeping everyone on track. Come on get going and join in the fun!! Remember, this challenge is for everyone, whether teaching you kiddo(s) to save, saving for that new car, Young Living Essential Oils, wedding, new baby coming soon (or already here), scrapbook supplies, trip you’re wanting to go on; should I continue? Everyone has a reason to save money!