Try It Tuesday

Try It Money

As you all know, I’m all about saving money. Huff the Hubs and I went through Financial Peace University, so we utilize “the envelope system”. This means we pay for everything in cash and separate our budget into literal envelopes. Last month, I decided to do a little challenge. I told myself that every time a $1 bill came into my possession, I would stick in a shoe box in my pajama drawer. The rules were I was not allowed to spend the money until April was finished. I also tried to not count the cash–even though the box filled up quick!

After 30 days of doing this I ended up saving–drum roll, please–$84!

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That’s right, people! By simply not spending my ones, I saved almost $100 in a month! If I were to continue this, I could save a little bit more than a thousand dollars in a year! That’s a plane ticket to London, mate!

At first, I thought this challenge would be difficult. After all, that’s money I could put toward stuff we actually need, like groceries or gas. But, honestly, I didn’t really miss it from my wallet. It made me more conscious of what I was spending my money on and taught me to do without.

I think this would be a GREAT way to save money for a trip you have coming up, a birthday, or Christmas! I think I’m going to keep the momentum going and do the challenge through May!

Who’s with me?

 

Have you done the “$1 Bill Challenge” before? What were your results?

 

 

 

Make it Rain!

Good news, Okies! According to Apartment Guide, Oklahoma Cityand Tulsa are two of the top 10 budget-friendly cities in America! Woot, woot! This bodes well for my Okla-homies that have made resolutions to save more money/be more budget-minded.

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But just how do you become more budget-friendly?

Let me tell you what works for me. Personally, I really like the teachings from Dave Ramsey.

I took Financial Peace University twice: once when I was single and then after Huff the Hubs and I got married. (I think EVERY engaged couple should take this class together. It really helps you to get in the mindset of “I need to make sure I communicate with my partner about finances!”).

Shortly after we got married, we followed Dave’s debt snowball plan. We got our $20K student loan debt paid off in a year and a half! (Actually, it may have just been 13 months…)

Now, we rely heavily on the envelope system and pay in cash for everything (except the stuff I buy from ThinkGeek). Every time I get paid, I separate out my funds to the different things I need to put money toward:

Tithe

Gas Money

Phone Bill

Car Insurance

Groceries

Water Bill

Investments (Roth IRA)

Restaurant Fund

Slush Fund

Savings

 

The good thing about this is, I can see exactly where my money is going. Plus, I can show it to Huff the Hubs so we can have an open and honest communication about our finances. That is KEY.

Plus, every time we get paid, we both put money in our “Restaurant Fund Folder” so we can go out to eat and we’re both contributing. And, if we run out, we run out and we eat at home. We also take money out to “pay ourselves back” (i.e., our Slush Fund) and we can use that money on anything we want without any judgment from each other. (When I was preggers, my Slush Fund was a literal slush fund. Seriously, I probably stopped at 7-11 everyday for a slushie.)

This system works really, really well for us. Neither one of us like using debit cards (we’ve both gotten into trouble with those in the past) and when I pay in cash, I’m more aware of what I’m spending my money on and I’m more likely to say “Eh, I don’t really need this,” so I can save my money.

You’ve just got to find what works best for you. Some people spend more money when they have cash and like debit cards because they can check their stuff online. You just have to tinker around a bit and see how you and your household will work best. It will take a little trial and error, but I guarantee you, you can do it!