Money Saving Challenge: How to Save $3,000 in 6 Months
Saving money can be a difficult task and that isn’t completely our faults. Large corporations and their marketing departments are attempting to make spending money as easy and painless as possible, ultimately giving us a sort of high. Also, using plastic (credit or debit cards) to purchase items is painless because with paper money, you hand over one amount and get less in return.
With plastic, you hand over your card and get your card back, eliminating the immediate trigger of pain relating to loss.
Now certainly there are some of our own habits that contribute to a savings shortfall, such as fast food eating and vending machine buying. These need to be curbed or eliminated to boost saving potential.
Also, there are several other ways to help you save and as we continue on with this article, we will uncover effective ways for you to save $3,000 in a six-month period, or sooner.
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5 Ways to Save Money Fast
1 – Eliminate Unnecessary Spending
First, before we pinpoint ways to save money, we first have to discuss spending. By focusing on spending alone, you will likely see a dramatic difference in the amount of money you retain at the end of the month.
Begin by eliminating fast food trips and eating out, as this can quickly become expensive. The alternative to this is to begin eating at home and cooking meals, utilizing left overs for lunch the next day or even dinner again.
From there, limit what you are spending on items such as clothes and entertainment. It can be easy to purchase a movie off iTunes when you’re sitting on the couch, but those quickly add up and put a dent in your savings.
You can think of it as a $20 movie equates to a tank of gas, or a $40 meal out could have been used for groceries instead.
Once you’ve eliminated unnecessary spending you can begin focusing on increasing incoming cash flow.
2 – Take a Second Job
In order to save $3,000 in six months we’ll have to be mindful of spending and potentially increase cash flow. Breaking it down, to reach $3,000 in six months is to simply earn $500 a month, which is very manageable.
Six Months Savings Chart
An easy way to expedite the saving is to take on a second job. The second job doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but something simple like delivering pizza or working for Uber can drastically increase you monthly revenue.
When you earn money from your second job, ensure you keep that separate and utilize it for saving only. It can be easy to have that money put into your normal checking account and spend it.
3 – Freelance
Similar to a second job is to take on freelancing, which is simply allocating your free time to something you are good at. Whether it be writing, accounting, starting a blog, building websites or being a virtual assistant, you can make extra money with a few hours of work while staying at home.
A few websites you can use include Fiverr.com and Upwork.com. Both give freelancers a place to find work and promote their natural talents. The only drawback is it takes 2 weeks for the funds to clear so keep that in mind if you choose to go this route.
4 – Selling Unwanted Items
Another way to generate extra income is to sell the unwanted items in your home. This could be the box of randomness in your attic or that couch that is no longer used. You can accomplish this by having a garage sale (weather permitting), or simply post your items on the Internet for others to purchase.
eBay and Facebook Marketplace work extremely well for those looking to sell items. Many times, your items will sell within 24 hours and you’ll have cash in hand for your unwanted items.
5 – Open a Separate Savings Account
A common mistake many people run into is utilizing their checking account as a savings account as well. Thinking they have enough will power to not spend a certain amount of money, next thing you see is a new television in their living room.
But I know that’s not you…
There are many local banks and credit unions that have free savings accounts for individuals, usually with minimal initial deposits. Keep in mind that a savings account limits the amount of withdraws per month, incentivizing you to save your money.
The alternative would to open a second checking account but ensure you either keep the debit card in a place you won’t have easy access to it or request that no debit card is issued.
Other ways to save money quickly are to temporarily stop your contributions to a 401k or an IRA until you’ve reached $3,000 saved. Also, if you take a toll road to work you can take the side roads, saving you a few extra dollars on travel expenses.
Put simply, saving $3,000 is easily done if you take inventory of your spending and find where you can cut out unnecessary spending. In the interim, find ways to increase your incoming cash flow such as picking up a second job or selling items in your house you no longer use. $500 a month can be easily done and for some that is a sizeable chunk of change.
You can even use this way of saving to save for a epic travel trip to a place for your family such as Walt Disney World.
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I hope this breakdown helps you discover some additional money to save quickly. Let me know which savings idea is your favorite in the comment section below. If you want more handy tax tips, then feel free to check out my latest articles here.
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