If you need a little bit of motivation when saving your pennies for expedition, have a read through the hints and tips below and you will be a brilliant saver before you know it!
Set a goal for yourself. Saving your money is a lot easier if you have a particular amount in mind. Which you have, the total cost of your expedition.
- Get a piggy bank or other means of storage.
- Choose a specific place to put it, a somewhat hidden location.
- Don’t use your wallet, though. It may look like a decent place to keep money, but due to its easy access and portability, it’s really not.
- Once you find a place, try to not take the money out until you’ve reached your goal.
Make a chart. Once you know how much you need to save, figure out how many weeks it will take you, and create a chart to put on your wall. Write down each week and draw a box next to it.
- Each time you put money in your piggy bank or wherever, put a sticker next to that week showing how much closer you are to actually getting it.
- Setting multiple milestones is a great way to stay motivated when you’re saving.
Start the jar or envelope budgeting system. On either envelopes or jars, draw pictures of what you are saving for and drop the amount you decide on every week.
- You can have one for smaller amounts and one for bigger goals. For instance, your expedition itself can be your big goal, smaller amounts can be kit, vaccinations etc.
Visualize what you are going to do with the money you save.
- Cut out pictures from our website. Stick them on the wall in your room or somewhere where you will see it often. This can help greatly in motivating you towards your goal.
Put your money in a place where you won’t be tempted to take it out and spend it.
- You may actually have to hide it from yourself if you do get tempted easily. Be sure it isn’t so difficult, though, that you forget about saving or even where you put the money entirely. A sibling or parent’s cupboard may be a good idea, or you may even have them hide it from you over a period of time. That way you will have to go through them to find money to spend.
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Remember that every penny counts.
- As long as it doesn’t belong to someone else, pick up every little coin you see out there. Remember that no matter how little you spend, it’ll make a difference in the long run.
- From the money you have to spend each week, figure out a small percentage that you want to put in your savings, at least 5 or 10 percent if possible.
- You’ll be surprised how fast it grows. It’s better to start out with a smaller amount than to say you’re going to save a big amount and then never do it.
Don’t buy food items with your money. The snack only lasts minutes then it’s gone, and so is your money. Start baking at home and make your own treats. It’s a lot cheaper.
- Don’t take your money outside your house. When you keep it inside, you will have no money to spend that day.
- Make sure that when you receive your pocket money, it goes straight to the bank or piggy bank. Don’t be tempted to spend it.
- Don’t waste any money on things that you don’t need or already have.
- Find a way to keep yourself motivated! After a bit of working for money, you’ll start to find yourself wanting to give up. Draw a fun picture, or write a quote to look at when you feel like giving up!
- Try to earn the same amount of money every week, and keep an even pace.