There’s a 52 Week Savings Challenge that’s been doing the rounds over the past few months (maybe years) and the more I search, the more posts I find on it with variations and new ideas. It’s such an awesome concept and really relevant now since it’s National Savings Month in South Africa. Of course, no matter where you are or when you read this, any month can be your focused savings month and you can start this challenge at any point!
The way the 52 Week Challenge works is that you start by saving R10 in the first week, R20 in the second week, R30 in the third, and so forth. By the end of 52 weeks you would have saved R13,780. That’s pretty amazing isn’t it! (And of course if you save your money in an interest bearing account you can end up with a little more)
Have a look at the image to see how you increase your weekly savings by R10 each week.
It all looks quite easy but in reality it get’s harder and harder each week! You see the last 4 weeks where you have to save R490, R500, R510 & R520? Will you really be able to do that? That may seem a little crazy!
Here’s an alternative way to do this. There are 52 weeks and each week has a value assigned to it. It doesn’t actually make any difference in which order you complete the savings, as long as each amount is saved. With other words, in month 1 you may be able to do a R400 week as well as a R50, R20 & R10. In the second month you may only be able to do small amounts do to some circumstances. That’s okay, swop it up but be sure to mark off a value each week.
See how I’ve mixed it up here, it makes no difference to the total but it may help you with your cashflow.
I like both versions. In the first variation where you save your money consecutively you should be able to get better and better at it each week which is why you’re able to save more and more. And in the second variation you allow yourself to have some “bad weeks” where you save a lesser amount. Either way you’ll end up with the same total.
And if you really like patterns and logic you could work the standard list from both sides. So R10 in Week 1, R520 in Week 2, then R20 in Week 3 and R510 in Week 4, etc. So many options!
I would like to encourage you to start this challenge now!
You can download this free 52 Week Challenge Progress sheet to keep track of where you’re at. (And you can obviously make a nicer one to suite your specific creative style!)
But before you start…. Know your “why”
It’s easy to start a new challenge. Whether it’s weight loss, exercise, money saving, studying or whatever. It’s hard to stay motivated though without knowing why you’re doing it. You need a reason and just reading a cool idea on a blog isn’t really reason enough to keep you going for the full 52 weeks!
Think about why you would want to take this challenge. Having the money at the end of the year is obviously a great bonus, but is there anything specific you’re wanting to save towards? Will saving money help you be in control of your finances and will that make you feel better? What will drive you to complete this? Possibly just proving to yourself that you have the self-discipline.
Figure out what will motivate you enough to keep doing this.
Whatever you reason, write it down somewhere and keep referring back to it whenever you feel like giving up.
And read this post for some tips to help you stay motivated and focused one the goal.