Posted: January 2, 2019
The fresh beginning signified by New Year’s Day is often marred by the ugly reality of post-holiday credit card bills and dwindling savings. Holiday fun quickly gives way to worry, as tight money management makes us wish we had stayed within our entertainment and gift-giving budgets. If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, take heart! Here’s a fun, straightforward way for the entire family to tighten their belts while learning valuable saving skills.
This family savings challenge can help you whittle away at January debt and start building a fund for next year’s holiday purchases. Along the way, you and your children will learn the value of savings goals and how gratifying it is to achieve a goal and claim your reward!
Craft your family challenge to match your finances and your goals. There are many online plans for 52-week savings challenges that yield from $1400 to $5000 by the end of the year, but if you are including your children, start with January. Once you and your children have accomplished your initial goal and demonstrated the ability to save, you can easily extend the challenge for another month—or the entire year.
Accomplishing the goal of your January challenge is just the beginning. Keep the momentum going throughout the year, and when your children have a good understanding of how to save for a goal, you can modify the challenge timeframe and even reward savings diligence by teaching the power of compound interest. Before the next holiday season, you and your family will have saved enough cash to enjoy gifts and entertainment without debt.
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