52 Week Money Challenge – Ways To Save Money Week 14
We’re wrapping another week and week 14 of the 52 week money challenge! How are you doing so far? Are you keeping up with putting the money in your jar or bank each week? If you need help with weekly reminders, then sign up for our 52 week challenge newsletter!
Here’s this week’s savings tip:
How washing your own car saves you money
This past week, the weather has been great. I am kind of bad in the sense that I don’t really attempt to wash my car in the winter because it just gets dirty again a day or two later, so when the weather starts getting nice out, one of the first things I want to do is wash my car. Taking it to the car wash either to be done by hand or done by machine can get expensive when you are a person like me who likes to keep their car looking nice when the warm weather hits. Just that $5-$10 you spend can mean you are spending $20-$40 a month is you wash your car weekly.
I never minded washing my car at home and as a kid, it was great to get out and wash my parent’s cars because it meant I could play with the hose. However, in the winter time, I will use a car wash. It’s too cold around here to stand outside freezing my tail off to clean my car. Real talk.
With the amount of water you are using, does washing your car at home really save you money? It sure can if you follow these money saving tips:
1. Use a bucket and soap. You can use dish soap as it will break up grease and grime as well as oil pretty easily. A bucket full of hot soapy water is mere pennies.
2. Don’t leave the hose running when you are not using it. This wastes so much water and not only is that bad for the environment, it is bad for your budget.
3. Wash in the most effective way: top to bottom. Start by giving your car a quick rinse, just enough to get it wet, and then scrub top to bottom with your hot soapy water. I use soft rags made from old towels rather than buy special sponges because, well, they are free
4. Work in sections. Oddly enough, washing in sections and rinsing in sections saves more water than rinsing the entire car because you are doing it in short bursts and are more conscious of how long the water is on.
When all is said and done, you can wash your car at home for less than a dollar a week. This is also a great way to get the kids involved, or let this be their chore, he he!
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Why should You join the 52 week money savings challenge?
Most families are on the constant look out for ways to save more money. This challenge is easy and doesn’t require you to do a lot each week. It starts out with just saving a $1 on the first week. Or, if you’re doing the challenge in reverse, then $52 bucks.
It’s an easy way to save money and it does work if you apply just a little self-discipline and you are determined to save money. And having a goal is a good way reach your saving objective. Below are a few saving goal:
- You can use the money you saved to pay for your Christmas at the end of the year.
- Go on a vacation
- Jump-start a college fund
- Pay off debt
- Buy a car
- This could be your first time actually saving money in a bank account
The reasons for saving extra money are endless!But the key is getting started!
People tend to do better when faced with a challenge (of any kind).
- You will receive a weekly email reminder telling you to make your deposit into the bank or jar
- You will also receive a weekly savings tip on a way that you can save that week.
- You will receive inspiring stories and ways to save money each week!
- Many people and blogs start out doing this challenge within their communities. But by March, most have fallen off the band wagon. As you can see,by just looking at our 52 weekly challenge archive, you can see that we kept up with it each week.
- I’ve personally and successfully completed this money saving challenge two years in a row! I am doing this challenge right along with you and to encourage you along the way. And if you need to tweak it to fit your families needs, save more , etc. then I am here to help you with that too!
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